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  1. Like you, I really feel it when I don’t get time to read. I definitely use the waiting time to read–I have plenty of it with all my children’s activities. I also try to go to bed a little earlier than I need to so I can get a few chapters in. And sometimes, I don’t even feel guilty when I let the dishes or laundry go for a while so I can finish a book. It’s necessary to my well-being!

    Another thing I’ve been doing lately is audio books. I wasn’t much of an audio book person, but I have so little time, I started listening while I’m in the kitchen cooking/cleaning, and that’s been nice.

    1. Lara I really need to get on the audio books wagon! I keep hearing about how many people listen to them while doing chores and other odds and ends. Listening to books would be another great way to use that time. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. My best time for reading right now is while I’m walking on the treadmill. I really need to get better about reading before bed too. It seems like the best time to do it, but I always end up watching shows with my hubby instead! We need to just start reading together. :p

  3. Good tips. I read when I’m riding the bus to and from work. I can usually read a book a week if I’m diligent.

  4. Great post. I like your idea of shutting down the computer at 9pm to have some reading time. I’m also in the “board book” stage of life right now and really miss reading! I guess I could be a lot more intentional about finding time to read some of my books. Stopping by from the DBB.

    1. While I’m still not all that great at shutting down at 9pm, on the nights that I am disciplined it is so rewarding and refreshing to have the wind down time of reading. Glad to know I’m not the only one deep into the board books either! 🙂

  5. These are great tips, it’s been hard to find time to read these last couple of months as I’ve been so busy with the blog. I like the idea of winding down at 9:00, I just might have to make myself do that!

    1. It’s so hard some nights, especially when I get on a role, but I’ve found it be a great discipline for me. Hope this tip helps you too! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. Hi, I found you over at SITS! Reading more is one of those resolutions I seem to have every year and fail miserably. I spend too much time on the computer instead of reading a good book. I love reading and I love your suggestions for making the time. Maybe I’ll try saving a half hour each morning to reading, especially on the weekends!

  7. Your tips work for me as well! Early mornings are best for me. I also put a timer on for 15 mins and read until I hear it go off.

  8. I am a diehard book lover and I always make time to read! Haha. I am extremely busy- my daughter is brain damaged (I am a single mom) so she has therapies in the early morning, so while she is in with her therapists, I read! Hey, it’s 45 blissful reading minutes three times a week and of course, when I am on my breaks at work, I read. I never leave home without a book!

    Visiting from SITS Sharefest!

  9. Oh how I wish I could shut down at 9 every night… even 10 would be nice. I’ve been trying and trying to read more because I know it will only improve my writing. Coincidentally, the next book on my list is “On Writing” by Stephen King.

  10. I think modeling reading is so important, too. The tip about shutting down is what usually helps me squeeze in some reading time. Great post! Found you on SITS (I’m #2 and #119).

  11. No mamas really have easy time to read, you just make time if you enjoy it I think. I read in the bath and before bed. And if my boyfriend is looking after our daughter I often curl up with a good book for a bit. Couldn’t imagine a life without reading.

  12. Thanks for the reminder, I love to read too. But find I never have time. I usually try to read while I do cardio….but that’s maybe once a week.

  13. I actually do all these! Although I have to take note of them all again. I bookmarked your post in my Pocket Reader and be checking for more of your posts! 🙂
    Dropping by from SITSSharefest.

  14. I definitely do my reading after I crawl into bed – the day is just too busy – but that usually means I may only get in a few pages before i zonk out. Or, sometimes I lock myself in the bathroom, draw a warm bath and read there. And I mostly read on my phone or my kobo – but mostly my phone (which is larger than most – Samsung Note). I tend to listen to audio books a lot while I’m doing illustration or design work.

  15. I shut everything down early too. That way I have uninterrupted (I hope) time to get sucked into my book. If I’m reading an especially compelling book, I’ll go to bed to read even earlier than normal because I’m excited to get back to the story. I make a point not to read any business books at bedtime, just books that feed my soul or are entertaining.

  16. I’m a retired English literature and composition teacher, so my love of both reading and writing is a very big part of my life. I can’t imagine not reading some time during the day. I always read before I go to sleep at night. I find it helps me relax as well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here. It’s nice to know there are people, who feel like I do about reading!

    1. Jodee thanks for stopping by and thanks for being a teacher. My love for reading and writing stems back to some great teachers who always encouraged me to find great books and read for enjoyment!

  17. I bring my Kindle (charged) with me every day to work and read during breaks and lunch when I don’t have errands to run.

  18. I also love to read on the kindle app. Lately, I have been using Amazon’s whispersync feature when available. It allows me to purchase the audible book at a discount after I purchase the kindle book. I will listen to books in traffic or while folding laundry and then be able to open the kindle ebook and read at night or in the early mornings. It syncs the two and I love it.

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