One of my favorite book bloggers is a returning SortaCrunchy sponsor this summer. Just in time for mid-summer doldrums, Jessica of Quirky Bookworm is here to share six tips for reading more often:
Me, 27 years ago.
When Sarah Bessey recently said that she has “always read for oxygen” – it resonated with me. Because books are oxygen for me too! I’ve read voraciously for as long as I can remember.
I loved to read while nursing my daughter Eleanor when she was teeny-tiny, but starting at age eight months or so, she’d quit nursing and try desperately to grab my book if she heard me turn a page. (I think this is the one point in my life where I would’ve liked a Kindle. Maybe if/when we have another baby I’ll actually buy one and keep it!)
But nowadays I seem to have found a pretty good rhythm for reading a lot, even while parenting a very active two-year-old and keeping up with my part-time working commitments. So far in 2012 I’ve read 85 books – which seems to astonish everyone I mention it to. I promise though, it’s possible to read (even with kids!) as long as you deliberately make reading a priority.
- Audiobooks. I can’t reiterate enough how much I love audiobooks. If you have a long work commute, there’s an obvious place to get a lot of reading done. Or I listen to books on my phone (with headphones) while cleaning and cooking during Eleanor’s nap. If you don’t have napping kids, throw an audiobook on the stereo while doing a puzzle, or knitting.
- Have multiple books going. I read the most slowly when I’m only reading one book. Because sometimes I want something light, and sometimes I want to learn history, and it helps to have a book to fit my mood when I get a minute to read.
- Read more. I know this sounds counter intuitive – but the more you read, the faster you read. Reading more will help you read more.
- Look for small reading moments. I’ve recently started reading while Eleanor takes her bath. I can sit on the bathroom floor for 15 minutes reading my book, and handing back the occasional ducky escapee.
- Be willing to give up other habits. I used to watch a lot more tv, and frequently play board games. I have less free time than I did pre-kid, and so I made a conscious choice to keep reading a lot, and do those other things less.
- Make a book date. Sometimes in the evening my husband and I will each grab a snack, and sit in bed reading together. It’s surprisingly companionable to snuggle together with books!
How often do you read?
Do you have any reading tips that I missed?