I love reading. Ever since I was a little kid I’ve devoured books at an unnaturally quick speed. And as a student of library and information science, I’m lucky that my coursework frequently has me reading really interesting books. (Though that’s definitely not the case in all my classes…) But that definitely wasn’t the case for me in undergrad and I very rarely read for pleasure during those four years.
Falling out of regular reading (massive amounts of Torchwood fan fiction excluded) during college is one of my big college regrets. It took me some time to get back into it after graduation. Now that I’m in grad school I go back and forth between reading everything I can get my hands on and not touching anything that isn’t required for school.
I know that finding time to read when you’re super busy can be a struggle. And if it isn’t one of your priorities, that’s entirely up to you. But if you’re a bookworm, there are ways to squeeze in some extra reading during the day. Here are a few things that have helped me find some reading time during busy stretches.
Despite what some people might say, audiobooks aren’t “cheating” at reading. (And how do you “cheat” at reading anyway?) But what they are is a fantastic way to read during situations where you otherwise couldn’t.
If you’re a commuter, you can throw an audiobook on in the car. If you live on campus, download one and listen to it while you’re working out or cleaning your dorm. Audiobooks are ideal for multitasking.
You can download audiobooks using Audible or get them through your local library.
I don’t always remember to pack a book. But I always have my phone on me. The Kindle app is a lifesaver when I’m on the bus or just too tired to get off the couch and get my book.
Keep some eBooks downloaded on your phone so that you can read during the little stretches of time you wouldn’t normally consider reading time. Times like when you’re waiting in line, riding the bus, or waiting for class to start. It may only be a few minutes at a time, but you’d be surprised how quickly those small moments build up.
Try graphic novels
Graphic novels are quick. This isn’t always the case, but there are many you can finish in one sitting. Give yourself that feeling of accomplishment when you finish a book and you’ll feel more motivated to keep reading.
Don’t force yourself to read
If you aren’t feeling it, don’t do it. If you try to force yourself to read when you aren’t in the mood, it’ll start to feel more and more like a chore. So give your brain a break and eventually you’ll start to feel that itch again.
Likewise, don’t force yourself to finish a book you hate. Life is too short and there are too many books out there. So quit books with abandon!
I use a combination of these to give myself more time to read the things I want to read. How do you give yourself more reading time? Let me know!