We all struggle with our TBR’s. But it’s not our fault. It’s times’ fault.
How are we supposed to read all these books and keep the TBR happy if we aren’t given enough time to do so? How are we supposed to fulfil our daily responsibilities (school/full time, part-time jobs, etc) and then have time to read when there are clearly not enough hours in the day and definitely not enough coffee and cake for us to consume??
And so, my good friends, I have concocted a list which should bring you good tidings and relaxing reading times. Unless you’re reading a book that literally tears out your heart and drags it through molten lava….. then maybe it’s not a relaxing time at all. But this list still applies!!
1) KEEP THOSE DEVICES AWAY FOLKS!
This is the obvious one. The one we all scream at each other to do, but yet no one ever fully commits to it.
So. Instead of just throwing your phone to the side while you read (where you will most likely try to reach for it and fall into the “Just 1 min scrolling through twitter then I’ll carry on reading” but then it’s 6am and you are a lost soul and the wraiths have come to claim you) I highly recommend leaving your phone in another room. You wouldn’t really want to leave your sanctuary of warmth for anything but snacks and drink, pee-pee breaks or additional blankets.
Unless….. you’ve finished the book and have been left on a cliffhanger that has your heart teetering on the edge of a chasm of suffering… in which case you should calmly CHARGE DOWN THE STAIRS LIKE AN ENRAGED BULL BASHING THROUGH ANYTHING THAT STANDS BETWEEN YOU AND THAT DEVICE WHICH HOLDS THE RELEASE DATE OR PURCHASE BUTTON FOR THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES!!!
And then you cry when you realise that you have to wait a year….. again.
I had a point here????
Ah Yes. Turn off your devices and keep them out of arms reach so it’s just you. And your book. And a whole load of potential for suffering.
2) Hide From The Outside World In A Nice And Comfy Fort!
This is guaranteed to help you hide from the nasty humanses that want to take away your precious reading time!
Literally, just pile the blankets and pillows and flop into them like a fish on land. In the sense that you’re not going to move from where you are buried, and sooooo you’ll get a lot of reading done.
Plus, I don’t know about you guys but reading in a blanket while being squished from all sides by pillows, is my definition of Supreme Relaxation.
3) Set Aside A Dedicated Time Per Day For Reading!
This is a technique used by many (a lot of writers I know do something similar to this). Basically all you have to do is; pin-point a particular time of day that you are not busy (most commonly this time will be either early in the morning or later in the afternoon) and you decided that those sacred seconds will become the time to read. Or write. Or anything you want to do that you don’t usually have time for.
You make this a routine and then BOOOM! Now you have to read everyday because it’s a part of your daily schedule.
Just a warning though. Reading before going to sleep is a dangerous feat. If you’re reading a reaaaally good book that you don’t want to put down then….. you most likely won’t be sleeping at all. But at least you will be productive in your reading? You will reach your Goodreads goal?? Is this a success??
4) Do Your Most Important Tasks of Each Day ASAP!
In the afternoon we tend to want to wind down and relax, but if we have things we need to do, e.g. chores, then we can’t relax. So, if you have tasks that can be completed anytime during your day, I recommend getting it done as soon as you can. Instead of having to do it later that it.
This way you’ll have more free time in the afternoon and sooo more reading time!
5) Or…. You Could Just Run Away With All Your Books And Live In A Cave??
I mean…. there would be no one to distract you. There wouldn’t be any WiFi either. Nor would you really have any responsibilities to do….. It’s just you and your books.
There’s a 100% guarantee that you will have more reading time!
You might have to eat twigs though….
But hey! You win some, you lose some right? Twigs can’t taste that bad??? Right?
How do you squish in reading time with your schedule??? Do you have a routine in which reading time has its own dedicated time during your day?? Let me know how many blood sacrifices you have to make to be able to read so much in so little time!