How to Read When You Lack the Time

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I was a book worm growing up and could often be caught reading a book in between classes at school. Some of my favorite books still sit on a book shelf in our home. Naturally, adulthood made it a little harder to enjoy books as much as I had in the past, but book series such as Harry Potter and Twilight that came out in my twenties helped to me remember the joy of delving into a book and forgetting the world around me.

Now, I have three kids. Reading is rare and when I do have the opportunity to read, my eyes are so tired that I tend to fall asleep. If I do not fall asleep, my mind is so distracted with the lists of things that we need to complete that I cannot fully focus on the words on a page.

A couple of years ago, my dad introduced me to Audible audiobooks. Because I am cheap and not a fan of subscription services, it took me years to get on the bandwagon. Missing reading but no time to read, I decided to give it a try. I love it, and it is the one subscription service that I do not want to give up.

This week my kids were with my parents for their annual summer break fun time with their grandparents. I spent the time organizing my house and completing some overdue painting projects. Because I am use to three kids constantly making noise, the house was eerily quiet. I logged into my Audible account and began making use of my unused credits. In no time, I listened to three books.

Audible works by paying $14.99 a month to have access to a huge selection of audiobooks. Once a month Audible gives you one credit to purchase one book. If you are cheap like me, you can just stick with the one book a month, but they offer the option to pay for other books or additional credits.

The best part about it, I can listen through an app on my phone. My phone is almost always with me so it’s the perfect way to listen. I can Bluetooth the book to another speaker or to my phone as well. We have learned that in addition to making tedious projects fly by, it is also good for road trips.

Do you need a list of good reads/listens? Here are some of my favorites:

The Great Alone and The Nightingale novels by Kristin Hannah

The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders

Behind Closed Doors a novel by B.A. Paris

The Selection Series novels by Keira Cass

An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker


Writer Bio: Summer Bolte

I spend most of my time and days with my three kids, husband and dog. My kids frequently play near me as I garden, cook, DIY and volunteer. My most unusual paying job has to be feeding fruit flies in a research lab, and my most fulfilling job was being an oncology nurse for seven years.

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