Lately, I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about when I find time to read all of these books I talk about each month. So, today’s post…is about that :).
My 15th Shade of Shay (almost 2 years ago!) was on my love of reading magazines, but I’ve never done a post on my love of reading books.
Here’s the truth…reading has always been one of my very favorite hobbies. I was that kid in elementary and junior high that wrote down under “favorite hobbies” in class “reading and writing”. I didn’t play sports. I didn’t play an instrument. I liked to read and write. (In high school, I’m pretty sure my favorite hobby was boys…but that’s another post for another day…)
Moving right along…I love to read (and write). Well, once upon a time, this book lover had two babies in 16 months and the only time I read for about 4 years was if I was on a plane. Without them. Which was rare. I always read my magazines because they’re easy to pick up and put down but I didn’t read real books. Then last summer, I took my friend Erin’s advice and started writing down my monthly goals last June and one of my goals was to read two books that month. So, I conscientiously made an effort and bam…I was back in the “I’m so nerdy that I’d rather read a book than do anything else” club. And for almost a year now, I’ve been pretty book obsessed.
I think there are seasons in life when it’s easier to be a reader than others. Having two small babies at home was not the season for me but now that my kiddos are older, it seems to be the right time to read.
So, when do I find time to read all of these books and magazines? Well, I went through my pics to find evidence of me reading…funny enough, apparently this Book Shade and my Coffee Shade go hand in hand…for where I found book (and magazine) pics, I always found a cup of coffee :).
I still read on vacation…this was me enjoying a day at sea on a ship.
I keep a magazine or book with me at all times in my tote. This is me waiting at the dermatologist’s office. I pull out something to read any time I’m waiting on anyone.
This year, I read a lot in the car! If I get to Smith’s school early before pickup, I’ll read. I read in the carpool line while I’m waiting on Kensington. There’s always a book and/or magazine in my car with me.
I read in hotels.
Still reading in the car.
I read at home on chilly days.
And I especially love to read on snowy Sundays.
I read in the airport.
And I love to read outside while my kids play.
If you’ll notice in my list of books, I always read at least two faith based books a month, so I read those as part of my quiet time each morning before I start my day. After that, I typically read…
1. when I’m out and about waiting on someone (dentist appointment, hair appointment, doctor appointment)
2. when I’m waiting in the car to get one of my kiddos
3. I read every week during Kensington’s dance class (we can’t see in to watch them, so I sit in the lobby with the other moms and read)
4. I read outside a lot while the kiddos play (that’s my favorite…I get to hear them laugh and giggle while I’m reading and enjoying the fresh air)
5. I read at night before going to sleep
When you add up those bits of time, that’s when I read. The only day of the week when I might actually sit down during the day and read would be a Sunday afternoon…sometimes, I curl up and read on those days too.
For those of you in love with books too, you can always find out what I’m reading by clicking here.
One last thing…I buy a lot of books and then trade them with my friends. I have several friends who read as much as me, so we discuss before we buy and then switch and swap. Also, last month, I hosted a book exchange at my house with a larger group of friends and that was a great way to get books too! Everyone came over and brought an appetizer to eat and then as many books as they wanted to sell for $1. We all wrote our names in our books and then “shopped” them. You paid $1 to the person whose book you took. We donated our leftover books from the evening to our local women’s shelter. I bought five books from this exchange and donated 12…so this was a great way for me to make $12 and only spend $5…win, win!
My April book review will be on Monday! And let me tell you…it’s the most random assortment of books you’ve ever seen :).
For dinner tonight….
…Sweet Onion and Asparagus Pasta. Enjoy!
Happy book day friends!