Make Time for Reading: Tips and Free Books
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Make Time for Reading: Tips and Free Books

Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at 8:00 am
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Grandmother and granddaughter reading and smilingEveryone loves to sit down with a good book. In fact, one popular new year’s resolution we’ve been hearing is to read more. However, it’s tough to set aside the time to read and find affordable options. If these setbacks sound familiar keep reading for tips on finding free books and making time in your schedule.

1. Making the Time

When setting aside time to read it’s important to remember slow and steady wins the race. It’s not about how fast you read your selected book, it’s the consistency that matters. So, what we recommend is that you do your daily reading during  times you’d otherwise be mentally unoccupied. Try placing your favorite book in your bathroom, near you when your family is watching television, or read during the kids’ nap time. Otherwise, we recommend just carrying a book around with you wherever you go; you’re bound to find some downtime. When running errands there are countless times you’ll be waiting with nothing to do; i.e. DMV lines, waiting for the kids at school, etc. These waiting times are perfect for doing a bit of reading.

However, if you’re about multi-tasking we recommend trying audiobooks. Whether you’re on the morning commute or working out you’ll be able to get through a book easily without sacrificing any of the story line. If you’re wary of audiobooks try using Audible. The first 30 days are free and you get 1 free book when signing up. However, if you’re not satisfied be sure to cancel your account before the trial is over otherwise you’ll be charged $14.95.

2. Getting Affordable Books

If you’re struggling to find affordable books you’d be surprised at the number of resources available. Check out we’ve found:

  • Library – Although you won’t technically own these books, you’ll definitely have plenty of time to read them. The library offers a wide selection of your favorite authors and they’re all free (so long as you return them on time).
  • Garage Sales, Thrift Stores, or Yard Sales – It’s rare that anyone actually wears a book out. All you do is flip pages! So why not buy used? The price of books bought at yard sales, garage sales, or thrift stores are dramatically lower than what you would be paying when they’re new. Plus, if you go to garage sales or yard sales at the end of the day you may get them for free!
  • Book Swaps, Reading Clubs – Not only are book clubs and swaps a great way to spend time with friends, but they’re an affordable way to read new books! Try having a monthly book swap or reading club meeting with your closest friends to share your favorite reads. Once you’re done with each other’s books you can give them back or even negotiate a trade.
  • Free e-Books or PDF Books – If you’ve kept up with technology it’s likely that you have some sort of e-reader. Lucky for you there are plenty of free books you can download! Also, if you don’t happen to own an e-reader, there are still plenty of PDF books you can take advantage of. eReader Girl is a great resource for finding e-books and PDFs.

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