Ableism and Reading

I love reading. Books are a huge part of my life. I always have at least one book going, if not many. I’m sure my followers and fellow bloggers are the same way. If I was told that I couldn’t read again, it would crush me. Losing the ability to read would take a huge chunk of my life away.

Lupus has also caused many health issues in my life. This is well known from my previous blog posts. These issues have taken away my ability to walk some days, I’m sick often, and now I have problems reading. First, it was hard to read ebooks, and now I have to break up my paper book reading. I recently made the switch to listening to most of my books. While my health isn’t always the best, I’m not going to allow that to take away one of the biggest parts of my life.

Now, imagine my surprise when I was told that audiobooks aren’t reading and they exist for people too lazy to read an actual book. I would like to note that this person wasn’t aware of my struggles. That being said, it hit me hard. How many people believed this? Was it so difficult to see why they may be needed? I still have okay vision, but at this rate, I would maybe finish a book a month. That’s a huge drop from 8-12. Audiobooks have not only allowed me to continue to enjoy fantastic stories by my favorite authors, they enabled me to keep a form of normal even with Lupus.

I’m still able to do a lot of things that I love, but even this small form of Ableism is upsetting. If you’re a person that might not consider audiobooks ‘reading’, I hope you also think about my post. It’s a privilege to not need them to enjoy your favorite books. A privilege that is very easy to overlook.

I’m a geek blogger, mom, a wife, and a reader. My family and I are currently living in the beautiful state of Colorado. I started my blog after I landed myself in the hospital for multiple pulmonary embolisms. It took over a year to diagnose me with lupus among other things. It’s been a long journey but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I read all genres and I write about anything I feel like; From my issues with Lupus/RA/pulmonary embolisms to what is going on in the book world. Every day is a new adventure!
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10 thoughts on “Ableism and Reading

  1. Beautiful post, Books are there to be enjoyed in any form possible and whichever works for each of us. I don’t particularly enjoy audio books as I can’t stay focused but if I couldn’t read I wouldn’t think twice and start listening to them more. It’s the story that’s important, not the way it’s told.

  2. Audio books also allow the blind to enjoy books. Previously sight impaired only had large print books, which were expensive as they cost more to produce larger format and more pages (andoat books weren’t available in the format). Then computer scanners to enhance the text. For those who have no vision, Braille texts were even less common. Audio books allow the unsighted, the partially sighted (and everyone) another way to enjoy stories.

  3. DJ Sakata says:

    You’ve taught me a new term! Lovely post. I have hearing loss so audiobooks aren’t a good fit for me – but glad they work for you.

  4. Amanda says:

    Not only are they great for people with disabilities but also those with busy lives and long commutes! I can’t always find time to read but I can listen to an audiobook during my 30 minute commutes to and from work! People who don’t understand the value of audiobooks can keep their opinions to themselves. It’s no different than the argument against ebooks. They are all valuable in some way to someone.

  5. It seems strange to me that people are closeminded. I actually think listening to a book is harder than reading it. For me, I can read a book while I pretend to listen to my kids talk about Minecraft or squishies or slime (OMG the slime needs to just go away!) When I listen to an audio I can only do it when I’m alone.

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