Now that school has started back up (for everyone who's still in school) things are getting busier and it's harder and harder for me to find time to read! Between school, homework, other activities, and needing to eat and sleep there's got to be a place to work in reading right? I hope I'm not the only one having difficulty with this! ;) A few grades ago it wasn't that hard to find time, but the older you get the more work you have! And since schoolwork should definitely come first, it's easy to say you are too tired to read and turn on a reality show or get online after you've finished it. So here are a few ideas I've found to work pretty well:
1) If you've got a lot of studying to do it's nice to take a quick break in between subjects or projects, sometimes I like to read a chapter or two during one of those breaks. It gives my mind a rest and I can relax for at least five minutes before picking up a textbook again.
2) If you set rewards for yourself after a long day or work or lots of studying, make reading one of them!
3) Bring a book in your bag or have one nearby. That way if you have a free moment somewhere in your day it's right there to keep you occupied. Maybe it's a train or car journey, quiet moment at work, or while your eating dinner. Whenever.
4) Pick up the book you've been meaning to get around to instead of watching a TV show. This is something I struggle with a lot. If I'm tired, I'm much more likely (at the moment) to put on something to watch then to pick up a book. Yet if I do actually start reading, I can't stop and it has the same calming effect as watching something would.
5) Challenge yourself to read a book or two over the weekend. Or you can challenge yourself to have a certain amount of books done at the end of the month or make a list with the ones you want to read in a certain period of time.
And when it comes to reviewing the books that you've gotten around to reading, I think the best thing is to go ahead and write it. Maybe not edit it and make it all pretty, but get all of your thoughts out. That way you won't forget what you've read and thought.
Sara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way. A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.