From my frequent mentions of books on the blog, you probably know that I love to read books, but did you know that Brian does, too? And that sometimes we will read together at night instead of watching TV? (I know - is that heresy in America?) While we've talked about books here and there in previous podcast episodes, we've never devoted a whole episode to books - and so we remedy that with this episode. And hold on to your hat, we must've been just waiting for this opportunity because this is our longest episode to date! You'd never guess that we held ourselves back - we seriously could've kept recording.
So join us as we talk about why reading books is so much better than just reading little social media posts. We discuss the different formats (yes, audiobooks count and are sometimes better) and where to get them cheaply. Plus how to find the time to read them all. Then we get into just a brief overview of some of our favorite books (this was so hard to keep brief!). You'll also find our regular segments: some life updates, a real-life example week of menus ideas, and our cool things.
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Why Read Books
As you may have guessed from this extra-long podcast, we love books! Here's that Pew Research on the main reasons Americans give for reading books we talked about.
After growing up reading, majoring in reading-heavy History and English in college, and finding a lot of joy in books, I talked about a time I had a reading dry spell. You can read more about that and how it spurred me on to create reading goals each year here.
Tips to Find Time to Read Books & Where to Get Them
One of my biggest tips on finding time to read involves embracing audiobooks and how to find them free or inexpensively (see more on this below on where to get books). In case you're not sure if audiobooks is 'cheating' here's just one of many articles that show listening to books is as similar to your brain as reading paper books.
Where to get books cheap or free?
- Daily emails of ebooks on sale: Modern Mrs. Darcy's Great Ebook Deals and BookBub
- Library (of course) - Hoopla is the BEST app for audio and ebooks (seriously - there is NO waiting! If it's there, you can download it right away); Libby is second best if your library isn't a part of Hoopla
- Audible’s Daily Deal email - We have gotten some of our best listens from this! Once you sign up for a free trial (you get 2 credits good for 2 audiobooks) you'll always have an account even if you don't continue with the monthly automatic withdrawals (I never have). This was something I didn't understand, but it's crucial. You will always keep your account AND the books you purchased and even though you aren't paying monthly, you can buy anything you want - including the daily sales that are usually between $1.95 and $5.95 a book! Go here to sign up and get your 2 free audiobooks and then go here to read how to sign up for the Daily Deal emails (it's in your new account section).
Books We Recommend
Some of our favorite books (we talk about a lot more, but I'm linking to just a few for brevity!):
- The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Resurrection of the Son of God, N.T. Wright (we are shocked at the price of this - what?!!)
- Dune, Frank Herbert
- Persuasion, Jane Austen (I also love this BBC adaptation of it!)
- Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
- North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell (and also LOVED this BBC production of it - that last scene! Sigh…)
- The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp
- Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit, Francis Chan
If you're looking for more of my book recommendations, here are the links to the best books I read in the following years:
AND we'd love to know what you enjoy reading. Leave a comment, call the number below or tag us on social media and tell us YOUR favorite books - we're always looking for good recommendations!
Here's a glimpse of the marathon hair and makeup session I talked about.
Just another visual of the "foundation" we inherited. It's worth saying again - this has held a 2-story home for 100 years! Amazing, right?
A simple glimpse into last week’s real-life menu to hopefully inspire you that menu planning can be easy and is a great way to eat healthy and save money:
Monday: Roast beef, gouda, spinach & dried tomato paninis; cut veggies & hummus
Tuesday: Trader Joe’s Potstickers; Vegetable Stir-fry with Ground Turkey
Wednesday: Costco Rotisserie Chicken; salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette; Sourdough Artisan Bread (from the freezer)
Friday: Pulled pork (with buns for some); Cumin Lime Slaw; green salad; Peanut Butter Blondies (extended family dinner)
Saturday: Grilled burgers, chips & cut veggies
Sunday: On Your Own (did get taken out for a birthday brunch!)
This is Really Cool!
To keep with the theme, we chose the books we've enjoyed lately!
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