Thanks to fibromyalgia, my world continually grows smaller. I’ve found one thing that helps to expand my borders: reading. I can get through one to three novels in a week. I love getting lost in the stories. I’ve been an avid bookworm since I first learned how to read. My mother fostered our love of books by taking us to the public library every Saturday. I did the same for my children.
I’ve had a Kindle e-reader since they first came out. I currently have over 5,000 books stored on my device. I read a little during the day but usually stick to nonfiction, as I love learning new things. But when I’m in bed for the night, I read for one to four hours, depending on how good the book is. I also subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, which lets me borrow books instead of buying them.
I’ve signed up with a couple of websites that have free books or offers. Two of those are BookBub and BookGorilla. I’m also a member of NetGalley, where I can request books to read for review before they’ve been released.
Another tip for book lovers is to use the search function on Amazon to find free e-books. I believe that those of us with fibro should be reading every day to help keep our minds active and provide an escape from our not-so-fun symptoms.
I also found a link to a list of the nine best fibromyalgia books to read for 2019, according to the nonfiction curation site BookAuthority. By the way, I contributed to and edited No. 2 on the list. I haven’t read some of these books, but I plan to check them out.
I have a process when choosing books to read. When I discover a book that seems interesting, I read the description, and then the reviews. If I’m curious, I’ll download a sample. If the book still appeals to me, I will then commit to purchasing it. I also check local libraries for e-books on OverDrive.
I read e-books because it’s hard for me to hold a physical book at times, especially if it’s a hardcover. The slim, lightweight Kindle is comfortable to hold, plus I have hundreds of books in my little device. I also found another resource for free e-books. If you have others, please share in the comments below.
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