How can you make time to read when life is hectic?
I feel your pain!
I don’t know about you, but reading new stories (or re-reading old stories) is important to my sanity. Opportunities to escape into a fictional worlds or to absorb information from a non-fiction text, ensure my days are a full range colour palette rather than murky and bland.
Editing The Voyeur is a priority at the moment, which leaves little time for me to read. In fact, falling asleep with a book over my face has become a regular occurrence.
How often does this happen to you?
As a participant in the Goodreads Challenge, I signed up to read 52 books this year. This is a target that was alluding me until recently and I had no idea whether I would reach it this year. Until…
I signed up for the trial at the beginning of September and am half way through my fourth book in three weeks even though I have very little time.
How is this possible?
It’s a simple solution really, so simple I wish I’d thought to do it before now.
Audible narration, it has given me the freedom to listen to stories on my commute to and from the workplace. My journey is between forty-five minutes to an hour both ways. I can now drive and listen to uninterrupted stories at the beginning and the end of my working day.
This feeds my need for essential escapism as part of the daily diet, without interfering with the day job or the editing process that I focus on when I arrive home.
If you are struggling to incorporate reading time into your daily routine, perhaps this could be a way to end that struggle, especially if you have a commute during which you find you are redundant.
Perhaps there is another time when listening to a book would fit in with your daily schedule? Doing chores such as ironing or relaxing in the bath could be times more suitable for you to listen to that story you’ve been meaning to read.
Take a look at Kindle Unlimited , they have a variety of titles to choose from. If you like the idea of a talking book, you could also take a look in your local library where you can borrow books in CD format for free.
These are the books I’ve listened to since taking advantage of the three month trial.
This is a trilogy about a human called Alena who contracts the Aegrus virus which is passed on by supernaturals (or super-dupers, as she calls them).
Alena is left to die a painful death alone in a hospital by her husband Roger who has been having an affair behind her back while conspiring, with his mistress, to take all of her money and her bakery business.
In a turn of events, Alena is visited by Merlin who has been paid to turn her into a super-duper. Although this is the only way for a human to survive the Aegrus virus, to Alena this is a fate worse than death.
I thoroughly enjoyed this Urban Fantasy series with supernaturals, Gods and humans all trying to live in the same world. Alena’s battle with the monster inside her and her struggle against her own upbringing and moral beliefs, run side by side with her monumentus fights with the Gods, to save both supernaturals and humans.
The Opportunity to Revisit a Series
A few years ago, I read a crime novel by an author who was originally an actress, film director and a screenwriter.
Huntress Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff introduces FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke in his pursuit of a female serial killer, after witnessing an undercover member of his team killed in front of him on a busy street. Roarke does not believe the incident was accidental and makes it his business to find the perpetrator.
The book had me gripped from beginning to end, but at that time it was the only book out in the series.
I promised to go back and read more of Sokoloff’s crime novels, however as time went by I forgot the series. Imagine my delight to find not one but three more books on her Amazon Page with the fifth in the series due to be released in October!
Not only are the books in Kindle Unlimited, but they have audible narration as well. Enough books to fill
my commute for the next four weeks, and have the opportunity to revisit an FBI agent who kept me hooked on his serial killer chase.
So far, I have listened to the first six chapters of Blood Moon, book two in the series, and I’m already hooked on the characters and tension between them during their interactions. It’s an exciting prospect to be able to continue with the story because the next books are available and waiting to be read.
What are your thoughts about audio books?
Do you use them on a regular basis?
It would be great to find out your opinion of audio books and some recommendations. You can leave your thoughts in the comments below or email me on my contact page.
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