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I Don’t Have Much Time To Read – But I Read 31 Books in 2014

January 21, 2015
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What’s my secret? Audiobooks!  We are an audiobook loving family, and you can get them free from your local library.  Actually, they might be free for most people, but we live out of our library’s district and do pay $198 per year for our membership.  But we get tons of use out of our library – audiobooks, magazines, books, movies, music, etc.

audiobooks2I’ve been listening to audiobooks for several years.  And I really enjoy them.  If you haven’t given them a shot, you really should.  I introduced my hubby to them a few years back and he goes through probably about 2 books a week now.

I don’t go through as many books as my hubby because I also like to listen to podcasts.  My favorites being Scavenger Life and the Dave Ramsey audio archives (which are daily and 2 hours long).    If it weren’t for Dave, I’d probably go through a lot more audio books, but personal finance (becoming debt free and being smart with money) is something that I’m very passionate about so I listen to his show almost every day, and if I don’t I eventually catch up on all of them.

Here is my list of the books that I’ve read in 2014. I keep a Pinterest board so that I can keep track of which books and how many I read.  I started doing this in 2013 (in which I read 23 books). My goal is to top 50 books this year.

There are a few different ways to acquire audiobooks from the library. 

1.  My first and most preferable way is to download them directly from the internet.  The image above shows the link on my library’s site to the audiobooks.  I download them and then transfer them to either my iPod of hubby’s mp3 player.

2.  The 2nd way is to request a Playaway.  Sometimes the online catalog may not have what I’m looking for, but either my library or another local library may carry a Playaway.

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A playaway is just an already preloaded mp3 player that comes with an audiobook of your choice.  What I really like about the Playaways is that I can increase the speed of the book.  It took me just a little bit to get used to the fast speech, but you get so used to it, you barely notice..but you can finish your audiobook in half the time.  It’s awesome!

3.  The last way I listen to audiobooks is by requesting the book on Audio CD.  It’s my least favorite as it takes time to burn the CDs and then transfer them to my iPod, but if they are not available online or on a playaway, but only on the CD, I will still get it.

I still read regular books too.  But if I’m driving somewhere far, or doing chores or mindless computer work, you can be sure that I’m listening to an audiobook.

If you don’t think you’d enjoy audiobooks, I challenge you to try.  It took me a while to convince my hubby to give them a try…but now it seems he can’t live without them.  LOL

Are you an audiobook listener?  Do tell?

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  1. Wow, that’s a lot of books! My former local library had a similar system called OverDrive where you could “rent out” books. They would self delete or stop working after 30 days or so. Neat idea.

    Do you find that you don’t retain audiobooks as well as regular books? I can’t decide if I don’t remember anything I read/listen to or if it’s just the audio. I think it’s a combination of having more things on my mind than when I was a kid and also having less downtime to decompress and think about the books. Because of this, I end up re-listening or reading books that I’ve already read before. I’m going through the Ender’s Game series again even though I’ve already listened to the audiobooks and I’m enjoying every moment of it.

    I also LOVE my Kindle paperwhite. My wife and I both have ones and the glow from it is a lot softer than a typical backlit smartphone or tablet. It doesn’t keep you awake like the bright phones do.

    1. Hi Chris. Yes, OverDrive is what we use. You can set the check out time for either 7 or 14 days and then the audiobooks expire.

      Regarding how I retain the books, I think it’s about the same as when I read regular books. I have found though that if it’s either an educational or self-help book, I will either relisten to it again, or then check out the regular book from the library if I want to take notes of something I want to refer to later. But most of the books that I actually read (and not listen to) are ones that I want to take in uninterrupted.

      Ender’s Game series is awesome. Both hubby and I loved them. You’re tempting me to possibly relisten to them again. But there are a few movies that I love and I’ve watched 5 times or so and every time I watch it, I pick up something new. I’m guessing it’s the same with books. There’s just no way to retain much of it! LOL Have you ever read or listened to the The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. My hubby loved the audiobooks. I barely got through the first book. We often like the same books, but I just couldn’t get into that one.

      I’ve only read a few books on the kindle app on my iphone. I’m still not sure how I feel about ebooks…it’s either an audio book or paper book for me. LOL

  2. I became re-aware of this service through a comment you made on my blog and am ever so grateful as I use the heck out of it now. I download e-books, audio books and streaming video. I just finished an ebook last night. It is called Before the Frost and is a book in the Wallander series. The first I’d tried. It is $11.72 on Amazon Kindle. Loved it and never would have spent that much to read it. One thing I love about this service is when you’ve reached the end of the loan period the book is returned for you – No Overdue Fees!! I racked those up pretty regularly when I took books home physically.

    1. Oh Nancy, I’m so glad I was able to re-introduce you to them!!! I am like you though with Overdue Fees. If I check out a book on CD cause it’s not available through download, I am often late and still pay them! LOL

  3. I love this post! Because I love love love audiobooks. 🙂 Are you on Goodreads? That’s where I keep track of what I’ve read. I started last year with a goal of getting through 40 books, but ended up “reading” 68, most of which were audiobooks. This year my goal is 75.

    I still listen to books on CD (using my laptop) that I’ve checked out at the library. I’ve also downloaded audiobooks to my laptop from my library which is nice, but I just recently took the time to figure out how to download them to my phone, which is even better! I can do the same with books from my Audible account (I do occasionally pay for a book when I can’t get it any other way).

    I took a look at your Pinterest board and it looks like we have similar tastes in YA fic. 🙂 I love Gayle Forman and Rainbow Rowell, and also read a couple James Dashner books last year, although I liked them less. I haven’t read Cinder yet, but it’s upstairs right now in my to-read pile. Have you tried anything by Lauren Oliver? She wrote the Delirium trilogy as well as a few other stand-alone books, and I’ve enjoyed them all. She is one of my favorites.

    1. Kari, you are my audiobook Hero!!! Wow, 68 books. That’s awesome. I have to say that if it wasn’t for Dave Ramsey’s daily show (which is 2 hours a day), I would probably be close to that.

      I’m really enjoying Rainbow Rowell’s books. Cinder I enjoyed too, and I have the 2nd and 3rd one on hold, but not as much as Rainbow’s books. Funny you mentioned Lauren Oliver. I just finished burning CDs of Before I Fall. That’s next on my list. Right now i’m actually listening to Living Well Spending Less by Ruth Soukup. I read her blog and am really enjoying her book. I will have to check out the Delirium trilogy.

      I’ve signed up for Goodreads, but I’m really not that familiar with it, that’s why I use Pinterest. Been doing it that way for a few year. Maybe I should check into it again. I do get their emails and sometimes will browse what’s popular.

      I enjoy all kinds of books, but I think my favorite genres are science fiction and I love dystopian books too.

  4. I am reading old classic books, like from the 1800’s and early 1900’s. I wish that I would have read these books when I was younger, but I was never introduced to them until now. Now that my kids are starting chapter books, I have been finding more books to read. My favorite books to read this past year was “A Girl from the Limberlost” and “Freckles”, by Gene Stratton Porter. I had found old copies when I was out yardsaling, and I really enjoyed them. I just started using OverDrive from my library account last week! Cheers!

    1. I would actually love reading those books. I love reading about life in those times. But I tend to read more when I listen to audiobooks. I will put your faves on my wish list. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

      1. I just noticed, it’s “A Girl “of” the Limberlost.”

        I found great book lists from

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