I love to read- I always have. I devoured books as a kid, and I can’t ever remember a time when I wasn’t reading for pleasure- even in college, I would make a point to read an unassigned book for a few minuted each night before bed. I love it!
Finding time to read has become increasingly hard since I’ve had kids, though. Ya feel me? When the heck am I gonna find the time to sit down with a book and a cup of tea? Can I even keep my eyes open long enough to read a chapter before I go to bed? If I’m honest…usually, I can’t. But that hasn’t stopped me from continuing to read as much as possible- I’ve just had to get creative.
I’ve found a few tricks to getting my reading time in, and I want to share them with you today! and if you’ve got tricks, too- DO TELL!
THE KINDLE APP
For real- I’m giving you my #1 trick first. The Kindle App has changed my life and is the biggest reason I continue to be able to read. My phone comes with me everywhere, and if I read via my Kindle app, so do all of my books. I’ve been reading through the Harry Potter series this year, and this is how! Any little snippet of free time I get (waiting in the preschool pickup line, pacing with Shepherd during the day) I read a bit at a time. KindleUnlimited is a monthly service that lets you borrow a few books at a time (including Harry Potter) and I’ve loved taking advantage of that- but it’s not necessary to use the app. Many books on Amazon are available on Kindle for cheaper than a hard copy!
Also, I got you a FREE MONTH of Kindle Unlimited. YOU’RE WELCOME 🙂 🙂
WHEN ONE IS ASLEEP
This might feel like a no-brainer, but it took me a while to take advantage of one child sleeping and the other playing quietly. Specifically, this is when I get my Bible reading in. Shepherd wakes around 6am each morning, but Halle usually sleeps until 7 or so. I use this time to let Shepherd explore and work on my Bible reading, or read a devotional book. PS- I’m REALLY loving this Bible right now- SO glad I made space in my suitcase to bring it over here!
I don’t take advantage of this nearly as much as I should, but I know lots of mamas who swear by audiobooks. I just have a hard time doing much else when I am listening. But- if you’re looking for a new tactic to try, check out Audible! I loved Audible when I tried it out a few years back- I listened to several books on my cross-country road trips from TX to FL to Md and back. They are great! I LOVE listening to Harry Potter with Jim Dale. THE BEST.
PS- I also got you a FREE MONTH OF AUDIBLE (that’s 2 books FREE)- You’re welcome again 🙂
This is a big big win for me- using my Kindle app and reading while I am nursing. This is almost exclusively how I’ve been getting through Harry Potter, and it’s awesome! Much more relaxing and better for your brain than the endless scroll of social media.
PRECIOUS KID-FREE TIME
Yes- I do use my very infrequent kid-free time to read. Sometime that looks like me reading while the kids nap, or when I get “introvert time” on the weekends. Other times, this looks like Matthew and I just calling a “reading night” after the kids go to bed, and reading until we are ready to go to sleep. We have both realized how good this is for our mental health, and we try to do it about once a week. This is also a great time for me to catch up on physical books I have on the shelf, as most of my reading time otherwise is done on my phone via the Kindle App.