Need Motivation? Try This!

by Joanna

I’ve been listening to audiobooks lately.  Why audiobooks?  Because it allows me to multi-task and I get to listen to some great books.  Sometimes I only listen to audiobooks when I’m working out.  This helps give me the push I need at times to not only get going but also to stay out a little bit longer to get to the end of the chapter.  It’s a great motivational tool. 

I used to check out CD audiobooks from the library and listen to them in my car.  I tried a free trial of Audible, but I never really understood how it worked and there was a fee, so I quit after the trial period was over. 

Then I hit the jackpot.  OverDrive. 

Haven’t heard of it?  Well now you have and you are welcome.  Wink OverDrive is a free app that lets you check out audiobooks (in addition to ebooks) for free.  There is a check out period, similar to the physical library, and once that time is up, the files are deleted off of your device.  There is also an option to stream the content but I’ve never done that.

Basically, how it works is that once you’ve downloaded the app, add your local public library to OverDrive, and check out items with your library card.  (Don’t have a library card?  What are you waiting for – they are free!)  Search for the book you want, and either download it right away or put a hold on the title if others have already checked out the allotted licenses for that particular book.

So far I’ve listened to:

  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • Finding Ultra by Rich Roll
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
  • The Beach House by Jane Green
  •  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

I will have a review on Finding Ultra in an upcoming blog post soon.  It’s a great book about a man who goes from overweight to one of the fittest men in America.  I can’t wait to tell you about it.

Let me know if you use OverDrive, how you like it, and what books you recommend!



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