Aug 14 2015

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Five Minute Friday: Learn

The word for today is learn.




I love to learn. I am always looking for ways to grow as a person, and I am curious. There isn’t enough time in the day to devote to all the things I want to learn, so have to take little nibbles. (We need to do things like eat, sleep, and bathe. Stuff like that takes time.)

Since there is only so much time, I have figured out ways I can still learn even if I am on the go. One of the ways I am doing that is through audio books using Overdrive. If you don’t know about this, it’s a treasure trove of digital ebooks and audio books connected to your local library. (And no late fees for forgetting the book that was supposed to be returned.)

While I don’t recommend multitasking when you need to concentrate, Overdrive has helped me listen to some fiction books I would never have had the time to read otherwise. How is listening to fiction books learning? It still keeps my mind open to new things. It builds imagination. And, as a writer, I learn how someone else twists and turns a tale.


What do you want to lean this year?

How will you start your journey? Who will help keep you accountable?

I have a nonfiction book on marriage in the queue on my Overdrive account waiting for me. Learn, learn, learn. I plan on starting that today.

Read aloud books for homeschool or for enrichment

I use Overdrive with my homeschooling. We love read aloud books as a part of our school year. When the audio book is available, the Overdrive App (*free iOS app) reads the book. This means we can listen to the story over lunch or dinner or while we are on the go. (And I get a little break from reading.)

This could be an option for someone looking for something different to listen to in the car (buy up that time even if you aren’t on a long road trip). There are great stories to listen to and share as a family whether you homeschool or not.

One advantage of listening to an audio book is a reader’s theater version. That is something I cannot produce myself–even if I worked hard at trying to give the different characters distinct voices. Besides, those people who read the stories a truly good readers. I enjoyed listening to The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis over the summer because of the reader’s British accent.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. *This app is free as of the date of this post. Also, Overdrive is available in other formats such as Android, Nook, Windows, Mac iOS.

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It is a 5-minute writing party. Click the icon to read some other great writing.

Five Minute Friday

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.2. Link back here and invite others to join in.3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you and encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

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  1. Gabriele

    I love Overdrive. My next book on audio is Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin. When the author reads her own book there are nuances that I hear and appreciate. Thanks for your review of this wonderful service. I hope it inspires some others to give it a try.
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    1. Cheryl

      I can’t get that book on my Overdrive. (I can borrow it from the library but not on Overdrive.) This brings up a good point–you cannot get all resources at your library through Overdrive. The resources available varies from library to library. I did put her other book, “The Happiness Project” on my Overdrive wish list. It does look like an interesting book.

      Thank you for stopping by. Happy learning. 😀

  2. denise

    thanks for sharing.

    1. Cheryl

      Thank you for visiting.

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