How to Read More Books
(Without Spending A Single Dollar or Adding More Time to your Day)
By: Jennifer Broxterman, MSc, RD
Registered Dietitian & Sports Nutritionist
I’d like to share one of my favourite discoveries from this summer. It helped me to go from reading 1 book per month to 2-4 books each week, effortlessly!
Meet Libby – It’s a free app that connects to your local public library and allows you to borrow (for free!) any audiobook or e-book from the expansive collection your local library subscribes into.
How Libby Works
Libby allows you to rent books from home FOR FREE without ever even needing to step into a library, and your borrowed electronic files are automatically retuned on your behalf at the end of the load period (yeah, no late fees!), or you have the option to renew your loan for a longer period if needed. All you need to get started is a local library card to sync to your library’s collection of electronic books, and you’re good to go.
Talk about a game changer for reading more books!!!
I’ve always been big into reading books (print, Kindle, or audio), and I believe that the continual investment in self-development and learning is one of the GREATEST GIFTS you can give to yourself and others. However, we all lead busy lives, and sometimes it’s simply hard to find the time to read when there are so many other things to take care of (I get it).
Reading is one of the BEST Investments of Your Time
Reading books by published authors makes you smarter and wealthier. It compresses the most important thoughts and life lessons from experts into bite-sized pieces of learning that you can take immediate action on. The act of reading is high-powered, low-cost, and time-efficient, offering the ultimate return on investment.
It’s no secret that reading books on a regular basis is one of the most beneficial activities we can do, and even the greats like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, and more made/make it an absolute priority to read regularly despite their demanding schedules.
See tip #4 from an article called Why Successful People Spend 10 Hours A Week On “Compound Time”
The Secret of N.E.T.
When I attended Business Mastery with self-improvement leader Tony Robbins, Tony continued the stress the importance of reading for 30 minutes per day to feed and nurture our minds, just like physical exercise strengthens and develops our muscles. A brain that doesn’t read atrophies, just like muscles that waste away from disuse over time.
Tony Robbins taught us about N.E.T. (No Extra Time), which is the time we spend commuting, running errands, walking, cleaning the house, eating and drinking, etc. that takes up mindless time in our busy schedules. These valuable N.E.T. minutes are the perfect place to bring along Libby (i.e. downloaded audiobooks) with you for the ride.
Since discovering this free resource, I’ve easily devoured 2-4 books per week while driving around in my car, working around the house, or relaxing before bed, and haven’t had to make any extra time in my schedule for reading. This summer, I’ve especially enjoyed:
- 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do
- Food Rules
- Essentialism (I’ve read it 3x in the last 4 months, it’s that good!)
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK (a great re-read for how we frame “problems” in our lives)
- The 4-Hour Work Week
- The Happiness Equation
- 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea
- Beatrix Potter Children’s Books (a cute way to have some of my favourite childhood bedtime stories re-told me before going to sleep)
I can’t believe how many GREAT books are in the Libby library collection, and wanted to share this gem of a resource with all of my friends and followers.
DOWNLOAD LIBBY HERE:
Enjoy, and happy reading (listening)!
Jennifer Broxterman, MSc, RD
Registered Dietitian & Sports Nutritionist
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P.S. If you’re looking for some reading recommendations, here are a few of my favourite books that I regularly recommend: NutritionRx Recommended Reading List