I‘m always trying to find ways to squeeze in more reading time. My TBR list keeps growing, and my schedule keeps getting busier. The problem is when it comes to books; I want to read them all!
I’m a list person, so of course, I have book lists everywhere! They’re on my phone, in my planner, in my journal, on little scraps of paper in my handbag, you name it.
There are so many fantastic books to devour I could read all day, every day and still not finish my list. It’s that big.
“I read my eyes out and can’t read half enough… The more one reads the more one sees we have to read.”
– John Adams –
But I do have some suggestions to find more time to enjoy reading!
1) Schedule it. It’s a simple solution. I schedule everything else in my life that’s important, why not reading time? During the week, I squeeze in some morning reading while I’m having my coffee. If nothing else goes right with my day, at least I’ve accomplished something. On weekends, I look forward to scheduling a larger block of time.
2.) Go to bed earlier. At night I set aside a least an hour before bed to read. I rarely stick to only an hour, but that’s the plan. I don’t watch very much television, and I try to limit my nonessential computer time. It was taking to much time away from my reading which I enjoy much more.
3) Audiobooks! If you haven’t tried them, you’re missing out. I always have a least one audiobook I’m listening to for those times when I’m driving in the car or doing laundry. Sometimes I’m too tired to read, so I relax and listen to an audiobook. Audible.com has a fantastic free trial, and their customer service is excellent. For some of my favorite audiobooks, you can visit this post.
4) Always have a book with you! Carry a book with you wherever you go, you never know when you’ll be able to steal a few minutes to read. You’ll be surprised how much extra reading time you can work into your day. It certainly helps the time go by when you’re waiting in a doctor’s office or for a meeting. I have my kindle synced on all my devices, so I ‘m always prepared to read.
5) Join a Book Club! It’s motivating to share your love of reading with friends. We have a download for a free reading journal to gather your thoughts for your Book Club meeting. It helps you prepare for the meeting and add to the discussion. Visit our Book Club section for more reading suggestions.
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