If you know me then you know I love books. We are, unapologetically, a family of bookworms. I used to love to curl up with a good book on Sunday afternoons or at bedtime. And then, y’know, screens and electronics — *cough* Netflix *cough* — and a busier, more active lifestyle took over and my paperbacks turned into dust-collectors.
This past summer I vowed to read more. In fact, Judy Blume’s In the Unlikely Event was my beachy go-to. But it darned-near took me all summer to finish (even tagging along to Mexico in September.) That doesn’t mean I didn’t still get through a lot of books, though.
Because audiobooks, you guys!
I’ll do you one better: you can borrow books for FREE (eBooks or audiobooks in any and every genre imaginable) from your local library from the comfort of your couch! Oh, yes. There IS an app for that.
And that app is called OverDrive.
When I’m sitting, I like to read from a ‘real’ book as opposed to an eBook; but the audiobooks on OverDrive have been my constant companions on every outdoor run and walk since the librarian at our local library suggested I download the app. Besides, my running playlist was getting a little too predictable and this way, every outing became a new adventure!
I’ve listened to dozens of books and caught up with some of my favourite characters from authors like James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs and Stuart Woods. I’ve even ‘re-read’ The Hunger Games and the Divergent series, just for fun.
The app is extremely easy to set up and use — all you need is your library card to get started. Frankly, the only downside is having to put books on hold that aren’t yet available because, like the real thing, there are only limited copies available for lending. My current read is a 1970s cop murder mystery titled Cop Town by new-to-me author, Karin Slaughter.
Have you downloaded OverDrive? What are you reading/listening to these days? I’m always looking for book recommendations.
(P.S. I’m only telling you about OverDrive because I really, really love the app and I really, really like you and I enjoy sharing things I love with people I like.)