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If you’ve been reading The Gifty Girl, you might realize by now that I LOVE to read. When I was a kid I carried a book with me pretty much everywhere. I still love to read, but sadly it isn’t always easy or convenient to read a book as a busy mom.
A couple of years ago we were out with some friends and a girlfriend asked for book recommendations. Another mom in the group started listing off all of the latest books she had read. I was taking notes like crazy since they all sounded amazing…then I asked, “When do you have time to read all of these? You are a busy mom with kids in lots of activities!”
Her answer: audio books.
It was one of those moments where I thought, hello! Why have I never thought about audio books?! They are a dream come true for busy moms who love to read. Think about it…a lot of the mom jobs we have (dishes, laundry, carpool, cooking dinner) are IDEAL times for an audio book. And today’s technology has made audio books so simple to find and access!
One affordable option is Audible. You can download two free audio books by clicking on the link below. After your trial it costs $14.95 a month and you can cancel anytime. It is so easy to install the app on your phone (or Echo if you have one!) and BAM you are listening to that bestseller you’ve been dying to dive into WHILE you dive into your laundry pile. Woot!
Deseret Bookshelf PLUS
This next option is what I am super excited about. For all of my LDS readers (I know you are out there!) Deseret Book has started a NEW Deseret Bookshelf PLUS program. As members of the LDS church we are counseled to “Seek learning, even by study also by faith.” (Doctrine and Covenants 109: 7). It seems particularly challenging to continue with our individual studying and learning as a mom. We have other people to feed, clothe, teach, play with and take care of. Often our learning goes by the wayside. Enter an amazing solution to filling up your spiritual cup…Deseret Bookshelf PLUS. They have had the Deseret Bookshelf app for awhile where you could purchase books individually, but the Deseret Bookshelf PLUS program allows you unlimited access to all of the audio and most of the ebooks at Deseret Book! UNLIMITED Audio people!
They currently have 500 audio books available and you can access any new audio books on the day of their release.
Audio books like:
The Continuous Atonement by Brad Wilcox
Women and The Priesthood by Sheri Dew
Classics LDS fiction like :
“Tennis Shoes Among The Nephites” (my 12-year-old LOVES this series)
The Work and the Glory by Gerald Lund.
Another option available are hilarious and inspiring talks for youth by speakers like Hank Smith and John Bytheway. My sisters play these CDs with their teens when they are on road trips. Now they can access all of them from Deseret Bookshelf PLUS and play them in the car.
What’s amazing about this app is that it also gives you access to 1500 LDS eBooks. Scanning through the options I saw so many that I have wanted to read like:
The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright
Dragon Watch by Brandon Mull
The Infinite Atonement by Tad R. Callister
Emma by Anita Stansfield
Key Lime Pie by Josie Kilpack
There are even RECIPE BOOKS!
Sweets and Treats with Six Sisters Stuff
and my absolute favorites…Our Best Bites Cookbooks!!
You can add your audio books or eBooks straight from the Deseret Book site once you’ve clicked on the link and enrolled in the 30 day free trial. It is super easy to set up and get listening or reading!
The cost for this new service after your 30 day free trial is $9.99 month-to-month or $99 a year. If you are a Platinum Member it is $69 a year or $6.99 month-to-month. You can click below for a 30-day free trial! You will need to put in a credit card and it automatically renews in a month. Just put a reminder in your phone to check at the end of the trial and see if you want to continue!
Who this gift is for:
Audio books would be a great gift for yourself (Mother’s Day!) or for your own mom or dad! And it is a gift EVERYONE IN YOUR FAMILY CAN USE! Since I enrolled in Deseret Bookshelf PLUS my son has started reading the next book in Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites, I started an audiobook, and my husband is choosing which eBook he will read on his next business trip. All for $10 a month! I can see so many people enjoying a subscription to Audible or Deseret Bookshelf PLUS. Would you?