Do you read? I know that sounds like a silly question, but really, do you read books for leisure? Do you create time in your day to dive into a story? Reading has always been a favorite pastime in my family. In fact, my husband, Jeff will ask applicants he interviews for his marketing agency, “What books are you reading right now?” He said, “I don’t care what they are reading, I just want to know they are reading something.” My Dad and I have weekly conversations that usually find their way to what we are reading and what we recommend. He reads a book every few days so it’s hard to keep up sometimes, but my reading list is full!
As with so many things in life, I believe one reason people don’t read is because of a certain expectation surrounding it. It has to look a certain way, feel a certain way, be a certain way. Then starting a book feels hard and then it’s becomes easier not to read at all and turn on the TV.
I also think we are so busy being busy these days that carving time out of your schedule to read is just not a priority.
So, how can you fit more reading into your life? Hello audio books. I’ve used audio books as a companion in the car for a long time. I love to turn it on and settle into a story as I drive. It gives me something to look forward to as I sit in endless Toronto traffic. As a bonus, I find I am calmer, happier driver, this benefits me and every other driver on the road.
I introduced audio books to my nine-year-old son as well. He was never talkative after school and sometimes that transition was hard for him to make without getting grumpy – probably because I was firing questions at him in an attempt to have a conversation about his day… mistake! Instead, I give him a warm hello with a hug, settle him into the backseat, turn on an audio book and by the time we are home, 15 minutes later, he is ready to tell me a few things about the day, OR we might discuss what happened in the audio book.
I also use audio books in our house when we have overdosed on TV and video games, but convincing my son to sit down and read a book would be a fight, I definitely don’t want to create negative feelings around reading. I turn on an audio book, and he draws or tosses a ball around while listening.
With places like Audible.ca, iTunes, All you Can Books you can download them right to your smartphone, tablet, computer, e-readers etc. Several of the services offer the first month free so you can check it out before paying anything. You have nothing to lose, except a few hours in front of the TV.
To keep me motivated and help me remember what I’ve read, I put together a Pinterest board with all the books I have read over the years. Click Here to check it out. My goal is one book/month, I have done a good job of hitting that the past few years and with audio books, I plan to increase that goal to two a month for 2018.
I am always on the look out for a good book. Leave a comment below with your favorite reads of 2017.