I was worried that I wouldn't have time to read "fun" books aka not assigned books. Maybe you're in the same predicament as me. You might not be in school, but you might be struggling to find time to do what you love: read.
Well I've found a solution: audio books.
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Acquire your audiobook.
My public library has e-audiobooks, so I've been downloading audio books through that service. See if your public library offers that service, and if they don't they probably have physical C.D. audio books that you can borrow and load onto your iPod/MP3 player.
You can also buy them online from places like audible.com. Personally, I've never used this website so I can't comment on how well this works, but I've never heard anything negative about it. I'm planning on trying this service out, if the library doesn't offer a book I want to listen to.
You can also find quite a few audio books on Youtube just ripe for downloading. Annnd that's all I'm going to say on that matter. You can decide where your moral compass points you on that one, haha.
Find your under-utilized time.
This is the time where you're doing a menial task that doesn't required much brain-power. I used to just listen to music, but then I realized how much time I was wasting. Here are the times when I listen to my audio books:
-Taking the bus
-Walking around campus from class to class
-The few times that I'm actually driving
-Cleaning my house
-Laying in bed, because I'm too lazy to actually hold a book
-Working out (hahahahahahaha, yeah right, see previous point)
Listen to your audio book!
It's the best when you get a reader who does all the voices to keep you interested. If you do zone out though, don't be afraid to rewind the track if you think you've missed something. I do it all the time! Personally, I like to have a copy of the physical book on hand, so I can switch back and forth depending on where I am and what I'm doing. I find it helpful to end on chapters, so I can find my spot easier. It might take a bit of tweaking, to make audio books work for you, but it's so worth it.
So far I've listened to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, and I'm currently listening to Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer. All of these have had good narrators; the one for Seraphina even sang all the songs! If you're looking for a good narrator you could also try the Harry Potter series; Jim Dale is amazing!
Do you like audio books? Do you find it hard to focus on them? What was the last audiobook that you listened to? I know people tend to either like or dislike audio books so I'm curious to hear what you all think of them.