I set out to read 100 books by the end of the year. You can check my progress here. Some people have come to ask… Where I find the time to read.
The short answer is while everyone else is watching TV… I’m reading. Actually most of the time that I’m watching TV, I’m also reading a book. I picked up the habit while in college and I was assigned 30 pages of reading every night for a literature class. No one ever told me that it was strange to read all the assigned reading and so I read and I also watched TV with my roommates. Somewhere along the way, I actually became decent at being able to navigate two narratives at once.
I also take a 15 minute lunch break 2 or 3 days a week depending on my schedule and read a chapter in a book while I eat the soup that I have brought with me to work. I’ve found that this is a great way to add 45 minutes to my work day (Normally I’d take an hour out to meet someone) and get in 15 minutes of reading. I also read while doing other activities that require a minimal amount of response like cooking and brushing my teeth. When all is said and done I get in about 1 to 2 hours reading each day. Most of it at night after I have put the kids to bed.
Bottom line. If I spent as many hours reading as the average person spends watching television each year I would be able to read well over 100 books. Sometimes it is all about perspective and time management. On occasion I’ve been criticized for reading too much. Yet, not many people would think much of me spending 2-4 hours a night watching television or cruising the internet. What matters more to you? The complete season of CSI or NCIS or the half dozen books you could read while one of these shows is on this season? Since I’ve never found anything of lasting value from watching episodes of CSI* I choose to have the TV on in the background and read about 50 -100 pages of a good book.