Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday Salon: Finding Time to Read

The Sunday

February is shaping up to be an excellent month for me reading-wise so far. This week alone I finished five books (The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, Death Cloud by Andrew Lane, Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn, Tears of Pearl by Tasha Alexander and The Islands of Divine Music by John Addiego) and I may finish a sixth (The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters) this evening.

ClockAfter finishing just seven books in January (with a goal of 100+ for the year), I have been making more of an effort to find time for reading. Being sick for a couple of days this week definitely gave my reading a boost, but I think the biggest improvement has come from going to bed a couple of hours early. I do most of my reading at night before I go to bed, and retiring earlier than usual has effectively doubled my reading time.

I have also returned to my old habit of carrying a book and/or my Kindle everywhere. It's amazing how much reading you can squeeze in to those moments when you're waiting for someone, in between commercials while watching TV, when the pot is taking longer than expected to boil...little stolen moments that may only afford time for a page or two, but add up over the course of the day.

It looks like this coming week is going to be the first in quite some time when the temperatures will be above freezing all week (53°F tomorrow!) so I'm hoping to get in some quality training for the 5K I'll be walking in April. I did my first-ever 5K walk last year at the Valley Forge Revolutionary Run (a HUGE victory for someone with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome!) and I hope to finish slightly faster this year. It's been so bitterly cold that I haven't been able to walk outdoors much (I actually like walking in the cold, but it needs to be slightly above freezing for me to be comfortable) and I'm ready to get back out there. I got a nice 1.2 mile walk in today, which made me happy.

What are you reading this Sunday?


  1. That's a great idea about taking a book with you to squeeze some reading in when you can. I only have a half hour lunch break on Fridays at the library where I work, and I usually take a book then, although if I was really "hard up," I always could find one...but I hate to try to find one in a short amount of time still.

  2. I take my iPad to work with me most days, but it can be tricky trying to find a spot to hide and read.

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  3. I have gotten pretty dedicated to reading during commercial breaks since I no longer have a DVR. It's a good use of the time, I agree!

  4. Good idea to squeeze in reading all through the day - never thought of reading while I wait for the kettle to boil....! Makes sense. Will try and see how I go. This week I'm reading a review copy of a book called Spinning by Michael Baron; War and Peace (page by page) and loads of academic type stuff for my thesis. Fun times! Good luck for your 5K training!