How much do you read?
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I've noticed the boards have been pretty quiet lately. Must be the onset of the holiday season. I've been reading a lot recently and it got me thinking. How much do you typically read a day? A week? Do you have a set time you read, like before bed or while exercising? I get most of my reading done in the evenings, no surprise there. And I read for at least an hour. I prefer it to almost any other activity. If I'm reading a light romance I can start and finish it within a few hours, but mostly a book takes me a couple of days unless I get distracted or set it aside for awhile.
I also like to space out my books, reading fiction or non-fiction in between every couple of romances. It keeps me fresh and I don't get tired of any one thing. Plus there are so many good books out there.
I tend to read romances in between heftier books, so it just depends on what's going on with my other books. I usually read a couple different times a day, always on my lunch at work and usually before bed. I like to read my regular book at work and during the day and save the romances for before bed.
I do my fun reading for about an hour before bed and about an hour when I wake up. If I'm really into something I might push it a little longer, or do an all day stretch on the weekend. I'm more obsessive-compulsive with reading; I'll read an author's entire catalog rather than trying to spread things out or mix them up. Reading is definitely my favorite thing to do :)
LT really cuts into my reading time. I find heaps of new books I want to read, but I spend too much time cataloguing them. I get my best reading done while the kids are at school or otherwise occupied. At bedtime I usually read non-fiction because it is easier to put down. I generally read fiction and non-fiction pretty equally, although I go through spells where I lean more one way or the other. Right now I'm on a romance kick, which will probably last until Christmas, because I have a lot of Christmas anthologies with stories that I re-read regularly.
I read at breakfast, during my lunch time and in the evening. A book usually takes me 2-3 days to finish on the WE a book a day is possible.
I usually read for a few hours before bedtime and average about 50-60 pages an hour. I'd say I average 2 books a week, but when I get on a roll, I'll stay up late or read all weekend. I also listen to audiobooks in the car.
I watch way too much TV, but I still read a few books a week. I love romance novels and kids' books and occasionally read something more heavy. I love to read before sleeping, and the sillier the better for that. I really prefer to just read one book at a time. I'm a slooww reader! and a slow eater - my friend once told me 'you read like you eat' while reading a letter over my shoulder and waiting for me to turn the page!
Since I retired, I read about 4 to 5 books a week, Mostly I read in the morning and during the evening, I almost never watch television. Generally, I like to alternate romance and mystery novels, with a few heftier books thrown in.
I often wake up 20-30 minutes before my alarm goes off so I can read. Occasionally I can get a few pages in during slow times at work and also read the newspaper. We watch a movie almost every night and haven't watched TV in years. I fall asleep reading at night. I read mostly romances, about 2-3 a week. There are so many good books available!
I usually read in bed at night, I too almost never watch TV. Lately I wake up in the middle of the night, and have my ipod touch next to me on the bedside table. It's so easy to pick it up and read for a bit on the kindle app. I also look forward to reading in the mornings with my coffee before work (I almost never read the newspaper anymore). Then I read when I get home from work and have a glass of wine. I listen to audiobooks on my commute back and forth to work or when I'm making dinner too. But, my main reading time is at night before bed, and weekends. I often stay in bed all morning on a Sat. or Sun to finish a book! That's my "my time" as far as my son and husband are concerned! LOL!
For me, I got a new job which I desperately needed, but it's cut severely into my reading time. I am working both in the office AND at home and because it's contract work, the more hours I work the more I get paid. I pretty much only read what I get to review nowadays, though I hope that will change again.
Mainly I just read a bit before bed, time permitting. I also read magazines in the morning with breakfast before work. I can't seem to concentrate that well before my coffee and magazines seem to fill my reading void.
I certainly don't read any where near as much as I used to. My boys got me a Kindle for Christmas and even though I've downloaded a bunch of books (mainly the free classics) I'm not sure when I'll have a chance to read them all!
I read one book at a time, and pretty much one genre at a time. Right now I'm on a historical romance run. It's been several years since the last time I read that genre. The others that I read are mysteries/thrillers, classics, and urban fantasy.
Historical romance are the type of books however, that I have the most difficulty finding books to my reading tastes. I try out several new authors a week and end up liking and finishing 2 or 3 books a week. I read at night, a little bit at work when possible, and on the weekends.
Unlike a lot of readers though, I do like TV. But I DVR my shows and zap through the commercials. I don't like to waste time channel-flipping or watching laundry detergent ads.
Every once in awhile I have a shut down weekend where I will read 2-3 books. Happens rarely and usually co-incides with bad weather. Right now I am reading the Game of Thrones series and I can only read a few chapters at a time - usually in AM prior to work or just before bed. It has slowed my reading amount substantially but I don't like to start a new book without finishing one.
TV junkie? Guilty. What did I do before DVR?!
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