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Finding Time for Reading

Finding Time for Reading

I say, emphatically, that I’m not great at self-care. Side note: I also have some difficulties with the traditional ideas of self-care and the ways most of them are only available to those with lots of privilege. That is another post for another day though. I do, however, make time for reading.

I get asked a lot of questions about my reading habits and how I find time to read, what I like to read, how much I read, what I recommend reading . . . If you have more questions for me, leave them in the comments so I can answer them too!

I have always loved to read. Somewhere along the way, I learned to read really quickly. I tell people often that “speed reading is my best life skill,” and I still maintain that this is true. But I also don’t “speed read,” by skimming etc. I just read fast. Weird, I know. I actually just took a test that says I read 498 words per minute. Want to know how fast you read? You can take the reading speed test by Staples. Most people read 200-400 words per minute, apparently.

I read fiction much more quickly than non-fiction, because I love it more. And also because I read it for pleasure rather than in an attempt to learn something. I take my time reading non-fiction so I can chew on things, making sure concepts solidify in my mind. Typically, I am reading between 2-4 books simultaneously. I only read one fiction book at a time, but might be reading 2-3 nonfiction books.

Currently, I’m finishing On the Come Up, Angie Thomas’ new YA book. For nonfiction, I’m reading Four Gifts (because I’m trying to get better at self-care) and The Autobiography of Malcolm X. I also spend a lot of time in the car (carpool is my nemesis) time I try to make more enjoyable by listening to podcasts or an audiobook. Currently, I’m listening to So You Want to Talk About Race.

I keep track of the books I’m reading via GoodReads (please friend me on there). I also keep a running list in my journal of books I’m reading and jot down there when I hear about a book I want to read. My goal is to read 75 books this year, so far I’ve read 11. What are your reading goals this year? What are your favorite books? I want to know everything.

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The biggest way I find time for reading is by sneaking it in where I can. This morning, the kids watched Netflix, and after my yoga class I snuck in fifteen minutes of reading. At night, I typically read for at least 30-45 minutes before going to bed. Adam watches a discovery channel show or something while I read so we can still go to bed at the same time. I also always have a book (or my kindle) in my bag so if I’m ever stuck waiting anywhere (doctor’s office, carpool line, etc), I can pull out my book instead of scrolling social media on my phone.

I could talk about reading forever, which is why this post is getting long. My favorite book of all-time-ever is Tattoos on the Heart, which is nonfiction but story-driven. And I am especially drawn to books that are well-written and could be considered “literary” but still have action of some sort and important underlying themes. I dont read a lot of fluffy books, or a lot of the heaviest most-acclaimed books. I suppose I fall somewhere in the middle, and get most of my books via recommendation in person or online. Have suggestions for me? What should I read next? Want to help me figure out how to put books on hold at the library? K, thanks.

The Myth of Balance

The Myth of Balance

Anne Lamott, an excerpt from Stitches

Anne Lamott, an excerpt from Stitches

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