How would your life improve if you read 24 books in the next 12 months? You’re already talking about the reasons you can’t, aren’t you? You don’t have time to read, do you? Twenty-four books in a year? That’s just nuts!
I should refer you to this post that talks about making excuses. But I won’t. Well, I guess I just did.
On a more serious note, though, put aside all of the excuses and reasons why you can’t, and consider this question. How would your life improve if you read 24 books in the next 12 months? Think about it.
What did you come up with? Did you think about the people and the places you would learn about? How about the skills that you could learn? Did you think about how you might get to spend time using your imagination?
Did you consider that your vocabulary will increase? Did you think about the conversations you could have about the subjects you learn about or about the popular novels you read? Did you consider that reading reduces stress and improves your memory?
You probably came up with even more because there are a large number of ways that your life will improve if you read. But you’re still stuck on , “I don’t read”, aren’t you? You’re still stuck on, “I don’t have time”, aren’t you?
What if I could show you a way to read 24 books in 12 months without taking any extra time and without you having to read a single word? That would be magic.
All of my sarcasm aside, I really do encourage you to read. The benefits are tremendous. You know that, but other things are more important to you. If I’m not going to change your mind this second, that’s okay. Just think about it over the next few weeks or months.
However, if you are interested in learning about my magic, keep reading.
You can read a book without taking any extra time and without having to read a single word. It’s not really magic though. It’s audiobooks.
I used to snub my nose at audiobooks. I wanted to sit down and read an actual book. But it got to the point that I couldn’t take the time to read all of the books I wanted to read, so I gave audiobooks a try.
Listening to audiobooks lets me “read” when I normally couldn’t read. I listen when I exercise, when I drive, when I’m at the grocery store, bank, standing in lines, waiting for appointments, waiting to pick up the kids, doing yard work, doing housework, etc…
You would be amazed at how much material you can get through just using those short blocks of time. The books I typically listen to are about 6 hours in length. Between my 20 minute commute and some other smaller chunks of time, I usually finish a book in less than a week.
Think about the activities that you could do while also listening to a book. Think about those small chunks of time that you have. You know alot of them well. They are the ones you usually use to check Facebook. How much time is there?
If you give it a try, I’ll bet that you can find enough time to listen to more than two books a month. Are you interested in giving it a try? If you are, I’ll show you how to get a book for free just for trying it and you’ll help us out too (we will get a small commission – even if you don’t pay for anything).
It’s really easy to setup so that you can listen on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. There are 6 simple steps.
1. Click the Audible ad. If you’re on your desktop computer, the Audible ad is on the right side of this page. If you’re on a mobile device, you’ll have to scroll down a little past the “popular posts” section.
2. Sign up for an Audible account. Clicking the ad on our site will take you to audible.com. You’ll see a “get started” button. Just click that button to sign up for an account. You will have to give them a credit card, but you can cancel at anytime (even before you would get charged) – and you will get your first book free.
3. Pick your book. This might be the hardest part because there are so many books to choose from. Browse around the audible site and pick a book you would like to try. Add it to your cart and then use your free credit to “purchase the book”.
4. Get the free Audible app for your mobile device. Install the Audible app on your mobile device. When doing so, you’ll be prompted for your Audible login credentials. (Note: you can’t search for and buy books using the app. The app only “feeds” what you’ve bought from the website.)
5. Download your free book to the app. Open the app and go to your library. You should see your book somewhat greyed out. Click it to start downloading your book (the default setting is to only let you download when you are connected to wi-fi).
6. Push play! That’s it. You’re on your way to 24 books in 12 months!
If the idea of 24 books in 12 months is too much for you, go for 1 book a month. Find something that works for you. But give it a shot. You just might like it! And I guarantee you learn something.
If you have any questions about the process, please send us an email or ask a question in the comments section below. We would be happy to help! If you do give it a try, let us know what you think!