Too many times creatives, especially busy entrepreneurs, say that they don't have time to read. I used to say the same thing, but now I think that it's just an excuse.
When I was a kid, I loved being left at the library. That was my Wonderland, and the librarians were my surrogate parents.
Losing That Light for Reading
Over the years, school slowly ground out that love of reading ‘til I was only plowing through emails and work-related material.
But slowly I've re-discovered my passion for books. Occasionally, I'd even pick up a paperback that an ex-girlfriend introduced to me, but it was still slow-going. There was always something else taking priority, and that favorite excuse “I just didn’t have time for reading.”
Always Darkest Before There's Light
Lately, all that changed. I started walking again and taking libraries’ worth with me on my iPad. One day I’d listen to the inspiring story of Amanda Palmer; the next day I’d be spellbound by Stephen King.
Generally speaking, now I juggle a couple of novels on audiobook with non-fiction stuff on creative entrepreneurship or inspiring stories.
Since I started doing this, I’ve actually finished more books in the past 12 months than probably the past 12 years before!
Short Rundown of Recent Books I’ve “Read” Over the Last Year
Wild by Cheryl Strayed - http://amzn.to/2eVaTn8
Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull - http://amzn.to/2foECUI
10x Rule by Grant Cardone - http://amzn.to/2gzmDNb
Unselling by Scott Stratten / Alison Kramer - http://amzn.to/2elT8vv
Freakonomics by Steven Levin / Stephen Dubner - http://amzn.to/2cS20Yn
Think Like a Freak by Steven Levin / Stephen Dubner - http://amzn.to/2cS2aPB
Grit by Angela Duckworth - http://amzn.to/2d0hdHW
Essentialism by Greg McKeown - http://amzn.to/1Tp4tWg
The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson - http://amzn.to/2a56hqt
Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling - http://amzn.to/2eVdJIP
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling - http://amzn.to/2fi8vFw
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg - http://amzn.to/1NCmhQM
Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg - http://amzn.to/2fi5bKE
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh - http://amzn.to/2gbEgPP
Cell by Stephen King - http://amzn.to/2f8AmsD
Fluke by Christopher Moore - http://amzn.to/2cvzXA3
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - http://amzn.to/2apkwHK
Let’s Pretend That Never Happened by Jenny Lawson - http://amzn.to/2feoBgd
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson - http://amzn.to/2g868md
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran - http://amzn.to/2gcgAu6
Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson - http://amzn.to/2eVc8mi
I, Zombie by Hugh Howey - http://amzn.to/2gttF5d
The Walking Dead Road to Woodbury by Robert Kirkman - http://amzn.to/2fhZBIe
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Greene - http://amzn.to/2fi9jKz
The Martian by Andrew Weir - http://amzn.to/2eVaIrZ
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - http://amzn.to/2fi92HJ
Insane, right? Believe me, it's not as though I'm a reading maniac. But you'd be surprised at how much time you have walking around, waiting in line or driving in your car.
So, check out Audible. (I'm an affiliate not only because they're a great service but, well, you can see the results!) They have apps for your smartphone, iPad or tablet as well as your PC. So, get more reading done!