Ever since I started this New Year’s resolution to read a book a week (or 52 books this year), I’ve been much more aware of the spare minutes in the day where I can squeeze in some extra reading. Here’s a list of a few of my new favorite places to sneak in a couple pages.
1. The dentist/doctor’s office.
Who wants to read those germy, old issues of magazines when you have your own books that you can carry around? I usually drag along something that I can easily stow in my purse, but if not, it also makes for a good conversation piece with the dental hygienist or nurse.
2. The bathtub
While you’re soaking to warm up after a cold day, why not read for a little while? I like to have a dry hand towel by the side of the tub for my sudsy hands, so I don’t get the book wet. A cup of hot tea is also a nice touch.
3. Waiting for my car to get serviced.
My only issue with this is that most of my car service shops have TVs that blare, interrupting my reading, so I often bring along earplugs as well.
4. On a walk
Okay, this one isn’t always possible. But I used to walk around a track near our home in Vermont, and there weren’t any obstacles to trip over while I was reading. I don’t suggest doing this when you might walk into traffic or twist your ankle when stepping off a curb. Audio books are a great alternative.
5. When doing housework
Obviously, you can’t read a book while scrubbing the toilet, but there are ways to work audio books into your cleaning routine. I have a couple fun audio books that I reserve for housecleaning, so if I want to listen, I discipline myself to be cleaning at the same time. It makes the dishes go a lot faster. I’ve also been known to pick up a book between pulling batches of cookies out of the oven.
Okay, it’s your turn to share. What are your favorite places to fit in some reading?