For Day 3 of #SelfCareFeb, we are going to make an effort to read all of the books that you’ve been meaning to get around to. If you are anything like me, you have hundreds of books saved to your Amazon wishlist, but you don’t make much time to read any of them. Not everyone loves reading. However, even if reading isn’t really your cup of tea, there might be a skill that you may be wanting to learn or a trip that you have been itching to take, and in addition to the internet, there are many books out there that could give you some great information to add to your arsenal.
When I lived in Philadelphia, I spent up to an hour and a half each day riding the subway on my way to and from work. I felt that I could use this time more productively, so I bought an Amazon Kindle, and started out reading free Kindle books that Amazon has for download on their site. Many of these books are classics such as Pride and Prejudice and I was easily completing 1-2 books each week. Then I discovered that I could actually check out current books in e-book form from my local library via my Kindle. Last year I was able to read 25 books, and I am aiming for 25 more this year! My favorite reads from 2014 included: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun.
Reading is a great way to relieve stress and expand your vocabulary. Even if you don’t have time to read a book a week, it is an excellent habit to read 10 pages or at least 1 chapter a day. I find that once you set a reading goal for yourself, you are more likely to reach it. Here are some other easy ways to incorporate reading into your daily life:
1. Download the free Kindle App for your phone, computer, or tablet: When you are waiting in line at the grocery store or the airport, you can easily whip out your phone or tablet and pass the time by reading. You don’t have to spend money on a Kindle, although I must confess that I absolutely love my Kindle and highly recommend it.
2. Keep track of what you are reading: I personally use Shelfari to track the books that I’ve read. It lets you rate the books you read and also connect with others who have similar taste in reading as you do. Shelfari also lets you set reading goals, which was instrumental in helping me read 25 books last year. I have also heard a lot of good things about Good Reads, which suggests new books for you to read based on the ratings that you have provided for books that you have already read.
3. Join a book club: If I didn’t live in the middle of nowhere, I would totally join a book club, or at least start one. I love discussing books with other people (#NerdAlert: My coworker and I used to have philosophical discussions about The Hunger Games and Divergent series, lol.). If there was any interest from my readers, I will start one here on Sly Speaks! There are some awesome online book clubs you can join including Think and Grow Chick and A Beautiful Mess.
4. Try Audio Books: I tried listening to audio books once and it didn’t really jive with me because I am so scatterbrained, but if you don’t have time to sit down and read and love to multi-task this might be a great option for you. You can download a free audio book from Audible and you can also borrow them from most local libraries via the internet.
Comment Below: What was your favorite book that you have read recently? What is next up on your reading list?
#SelfCareFeb continues tomorrow with Day 4: Reconnect With A Friend