Reading has already been extremely important to me.
My grandmother was a librarian and therefore growing up, I could usually be found with my nose in a book. However, once I started college, the amount of books (for leisure) I was able to finish took a nosedive, and got even worse after I became a parent. However, this year my New Years Resolution was to read 24 books, and I actually think I’ll be able to do it. I can’t express how happy I am that my ever growing “To Read” list does go down sometimes.
My biggest tip: Be willing to consume books in different formats.
Traditional text/Ebooks: The strategy that has been helping read more books the most is committing to reading 25 pages per day. That’s it! Anyone can find time to read 25 pages per day. However, if you’re struggling to find free time, try carrying a book in your bag and I’m sure opportunities will present themselves throughout the day whether it is during a break, waiting for the bus, first thing in the morning, etc. To really drive this home… If you are reading a 300 pg book, you would be done in 12 days. If you stay committed to 25 pages per day, that’s roughly 30 books per year!
Audiobooks: According to a Statistics Canada poll conducted in 2011, the average Canadian’s commute is 25 minutes each way. Therefore, from Monday to Friday, if you listen to an audiobook during your commute, (not considering other times you’re in your vehicle), that’s 250 minutes of reading per week. I currently have I Know How She Does It in my car. The audiobook is 7 hours 36 minutes long, therefore by this math I could be finished the audiobook over the span of 9 work commutes.
My point is not to shame anyone for not reading enough, but instead that there is always time to read, should you want to. Parenthood makes leisure more difficult, but if there is an obstacle preventing you from pursuing your hobbies, go around those obstacles.
Finally, remember to use your local library for books! Happy reading.