Once upon a time I remember glorious pre-teen summers days filled with plenty of time to read books. I either read for hours while sitting in a bean bag chair or received permission to hang out with my BFF at the community pool. At the pool with matted wet hair we played the UNO card game or read our latest library books side by side. I savored the smell of book pages mixed with the scent of sunscreen and damp towels.
Then along came “adulting”. Time to read felt scarce as responsibilities expanded. Half read books piled up in my house through the years. Then, thanks to a dear friend’s suggestions, I found new favorite ways to increase my reading time:
1. Log in to your local library online. Download the app they suggest so you can check out books via your smartphone. For example, my app is Hoopla. Connect your library card to the app and wah lah! My library allows 12 book downloads per month. I listen to books during my daily commute. In the last 2 years I’ve easily completed 3-4 books per month. I look forward to drive time. I enjoy the time to learn or adventure through new stories. Some books aren’t recorded but can still be downloaded for electronic page turn reading.
2. When I want to specifically support an author or can’t find a book through the library, I turn to Audible. Audible charges a monthly fee which translates to credits when you want to buy a book. Audible remembers what you’ve bought and keeps an online library ready for you. I find that credits build up faster than I expect and I always have enough when it’s time to buy a book.
3. Yes, I still do like the feel of a physical book in my hands. When I keep a reading light and current books on my night stand, I am more likely to read before going to sleep. I feel cozy and relaxed with a comforter and a book.
Bonus: 4. My BFF from the pool long ago has a double win reading strategy. She helps the environment by riding the bus to work. Also, bus rides are reading time for her! She plows through books. I admire her reading dedication.
I am much happier now that continuous learning and personal growth through reading books is a steady part of my life.
How do you make time for reading? I’d love to hear about your ideas.
P.S. Photo was taken downtown Cleveland, Ohio 07/07/18.
P.P.S. One of my favorite blogs is called Make America Read Again. It’s worth checking out for more great info about reading and book reviews.