How to Find Time to Read

November 15, 2016 Discussion, Tutorial 30

You know what’s funny, I’ve been trying to find time to write this post for 4 months now but uni and exams haven’t let me. Even though I didn’t have time to write this post, I did have manage to make time to read. So of course I’m highly qualified to teach this lesson. 

Most book bloggers I know really struggle to find time to read. Unless they work from home or have crazy reading pace (I’m looking at you Cait) it can be hard to get through one book a week, maybe even two weeks. Life likes to get in the way.

This doesn’t make reading impossible however. There a number of things we can do to give ourselves more time to read. It’s so easy you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried these before now!

Make a sacrifice to the reading gods

Seriously, don’t you people know anything? A little sacrifice to the appropriate gods will fix any problem. Obviously for our needs we need to make the sacrifice to the reading gods. They particularly enjoy young trees and ink, with some phrases from books everyone has forgotten about.


Remove anyone who tries to interrupt you

Nothing is more irritating than real life interrupting your reading opportunities. The best way to fix this is to remove the distractions. Permanently.


Only the weak need sleep

What’s that? You’re tired? SUCK IT UP, PRINCESS. SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK. You can’t read if you’re sleeping. That’s a lot of reading time wasted.


Separate yourself from society

Another way to get rid of those distractions is to avoid completely. Move to the most secluded area you can find, separate yourself from society, become a hermit. All you need are books, an ereader, and internet to get new ebooks. Maybe a car so you can drive to the bookstore and steal obtain more books. Nothing else is necessary.


Never stop reading for anything

Nothing else matters but books. Reading and only reading is your life now. Stop for nothing but books.


In reality…

Finding time to read does not generally require such extremes, but it honestly isn’t easy either. Time that can be spent reading really depends on how busy the rest of your life is, and how well you can seize all opportunities to read.

Some of the things I do to try and read more:

  • I always have a book on me

Whether it’s a physical book or something on my iPhone/ iPad there is generally always a book on me somewhere.

  • Read in every little break you can get

If I’m really into a book, I read at every chance I can get. Eating breakfast and dinner, study breaks, 10 minute lecture breaks. The reading time may be incredibly short, but it adds up faster than you realise.

  • Set aside a specific time for reading every day

One thing I try to do every day is read for at least 20 minutes before I go to sleep. It helps me wind down and de-stress, and generally I find I sleep better. And yes I actually sleep, I’m usually so tired it’s a struggle to stay awake no matter what the cliffhanger haha.

Other times that may be good to read may be in the morning after breakfast or even over lunch/ dinner.

  • Have reading breaks/ rewards

One of the reasons I manage to read more during exams than every other time is because I have reading breaks to reward myself for study. One hour of work = 10 minutes of reading. This could be applied to any sort of work really. It’s a good motivation system if you pick a book that’s really hard to put down. Although you do need a decent standard of self restraint.

  • Utilise audiobooks

One of the good things about audiobooks is that they’re mobile and you can listen to them anywhere. Driving, walking, cleaning are common times I listen to audiobooks. Sometimes I even try to listen to them while falling asleep (after my scheduled bedtime reading).

How do you make time to read?

30 Responses to “How to Find Time to Read”

    • Bec

      Oh man, English Lit would make it really hard to find the reading drive. Reading because you have to for a course is nowhere near as fun. If only I had written this a bit earlier!! (my own uni degree didn’t give me time to write the post, ironically)

  1. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    These are some fabulous tips Bec! I’ve been recently struggling trying to balance school, extracurricular and blogging so I’m definitely going to have to try some of these tips. :) Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! <3
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    • Bec

      Thanks :) School takes up so much time. It’s hectic and frustrating. Hopefully you can manage some sort of balance soon!

  2. Puput @ Sparkling Letters

    Great post! I, like most people, have obviously been through this problem before. But sometimes it’s not just a matter of finding the time, but also the mood. Like when I’m too exhausted, I can’t read, or when I have too many things to do, I feel guilty reading for fun :( but one of the best solution is to bring book wherever we go. I have my tablet with me all the time and I have a lot of unread books in it, I like the practicality of ebooks :D Back when I was working on my thesis, I use the ‘reading as reward’ thing and it was amazing! Like, in the morning until late afternoon I worked on my thesis and read journals or anything and then in the evening I have the time to read other books. That way I didn’t feel guilty because I’ve full filled my duty :P I also read on my commute and before bed. And I pull an all-nighter all the time :P
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    • Bec

      Thanks :)

      Mood definitely plays a big role! Exhaustion in particular is a big one. I have found audiobooks can help with that though.

