Fact: I don't like coffee. I just like saying Coffee Clutch in my best and deepest New York accent. Considering I'm a New Yorker, I'm pretty freaking good at it. So I've got my tea and I hope you have your heated beverage of choice, because it's time to gab the day away.
As I get older, finding time to read gets harder. There's school, studying, work and a whole slew of other things that just make me want to curl up in bed and sleep until next week. Basically, life gets in the way so much that whenever I bring up the fact that I just finished a book that's NOT for school they get all confused and ask me how I possibly have time to read for fun. Granted, book blogging has motivated me to read more than I normally would, but even before that (ie a month and a half ago), I was still reading more book for fun than most of my friends. So here's a list of ways I get myself reading more.
1. Constant Companion
I shift my phone and a lipgloss into one of those tiny little purses MAYBE once a month. Every other day of the month, I use one of those cute, colorful purses or big tote bags to carry around a book and a bunch of other odds and ends I can't seem to go anywhere without. How is this helpful?
- I live in Manhattan and take the subway just about everywhere. Reading is a great way to pass the time on a long, crowded commute.
- I'm not usually early (or even on time) for things. But sometimes my friends run later than I do, so I pull out my book and read while I wait.
- I also often find myself sitting around doctors offices or waiting on line in various places. Instead of reading those outdated magazines, I whip out my book and actually enjoy my time spent sitting in those waiting rooms.
2. Never Eat Alone Again
I hate eating alone if only because of the awkward eye contact I make with other people eating around me. Reading totally eliminates this issue. Also, having a book out in front of you generally keeps the small talk with strangers at bay.
3. Bedtime BuddyIf you have trouble sleeping, reading a chapter might help you fall asleep. It also might keep you up. Either way, it's better to read a book than stare at your computer before you go to bed. But actually, though. I read some article once about the LED light messing with your sleep patterns.
There are a bunch of other times you'll find me curled up with a book, but that's just because I choose to read instead of watching to TV or studying or whatever, not because it fits into my schedule somehow.
So that's me, but I'm more curious about YOUR reading habits. When do you read? What are you tricks? Feel free to share in the comment below. I'm always looking for new sneaky reading times.