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Time is of the Essence – Booking Through Thursday


This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:

1. Do you get to read as much as you WANT to read?

(I’m guessing #1 is an easy question for everyone?)

2. If you had (magically) more time to read–what would you read? Something educational? Classic? Comfort Reading? Escapism? Magazines?

Oh yes, I definitely get enough time to read. I’ve got so much time to read, that I sometimes can’t find nary a book to read. It’s a tough life.


Actually, I have so LITTLE time to read, that I started taking the bus just so I could read more. I have so LITTLE time to read, that for my birthday, I told my husband all I wanted to do was be able to sit around the house and read. I have so LITTLE time to read that I’ve taken to reading while I walk, just to get in that few extra minutes.

If I magically had enough time to read, I’d tackle my TBR pile. It’s not necessarily educational or classic. This goes into WHY I read. I read for the stories. I read to learn more about myself, about human nature. I read to be entertained.

I’m wondering HOW MUCH time would be enough? Would five hours a day suffice? What if I was rich and could just sit around and read all day, while hired people took care of the cooking and cleaning? I like to think that I’d spend all day reading, but I don’t think that’s possible. I might spend 4-5 hours a day reading, but I probably wouldn’t spend all day reading, though it’s fun to fantasize about.

In a perfect world, how much time would you spend reading? Have you done anything to give yourself more time to read?

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39 Responses to “Time is of the Essence – Booking Through Thursday”

  1. Sally

    Since I’m retired, it is my perfect reading world; yet I still would like more reading time!


  2. Amy @ My Friend Amy

    I think with having 24 hours a day, I actually read just the right amount which might be equivalent to 4 hours a day.

    If we could somehow be given more time our day, I would love more time to read.


  3. BooksPlease

    Like Sally I’m retired and I still don’t have enough time for reading!


  4. Julia

    I used to read all day when I was younger (with between break times) but of course we talking about having the times to read now, not back then *grin*….

    Now I only read for 5 hours. That the most I can get. Before my reading slump, I was reading between watching TV too. So that take me less then 2-3 days to finish the book. Not lately though. And I wish to get those times back πŸ™‚

    Happy Thursday!


  5. Melody

    I want to catch up on my TBR pile too if I’ve the time!!! I think I spend about 2-3 hrs/day for my reading… if possible, I’d love to have the whole day to myself for reading!! I just wish we have more than 24 hrs/day.


  6. mervih

    I’d certainly like to be rich enough to try if I could read all day. πŸ™‚


  7. Nicole

    I think 4-5 hours a day would be ideal. I try to do that now, but with work and other commitments, something is always getting in the way. I have definitely been neglectful of things like cooking and cleaning because of reading. I have had many a popcorn dinner with a book in my hand.


  8. Ania

    That’s funny… I get pretty creative too, when it comes to finding more time to read! Wish I could put so much effort and originality into other things πŸ˜‰


  9. Beth F

    A half day to read and a half day to have other fun would be nice (and “people” to clean, cook, shop, and do laundry would be even better)


  10. Debbie Nance

    I am lucky…I read for a living! I’m a librarian, so this week I’m reading aloud How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Perfection.


  11. bermudaonion

    I don’t think there’s a true reader out there who has enough reading time.


  12. Yvonne

    I don’t think there’s ever enough time to read.


  13. Chris@bookarama

    I don’t think I’ve given myself time to read but I always have a book if I know I’ll be waiting somewhere.


  14. Kiki

    Never read enough–I usually read every day, but not for too long–I either fall asleep or have to tend to a child. Then there’s work. Yuck. I work in a book store but we are NOT ALLOWED TO READ! Silly, huh?

    I sneak in time at car pool and before bed, usually–sometimes on my ,lunch break. I’ll get some reading in today, since I’m home sick. Yea!


  15. Bellezza

    These lines resonated most with me: I read to learn more about myself, about human nature. I read to be entertained.

    That is exactly why I read, as well.

    And, sorry, I don’t have any answers to finding more time. I might have thought about audio books, but I can’t abandon the feel of the page and the smell of the paper in a ‘real’ book. πŸ˜‰


  16. Amy

    I sneak it in where I can too. Still never enough time. πŸ™‚


  17. Susan B. Evans

    I get about 2 hours a day as it is, but if I could double it… hmm… yes, that would be nice. I wonder if I can ask Santa for that for Christmas!? πŸ™‚


  18. Laza

    I get a lot of reading done at work on slow days. Sometimes, I’d say even 4-5 hours, albeit interrupted time. I don’t have many commitments outside of work and class.

    I think if you really had 4 to 5 hours a day to read, it would quickly lose its “funness” and become like a part-time job. Part of the fun of reading, at least for me, is that it is an escape. If I could really do it all the time, with nothing else to worry about, I’m not sure it would be the same.


  19. Wanda

    Love your answer!

    I’ve left the house in time to arrive early at an event (poetry readings, concerts, parent-teacher meetings etc…) just to have “alone” time with a book.


  20. Lisa

    I think in my perfect reading world, I’d spend the moring hours reading until around mid day, then do other things. I would then probably pick up in the evening for an hour or two before bedtime. (While the hired help did all the house-chores, of course!!)


