If you are a reader you will know where this is coming from. Readers have that sudden urge to read, read, read. Read anything, anywhere. The back of the cereal box when you are enjoying your Cheerios, the label left on the new laundry hamper, tags on new clothing, instructions on how to add batteries to your remote, and yes, even the junk mail is not left unattended.
But, when we pick up that new best seller, sit comfortably on the sofa and begin to read, we are sometimes ridden with guilt. Isn’t there something I should be doing? Working at my paying job, laundry, planner dinner, polishing the silver? Polishing the silver is a stretch, but you get my drift.
I work from home for my paying job and write as often as I can squeeze it in, though I believe everything I’ve read – when I had the time – says I should write first and then work if I want to be considered a serious writer. I’ll get that switched around after Andrew has finished with his college career.
Don’t believe everything you hear about working from home. Regardless of all the hoop-la, no, I don’t have oodles of time to loll around on the sofa eating bon-bons and reading or scrolling through Facebook. Then there’s the phone ringing constantly and the text messages coming in because most believe your time is your own. It’s not. You pay for it late in the night when you are catching up on the time you missed.
Recently I downloaded the Audible App on my iPhone after seeing it advertised on Facebook when I should have been working. What the heck? It was only $14.95 a month and when I signed up I got one free book. I can always cancel after I get my two books.
But I didn’t cancel. I kept Audible and now I am guilt-free when I read… or rather listen. I can read when I’m working because I sit at my machine and sew. My running in the mornings has taken on a new curve and lengthened in time and miles spent as I listen to Audible.
I read while I’m driving. You’d be surprised how big a dent you can put in a book while doing errands around town. With the sound of the gulf in the background I read on the pier while H fishes. I also read while H drives us on longer trips, nodding my head yes or no as he talks to me and uttering a “Really?” or “Is that so?” as to not alert him that I am really not paying attention.
I don’t listen to audible in bed where most of my night-time reading occurs. I had to draw the line somewhere.
I’ve taken advantage of Audible specials such as two books for one credit and numerous $5.00 specials. In the last week I’ve read three books. I never had time to do that when I was reading for real. Now I’ve come to the end of my list and my Audible doesn’t kick in until the twenty-second of the month. Sigh.
So I found a new audiobook sight where the rates are relatively inexpensive. It’s called AudiobooksNow and yes, there’s an app for that. AudiobooksNow has two plans.
- Monthly Club Plan $5/month (30 Day Free Trial) Club Pricing is a great way to save money on all your audiobook purchases. It’s like getting our entire selection of audiobooks on sale every day. With our monthly Club Plan you’ll get the first audiobook you purchase each month at 50% Off, then you will receive the normal Club Price (up to 40% off). And, if you do not use your 50% discount, it automatically rolls over to the next month. You can cancel your monthly Club Plan at any time.
- 50% Off 12 Club Plan $36 (Renewable) The first 12 audiobooks you purchase through this plan will be 50% Off, then you will receive the normal Club Price (between 25-40% off). You can purchase all 12 audiobooks whenever you’d like and renew the plan as often as you’d like. The 50% Off 12 audiobooks plan can be renewed when you run out of your 50% discounts.