Right now I’m in the middle of The Plot Against America. It’s intriguing, I will say. Honestly, at about page 44 I almost just put it down for good because there is so much back story that I was just annoyed by it. But then to keep me going, I skipped forward a few pages to see what I was in for and became intrigued again. So here I am now mid-way and I’ll likely finish it. It’s an alternative WWII history. But a good one. In it, the U.S. is NOT involved in WWII and Charles Lindbergh is president. It’s the second task in my Book Riot challenge.
Okay, yadda yadda. The point is, when do I read this book?
Typically, when I’m reading a novel, I save it for the moments in the day when I can really give it my full attention. This typically occurs in bed. After I tuck the kids in for good (can take a couple takes), I install myself under the down covers, put on my readers, and settle into the book. Some nights I can only keep my eyelids going for 15 minutes but other nights I can read for hours.
However, there are a few other times that I have found conducive to reading my books. Here they are along with additional ways/times/ideas for reading that don’t necessarily work for me but work for others, and might work for you!
Finding More Time to Read
- Set up a reading nook. See my little reading nook up above? That’s where I have a small pile of simple dipping books (how-tos and poetry books that I dip into).
- Audiobooks! I don’t listen to audiobooks. For some reason, the recording of someone reading to me makes me crazy. That’s unfortunate because I’d quite possibly get through more books if audio was an option. And many people swear by audio.
- Read after the kids go to bed instead of watching TV! I am NOT a night person and I don’t watch much TV. But I can and will sit in bed and read (sometimes for hours). I can’t “stay up” and bake cupcakes or sew a quilt after 9 pm. I know people do this. I know lots of moms use these nighttime hours to “get sh*t done!” I totally get it and so wish, wish, wish I could be like them. But I just can’t. My personal “get-sh*t-done-ometer” shuts off right around 9-10 pm and requires I am in the cocoon of my down comforter reading. Talk about a ritual I can’t and won’t break.
- If you can stand it, read while riding on the bus, the train, or in the car. Here is another place I’m unfortunately unable to read because…I get carsick. But, on a road trip or on your way to work? What a perfect time to just sit and enjoy your book. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve *tried* to get in a few pages while sitting in a passenger seat only to suddenly turn green. Wah! It’s a real bummer.
- Extra-curricular practices or classes? Do you have an hour to sit around and wait while your kiddo is at lacrosse practice or dance class, etc.? Bring your book along!! (This is where a Kindle might come in handy – just always carry it in your bag.)
- On vacation? Read! A Kindle is a good thing to take on vacation so you aren’t shlepping books. I still schlep books because…surprise, surprise…along with audiobooks and carsickness, I turn green when I read a book from a screen.
So, there you go. These are pretty obvious but it’s sometimes nice to just to read through a list like this, as more often than not you find some new [to you] idea. 🙂