Thursday, April 30, 2009

Reading Time

I love to read.  I could read all day.  There are so many books I really want to read.

The problem is I have so little opportunity to read.  Is it that I'm not scheduling a reading break in my day?  Do I read too slowly?  I love to read in bed, but if I start reading I almost immediately fall asleep.

I'm lucky if I get 5 or 6 pages read a day.

Those of you who are avid readers....how do you fit it in your schedule?  Maybe I'm not organized enough.  Very possible.

12 comments:

Suzanne said...

Rosemary,
I'm like you. Only..I probably mess around on the computer more than you.
I have several books I want to complete..intstead I find myself skimming and then I get frustrated with myself!! I am going to make every effort to go through 2-3 a week and refuse to get another book until I go through mine and then I'm going to gather the many I have organize them and give away what I absolutely need to share, as I have many good ones and I've always enjoyed sharing books!
I have a question on my last post too for everyone..I hope they'll respond.

Sarah (JOT) said...

Honestly, whenever I have a moment, I dig in and read a book. I also can read VERY FAST. For some reason, I can get things read quickly - read several sentences at a time etc..

It also depends upon the book. If it's paperbacks from contemporary authors, I can read those a lot faster . . . if it's stuff I really love (like Church teaching, spirituality for Catholics, and old classics) I take my time, because I savour it. I take the longest with G.K. Chesterton, and the encyclicals etc..

Right now I am on a "treat" (retreat) with The Fire Within by Thomas Dubay, S.M. I started today. It will take longer as you can't speed these things!

ukok said...

I read in the bath. There have been ocassions where the waterhas been sone cold when i have gotten out of the bath...but that's only if i am reading a jolly good book!

Rosemary Bogdan said...

Suzanne, that's exactly how I am.
Sarah, I'm jealous of the speed. Wonderful. I've read The Fire Within and LOVED it. We had a woman's retreat at out parish with Father Dubay. It was fantastic. Yeah, I'm a LOT slower with deep spiritual reading too.
Deb. I LOVE to read in the bathtub. Usually I just read newspapers or magazines in the tub, though, because I always get whatever material it is very wet. So relaxing.

Sarah (JOT) said...

Rosemary - I don't read in the bath, because I loathe being wet so I shower. I can't imagine soaking in a tub with a book - for some reason it seems obsurd to me. But, if it works for others, great. I think being wet is not relaxing to me. Yes, that's it. I know - and I don't swim (even if I knew how to, I probably wouldn't). I'm weird like that and moving to HI. Go, figure. I'll love the weather there, though.

Mimi said...

I'm with Sarah, I read anywhere, anytime. I tuck a book with me - if I'm waiting in the car, I pull out my book; at baseball practice, I read; at the doctor's office, read some more.

But the other thing is, my grandmother taught me it is ok to crawl into bed at 8pm to read. Really.

I also never read in the bath, I never take baths.

Suzanne said...

Okay, so it almost sounds like there is a connection between being a semi-slow reader that is wet, to a speedy fast reader who is dry! Hmmm..is that it, cause I like to soak in the tub too..when I allow myself to, but I have to keep warming the water up and that is when a page gets wet! LOL! So, Rosemary, do we or do we not quit soaking in the water to learn to read faster? I think I'll keep reading slower. :) How about you?

Rosemary Bogdan said...

Suzanne, yeah, I kind of like those hot baths (once in a while. Usually I shower but occasionally I take a hot bath and when I do I like to read magazines-- which usually get thrown away when I'm done.) Interesting-- the fast readers and the bathtub loungers....you may be on to something.LOL
Mimi, it would help for me to remember to take the book I'm working on everywhere. I'll have to remember that.

Ann said...

I'm one of those who schedules a reading break during the day--I've found that not only does it help me keep up with my reading, it helps me be more productive throughout my day. I'm guessing it has something to do with balance--

And I love to read in the tub, even though I don't get to do it very often! I also love to read while lounging in one of those children's play pools that you put in your back yard--that water can get pretty warm!

Rosemary Bogdan said...

Ann, I think scheduling a reading break during the day would be good for me too. Scheduling blogging time works well for me too.

'thann said...

I'm a bathtub reader, too -- every single night (we have only a huge Jacuzzi tub, no shower). Sometimes I read only a sentence or two before I'm "done," and sometimes I manage several chapters. I read in bed, too, but that tends to lull me to sleep -- and I end up having to re-read everything.

I have three or four books going at a time, so I can grab whatever suits me -- right now I'm reading three mysteries plus David Copperfiend AND two different audiobooks (one for in the car and one for in the house). The audiobooks really help make housework tolerable, and keep me company while running errands.

I am a fairly fast reader -- probably 300 pages a day, which is the length of one of my typical "fluffy" mysteries. I take a book with me everywhere I go and read at every opportunity (I had one in my purse at the play Thursday). That way if I'm stuck in line or in a waiting room, I can accomplish something worthwhile and not be irritated at the wait.

Rosemary Bogdan said...

'thann, great ideas. I need to remember to bring whatever I'm reading with me. Audiobooks. Yeah, love them on trips.