When I’m challenging myself to do something difficult, I try to make it as easy as possible.
Early morning appointment with the kids? Sure, I prep every possible thing the night before.
Tough night with the kids? Sandwiches for dinner.
Need a little entertainment while I tackle a boring job like laundry folding or bathroom cleaning? Audio books.
Too busy to read this month’s book club book? Listen to it instead! This is actually how I got started with Audible, this new kind of “books on tape.” I was excited about the book chosen by my group, but I really didn’t have any time to sit down with a book. That’s when I finally tried Amazon’s Audible offer to listen to one for free.
Of course, it was just ONE free download when I started, now they’ve upped it to TWO.
What I figured out quickly was that I really liked having books going in the background and that using Audible was really easy … so I kept my subscription going and have loved it.
The House is Too Quiet (when it isn’t really loud)
I think my four kids have gotten me used to a certain amount of noise, because the house can be eerily quiet when I’m alone. Whether I’m working from home or doing home-stuff while the kids are all at school, I like noise in the background. I’ve tried keeping the TV on while I do housework, but it’s hard to be productive when I’m looking at the screen.
Listening to Audible is my favorite way to multitask. I listen while I’m doing lots of stuff – decluttering, painting, organizing, cleaning, cooking dinner, or sitting in the pickup line at school (that seriously takes 20 minutes to get 200 feet).
I’ve even put on headphones while grocery shopping because I was at such an exciting moment in the book and couldn’t stop when I got out of the car.
These are some of my favorites from the past year –
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson
I read this because a memoir from another blogger was intriguing and it got great reviews. It ended up being so quirky and entertaining. As much as I cringed during some stories, I still really enjoyed it.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
This book helped me understand myself and my introverted children better. And, it was really fascinating. This is one of those books I still try to get every friend to read even if they’re not quiet!
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Mindy is one of my favorite comedians. I’ve enjoyed everything she has written, but listening to HER read her own book … even better than turning pages myself.
Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
Listening to a Dad make fun of himself? Cathartic.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
I read this in paperback a long time ago, but it was awesome to hear Stephen Covey’s voice – he has been one of my time management heroes for a long time.
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
I’ve been following Brene since I listened to her Ted Talk a few years ago. As a recovering perfectionist, I need this kind of reminder A LOT.
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
I’m taking my girls to see this movie this weekend. Isn’t it better to “read” the book first? Listening to books with my tween girls is good quality time, especially for ^Quiet daughters who always have their nose in a book.
Try It NOW
I’m not sure how long this deal will last from Amazon’s Audible, but getting TWO free books just to try it is a steal.
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