Photo credit: Valencia D. Clay
So one of my pledges for this year was to read more books. I mean, honestly, I can’t consider myself a legit writer if I don’t read right? (At least that’s what I tell myself). The two go hand in hand, or at least they should in my opinion. So I made it my goal, put it in on my Vision Board for 2017 (more on Vision Boards to come in the next few weeks) and I am proud to say that I am on task to meet my goal…which now that I look back, seems so small, but hey whatever a goal is a goal and you gotta crawl before you walk.
One of my favorite ‘sister-friends’ that I follow on IG, is a young brilliant teacher from Harlem by the name of Valencia D. Clay. Valencia is an author herself, and has completely dedicated her page to education, choosing to commit it as a resource for educators, parents, and creatives who aspire to impact the world. Her goals for her life resonante with me and since I love and support her vision, I frequent her page often for inspiration and to marvel at the latest gem of knowledge she is sharing. One of her pics she posted last year was a photo of the multitude of books she read over the year and I was blown away. I told myself, “Toya, you gotta do better, and you LOVE to read…or at least you used to. Wsup with that?” Sometimes you just need a little push, need someone to shed light in areas of your life that are not illuminated and you #BTFU. Just like that, I challenged myself to read a book a month, small, I know but a goal still the same.
I’m proud to say that I’m on my way to reaching this goal and next year I know for sure I will surpass it…on other words, the fire is lit! Yet, I have a secret, I don’t always have time to sit down and read. I find it utterly relaxing and value the sweet moments of solitude that come with snuggling up in a corner, or laying out on a beach, and turning the pages of a book. Yea, so, that’s not currently my life and it’s all good because we all know that a win is still a win or as my mother fondly says, “there’s more than one way to skin a cat.” So six of the books that will make the list this year I’ve read on Audible.
Some friends of mine told me about this on my trip to Cuba earlier this year and I’ve been hooked ever since. So, if you’ve heard of Audible, that’s wsup and if not, I’m here to put you on game because that’s what I’m here to do. Audible is a subsidiary of Amazon (who doesn’t love Amazon???) where you basically pay a membership fee for $14.95 a month to listen to books anywhere, anytime, on any device. In a nutshell, if you try it out for 30 days, you get a free audiobook of your choice. After your trial ends, you pay the membership fee mentioned above, where you receive one book credit a month, good for any audiobook on the site. They currently boast the world’s largest library of audiobooks, so you’re almost sure to find a book you’ll want to read.
Not convinced yet? Here’s my top 3 reasons for why you should sign up for Audible. Like today.
- Convenience: Reading is fundamental, but shoot, we are all busy. I made the excuse for a long time that I didn’t have time to read. Now I listen to Audible in my car, while I’m working out, when I’m at home cleaning up, basically anytime where I’m in motion. It’s just sooo easy and takes that whole, ‘I don’t have time jive all of the way out of the picture.’ No excuse.
- No wait times: Yes, the library is free and a much more efficient way to read books, I can’t argue with that. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the library for everything it has the offer. But, I forreal don’t have time to go to the library (shoot I barely have time to read these books!) only to get there and don’t have any of the books I want to read. Still, even if you look for the books online before you actually go to the library, if the book is new and remotely popular, it’s probably already checked out and which lands you on the wait list. Now you gotta find something else to read. Booooo. Long story short, ain’t nobody got time for that.
- The subscription essentially pays for itself: If you are anything like me, you are always trying to save and make the best use of your coins. So let me break this down to you with a little more detail. The first month, you get one free book, no cost to you because the app is free. After the 30 days expire, you pay a $14.95 membership fee. With the membership, you get one free credit, or book, each month. You can cancel the subscription at any time and the books you’ve read are yours to keep, they stay on your device.
What I really like is that if you start reading a book or even if you read the entire book and you don’t like it, you just “return” it and they give your credit back. (You def don’t get that kind of luxury at your local bookstore.) Plus, you get to gift a book you’ve read to a friend, so if you and your bestie sign up at the same time, you guys can choose to each read a book and then swap…so in the first two months, you can essentially get two free books. Another thing I like about the membership is they frequently run specials where you can purchase book credits at a discount, (ie. three book credits for $19.99) so I usually stock up on those.
Pro Tip: I ALWAYS read books that are at least $14.95 or more (most of my books cost $19.99-$24.99) that way I get my money’s worth. If there’s a book on there that costs less, maybe $7.99, that’s the book I wait and get from the library. If you waste your credit on that, you basically lost money this month.
Seriously, you should sign up now. No, like forreal.
FYI, I love novels and read them myself, old school style. I read autobiographies, self-help, and informative books on Audible.
Are you using the app? Do you love it like me? What good books have you read this year and what should I read next.
Love and Light.
Toya, In Wonderland