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Readers are Leaders …

I’ve heard that for years. It’s true. And, as part of my personal self-leadership, I am always in a book. I will share these with you from time to time and give honest feedback. But, I also want to give a disclaimer and an explanation …


When I say I “read a book,” 95% of the time I will have actually listened to the book!! Without apology, that is my preferred reading style during this season of life. It hasn’t always been and may not continue, but for now, I’m loving my audio books.


For the past 11 years since becoming an avid book “listener,” I have averaged over 40 books per year. That’s a lot of reading. I can guarantee that it is way more than if I had solely relied on consuming books in their paper version.


It’s interesting the occasional criticism that I receive. Some believe to their core that listening to a book is not really reading and that it is somehow cheating. I was told once that I had misrepresented myself and my reading habits. Without being (too) sassy, I kindly asked the person how many books he/she had read in the past year. Enough said and that was the end of the conversation!


My goal in reading a book is not to highlight important lines or take notes or dog-ear the pages. If any of those were important to me, listening would not be such a good idea.


My goal is exposure and consumption. My goal is to absorb all that I can from each book and figure out if/how it applies to my life. My goal is to learn and grow and to keep on moving.


For those interested, the very practical way that I accomplish this is through Amazon’s Audible and my iPhone. I have a subscription to Audible for credits. I keep my wish list full (currently 54) of “next reads” and add new titles whenever I hear great ones recommended. Adding a book to my cart, making the purchase, and having it sync to my phone happens in just a matter of moments. And, just like, that I’m reading my next book.


If you’d like to try out Audible, you can get a 30-day free trial that includes a free book HERE!! I’ve been a member since 2012 and have loved my experience.


So, how about you? What’s your preferred method of reading? Paper copy? E-book? Audio?


Most importantly, what are you currently reading???

Hop over to see some of my favorites if you need an idea for which book to pick up next.

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