Finding Time To Read


Very early this morning I finished my second book of the year  After I finished it, I eagerly opened my next book to read for a blog tour I’m taking part in (CLP Blog Tours: Binding Arbitration by Elizabeth Marx).  I considered reading the first chapter, but at two in the morning, I was exhausted, and I wanted time to reflect on finishing “150 Pounds” by Kate Rockland.  I closed my eyes and tried to think of a topic (or topics) for today’s blog post, and that’s when I began to think about the books that are still on my “shelf” to read for reviews and interviews.

Don’t we all wish we were somewhere peaceful reading?  Perhaps at the beach?

Now, like many of you, you’re either an avid reader and reviewer like myself, so how do you finish books so fast?  Is it because of technology?  You can be standing in line at the grocery store and pull out your Kindle (for example), and begin reading.  Are you a fast reader where you skim what you read?  I’d like to think that I’m a fast reader, but by slowing down, it helps me enjoy the book more.  The more and more I get requests for reviews, the more excited I get that I’m being asked to read this book (YAY!), but at the same time, I get a little stressed because finding the time to read and finish the book.  If I do accept a book to be reviewed, I want the person who asks me to read the book to understand that if I say yes, their book will not be forgot about, no matter how much time passes by.

So, I’ve decided to start schedule reading time.  “Schedule reading time?” you might ask.  “Yes!”  I will try to read at least a total amount of two hours a day.  Whether it’s 30 minutes here, and 30 minutes there, it still counts, right?

As a reader and/or a reviewer, how do you find time to read books?  Your comments, ideas, and thoughts are very much appreciated!

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11 thoughts on “Finding Time To Read

  1. As a writer, finding time to read is hard sometimes, but if you don’t read, how can you write? I appreciate how hard must be to have books stacking up you want to do justice to. And writers appreciate you, trust me!

  2. I read a lot! and I have to say the only reason I find the time to do it is because I get the train to and from work each day.. Its good 2 hours of travelling.. so guaranteed reading time which im always grateful for! People ask why I dont learn to drive to make things quicker.. but why would i give up my reading time?? It’s important! 🙂

  3. I go through phases, I think. I love to read, but I spend so much time these days on FB and blogs and such that it really cuts into my reading. Consequently, I have a gigantic pile of books in my TBR pile (literal, hard-cover books mostly) as well as nearly six dozen already stored in my brand-new Kindle.
    Where to start?

      • That might work for me with e-books (reading them in the order I acquired them) … but not for physical books.
        I love books. Before I select which one to read, I’m prone to fondle them a bit, read the blurbs, see who the author is, look at the review excerpts (if present), etc. And, the cover does also play a role in which one I’ll latch onto.

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