A few weeks ago I wrote a post about what I’ve been reading lately, and posted it to my personal Facebook because I love hearing what my friends are reading as well. One of my friends asked how I read so much and I gave her a quick, off the cuff answer. Here is my long answer for her, and for anyone else who wants to fit more reading in their life or who wonders how I read so much.
I try to always have several books on the go – on my night table to read a few chapters before bed, downstairs by the couch and one in my purse. Several books and several different topics means that it’s easier to reach for a book than my phone and keep me from getting bored with one author. I’m finding new ways to read a few chapters since my arms are almost always full of the most adorable baby. My old habits of reading while the girls played at the park or beach or bath have had to be revamped.
I don’t do a lot of anything else right now. I don’t sew or knit or craft. I’m not hosting multiple gatherings in a month. Reading is my thing. It has always been my go-to activity ever since I could read but right now it’s my only one besides taking care of my beloved little family, date nights and homeschooling. I will read over doing anything else and especially if I happen to co-ordinate my baby’s nap with my big girls quiet time.
I’m always requesting books from the library and getting titles from blog round ups like this one or following bookish people on Pinterest. And I love asking people what they’re reading lately, sometimes we can nerd out on a favourite one we’ve both read or get new titles to add to my list.
I make fairly quick decisions about books, I don’t have any time to waste on a bad book or a topic that is not for me right now. I will abandon books within a few pages or even after reading the back cover. And I’m trying to be a little more realistic with my book goals- reading some of the super long classics may not happen this year and I’m okay with that. I’m looking at you Les Miserables and Gone With the Wind.
Read aloud time has become a backbone of our homeschooling day and it has motivated me to read more personally. I want to reach for my book more then my phone and I want to model reading for my children. Through reading I can enter many different worlds and learn many new things all from the comfort of my couch or my back porch.
There’s always something I could do when I have a few quiet moments but I will almost choose to read.
How do you make time to read or do your go-to hobby? I’d love to hear what fills your cup!