Making Time for Reading

It’s fiction Friday!  (Week 1, editorial calendar, check.)

I love to read.  I love curling up with a book, snuggled under a blanket, with a cup of hot chocolate reading and not moving all afternoon.  Getting lost in a story, imagining the characters, escaping into their lives for a little while.

Really, though, I should say I used to love reading.  I used to devour books.  I still love reading, but with three kids there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to indulge in a book.  For a couple years, I hadn’t read any books for pleasure. At all.

I decided that needed to change.  Reading is a good thing.  It’s an escape, it keeps my brain working, and I want my girls to be avid readers.  If they don’t see me reading, they’re not likely to take it up as a hobby.  So I made a resolution to read more.  I joined Goodreads to see if that would help me a little.  It allows me to create a reading challenge for the year.  I challenged myself to read 25 books this year, about 2 a month.  I’m woefully behind, but that’s okay.  Maybe I’ll catch up.   It also allows me to mark books I want to read.  I love that feature.  I’m forever finding books I want to read, but by the time I get around to having time for a new book, I’ve forgotten and I hate missing out on a book.

I’ve been trying to read at least a couple pages a day. It doesn’t always happen, but it’s helping me get through some books, albeit much slower than I normally read.

I also got a Kindle for Mother’s Day. I didn’t realize it would help me read more, but it does. It’s easier to take with me than a book.  I can start a couple books at the same time and have only one device to carry around.  And it holds my spot for me. My girls love bookmarks and sometimes I forget to put my books up high (or sometimes the girls climb).  I lose my spot quite a bit and wind up re-reading part of the book.  I don’t mind re-reading, but it slows down the forward momentum.

I’m not back to the book or two a week reader I used to be, but I’m starting to get back.

Do you love to read?  How do you make the time? Any book suggestions for me? And if you’re on Goodreads and want to friend me, there’s a widget on the far sidebar you can click on.  :)

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  1. abi says:

    I’ve always loved to read. I used to read probably half a dozen every month. Now, I’m like you, but I only have one kid to keep up with! I’ve squeezed a few in here and there – I literally devoured The Hunger Games trilogy a few months back. I work in a library so I’m always seeing things I want to read but never have time. I make a slow pace, maybe one a month unless it’s a new Sookie Stackhouse, which I’ll make a point to finish quick.

    I need to check out that site. I have a ratty old piece of paper, half typed and half scribbled, with books that catch my interest “for later.” I’d like to have it all at my fingertips. Plus the challenge sounds helpful.

  2. Theresa
    Twitter: amountainmomma

    I love reading, but find it hard to find the time. I like to read before bed, but I usually fall asleep before I get very far. I need a very very good book to keep me awake.

  3. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli
    Twitter: kristinglas

    I have Hunger Games sitting on my bedside table, I’m not sure I’m going to start it.
    I’ve always loved reading. But for the last year or so I’ve lost the passion. I’m not sure why. I feel like I’ve read so many books that few wow me and I only want to be wowed.
    Reading Ransom My Heart by Meg Cabot right now, it’s amusing me. I’m a sucker for young adult books.

    • Jessica Anne says:

      I definitely took a couple years off. I just wasn’t interested. You’ll have to let me know if like Hunger Games. I really liked Water for Elephants. Very well written.