Finding Reading Time in a Busy Schedule

Friday, August 19, 2016

I swear my free time has diminished to about 5 hours a week. Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but that's what it feels like. In all honestly though, between working a full time job that sometimes requires Saturday hours, training for the half marathon and just keeping up the house, reading falls somewhere behind blogging on the list of when to get things done.

Every year I create a goal to read 20 books on Goodreads and so far, every year I have fallen short. This year seemed to be the same (see all of my excuses above). I tried multiple times to sit down and read but every time I lost interest in about 2.5 seconds because there were other things I needed to be doing or I was just plain tired and wanted a nap. So far this year I have read 8 books and only one of this has been paperback.

Okay, so how do you read books when you have a busy schedule? Well, my answer has been audiobooks. I rediscovered them in all of their glory. Yes 7 of the 8 books I "read" I actually listened to. Most of them I listened to while driving back and forth to work. But it's also easy for me to listen when I'm cooking or cleaning.

This year I have read: The Girl on Legare Street, Who Moved My Cheese, Low Pressure, Texas Lucky, Lethal, The Heart Goes Last, Demon Rumm, and Rogue Lawyer.

I have also discovered a new favorite author, Sandra Brown. I have fallen in love with her writing style and can't get enough. I've read 4 of her books this year, that doesn't sound like a lot but for me, it is.

I also wanted to revive the Read Across America map! I have started adding a few new books to it.

My two new adds for this year are Texas with Low Pressure by Sandra Brown and also Louisiana with Lethal also by Sandra Brown. Next up in Tennessee with Ford Country by John Grisham.

How do you fit reading into your busy schedule?
What have you been reading?

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