Reading is my jam… like seriously my favorite hobby. Anytime I meet someone that likes to read, I feel as if I’ve found a friend with a very rare commonality. Instantly, we connect on what kinds of books we enjoy and some of the best books we’ve read. And then, there are those times when I tell people I LOVE to read and often read 2-3 books a week… I get the reaction… “I wish I had that much time to read!” Insert infinite eye rolls here. Thank you, rude person, for insinuating that I have won the JackPot on the Free Time Scratch Off.
Truth is… I don’t have a lot of extra time for hobbies. I am a mother to a youngin’, wife to a stud (I added that in there just for you babe (insert kissy face here)), go to the gym regularly, work as a hairstylist and I’ve also got this little bloggy thing going on too. How the heck do I do it?! Well… I’m explaining below!
How I Find Time To Read
I bring my reading material everywhere I go.
If I find a spare moment where I can whip out my book, I take full advantage of it. In order to do that, I have to be prepared so I ALWAYS have my book with me. You may think that your day is completely jam-packed with non-stop stuff to do but, you never know when you are going to get a second to stop and read a page or two… or if you’re lucky, a chapter or two.
When I am working at the salon, sometimes I have a break between clients, clients that are running late or even some that don’t show up. I like to keep my book with me so that I can take advantage of that time if I don’t have anything else that takes precedence.
Doctor’s appointments include waiting rooms… which equals a few moments to open that book and read a bit.
If I’m feeling slightly anti-social (ha! or completely), I will crack open a book and read while I eat lunch. My lunch break often is more time that I actually need to consume food (yeah… I scarf it down) so I take the extra time to read.
I read in small increments.
If I only read when I had massive amounts of time to dedicate… I would never read. Like I said, I’m a mother, wife, I workout regularly and I work… big ass chunks of time are about as rare as a pink unicorn… oh yeah… they don’t exist. Over time, I have learned to settle with reading a few pages here and a few pages there. Thankfully, I do have a good memory and after a few lines, my mind can pretty well pick up where it last left off.
If I’m going to read for more than five or ten minutes, it’s usually at night, in bed, after everyone has gone to bed. Sometimes, I’m far too tired to even try to read and other times, I’ve got just enough juice left in my batteries to read for 30-45 minutes.
I switched to a Kindle.
Truth be told, I prefer real books. Something about turning those pages and being able to store those sexy bound pages on a shelf really gets me going. Unfortunately, I realized that the biggest chunk of time I was able to read is at night and in bed next to my hubs and baby (uh… yeah… we cosleep). I also realized that a booklight was too bright for my bed-mates… enter Kindle Paperwhite. I love how the Paperwhite has a really dim glow that won’t disturb anyone around me. The battery life is pretty excellent… I honestly can’t remember the last time I charged it (two weeks ago, maybe?). Also, the highlighting and dictionary feature are pretty cool.
Maybe someday I will be able to return to my fav… actual paper books, but for now my Kindle is awesome for at night, its super-slim and fits easily in my purse for daytime reading sessions.
I get free books from BookBub.
Once upon a time, I would be annoyed with these BookBub ads on Pinterest that flooded my feed. These ads kept promising downloading hundreds of books for free. One day, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. I was missing out! BookBub seriously has TONS of free or really cheap ebooks that you can download straight to your e-reader.
Their website has books divided up by genre (duh) so you can easily find your favorite category. A couple of things that I really LOVE about BookBub…. First, each book is given a description that doesn’t require you to click on the actual book. Second, those descriptions will also include if a book has a particularly high number of 5-star ratings on Goodreads or if the author is a bestselling author or if the book is a bestseller. And thirdly, BookBub sends me an email each day with a personalized suggestion of free or cheap books that I may be interested in. Pretty cool, huh?! Check it out!
I only read books that catch my attention.
Lastly, I don’t waste my time on books that don’t interest me. I read for enjoyment, so why would I waste that enjoyment time reading something that doesn’t bring me… oh, I don’t know… JOY? When I am hooked on a book, I look forward to reading and I may make a little extra effort to read when I have a spare moment. If I start a book and after a few chapters, I’m not feeling it… I switch to another. Sometimes I go back to finish the first one and sometimes I don’t.
So many times, I hear people tell me they wished they loved to read. My response is usually that they haven’t found the right book or right genre. And I truly believe that… books are seriously powerful and they are the cheapest vacation.
I’d love to hear all the ways you find extra time to read. Comment below and let me know!! Happy reading!