Reading Tips

By September 18, 2017March 11th, 2021Good Finds, Good Mind & Body

Currently Reading: Blog Inc., spark joy, and Before The Fall


With so much going on in the world, it’s understandable that reading might not be a pastime that people enjoy as much as they used to. With movies and televisions shows adapting their scripts from novels—I can also see why people will opt to watch it rather than read it. I totally understand—when I find out a new movie or show has been adapted, I pounce on reading the book version first. There’s so much tension when reading the book, you’re able to rely on your imagination, and then it’s fun to see how it plays out in the film version (even if it doesn’t hold up as well as the book).

I’ll admit that most days, I hardly have time to pick up a book and read; then on the rare occasion when I do, I just don’t feel like it. But there’s no denying that I enjoy jumping into a new story—getting to know a new character, figuring out the latest mystery, or learning something new! Most of my reading actually comes from the audiobook variety (thanks to long commutes!)—so I’m able to speed through novels as much as I speed down the roads (Just kidding! I don’t speed on the road. ;))

If you’re hesitant to take part in our September To Do List, don’t fret! Depending on your budget or time—there are tons of options out there for you:

Low on Funds for Reading?

Sign up for a library card at your local branch. It’s affordable and you just need to show identification and proof of residence. There are a lot of books, movies, audio CDs that you can borrow. Not into physical books? Well, that’s not a problem either. Check out your library’s e-book options. My branch partners with OverDrive and Hoopla. These free platforms connect with my library and allow me to borrow e-books and audiobooks through their website or app.

Sign up for daily or monthly newsletters like Early Bird Books, BookBub, and Chronicle Books. Some e-books are free and others are offered at a significant discount!

Look into additional benefits from paid subscriptions. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’re entitled to one free e-book each month from their Kindle First picks, and also benefit from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and Prime Reading.

Low on Time for Reading?

Listen to audio CDs or audiobooks. Head to your local library and check out the audio CDs or download an audiobook from Audible. Audiobooks are great for long, solo commutes. I tend to finish a 12-hour book within 5-9 days.

Join or form a book club with friends. This allows you to read books that perhaps you never would’ve picked up and you also get to hang out and have drinks and discuss the book with others. It’s a great way to piece together things you might’ve missed, get another point of view, or just socialize with your buds.

While you’re at it, check out our free bookmark. We want to know what you’re reading and any reading tips you can share with us (tell us below)!