Winter is the best time of year to grab a blanket, a hot cup of something soothing, and settle in with a good book. Once upon a time, a long time ago, in the land of no children and husband traveling for work, I would do just that after I got home from work. Then, I would read for hours until bedtime or beyond! That was a long time ago, twenty-three years to be exact.
This afternoon, Miss Amy of God's Grace Overflows asked me how I find time for reading. It's a fair question. After all, I do review a fair number of books. Here are some of the ways I find time to read.
~~~Five Ways to Find Time To Read~~~
1) My children are required to read an hour a day every day. Sometimes I read during that hour, also.
2) I often read when the family is busy with a video or some activity that doesn't interest me.
3) After the kids go to bed. This one can be dangerous if it's a good book. I can easily get caught up in a good story and even hubby goes to sleep before I do. Use this suggestion cautiously!
4) Maybe you have small children or find it difficult to set aside time to read. I recommend Snatch Reading. Use your minutes! Five minutes here, five minutes there, "line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little there a little". Choose a book and begin. If you have a few minutes to read a blog post, you have a few minutes to start a book. Snatch Reading works best if you are reading one book and use a post it note to keep track of which paragraph you're reading. You can use it for multiple books if you prefer, but your progress is slowed. Once upon a time, Snatch Reading was the only reading I did.
5) "Take a book!" My children hear that from me every time we go anywhere.