Reading Time – How much?

Good afternoon everyone! I was reading a blog post on Book Riot today called, “How Much Time Is Enough Time For Reading“. It actually got me thinking.

How much time do I actually spend reading versus how much time I think is good enough for reading? Most certainly there is a difference. Ideally, I would love to be able to read all day, every day. Realistically, there are not enough hours in one single day to be able to read and get everything else done. Maybe that’s why I want to go into the publishing industry with my English degree. What I really want to do is go into editing/proofreading. If I did that, my goal is to read books all day. 🙂 Maybe. Just maybe.

Anyway, when I think of reading and when I read the most, is at bedtime. Unless you count cigarette breaks, while I open my Kindle app and try to read a little bit. There is so much in my day to day life that it is difficult for me to actually set aside time and read. If I do, it’s because I need to read a textbook. Honestly, with as much as I love reading, I am terrible at making time. I am reminded of this meme when I think of bedtime:bedtime

However, add 30-60 minutes of reading to the end of the wife list. I’m not a wife, but a good majority of that list applies to me. Now, as a mother, I most dearly treasure sleep. What I am going to say next is the only downside of reading in bed. If I am able to read more than a couple pages, I get enthralled in my current book and before I know it, it’s 1 a.m. and I need to be up in 7 hours. Or It’s 3 a.m. (which actually has happened) and I need to be up at 8 a.m. If I only have 100 pages or so left in the book, I will read right through because I can’t put it down. Occasionally, I will leave those 100 pages for the next day. Before I know it, I have lost a few hours sleep and I definitely need my sleep. I do get grouchy if I don’t get enough sleep. I can admit that.

Sometimes, I can read 5-10 minutes while I’m outside smoking and I’ll be good for the rest of the day. Those 10 minutes will cure my reading craving. Other days, I know there is no way I could get a couple pages in while I’m outside because I know when I come in, I won’t want to put it down. Other times, I could read on the couch while my son plays with his cars. I guess most of it, just really depends on my time frame and if I am able to get lost in the book.

How much time do you guys think is enough time to read?

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