How I Read 87 books in 140 Days

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!


  1. Wow this is very impressive, I tried listening to books, but it doesn’t feel the same to me, I should try again, thanks for the tips!!

  2. I too love to read. It is opens a whole new world to you. I have not tried the audio books but you I will follow your directions to have access to audio books for my students. I have question though :Can one get audio books from their local library

    1. Hey Ingrid, you should be able to. I used to work at my college library and if we didn’t have a particular audiobook, we’d be able to request it for an inter-library loan. It’s something worth looking into at your local library 🙂

    1. Loads actually and mostly from audible when I had a trial at the start of the year. I also get their email for the daily deal and have discovered some great ones through that. I loved Another Woman’s Husband by Gill Paul, If Only they didn’t Speak English by Jon Sopel the BBC News North American Editor, Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

  3. I’m not really into reading but I like your ideas on the audio books. Maybe I’ll try that out sometime… see if I can crochet and listen at the same time 🙂

  4. Very impressive! As a kid, I absolutely loved to read. But now with kids, I can’t seem to find the “time.” I’ll look into squeezing a book at night to read, after the little ones are in bed.

  5. Yes to Kindle and Overdrive!! They’ve definitely helped me read more books, more often. I wish I was able to listen to audiobooks the way you do! I can’t pay attention the narrator if I’m doing anything else.

  6. Oh I love reading but I never set aside the time for myself to do it more often! Probably because if it’s a good book, I get lost in it and find it hard to put it down and go do everything else I’m supposed to be doing! And I’ve thought the same thing about Kindles – I love the feel of a proper paperback, and I’m not sure I can do the electronic thing! Maybe I’ll give audiobooks a try and out read you! haha xx

  7. I have always loved to read, but don’t have the time anymore. But, I do have time for audiobooks. I listen in the car, at work, while putting my makeup on, and cooking.

  8. I always feel like I’m just messing around when I’m reading–like it’s something I should apologize for, instead of relish. I do think I need to check out the audiobooks, though–especially when I’m on the train or bus (motion sickness is REAL, y’all).

  9. Very impressive! I have a Kindle app on my phone, but it’s way too small and causes eye strain. Besides, I love taking my paper book outside and reading in the hammock or at the patio table. I get to enjoy the sunshine and look up from time to time to enjoy God’s creation–and prevent eye strain, which is a real problem for me. And yes, I do love those audiobooks. I used to check out a book or two to listen to with the kids while on road trips because it keeps them quiet and exercises their minds at the same time. 🙂

  10. Wow! I wish I had the time to read that much but with a job and a kid I rarely have time. I LOVE using my library’s Hoopla app to listen to audiobooks for free. I like it even better than overdrive. You should definitely see if your library uses Hoopla!

  11. I love using overdrive. My local library also uses an app called RBDigital. I use both. I also like to listen to podcasts.

  12. Truly impressive, I am not a fan of audiobooks, to be honest, I cannot follow them. I love holding the book in my hands, but you are so right. We must read something that we like.

  13. wow! This is so cool and impressive! I have never ever followed this way of listening to audio tapes but my brother is a great fan of audiobooks. Will try it out sometimes 🙂

  14. This is so impressive! I completely agree about audiobooks – people always seem to think that listening to a book doesn’t count as REAL ‘reading’, but I find them really useful. There isn’t always time to stop and read, but there’s always time to stick your headphones in when you’re going somwhere. I also find audiobooks useful when I’m studying a book; I read the physical book and listen to it at the same time. I find that this helps me to be completely absorbed by the story. Great post!

  15. You’re my new hero! I’m so far behind in my reading, but I’ve been reviewing books here

  16. I am a total bookworm… However, find it really hard at times to find time to read. This post offers great tips. I will definitely put some to use.

  17. Would you believe we have never tried an audio book? Now I think we will consider!

  18. I am not a fan of audiobooks, I like the feel of a paperback and the screen hurts my eyes. I feel like I’m looking at screens all the time so my reading time helps me unplug. I commend you for reading all of those books! You’re right when you find a genre you like it makes it easier to keep reading.

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