When I was a kid, reading was my escape. With three younger siblings, all loud, and one of them being special needs, I often found myself reading books to just ignore all the noise (I love those kiddos, even if they aren’t kiddos anymore). As I grew up, I found myself slowing down on the reading – until last year, when all of the sudden it ramped up. Over the past nine months, I’ve read a lot of books and I want to share how I make time to read so much.
One of the ways I know that I read so much is because I’m a part of the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Every year, Goodreads asks you to set a prompt for how many books you want to read. I went with 25 this year, and I’m already at 22. Last year, when I wasn’t reading so much in the beginning of the year, I went for 20, and squeaked by with 24.
Today though, I want to talk about the five places I sneak in some extra reading to keep going. I will also put a disclaimer – I’m a really fast reader in general, which is how I manage to read books in about three days.
How I Make Time to Read
1. At Work
I work in a call center at a big tech agency. Sometimes it’s slow because we’re appointment based. So, typically, if I don’t have a call, I’m reading. I’m kind of off in my own little corner, so I not many people talk to me – giving me plenty of time to read between my appointments. Sunday, I was reading The Wife Between Us, and I was about 40% done when I came into work. By lunchtime, I was done with the book.
Work is definitely the place I get most of my reading done.
2. Doctor’s Appointments
Instead of playing on my phone, I try to bring a book with me to read. Even if I’m only reading for five minutes, I’m still a little bit further into the story than I was before.
Also guilty of reading while I’m in the patient room and waiting for the doctor. It’s always funny to see them walk in on a twenty-four-year-old with a book instead of a phone.
3. Lunch Break
I do a lot of different things during my lunch break – I spend half of it writing and then the second half is me actually eating. While I’m eating, I always take my book to the break room with me to get more reading in. On days that I’m at home, I take at least 20 minutes to stop what I’m doing (usually on the computer) and focus on just reading.Looking to read more but you don't know where to find the time? Here are four places you can hack more reading time into. Click To Tweet
4. At Night
Something I used to do as a kid was read myself to sleep. While it doesn’t take me nearly as long to fall asleep now, I try to spend the last twenty minutes or so before I turn out the lights with a book. I personally prefer physical books because I spend all day looking at computer screens. Right now I’m reading an e-book, but I make sure to turn Night Shift on on my iPad when I’m reading.
And once the lights go out, I’m done reading. That’s my rule.
5. The Bathroom
I debated adding this one because no one wants to talk about the bathroom, but let’s get this clear? We probably all take our phones with us to the bathroom. No judgment here, but when I’m at home, I take a book with me instead. And if I get caught up in said book, I usually spend longer than I need to in there just reading. We all have our weird habits, right?
As an author, my big goal isn’t just to get you to read my books (though that’s always nice), but I want you to read books, period. Whether it’s 50 Shades of Grey or War and Peace, I want you to read. Not just as an author, but as a reader, I love having people who have read similar books that I can chat with.
So, even if you only read twenty minutes a day, pick up a book. Read the book, enjoy all that books have to offer.
And tell me what books you’re loving lately because I’m always looking for new recommendations.