Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!
This week’s TTT topic is actually supposed to be Outrageous/Crazy/Uncharacteristic Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books (i.e. skipped meals, camped outside a bookstore, broke up with someone because they don’t like to read, traveled long distances to bookish events, etc. After sitting here staring at that topic for way too long and drawing a complete blank, I decided to take a slightly different route. Today instead, I’m going to share some random moments throughout my day where I try to squeeze in a few extra minutes of reading time. Some are pretty normal, but several of them have been known to garner weird looks from my friends, family, and from complete strangers. Whatever, people. A bookworm’s gotta bookworm, right?!
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10 Ways I Squeeze a Little Extra Reading Time into My Day
1. Reading While Cooking
Whether it’s listening to an audiobook or having my Kindle propped up on the kitchen counter,
it’s not uncommon to find me sneaking in a few pages of my current read while I’m preparing meals.
2. Reading While Getting Ready for Work
Pretty much every morning, my Kindle is propped up on the bathroom counter so that I can read a few pages while I’m getting ready for work.
Yes, this often leads to me running behind schedule, but it’s totally worth it, lol.
3. Reading While in the Bathtub
This one is a little tricky since it’s so easy to ruin a book or e-reader, but what a perfect time to relax and get a little reading done…
Minus the creepy green ghost in the gif, of course, haha!
4. Reading While Eating
Okay, so I do behave myself and put the books away while we’re having a family meal,
but if it’s just me eating alone, like for breakfast or for lunch, it’s a guarantee my nose will be in a book.
5. Reading While Driving
If I’m in the car alone, it’s audiobook time!
6. Reading While Doing Chores
Let’s face it…chores suck, right? I can’t think of anyway to make them more enjoyable to turn on an audiobook
and squeeze in some reading time while folding laundry, ironing, or doing the dishes.
7. Reading While at the Soccer Field
Anyone who has been following my blog for a while knows that I’m a soccer mom and that my son lives and breathes soccer.
We have practice 4 times a week, plus games. I’m a good soccer mom and pay attention during all of the games,
but I confess to reading my way through most of those practices.
8. Reading While Waiting in Line
Lines bore me, so while I’m stuck waiting in them, I almost always pull out a book and read. It doesn’t even matter what kind of line, honestly.
At the grocery store, the pharmacy, the post office, DMV, restaurant drive-thrus, you name a line and I’ve probably read a book while waiting in it.
9. Reading in Waiting Rooms
Along similar lines, I always read when I’m waiting for a doctor’s appointment. I’ll even continue to read once they call my name
and take me back to the exam room because I know I still have time before the doctor actually shows up.
10. Reading While a Passenger
Whether it’s public transportation of any kind or even if I’m just the passenger in a car, if I’m not the one driving, it’s party time!
And by party time, I mean it means I have more time to read. Woo Hoo!
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What are some ways you manage to squeeze in a little extra reading time each day?