Over the years, my relationship with reading has been somewhat tenuous, in that much of my time is usually spent either running around after my kids, freelance writing full-time, developing proposals for editors, doing house work, or simply contemplating the world’s problems over a cup of tea. As a writer, it’s incredibly important to read, not just for the sheer pleasure of it, but to stay in touch with what’s currently in the market.
It wasn’t until I’d finally made it my mission to read at least one book every single month that I began to find the time during the course of the day to read. Just like many bookish people (yes, that’s you too), I tend to read in all kinds of places including parked in the car waiting at the school pick-up, in bed with a cuppa, on the back veranda stairs, the couch, on my laptop, the train, or at my local café. I’m often known to carry a book in my handbag for emergency reading; which is what I think all bookish people should be doing. You never know when that emergency book will be needed waiting for doctors’ appointments and such.
Brief moments in time; those little cracks of unproductive minutes; these are golden opportunities available to you to enlighten you, to enliven you, and to entertain you.
Imagine, having ten little golden opportunities during the day; that’s at least ten pages a day bare minimum. We all have these little morsels of time waiting to be filled with words that invite us to keep coming back for more. Before you know it, you’ll have completed reading a book.
There really is no such thing as not having time to read. It’s about making it your mission to find the time during your day, as hectic as it may be. Because we all have the same twenty-four hours in a day and we all have those brief moments to fill with reading great books.