Pondering Moment: How Do You Read So Many Books?
Not sure if this will become an occasional meme or not but there are a few questions that I get asked time and time again and this is one of them.
How Do I Read So Many Books?
Well, I am not a speed reader. If anything I am a thorough reader. By that I mean if I am reading along and suddenly something happens in the book that makes me go, “Wait a minute… I thought….” I will actually back track through the book to make sure I am fully understanding.
The only way I can read what I do is that I feel I have an unusual life. What do I mean? Well, there are many things that take the place of reading time for others that I don’t have – such as:
- We had our kids young. Most of my friends still have kids at home. We do not. Our boys are 19 and 22. The 19 year old goes to college 3 hours away and the 22 year old is in the Navy.
- My work schedule is flexible. We own our own business and I help out with payroll and invoices, but I can do that anytime, at midnight if I want to. Other than that, we have office personal to handle the day to day stuff. I work at our church office as the Office Manager 3 days a week from 9 – 2, Tues, Wed, Thurs. I have long weekends.
- My husband – works a lot! He loves it! He is out of the house by 5 am and back home usually around 6 – 8 pm. He eats dinner, watches a little tv and is usually in bed by 9 pm.
All of these things factor into my reading time. I prefer to read over watch tv so from the time Al goes to bed, until I do (about 1 am) I usually read. If its a really good book… I have stayed up later! :) I sometimes have a little reading time in the afternoon after work. Weekends, if Al is working, I am usually reading once I have house work done. If we travel to our cabin, he drives, I read for the 3 1/2 hour road trip…. if I drive, we listen to audio books.
There is an audio going in my vehicle at almost all times. I prefer the story to music. Sometimes, like the one I am listening to now, is getting so good – I will have to bring it in the house and listen to it while I prepare dinner. Wherever I go, I have a book. There is always a book in my car and/or in my purse. Trains, long stop lights, waiting at appointments…. I am never bored. When I work out on the tread mill or elliptical, I am reading.
I don’t read every day – but almost. It is my absolute favorite pastime. With winter here – I do not have the bike events like I do Spring thru Fall so I have even more time.