So, friends, today is Tuesday, and I obviously realize that neither a post nor a newsletter went out in the last few days, and I just want to apologize here. If you guys follow me on social media, you’ll know that I flew into New York on Saturday and have been packing and unpacking and catching up on stuff for what feels like an eternity. I wanted to try and get some work done ahead of time so I wouldn’t fall behind, but as you guys know, life does get in the way sometimes. I know that’s no excuse, but thank you for being patient and loyal readers, because I would rather wait on a lame post and turn it into a stellar post for you to enjoy. So, without further ado, here’s today’s post!
I think I can speak on behalf of most writers I know here when I say, reading is awesome. It can inspire you, it can give you insight to what it’s like from a reader (of your own work) point of view, and it’s pretty much just a fun and great way to pass the time and still seem like you’re being productive. But most of us don’t just have endless hours to spare with a book in our hands; we’ve got jobs, classes, studying, and everything else that gets in the way of our precious reading time. But today I’ve put together a few tips for you on how to get more reading done when you’ve got very little time in your schedule for it!
SCHEDULE ACTUAL READING TIME
Alright, y’all already know how much I love schedules and planners. So, if you share this love with me, make use of it! Write down in your planner the actual times during the day that you can spend reading, and make it a priority. Plenty of people just kind of read when they want to or have time, and big surprise, it normally takes those people forever to read even a single book! So skip the hour of TV you watch after classes get out and get your nose in a book!
I never really used to be an audiobook person, just because I could never either force myself and just sit listening to one, or I couldn’t find anything to do while I was listening. Then, I started driving and moved to a city where I have to take the subway and walk everywhere, and audiobooks became my absolute best friend. During long commutes, instead of just listening to your favorite playlist, listen to your favorite audiobook instead! A lot of people say it doesn’t count as real reading, but I say those people can just shush. Enjoy every second of your day, rather than just tuning out while commuting, washing dishes, exercising, or whatever it is that keeps you busy!
Along with audiobooks, eBooks are your second-best option when it comes to digital consumption of books. Despite the fact that I am a die-hard paper lover and just can’t read exclusively on my iPad or phone, I do have a few circumstances that make eBooks a whole lot easier. For one, they’re normally cheaper than even your favorite hardcover, especially if you get the on Amazon Kindle or Barnes and Noble Nook. Plus, it’s so much easier to carry my iPad with me (which can hold a ton of books of different genres and authors) than carry one book in my purse with me everywhere, especially when I have a change my mind on what kind of book I want to read while I’m out and about. Finally, let’s all be honest here, it is so much easier to eat while you’re eating or in bed (depending on how you prop it) and read at the same time. Plus, there’s no chance of my pages getting messy with spaghetti sauce, as long as I wipe it off my protected screen!
ALWAYS BRING A BOOK WITH YOU
To go along with my last point, you must, must bring a book with you wherever you go. Whether I bring an iPad with a hundred different choices on it, or I bring your favorite worn paperback with me, before I buy any of my bags (even my little hand purse) I make sure they’re big enough to carry at least one of my Mass Market Paperbacks, and I always have Kindle open on my phone for reading on-the-go. If you’re worried about your book getting shoved around and cruddy looking in your bag, try putting it in a plastic ziplock bag inside your backpack! This is especially useful when you’ve got tabs and notes sticking out of your books like I always do.
FALL ASLEEP OR WAKE UP READING
This is kind of a last-shot attempt, but try training yourself to read before bed and/or when you wake up in the morning. Usually, an hour before I have to be asleep, I have an alarm that goes off, and after I brush my teeth and wash my face and everything, I turn on my reading light and use the rest of the time to devour my latest novel. It’s a nice way to de-stress from your day, and if you have trouble falling asleep, reading with a dim light in your bed is a perfect way to get all sleepy and cozy!
Well, guys, those are my tips for today, and I can’t wait for you all to come back on Friday, when there will be a review post for one of my latest reads, Lisa Maxwell’s Unhooked! Keep your eyes peeled!