How I Find Time to Read and Why I Do.

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I read 100 books last year. 110 or so really, but I did not finish about 10 of them because they were just that awful, so I won’t count them here. I read about 120 books in 2011. One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “How do you find all that time to read?” I’ve been called lazy and that’s why I read. Inferences of others imply that I have a lavish life, that’s why I have time to read. I’ve also had people ask me if I do anything that matters other than read. All very interesting, loaded questions that I won’t answer here. But, I will tell you how I do find the time. Here goes.

  1. I hate television. I never watch TV, ever. Unless it’s the Today Show while kids are getting ready for school in the morning and I sit on the couch in between getting lunches made, signing papers, Stuffing random gloves in backpacks, etc.
  2. I loathe cooking. I don’t enjoy it–like, at all. I DO cook for my family on a daily basis, but I keep the cooking and baking time to the bare minimum.
  3. I’m not in a crafty phase. I do enjoy scrapbooking, but crafty time is not how I spend my spare time right now.
  4. I listen to books in the car. For whatever reason, I cannot listen to fiction books in the car because my imagination wanders too much. But, non-fiction books are easy for me to listen to, even while I’m grocery shopping. I just bring my headphones and stuff my Kindle in my purse and I am instantly transported into a place in my head where I am really not grocery shopping, but learning something as I am doing the dreaded task of grocery shopping. (I know, I don’t like to cook OR grocery shop. I am sure there is something wrong with me).
  5. I love to read.
  6. I have a passion to read.
  7. I cannot stop reading.
  8. I want to learn all I can from books that I cannot learn from what is my here and now. I want to learn from other’s stories. How they have handled obstacles, how they survived overwhelming odds, what their lives looked like along the way. I never want to stop learning from others.
  9. I want my spectrum to be broad. Living in the same culture for twenty years now, I never want to forget that there is a “rest of the world” that does not live like me or think like me.
  10. Reading makes me a better writer. When I begin to write about a topic, often I hear the voices of other writers inside my head (I know this is not normal either. πŸ™‚ ) These writers urge me to paint a story with words I would never normally choose.

Reading will always be a part of my life until the day I die. I find time to read because I love to read. People will spend time doing what they love, and I love books!

7 thoughts on “How I Find Time to Read and Why I Do.

  • February 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm
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    I don’t think I could ever call someone lazy who reads 100 books a year! It’s a self-defeating statement and I’ll gladly throw the 100 books you read last year at the person who suggests this about you. πŸ™‚ And thank you for being honest about how you hate cooking. I, too, LOATHE it and am happiest anytime I’m not doing it…which is most of the time. Raw veggies and hummus for the win! I made the goal of reading one book in January because of your love of reading and sharing it with others. And now I’m reading Little Dorrit, which is Dickens and he takes forever. πŸ˜› Thanks for sharing all of this, Michelle!

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    • February 15, 2013 at 2:48 pm
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      Elle! Thank you so much for your kind words. And I think one Dickens book equals 20 regular books. Great job!

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  • February 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm
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    Reading is definitely not lavish or lazy! It’s a far better past time than watching mind-numbing TV, at least in my opinion. I totally relate to points 5-10. I might even give #4 a try, but I’m afraid I might react too much to what I’m hearing and scare a few people in the grocery store. πŸ˜‰ Kudos to you for such an accomplishment. I am very impressed!

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    • February 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm
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      Thanks for the affirmation Meagan! And yes, I have to be careful not to get too lost in a book while at Martins! πŸ™‚

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  • February 16, 2013 at 1:45 am
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    What an excellent accomplishment! I love reading and hate regular cooking and grocery shopping too. I read about 40 books plus the entire Bible last year but you put me to shame.

    If you have not read Child 44 (fiction and with an interesting subplot but a harsh main plot) or Ameritopia (non-fiction), I recommend those. They had the most lasting impact of the books I read last year.

    Do you have a list of your 2012 books you read? I saw the 2011 list. I’m always looking for more to read.

    Congrats again! Keep learning and keep reading!

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    • February 16, 2013 at 9:48 am
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      Jenny,
      Thank you so much for your encouraging comment. I think reading through the Bible in a year is an amazing accomplishment! Way to go! I just posted the 2012 bookshelf from Goodreads today. I will check out the books you recommended. Thank you so much!

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  • February 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm
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    I’m in full agreement with the others. No way would I call the time you spend reading being lazy. As you have mentioned here and to me before, you are often doing other things at the same time. You have inspired me to do what I love to do, READ! Like you, I do not watch TV at all. (Really don’t know why I have one.) Also hate to cook. Good thing I am single. πŸ™‚

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