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Who has time to read?
That was my exact thought a year ago. I honestly don’t think I had read a book since before my first child was born (for anyone counting that was 2012, no judging!).
At this time last year, I had recently moved, had almost one-year-old twins, a three-year-old, a husband and a full-time job. Life was busy and stressful, to say the least! I desperately needed some sort of break for my busy mind. I often heard about books that I wanted to read but I could never seem to find the time or quite frankly, the energy. Come to think of it, aside from the just moving part, these days, not much has changed! I still have all of this, plus a blog and all of you new friends!
I had heard a lot of great reviews, so on a whim, I decided to give Audible a try. If you aren’t familiar, Audible is an Amazon service for listening to audio books. I know what you’re thinking, audio books are super lame and that isn’t reading. But, I promise this isn’t your grandpa’s “books on tape”! I honestly never thought I would like audio books and put off trying it for a while, but now I’m obsessed!
So how does Audible work?
Audible is a subscription-based service that costs $14.95 per month. Each month, you earn a credit that can be used toward the book of your choice. They often have deals on books that you can buy at a discount, without having to use your credit. Or, if you know there are several books you are going to purchase, you can also buy credits in bulk, like three credits for $35.88 (a discount of about $9.00).
I personally go through about three books per month. So, I typically use my credit for newer books, which tend to be more expensive, and then I purchase less expensive, older books, or buy credits in bulk. This might classify me for super nerd status, but I seriously don’t think I could ever go without Audible now. I’m addicted to the satisfaction I get every time I finish another book.
How do I squeeze in the time to “read”?
My plan was to listen in the car, on the way to and from work, and maybe while doing some more mundane tasks at work. I knew I would be focused on driving and working, so I wanted to start with something I could listen to but not have to pay complete attention. I’m embarrassed to share the books I started with, but hey, at least they were entertaining, so judge away! I listened to one book and was completely sold! After a few “intro” books, I quickly made the switch to less mind-numbing reads that required a little more focus. I don’t often listen at work these days, but I still find that with a twenty to thirty-minute commute each way, I’m able to listen to my book for almost an hour a day.
In addition to listening to books on my commute, I’m a big fan of a bubble bath. It’s my one indulgence since having children! After they go to bed, I take a bath almost every night, and usually listen to my current book. I’ve found that listening to books helps me disconnect from stress and my busy mind.
I also listen to books while I work on my DIY projects around the home. I basically listened to an entire book while I spent hours painting our built-ins in the loft. A lot of people, like my husband, would prefer to listen to music, and that’s great too, but for me, I find listening to a book a bit more stimulating and passes the time much quicker.
There is an awesome sleep timer feature as well! I just bookmark where I’m at in the book and then set the sleep timer for fifteen to thirty minutes so it turns off after I fall asleep. The next day, I’m able to easily backtrack to where I left off.
Are you ready for my long and slightly embarrassing list?
OK, so the first few are pretty bad. I was in a bit of a reality T.V. phase and like I said, it was easy to listen to and didn’t really matter if I was paying total attention. Obviously, I’m also a bit of a suspense and thriller junky. I listen to a lot of the same authors because I find that if I like one, I will usually like all of that author’s books. I often just go with the suggested books since I don’t want to spend a lot of time researching what to listen to next. I’ve also found that I prefer listening to British narrators, not sure what that’s about…maybe the accent is soothing. 😉
Is it weird that I somehow feel accomplished at having gone through so many books in the past year? I know it’s just listening and not actually reading, but I still feel like I’m stimulating my brain with something more than the Disney channel. Not that I don’t love the opportunity to twirl to Disney music with this gal! And when mama is a little less stressed, we can enjoy these moments even more!
P.S. If you’re on the fence and not sure if you would like it, you can try Audible for free and get two free audiobooks with my link below!