I love books. No, that’s an understatement. Books for me have been a lifelong addiction.
I read everything–histories, romance, detective, classics, biographies–and I cannot catch up on all the things I want to read.
I have lists of books I’ve read, and books I want to read. It’s quite the dirty little secret.
While I have never (ever!) stood in line late at night or in the early wee hours for concert tickets to any band or singer, I confess that I have stood in line–at midnight–at the local Barnes & Noble to purchase the next installment in the Harry Potter series.
Sometimes I feel frustrated that I don’t have enough time to read all that I want to read and I get very invested in certain authors or series of books.
As the technology evolved and ebooks made their debut I was vehemently against them. I thought reading would not be as enjoyable as holding a book and turning the pages myself.
Then I received my first Kindle as a gift. I learned how to connect it to Amazon books and my local library. I downloaded the Kindle App on my phone and the obsession continued.
Having a whole library in my pocket gives me access to my books whenever I have downtime–in line at the grocery store, waiting for my oil change, or on my coffee break.
But here is an idea to get more reading time in, if you have the reading addiction like I do:
- Get a library card
- Download the Overdrive App on your mobile phone. This will give you access to audiobooks for free.
- Electronically check out the books you would like to listen to–and you can listen to books during times that you must spend your time attending to something else.
I listen to my books in the car as I drive to work and back, to run errands, or on weekend trips to other cities.
I listen to my books while I cook and meal prep and do my laundry and while I am on exercise machines or walking in my neighborhood.
This is not the same as reading the written word and turning pages, swiping left or scrolling up, but it is fascinating to listen to books read to you as your brain conjures the pictures in your mind–and it allows you to get a few more books in….
So many books, so little time!