Others wonder, Where do you find out about all these books?
And others, But how can you afford your book-buying habit?
These are the tools that allow me to keep up an active and enjoyable reading life.
1. Audio books & multi-tasking.
The truth of the matter is that I simply would not be able to read as much as I do without embracing audiobooks. I listen while I fall asleep at night, while I get ready in the morning, and while I’m in my car.
2. Audible & multi-tasking.
Again, audiobooks. A fantastic and flexible subscription to Audible.com allows me to have almost any audiobook on hand anytime I want it. I listen to these when CDs don’t make sense: while exercising, while tanning.
3. I repeat: multi-tasking.
I don’t do anything mindless without listening to a book, a TEDtalk, or a John Green video. I mean, if I even want to play a quick game of Tetris, I make sure I have something to listen to.
4. Book blogs & Bloglovin.
I follow 85 blogs,over 50 of them writing- or reading-related. I couldn’t keep up with this many blogs without the help of my blog reader, bloglovin.com. It’s easy and intuitive and a time-saver!
5. Google Alerts.
How do I decide which book blogs to follow? I have Google Alerts for my favorite authors, so every day I’m emailed news and posts about them. If a blogger loves one of my favorite authors or books, I add them to my Bloglovin reader (assuming they have a similar taste as mine!).
I don’t use Goodreads as much as some other readers, but I do like that it gives me personalized recommendations and that I can read quotes from the book before I decide to read it. The reviews can be hit or miss without any context for the reviewer (i.e. How do I know if this person has good taste?), but they are sometimes helpful. It’s also nice to see a collective reader rating on a book before diving in.
7. Barnes & Noble membership & Mastercard.
My membership gives me free shipping on everything (worth exponentially more than the membership dues), and my Mastercard gives me Barnes & Noble giftcards as rewards. I keep my wishlist items in the “save for later” bin on the B&N website, and when a giftcard arrives in the mail, I spent it in about seven seconds.
Hope you’ve found something helpful in this list! I’d love to hear YOUR best tips!
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