Are you a busy mom who feels like you’ve lost the time or energy to read for fun? One of the things I missed when I went back to work full-time was my reading time. I still take the time to read in the mornings at work, but it is a different kind of reading. I’m reading books about fundraising, crowd sourcing, social media, and cystic fibrosis. All very interesting, but not the light fun I was used to.
Recently I have begun “reading” audiobooks. Using an app for my iPad called Overdrive I can check out audiobooks from my public library for free! I usually have a work related book that I listen to when doing menial tasks at work, and a fiction book that I listen to when driving kids around or commuting. Since adding audiobooks into my book “diet”, I have more than doubled my book reading!
One of my favorite things about my real life friend, Essie, from Essie’s Blessings, is that she loves books even more than I do! Plus, she is a librarian, so she has the inside scoop! When we are not laughing about the goofy things our kids do, or comparing the big changes our lives have gone through the past few years, we dish on books. We have very similar taste in books, though she is more willing to read books that make her cry than I am.
We are also both extremely frugal. So, I regularly scan the free Kindle offerings to see if there is a free, or very inexpensive book to add to my bulging Kindle library. (I am convinced that Dakotapastor is SO glad I’ve embraced eBooks. They take up a lot less shelf space, and I no longer travel with a tote of books when we go on vacation).
Yesterday I came across The Obituary Society. It looked like a fun, light read, and, yesterday, it was free.
Here is a brief synopsis:
When Lila Moore inherits her grandfather’s house, she finds herself in a small Midwestern town where margarine is never an acceptable substitution for butter, a coveted family recipe can serve as currency, and the friend who will take your darkest secrets to the grave will still never give you the secret to her prize-winning begonias.
Lila is charmed by the people of Auburn, from the blue-eyed lawyer with the southern drawl to the little old lady who unceasingly tries to set Lila up with her grandson. But when strange things begin to happen, Lila realizes some of her new friends are guarding a secret like its a precious family heirloom. It’s a dangerous secret, and it has come back to haunt them. Lila is caught in the middle, and her life may depend on uncovering it. But even if she can, can she stay in Auburn when not everyone is what they seem, and even the house wants her gone?
Essie and I decided we wanted to do a read-along with our readers! And, since we know that many of you are busy moms, we know that reading a book in a week, or even in a month, may not happen. So we are splitting the book into five chapter hunks and we’ll be back here and at Essie’s Blessings next Wednesday to discuss the first five chapters! (That is one chapter per weeknight, which even I can fit in before drifting off to sleep).
So, are you in? Leave a comment if you are! Happy reading!