Discussion: How do you find time to read?

Friday, October 3, 2014
The biggest question I get asked as a book blogger is, "how do you find time to read so much?", and its sister question, "so, you read like all the time, right?"

You caught us. We have time turners.

The funny thing is, I really don't. I work 50-60 hours a week, so my biggest hobby is vegging in front of reality tv. I'm a multitasker, but I have a lot of hobbies that I try to make time for. I play video games, (puzzle games, Guacamelee, and Sims 4 right now,) I do logic puzzles, I craft, I bake. And yes, I read.

I do set aside half an hour a day, usually after dinner or before bed, but my real "secret" is my e-reader. I'm quick, though not as quick as my coblogger, (2000 pages in a week, what the hell, Jess?) and I can usually read a couple pages in line at the store or on my commute to work. Those little 5-10 minute sessions add up. For the fun of it, I noted my reading for a week, to show how I find time. (I work 10:30 am - 7 pm. Subtract 2 hours from all times to pretend I'm a normal adult who doesn't go to bed at 2 am.)


2:13 - 2:19 - 4 pages of The Way of Kings on the drive home from brunch.

4:09 - 5:20 - 19 pages of TWoK while working from home.

6:35 - 7:00 - 92 pages of The Resurrection of Ra’s Al Ghul before dinner.

8:52 - 9:08 - 4 pages of TWoK 

12:45 - 1:10 - 18 pages of TWoK before bed.

1:12 - 1:31 - 11 pages of The Secret Garden

Total: 162 minutes - 148 pages


10:27- 10:35 - 1 page TWoK on the drive to work

7:15-8:00 - 3 pages of TWoK

12:20 - 12:33 - 8 pages The Secret Garden

Total: 66 minutes - 12 pages (It was not a good day.)


9:30 - 10:30 - 164 pages of The Resurrection of Ra’s al Ghul after dinner.

12:50 - 12:58 - 5 pages of The Secret Garden 

1:05 -2:14 - 54 pages of TWoK before bed.

Total: 137 minutes - 223 pages


12:41 - 1:30 - 14 pages of Lark Ascending while reports ran

2:34 - 2:50 - 10 pages of LA while printer was down

5:46 - 5:50 - 3 pages of LA while reports ran

9:09 - 9:45 - 23 pages of LA

1:11 - 2:08 - 43 pages of TWoK before bed
Total: 162 minutes - 93 pages


10:15-10:25 - 6 pages of TWoK on the drive to work.

3:40 - 4:00 - 17 pages of TWoK on lunch break

8:54 - 9:06 - 7 pages of TWoK waiting for Project Runway to come on/Google to update.

12:50 - 1:05 - 9 pages of The Secret Garden

1:11 - 1:46 - 25 pages of TWoK before bed.

Total: 92 minutes - 64 pages


9:02 - 9:13 - 6 pages of TWoK on the drive to work.

10:07-10:12 - 2 pages of TWoK during unexpected computer restart

1:50 - 2:05 - 12 pages of TWoK on lunch.

6:26 - 6:28 - 1 page of TWoK while a report loaded

8:06 - 8:17 - 6 pages of TWoK on the drive home

11: 59 - 12:17 - 2 pages of TWoK during ANTM

12:30 - 12:45 - 9 pages of The Secret Garden

12:49 - 1:17 - 23 pages of TWoK before bed.

Total: 104 minutes - 63 pages


10:28 - 10:50 - 11 pages of TWoK on the drive to the spa.

10:53- 10:56 - 1 page of TWoK in the waiting room.

12:19 - 12:30 - 7 pages of TWoK on the drive to work.

3:46 - 4:00 - 9 pages of TWoK on the drive home.

9:06 - 9:08 - 1 page of TWoK trying to teach the cat a lesson.

12:53 - 1:15 - 14 pages of The Secret Garden

1:23 - 2:57 - 75 pages of TWoK when I should have been sleeping.

Total: 168 minutes - 118 pages

So, between my daily commute and 30-60 minutes before bed, I squeeze an average of 2 hours of reading into a day. In the grand scheme of things, that's a pittance. And yet, even with an awful Monday, I'm averaging 103 pages a day. The secret for me is to always be ready to read. Printer down? Four pages! Cat's being an asshole? One page! Do I really need eight hours sleep? FIFTY PAGES!

What about you? Do you rigidly schedule your reading time? Take the bus an extra stop to fit in a few more pages? Forgo sleep to torture yourself in fantasy worlds? Tell us in the comments!


  1. My problem is I get sucked in and like to read 100-200 pages at once! I'm interested in trying your idea though! I get so annoyed if I read a couple pages and get interrupted haha.. I'd rather wait and carve out a chunk of time. It's been harder since I got my puppy too. He takes a lot of energy and love, which is awesome. But less reading time for neurotic Morgan. That's probably why I'm so behind on my DVR too, I'd rather read while I watch HGTV or Seinfeld reruns :)

  2. "Cat's being an asshole? One page!" <--CRAUGHING

    1. He kept walking in front of the computer, so I had to ignore him! (I know, it's awful.)

  3. Great post! I tend to read every night before bed and also through the day if I've got a few minutes. I end up losing a lot of time on Twitter and such :-)

    1. Twitter is my biggest nemesis. I could read an extra two hours if I could just stay off Twitter. Alas.

  4. I don't get much reading time in the morning but I am blessed with a job that often has a lot of downtime. When it's busy though I reserve breaks and my lunch to go towards reading. I also have 4 step children that like to eat and have clean clothes so my home life is usually busy so I like to multi-task with audiobooks. When they go to bed though, that's prime reading time for me. I also go to bed super late usually too. I'm not a super fast reader so I do have to spend a lot of time to read as much as I do but I make it happen. :)


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