      Sometimes a book just needs to be read and sleep becomes less of a priority haha

  3. Alexandria

    This is a great and extremely relevant post! I’ve struggled to find time to read all year (thanks, first year of uni) but have been reading heaps this month, which is great (I’ve got a lot of making up to do). I remember when I used to read 100 books a year – now it’s more like 20 at the most. Audiobooks sound like a great and practical idea in theory (especially since I get motion sickness reading while in the car) but I can’t stand the voices and I need to see the words to absorb them. Sigh. You can’t win.
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    • Bec

      Uni is the worst for stealing uni time! My reading speed halved when I started (and I don’t know how I still managed to read 50 books a year).

      Audiobooks help so much! I know some people read the physical book while simultaneously listening to the audio. Sometimes it’s a matter of finding a narrator you like though. It’s a struggle.

  4. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I know the first part is supposed to be a joke (and it made me laugh) BUT I’m seriously considering all of them. I’ve mostly shaken my EoS reading slump but real life still gets in the way. Having a book with me at all times (namely audiobooks) has been a lifesaver though :D Love this post ♥
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    • Bec

      Me? Joke? Never. It’s 10000% serious types. You wound me :P

      I cannot wait to have an EOS reading slump. Christmas break hurry up and get to me I need to read EOS.

  5. Sinead @ Less Reality More Books

    Great post! I’m definitely feeling the reading crunch the last few months, and try to read whenever I can. I’m also totally conscious of my Goodreads reading challenge and keeping on top of it. I’m dfinitely going to use thse tips throughout this college year!

    • Bec

      Thank you :)

      Goodreads reading challenge is such a guilt trip! Novellas, manga volumes, and short stories are a really good way to catch up ;)

  6. Emma

    I hear you! I’ve started working in a school and finding time to read is hard depending on the day. I want to read during breaks but then I’m chatting with others. Although that goes out of the window when I’m into a book. I’m a librarian so I should have any excuses to reading. But what I try and do is read any chance I get no matter how small. Oh I like reading in a bath that helps be de stress and relax. Great tips though. :)
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    • Bec

      Reading time can vary so much day to day! Especially in work environments that involve talking to other people where you can’t just pull out a book without seeming rude.

      I am too scared to read in a bath!! I’m so clumsy I’d drop it right in the water haha

  7. czai

    I can completely relate to you in terms of finding some actual time to read. I’ve been busy with uni as well – currently working on my undergraduate thesis and it’s driving me crazy! I even ended up in slump (good thing I’m done with that slump :D). Also, great tips! I do all of them minus the audiobooks (’cause I don’t listen to audiobooks).

    Also, “Only the weak need sleep” – this is me most nights but I always end up sleeping while reading. lol.
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    • Bec

      I’m so glad my degree does not require a thesis to graduate. Could not deal with that haha.

      I have yet to fall asleep while reading a physical book (audiobooks are another matter…)

    • Bec

      So many options! I need to get the kindle app on my phone because I don’t always have a kindle on me.

      Who needs human interaction when there are books to be read?

    • Bec

      Pssssh It only looks like that haha. I’ve barely read at all the past few months. Reading before bed helps me wind down and stop focusing on the stuff that happened that day.

  8. Kelly

    It really is good to carve out (even really small) swaths of time to read. On the bus, before lectures, (once or twice during lecture) (you didn’t hear that), while eating… Audiobooks are fantastic, because you can listen to them while doing other things! I usually end up carrying at least two books on my person at all times… you never know when you’ll end up in a situation where you wish you had something to read, right?

    Reading at the end of the day is really good for unwinding, too. Probably. Because reading is, you know, super relaxing and no one here has ever lost sleep over a book, ever.
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    • Bec

      Every time I have had time to read when I’m out I’ve been caught without a book! You would think I would learn from mistakes.

      That is exactly why I read before bed! It gives me something to focus on and is fodder for whatever dreams/ stories I make up while falling asleep.

    • Bec

      It’s totally the legit post. Every tip I give is super serious. I never make up things for laughs :P

      Thanks! Audiobooks are so useful. I wish I figured out how to listen to them earlier.

    • Bec

      Audiobooks are great for getting through more books at times where it’s impossible to read a physical novel!

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