Friday, April 24, 2009

Time to Read

I have a major dilemma. I simply love reading and have stacks of books on my desk at home waiting for me. But between a day job, volunteering, and writing, how does one find the time? Seriously, I’d like to know. I listen to people around me, especially my writing friends, talking about this book and that, and I wonder where they find the time. It seems the only place I can get reading in is waiting for the doctor or during my lunch hour. Sometimes a book can take two weeks to two months to finish because this is the only time I can spare. Maybe I’m doing something wrong.

I’d love to hear how each of you juggle life, a day job, writing, research, and reading what you write and what you love.

13 comments:

Christine said...

I read at night before I go to bed--glasses on my face and lights on till I can't keep my eyes open. I also read when I am at the doctor's office, waiting in long lines (like to vote etc.), and I do try to schedule some time for paper every morning.

I used to inhale a book in a couple of days or less depending on length and difficulty level. Now I am easily a week to two weeks no matter what the genre.

To think we became writers because we love to read! Oh the irony.

JoAnn said...

I have the same problem, Karen. Here are a couple of ideas:

-- read on the treadmill. My daughter and I joined a gym, and so far that's working. I'm not getting through books very fast, but at least I'm reading.

-- I want to start utilizing audio books more. I know it's not the same as reading them--often, they're abridged--but at least it's something. I've decided to stop listening to NPR when I'm driving to and from work. I always end up so depressed. I'd much rather listen to an audio book!

-- maybe you should take a week off from writing and devote your writing time to reading. Is that heresy to say that? Please don't shoot me. :)

Christine said...

Yes, reading on the treadmill is a great idea. I think taking time to read in your genre is important as well. So if you dedicate 1/2 an hour even to that activity, you'll kill two birds with one stone: reading and "writing research."

Christy Reece said...

I don't get to read as much as I would like to, but one of my favorite spots has always been in the bathtub. Hot soothing water, a nice glass of wine, some scented candles, soft music in the background and a good book. Oh, and some chocolate truffles if I'm really treating myself.

Try it once a week! A wonderful way to unwind after a stressful day.

Karen Beeching said...

Treadmill? That's wishful thinking. I WISH I had time for the treadmill. This is an ongoing discussion with my doctor.

When I was younger (don't laugh), I used to read before bed. Now I barely make it to the pillow.

I do the bubble bath once a week, and don't hate me for this, but I doubt my husband would appreciate me reading about romance while sitting across from me covered in bubbles. :)

Carla Swafford said...

Karen, I've tried to get my husband in the big tubs in the mountain cabins with no luck. I figured he's afraid I'll drown him. LOL!

I read wherever and whenever I can. My favorite time is 15 to 30 minutes in the car before entering my workplace.

Karen Beeching said...

Ha! Carla!

These are all good suggestions. I'm going to try to take 30 minutes before bed from now on just for me to read. Try, at least. And maybe take a break here and there from writing to do the same.

Louisa Cornell said...

Hey, Karen, if you can get your hubby into the bathtub full of bubbles with you you don't need to read a romance novel. You're living one! LOL

I read at work on my breaks and at lunch. And if I arrive early I read then too. I keep notecards in my pocket in case I get a writing flash of insight and sometimes I manage to write at work, but frankly the atmosphere there is NOT conducive to writing. It is conducive to reading because when I read I am NOT at work ! I also read before bed pretty frequently. And if I make my page count or reach a goal I set for myself in writing I reward myself with a Sunday afternoon read.

Tina M. Russo said...

The real problem is I keep buying books. It does get harder and harder. Now I try to read during my lunch hour.

M.V.Freeman said...

I read as a reward after I finished a chapter or certain amount that I needed to write for the day.

I bring a book with me to work, on business trips and when I work out...(My husband does not understand how I can do the elliptical and read! Desperation breeds necessity!)

I am hoping Karen, that you can find a bit of space to read. :)

Diane Richmond said...

My favorite place to read is in the bathtub--at least until I fall asleep and end up purchasing the library book that I have also bathed. The last one was marked $22.95 but ended up costing me $42.00 considering the library's processing charges. Now I cut down on my TV time and read before I go to bed. I must also confess that I have chosen to read before shaving my legs, painting my nails or washing my hair. Is there any question why I have time to read in bed?

Diane Richmond said...

My favorite place to read is in the bathtub--at least until I fall asleep and end up purchasing the library book that I have also bathed. The last one was marked $22.95 but ended up costing me $42.00 considering the library's processing charges. Now I cut down on my TV time and read before I go to bed. I must also confess that I have chosen to read before shaving my legs, painting my nails or washing my hair. Is there any question why I have time to read in bed?

susanna in alabama said...

I'm addicted to audiobooks. I joined Audible.com when they had this big deal to get a Zune at a discount, and it's been craziness since. I actually got the Zune (already had an iPod) specifically for audiobooks, because you can "check" them out at the library for free. I listen while commuting, while cleaning house, while doing needlework, while shopping...

If I don't have my earphones in, I have a book close to hand. I read while I'm on hold, while I'm waiting for an elevator, while I'm at a traffic light, when I'm waiting to meet a friend... any empty space. Oh, did I mention the bathroom? And not in the tub.