How I Find Time to Read Books as a Busy Mother of Four

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I love to read! I will read almost anything I can get my hands on– from a really great murder mystery to the latest parenting or devotional book, I just can’t get enough. I have found that if I start a good book, I can’t get anything else done until I am able to finish it. There have been times when I missed sleep for days on end because I discovered a new series of books, and I had to know how it ended. We are moving right now and the majority of our boxes are full of books.

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Today was a wonderfully gloomy and rainy day. Oh, how I longed to crawl into bed with a good book and relax for hours. Before kids, I would have done exactly that. Now however, I am up to my eyeballs in toddler messes and meltdowns. There is no time for reading. I consider it a victory to get a sip of coffee and some Bible study in before my youngest wakes up each morning. Even so, I still manage to read about ten books a month. Well, maybe read is not the right word. I listen to all my books now.

Yep, audiobooks. I started by listening to podcasts of bloggers I like (no time to read those blogs now), and it was a slippery slope from there. I listen to books while doing lawn work, laundry, cleaning, getting ready, and pretty much any activity where I can zone out. I know audiobooks have been around forever, but I am just now catching on to how great they are for those of us who don’t have time to let our rear ends grace a cozy reading chair.

Where to find free audiobooks

Hoopla– The best part of discovering my love for audiobooks is that my favorite place to get them is 100% free. With just a library card, you can borrow ten books a month from Hoopla Digital. You will be asked to choose your library from a list of libraries near you. Then you will need to supply Hoopla with your library card number and personal information. You will then be able to create a log in and password. That’s it! Ten free books per month. You can use the Hoopla app on almost any device– Amazon, Google Play, Apple, or Chromecast.

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Hoopla also offers movies, music, and ebooks!


Sometimes my daughter uses my Hoopla account if she can’t find what she is looking for on Epic. Since there is a limit of ten books per month, anything she borrows counts against my limit. #bibliophileproblems. When that happens, there are other places to find audiobooks.


Open CultureOpen Culture is ideal for finding the classics on audio. You can choose from over 900 free audiobooks and courses. The books come in different formats– iTunes, mp3, streaming, or free Audible. Open Culture is a great resource for homeschoolers or people who really appreciate classic literature.

Audible- Audible is a great choice for when you just have to have a new release. You can get a 30 day free trial when you click through my link. After the first 30 days, Audible is 14.95 per month for one book per month, so you will need to cancel before the trial period ends. Audible can be used on pretty much any device, and you can switch between devices without losing your place.

All You Can Books- Like Audible, All You Can Books offers a monthly membership, but at a slightly higher cost. The major difference being, the books are unlimited. You can listen to as many books as you’d like for 19.99 per month. All You Can Books offers a 30 day free trial. You can’t browse their library before joining, so the free trial is a good way to decide if you will enjoy the selection.

There are other websites that offer free audiobooks, but most are very similar to Open Culture, with older books. One way around the ten book per month limit with Hoopla is for each person in your family to have their own library card and set up separate Hoopla accounts. We currently pay 50 dollars a year for a library membership because we do not live within city limits. We are moving next week and we will be able to sign each member of our family up for a library card. That will give us 60 free books per month. #bibliophiletriumph!


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