I read a lot. Obviously, there are readers out there who completely blow past me, but in the past three years, I’ve read 79, 90, and 102 books respectively. I’m on pace to read 86ish books this year. How do I do it? How do I read so much? I decided to spend a week logging my reading time and seeing what my reading habits look like.
What did I find out? Well, let’s see!
Monday, September 8
- 6:11am-6:16am – 5 pages read
- 6:20pm-6:35pm – 15.5 pages read
- 9:47pm-10:02pm – 13.5 pages read
Total for Monday: 34 pages read
Notes: This was a lower than average reading day for me. One reason is because I was reading a book I wasn’t obsessed with. It was a good read, but nothing spectacular, so it’s a lot harder for me to want to sit down and read when the book is just okay.
Tuesday, September 9
- 6:14am-6:20am – 6.5 pages read
- 12:20pm-12:42pm – 26 pages read
- 6:51pm-6:58pm – 9 pages read
- 7:28pm-7:42pm – 17 pages read
- 9:59pm-10:39pm – 26 pages read
Totals for Tuesday: 84.5 pages read (and 1 book finished)
Notes: This feels more like an average reading day for me. I took myself out to lunch and was able to get a lot of reading done on my lunch break (my favorite!), and then was up a bit late to finish the book I was currently reading (The Silent Wife). I probably stay up late to finish a book once or twice a week because, really, who wants to go to bed when you only have 15-20 pages left of a novel? Not me!
Wednesday, September 10
- 6:20am-6:23am – 4 pages read
- 7:45pm-8:06pm – 32 pages read
- 10:55pm-11:08pm – 15 pages read
Totals for Wednesday: 51 pages read
Notes: Not much to say here. It was a fairly average reading day. A few pages in the morning, and the bulk of my reading in the evening.
Thursday, September 11
- 7:29am-7:33am – 6 pages read
- 9:28am-9:34am – 10 pages read
- 1:48pm-1:54pm – 8.5 pages read
- 7:33pm-7:52pm – 38 pages read
- 11:00-11:43pm – 65 pages read
Totals for Thursday: 127.5 pages (and 1 book finished)
Notes: Wowee… this was an insane reading day for me! Mostly because I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish a book. (Way, way.) I worked from home this day, so I got to sneak in a little reading time in between bathroom breaks. (Didn’t you always want to know about my bathroom habits? HA.) The book I was reading also had shorter pages and larger text so I was able to whip through the pages more easily. And I finished my second book for the week! Woo! I rarely finish books that quickly during the week, but it was a very quick read (I think less than 200 pages?) But anyway, huge reading day for me! I don’t usually read that much on a weekday. Honestly, this was a bit nuts.
Friday, September 12
- 6:15am-6:20am – 5.5 pages read
- 6:34am-6:37am – 6 pages read
- 2:54pm-3:09pm – 19 pages read
- 7:04pm-7:32pm – 33 pages read
- 11:40pm-11:50pm – 13.5 pages read
Totals for Friday: 77 pages read
Notes: Pretty average reading day for Friday! A few pages read before work, and then I had more time to sit down for a little while and read once the work week was over. During the work week, I can only catch snippets here and there, but the weekend allows me to just lie down and read to my heart’s content! My favorite!
Saturday, September 13
- 8:09am-8:13am – 4.5 pages read
- 12:18pm-12:53pm – 51.5 pages read
- 6:12pm-6:20pm – 14 pages read
- 8:31pm-8:37pm – 10.5 pages read
- 9:04pm-9:14pm – 15 pages read
- 10:30pm-10:37pm – 13 pages read
- 11:28pm-11:46pm – 28.5 pages read
Totals for Saturday: 137 pages read
Notes: Ah, successful Saturday! I got a lot of reading done! Unfortunately, I could have gotten even more because I was stuck at the nail salon for THREE HOURS, but forgot reading material. I haaaate when I do that! Oh, well. I caught a lot of snippets of reading time in the evening while my nephew was over.
Sunday, September 14
- 8:47am-8:51am – 5.5 pages read
- 9:15am-9:22am – 13.5 pages read
- 9:58am-10:06am – 15 pages
- 2:05pm-2:30pm – 25 pages
- 3:53pm-4:04pm – 19 pages
- 5:30pm-6:15pm – 59.5 pages
- 10:14pm-10:20pm – 4.5 pages
Totals for Sunday: 142 pages read (and 1 book finished)
Notes: Oh, weekends. How I love thee for copious reading time. This was my highest reading day yet! (And yes, I read while I watch football. My brother thinks I’m ridiculous, but combining two of my favorite hobbies? Yes, please!) I finished up Arranged, and I’m now reading a book that will take me a while to finish (it’s almost 500 pages long!).
So, over the course of one week, I read 653 pages and finished three books. (Well, two-and-a-half, since I had already read half of one book before the week began.) Whoaaaa. That feels so high, but it’s actually pretty normal. (I’m averaging 8-9 books read a month, after all.)
I read 83 pages during bathroom breaks (eh, sorry), 102.5 pages while taking bubble baths, 161.5 pages before bed, and the rest while just laying around. The longest time I spent lounging and reading was 45 minutes, but I typically read in snippets of less than 15 minutes (57%).
As you can see, I make a lot of time for reading! There were many, many days that I spent over an hour reading. In fact, two days this week, I almost spent two hours in total reading! In bits and pieces, but still! That’s a lot of time to spend with my nose in a book. But I do it because I love it, because it’s my most favorite hobby. Other things fall to the wayside so I can make time for reading. (And sometimes, that “thing” is called sleep and getting to bed at a normal hour. Sigh. It’s something I’m working on!)
What’s the one hobby you give up other things for?