  21. Kimmy

    I quit my job so that I could devote more time to reading.

    Well, not really, but the not working thing has helped boost my reading time immensely! I read at night and read until I’m exhausted, usually anywhere between 2-4 hours per night. Sometimes, I sacrifice sleep, but I think it’s a worthy sacrifice;-)


  22. Alyce

    I’ve actually been reading too much lately, by which I mean my eyes are tired and my house is a disaster.


  23. Lisa

    I barely have ANY time to read lately. I think if I quit my job I’d find lots of time to read at least for the first month or so.


  24. Ti

    That’s a good question. How much time would be enough? For me, 2 hrs a day would be wonderful. This month I am averaging just 30 min a day. Definitely not enough.


  25. S. Krishna

    I used to have problems reading at night because we have no overhead lights in our house, it’s all lamps…so I got myself a reading chair and lamp and I would seriously spend all day there if I could!


  26. Jeane

    One break between semesters I didn’t get a job but just sat around reading the whole time. It was so relaxing! I don’t think I’ll ever get to do that again. I was breathing books.


  27. aspiringgeek

    Ah – I was a little relieved earlier this year when my car was in an accident and I had to take the train and bus for a couple of weeks. I read so much!


  28. Teresa

    That’s hilarious about the bus—I’ve thought about doing the same thing. I do try to sneak in some reading time at lunch, but the lunchroom at my office gets too noisy sometimes, and if I try to read at my desk, my co-workers will still come by and interrupt me with work-related questions. (I’m thinking about doing all my rereading in the lunchroom so the distracting noise won’t cause me to miss something important.)


  29. Robin

    I read to be entertained as well. I only watch TV occasionally and probably spend at least 3 hours reading a day. I’ve had vacations where we have spent hours reading and you know it gets old and your brain turns to mush after a while. 3 hours is enough for me.

    Robin of mytwoblessings


  30. Bookfool, aka Nancy

    I’ve stopped paying bills, eating and doing housework. It doesn’t work. I’m online goofing all day and still just read at night. It doesn’t help that the kiddo is driving himself to school, now. I needed that parking lot time to squeeze in an extra half-hour of reading!


  31. Carol

    I enjoyed reading your post. It was light and fun. I don’t have enough time to read either.


  32. softdrink

    I’d read in the morning, until 11 or 12. Then again in the eveneing, from about 6- until 11 or 12. Then I’d sleep in until around 9 and repeat.


  33. Cathy

    When I was in my perfect world this past summer, I read for 4-5 hours per day. I don’t want to read more than that. I have too many other interests and also just want to move around and get the blood flowing!


  34. Kim L

    You wanna know what’s sad? If I did have all the time in the world to read, I’d probably find ways to waste that time no matter what. It seems like I have to be so disciplined these days about carving out time and prioritizing or I end up wasting it.


  35. Jen Forbus

    I fit in as much time as I can…lunch hour, before bed, etc. But the one addition I thought I wouldn’t like and actually DO like very much is the audio book. I still have my traditional paper books, but the audio books allow me to fit in books while I’m driving, walking the dog, doing yard work or house work, working on tasks for Christmas, etc. I was amazed at how much I enjoyed them once I started listening. I think we all forget how much we enjoyed HEARING stories when we were younger. I’d never abandon my traditional books…never. But audiobooks enable me to experience even more than I would normally have time to. It’s a good thing! πŸ™‚


  36. Jo

    Well, I spend all day every day reading newspaper stories and news Web sites (I’m a copy editor and it’s my job to sort the wires and keep an eye on stories that should make our front page). But in a perfect world, I’d have an extra two or three hours each day to read books. When I was under-employed, I managed a book a week, but now that’s a dream.

    I have a constantly growing TBR pile. Every year the library in the town where I went to college has a book sale and they have about 70,000 books, all for $1.50. So I have two or three years’ worth of book-sale books waiting to be read and I still buy new books whenever I can. At a book a week, I have more than a year’s worth of reading to do.

    I have really eclectic taste and will read just about anything that is not found in the romance section of the bookstore. The TBR pile I can see right now includes, among many others, The Warren Report, Carl Bernstein’s book about Hillary Clinton, a book on China’s influence on the Renaissance, a relatively new translation of “The Aeneid,” an airport bookstore thriller that has a shark on the cover, a biography of Harper Lee, and “The Republic,” which I hated in college but am determined to give another try. It seems like something I’d love but the first translation I read was awful and I didn’t like the professor who assigned it.


  37. Jo

    Sorry to post twice in a row — there doesn’t appear to be a way to edit pots.

    Kiki — I used to work in a Big Chain Bookstore and we weren’t allowed to read at work either. We were, however, allowed to borrow books whenever we wanted and I read a lot of really weird things that way.


  38. Jeanne

    It sounds like a lot of people agree that 4-5 hours is a good amount of time to read in a day. I would like that if I could get at least 3 hours of it uninterrupted. Like all of you, I rely on brief snatches of reading time, along with audiobooks. But there’s no pleasure like immersing yourself in a book for a good long time, when you actually lose track of time.


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