Reading is my Second Hobby
From about the age of 4, I have always had a love for books. My parents signed me up for a book of the month club and I still have every one of those books!
Reading for me has always been relaxing. I love how some books make me feel as if I know the characters personally. A well written book will pull at all of my emotions. Over the course of a few years, I have read almost 6,000 books. Because of my enthusiasm for a few authors, they have reached out to me to be a part of their team. I proofread books for five authors right now, I love getting to know them and working along with them.
Physical Books or Kindle E-reader
Ah, the feel and smell of old books (and new ones too)! My eyes have deteriorated over the years and I found that reading on a Kindle* was much easier. I could make the font size as large as I needed. Whenever possible, I will still get a paper books but for the most part I read e-books.
Since I read so many books, I found the best solution for me was to get a Kindle Unlimited Membership. The membership costs $9.99 per month and you can check out 10 books at a time. Once you finish a book, simply return it and pick another one. If you are a quick reader, this is a great subscription. I think I average 50 books a month with my membership.Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans
Maybe Listening is More Your Style
In case you are not a book person but would still love to hear a good story, try Audible. You can get an Audible subscription and listen to a good mystery or fall in love with a romance while scrapbooking a layout! If you would like to give Audible a try, click on the link to get two free audio books.Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks
Finding your next book
I am a very lucky person. I not only get to scrapbook and read every day, but I get to work in a used bookstore! The joy of finding a new book that a customer trades in that I have been looking for, is one of the best feelings. Finding something for a family member that you know they will love. I love checking out used bookstores whenever we travel. If you are fortunate enough to have a local used bookstore, be sure to support them in way that you can.
I have been keeping track of all of my read books on Goodreads. You can mark the books you would like to read, or have finished reading. Leave a review, either the star system or a written review. Goodreads also has a giveaways section, enter in a drawing to win a copy of a book that you would like to try. I have won a dozen or so over the years, so yes, it does work!
I have two college students that are always in the need of textbooks or supplemental reading. Whenever we can, we try to rent their textbooks from Amazon. If you have an Amazon Prime Membership, you get free 2 day shipping. This has come in handy on more than one occasion for a last minute class that was added.
I also love my Prime Account for ordering scrapbook supplies, books and household items. I never have to worry about not having enough total dollar amount to reach free shipping. It really comes in handy at Christmas!
One More Hobby
During the pandemic shutdown, my daughter and I started designing t shirts. She is getting her degree in graphic design and I thought what a fun way for her to put to use her new skills. We are having a lot of fun coming up with fun sayings and also adding some from current events. These shirts are found on Amazon and if you are a Prime Member, they will ship for FREE! These are great gift ideas for all year round, but remember to check us out at Christmas time! When You click on a design, it will take you to the Amazon listing. Click on our brand KOKO CREATES to see the whole collection of graphic designs we have made.
So…do you have hobbies other than scrapbooking? I like having a variety of activities to keep me busy but my true love is scrapbooking!
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