Some weeks, I don’t reading much – maybe I’m focused on my own writing, or teaching, or trying to catch up with the people in my life, or spending my free time in the gym. Then, my reading definitely takes a back seat. But honestly, I feel most fulfilled when I make time to just read – to enter another space through the portals of well-written fiction, or learn something new from some inspiring non-fictional works.
On my (maybe ambitious) reading list for the upcoming month are:
- All The Light We Cannot See
- Cheryl Strayed’s Wild
- The Girl On The Train
- Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before
- The Life-changing magic of tidying up
- The Power of Habit
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts
How will I make time for all that reading?
Well, I’m glad you asked.
- I always have a book in my purse to fill the time spent in the post office line.
- As long as I’m a passenger in a moving vehicle, I am always ready to read – on planes, trains or automobiles, I am ready to read.
- I multitask. I read when I’m doing other things. I’ve taken many a book into the kitchen to read while I’m stirring the pot.
- If I’m alone, I read while I eat.
- Live TV shows doesn’t hold my attention so I read during commercials or even during the show itself if the plot is moving slowly.
- After I (reluctantly) turn the TV off at night, I spend a little time (or a lot if it’s a real page turner) with a book before I go to sleep.
- And of course, there are lots of other spare moments in the day, when I just have some down time and I am ready to spend some quality time with a favorite character and I crack open a favorite book and say “Hello, old friend!”
What are you reading now? What are you reading next? How do you make time for reading?
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