Hi! Happy Friday (or whatever day it is you’re reading this!)! I wrote in this post that one of my goals for 2019 was to implement #lessscrollingmorereading into my daily routine. I wanted to be really intentional about the time I spent on my phone (aka Instagram) and instead of mindlessly scrolling, my goal was to train my mind to reach for the nearest book. As a result of that, I wanted to finish a book a month. It’s a good thing I’m writing this post at this time because it’s forcing me to realize that there’s still a bunch of room for me to improve in this area, despite the ten books that I’ve finished this year so far.
A friend of mine knew about my desire to read more and told me about this app called Good Reads. I downloaded it and it’s amazing! Originally I was just keeping a notes tab on my phone that I’d check off but now I enjoy using the “want to read” feature on the app. You can also read book reviews, create lists for what you want to read, have finished reading, and are currently reading, have discussions about books, check out book ratings, and more. I think it’s so helpful and useful! The whole thing is like social media of sorts but for books so you can see what your friends rated and thought about a book which I think is really fun!
Did you know that most libraries offer an app service now so you can download books to read and listen to for free using your library card? When I learned that last year I was amazed! Our library uses the app Hoopla so that is typically how I read/listen to books. It saves us a bunch of money on subscriptions such as Audible and buying books that will take up space in our home eventually. I highly suggest checking into your local library to see if they offer a similar service! By the way, there’s nothing wrong with going to the library and physically picking up a book too!!! I find it so nostalgic. If you don’t have a library card, get your bum up and to the library! You pay your hard earned tax dollars to get that FREE service!
A few months ago I asked on Instagram for book suggestions. I received so many back from you all! Thank you for that! I compiled all of the recommendations and am sharing them below. I also went ahead and added them to my “want to read” list on Good Reads so you can find them on there if you want to add them to your own list. I was reading through their summaries and they sound so good!!! I’ll also share my own TBR list that I’ve been compiling from podcasts, other books, and friends below.
The last thing I want to share on here is THESE illustrated Harry Potter books. You guys!!!!! Have you seen these before?! I didn’t know about them until my friend (the same one that suggested I use Good Reads) showed me hers. I was in shock! They are so beautiful! When she found out my goal was to finish the series this year she let me bring them home so I could read them versus my tattered alternatives at home. I can’t get over how well done they are! They only have 3 out currently but they are releasing the Goblet of Fire on 10/8! THIS is the best price I’ve found them.
Time to sign off for the weekend and get lost in some Harry Potter! I hope you all have a good one. Thank you always for your endless support.
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