So far in 2018, I have read a total of 87 books. Most of the time the response I get is, “How?!” or “How do you find the time?” Well here is my official How to:
Kindle Kindle Kindle!
I don’t know that I would have even had the motivation to read at all without my kindle. I was gifted one for Christmas, and I could not put it down. I used to be adamantly against kindles claiming, “It’s not the same as holding a paper book in your hand.” True, but it is also exponentially easier. Don’t get my wrong, the nostalgia and ambiance of a true book can never be replaced, but kindles make access much more convenient. My kindle goes everywhere with me, and I can be as indecisive as I want. Maybe I thought I wanted to read “Tuesdays with Morrie,” but decided to read “Big Magic” instead. You can literally have hundreds of books at your disposal at any moment. That is why my kindle was a definite must this year.
“But that isn’t really reading…” Sure, Jan. Sure.
The truth is: Audiobooks are how I get through 70% of my books, and I am blissfully unapologetic about it. I listen to books when I get ready in the morning, drive in the car, do the dishes, and while I play sudoku on my phone at night. Listening to books has taken over the spot that music and TV used to for me. Heck, I even listen to books while I go grocery shopping. Though you may not feel that you have the time, I assure you that you can find some time to squeeze in an audiobook here and there. Now this isn’t something I recommend for everyone(it depends on your preference), but I have also gotten used to listening to books on 2-3x the speed. So that definitely makes things go quicker 😉
Audiobooks can be expensive, but there is a shockingly simple answer.
1st. Get a library card
2nd. Download the free app “Overdrive.”
3rd. Once you sign in with your library card, Overdrive lets you check out audiobooks FOR FREE.
Sometimes you have to put it on hold until it is available, but most of the time the wait is only a week or two. You can even check out 10 books at a time!
Read Things You Care About
I was an avid reader as a kid. In fact, I was known for finishing a book in a day. When I went to school after graduating, that all changed. My love for books became a chore to keep up with the curriculum. I don’t think I read a book for fun for at least 3 years. All of this to say, read things you actually care about! No, you don’t have to try and force yourself to read that long classic book so that you can feel fancy. Find what genre makes you happy and run with it! For me, I mostly stay in the fiction, memoir and self help section. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Lastly, do yourself a favor and get a Goodreads account. On the app, you can track what your friends are reading and get recommendations based on your past books. Feel free to find me on it, and let me know what books you are reading!