There are many things I miss about my life before children, foreign holidays, a tidy home, wild nights out and Sunday morning lie-ins, and yet I think the moments that I miss the most are the nights when I would put on my warmest fleece pyjamas, curl up on the couch with a big bar of chocolate, and settle down with a good book.
Reading has always been my biggest love, even at a young age I read through every single book in our school library and by my junior years I was reading my Mum’s Catherine Cookson novels, Virginia Andrews and Danielle Steel. I could easily go through one book a week, if not two or three, and by the time I had the children our bookshelves were heaving under the weight of twenty years worth of books, none of which I could bear to part with.
And yet now with four children, three of whom don’t let me use the bathroom in peace, let alone read a book, my ‘me’ time is something that I have had to sacrifice, always juggling ten things at once, never finding a moment to sit down and just relax.
And then I was introduced to BookBeat, and for the first time in four years, I found a way to continue my love of books, without having to find the time to read a single word. BookBeat is a digital streaming service which allows you to find and listen to great audiobooks straight from your mobile. There are thousands of titles available, all categorised for ease of use, and the best part is you can download your favourites to your BookBeat library to listen to at a later date, without the need for a wifi connection, making this the perfect app for travel.
This is a fantastic service for a busy Mum like myself, particularly as, during the very rare moments I do get to myself, I am juggling a long list of jobs, racing against the clock before I have to collect the children, and putting my feet up with a book just isn’t on my To Do List! Since I signed up to BookBeat I have managed to listen to two new audiobooks in the space of a week by simply docking my phone in the kitchen whilst I iron the uniforms, at the side of the sink as I do the washing up, in the car on the way to and from picking up the children, and propped up in the bedroom as I tackle my arch nemesis – Clothes Mountain!
At the same time, I managed to sit down the other night with a big bar of chocolate (swiped from the children’s Easter chocolate stash!) and paint my toe nails for the first time this Spring, all whilst listening to my latest audiobook.
And even better, for only the fifth time since I had Eva, by some miracle I managed a whole half hour in the bath, relaxing with a scented candle and a gripping new thriller – bliss!
It’s not just me who has benefited from BookBeat either, with a huge selection of children’s audiobooks, the children have been enjoying listening to The World’s Worst Children, a hilarious new book from David Walliams.
As much as I love to sit down and read a book with the children, it isn’t always possible to find the time, and it turns out that the children enjoy the funny voices on the audiobooks far more than they do mine!
Even Lewis, who at thirteen finds reading a chore, has found that BookBeat is perfect for him to lie on his bed listening to his school reading book before bed, and I love that there is even a timer feature on the app incase he falls asleep.
For £14.90 a month you have access to as many books as you wish, to stream or download to listen offline, and to listen wherever you want, whenever you want. There are no commitments, you can cancel at any time, and from one bookworm to another, it is absolutely worth a try – I promise you won’t be disappointed!
BookBeat have offered my readers one months free subscription so that you can try it for yourselves. There are no obligations, simply enter the code Littledoves and give it a go!
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*** We were gifted a BookBeat subscription for the purpose of this review. ***