I listen to a lot of audiobooks while driving for work. I think that audible content in the form of audiobooks and podcasts is my favorite way to consume media at the moment. One reason being is that you can listen while doing other things, for example driving. Sometimes my lovely wife nicely reminds me that I have a task or chore that needs to be accomplished. My moment of gloom quickly turns to joy as I realize… “I can listen to something while doing this.”
Podcasts are great, but I think I feel more accomplished when I finish an audiobook. It feels like I set out to do something and then saw it to completion. It’s a bit more fulfilling I guess.
My wife has been instrumental in showing me all the resources available for books and audiobooks. There are so many free and cheap ways to access books if you have a library card. Through apps like Hoopla, Libby, and Overdrive you can get free access with your library card number (note: not all library selections are created equal, large city libraries are typically superior). Then there are well known options like Audible, which I find pricey. Scribd is another cheap subscription option that I have used to find different titles. And of course she taught me how to track all my reading through the app Goodreads, which gives you a nice visual of what you have read and allows you to research other books. I definitely would recommend using it.
Besides the Bible, below is a list of the last 12 books I have “read.”
1. Killing England by Bill O’Reilly
2. Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly
3. Killing the SS by Bill O’Reilly
4. Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
5. Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
6. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
7. Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
8. You Don’t Have to Be a Shark
by Robert Herjavec
9. Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt
10. The Club by Joshua Robinson
11. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
12. The Push by Tommy Caldwell
Most of the books I read and listen to can be put into three major categories. I rarely read non-fiction.
2. Business and Related
3. Sports Stories
Obviously these categories cross over. For instance I love that I can learn lessons about work ethic and business leadership from a historical biography not directly related to business.
Through listening, I realize more and more that stories inspire. Stories make us think. Stories teach us lessons… both from positive and negative situations. I would much rather glean lessons from an autobiography by one time slave Booker T. Washington than listen to a boring technical book that tells me I should work hard but lacks real world examples.
With that being said, what books do you read? Why do you read them? I’m always interested to learn what other people gravitate toward as well.
Happy reading! And listening:)