Wordy Wednesday: But how do you read so much?

I’m often asked how I read so much – or people say ‘oh I wish I had time to read’ (often in that passive aggressive way that implies that they’re just doing much more important things, actually – but that’s a different issue).

Firstly: I don’t read that much. I average about 50-60 books a year – for a book blogger, that’s seriously small fry. I’ve seen some whose Goodreads counts are 250+ per year!

Secondly, I’m not reading War and Peace on a weekly basis. Mostly, I’m reading YA novels, some children’s (Middle Grade/9-12), with an occasional adult title thrown in.  It’s rare for me to pick up a massive tome, but it can happen.

Most importantly, though: I want to read, so I read. To that ‘oh I wish…’ person – you clearly don’t, actually. And, incidentally, it’s the same with writing. If you want to do it, you make/find the time for it. For me, that means reading on the bus, sometimes while cooking dinner, as a five-minute break between heavy-thinking tasks to clear my mind (nothing spirits me away like a good book!), as well as the standard reading in bed.

Starting this beauty on my bus journey today. I’d read a lot less if I could drive! #diverseYA

— Beth Kemp (@BethKemp) August 20, 2018

A final point: having discovered podcasts, bus time started to get a little crowded, so I now try to limit podcasts to walking to and between buses – commuter life is complex! What uses for otherwise ‘dead’ time like travelling have you come up with? When/how do you fit reading in?

Beth Kemp

Teacher of English, writer, blogger, reader, mother, feminist

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1 Response

  1. Beth says:

    At the supermarket today I was reading while waiting in line and the checker said “Must be a good book!” But of course, I am ALWAYS reading in line — that’s what queues are for, after all. It also means I don’t get mad when there’s a line; that same checker had looked worried when I showed up at his empty line because he had gone out to find people waiting in a different queue and I guess he thought I’d argue for precedence, but I was just glad to get a quick five minute read in.

    When my boys had schools in various directions, I shared a podcast with each of them. Xan’s tending to run 30-40 minutes, like his commute; with Paulos I found a 3-4 minute one that got us to the local school.

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