A thread about reading...when do you find the time?

(28 Posts)
CandyLoo Sun 04-Nov-12 20:21:01

I started a thread in 'Chat' yesterday about when you find the time to read. I love reading but struggle to find the time.
I'm loving the answers so far, wondered if anyone who hasn't commented yet, would like to?

NicknameTaken Mon 05-Nov-12 12:28:52

Bedtime. But I'm a single parent with a dc who sleeps at 8, so I have a good chunk of evening to myself.

In the time between me going to bed and husband farting about downstairs, showering and joining me.

Sometimes when the baby naps if he naps on my knee it's a brilliant excuse because I can't possibly do anything else

Husband and I sometimes decide on a reading night instead of watching tv, so we curl up in bed with a book.

crescentmoon England Mon 05-Nov-12 18:24:57

I find it hard to read during the day now. Before I could finish a book in a day, now it takes me 3 days at least! But every night I get up in the middle Of the night while DH sleeps and read for a couple of hours-usually 3-5am! Then il try to sleep for an hour or two until the dc wake up around 7am. This has been my routine nearly every night since july! I feel guilty reading while DH is around me because I shut everything and everyone out so prefer it when Everyone is asleep. I'd like some ideas of what other people do though could you link to your previous thread should be a good place for tips.

CandyLoo Mon 05-Nov-12 21:52:03

Thanks for your messages.
I'll try and post a link to my previous thread (tomorrow) but I'm fairly new to Mumsnet so may not be able to!
It's in 'Chat' if that helps?

Flippityjig Mon 05-Nov-12 22:01:48

I only ever manage to read for about half an hour at bedtime. Wish I could read more but spend all evening in front of the tv like a zombie.

porridgewithalmondmilk Mon 05-Nov-12 22:07:55

I am a really fast reader to be honest but I find having a book/Kindle on the go (in my bag) helps. It's also my main hobby - I've been known to read in traffic jams grin

Hassled Mon 05-Nov-12 22:11:20

I stopped reading books when I started reading a paper daily. I just couldn't manage the time for both. A month ago I cancelled the daily paper and have rediscovered books - the only downside is that despite promising myself I'd catch up on news online, etc., I really don't and live in a bubble.

When I read - in the bath, in bed.

ninjanurse Tue 06-Nov-12 13:16:44

I adore reading and make myself find the time. I always read for at least half an hour or longer before bed. I generally spend at least half an hour in the bath reading every evening. I have 3 days off of work a week so I will usually spend at least one afternoon reading. When I was on holiday over the summer for a week, I managed to read 9 books! <proud>.

diabolo Tue 06-Nov-12 18:03:41

Early morning before DH and DS get up. While I'm on the loo, while I clean my teeth, after work, in the car waiting for DS after school and usually when I should be doing housework. grin

MrsBungleBear Tue 06-Nov-12 18:14:28

I go to bed an hour 'early' and read my kindle. Sometimes end up reading longer and getting to sleep later than would like but that's the only time I get.

I read every night, my favourite hobby is reading in bed!

DuchessofMalfi Tue 06-Nov-12 18:47:52

I read in the evenings, during the day when the DC are at school/preschool, in bed, whilst waiting for them to come out of school (kindle app on my phone). I love reading.

Gumby Tue 06-Nov-12 18:49:43

On the train
In bed before i sleep
At the weekend when the kids play
When I'm eating breakfast & lunch
In my lunch hour at work

Chocaholics Tue 06-Nov-12 18:54:45

I don't really watch TV so read every evening once DD is in bed so from 7 onwards. Will also read in the car if not driving, on train etc. also have a kindle which is linked to my iPhone so if on a queue or waiting for someone will read on my phone.

notnowImreading Tue 06-Nov-12 19:00:29

In bed, at night; while the kettle is boiling; on the loo; eating breakfast; all morning on Saturdays. I read a lot. Mumsnet eats up too much of my reading time though - should start to wean myself off.

CandyLoo Tue 06-Nov-12 20:59:26

Thanks for your replies.
I wish I could read in the car / on the train, I get horribly travel sick if I do.

mixedmamameansbusiness Sun 11-Nov-12 14:16:30

I have pretty much no "actual" time so it takes me ages. I read for uni which I structure into my days, but pleasure reading I slot in whenever I get the chance, I have about 304-40 mins between finishing work and getting the kids so I red then, I try to go to bed before DH to read then and always read int he bath. I do read in the toilet too, but usually different very easy reading book. I can't do academic reading on buses and stuff so I read my book then too. The key is always having it with you.

mixedmamameansbusiness Sun 11-Nov-12 14:16:51

Off to chat to get some tips for when else I might read.

Nat38 Sun 11-Nov-12 14:26:44

Whenever I can!!grin Which is not very often just latelysad, due to becoming a single parentgrin
I do read for a little while at bedtime, but only manage about 20 minutes before my eyes are closingblush
I do manage to read quite a bit in the school holidays though as I work in a school so get all the holidays off with the kids, so do manage to have more time then instead of workinggringrin

Flippityjig Mon 12-Nov-12 16:00:29

Since reading through this thread I've started having a bath every other day and reading in there for half an hour. It's good to have a bit more reading time!

tiggy114 Mon 12-Nov-12 18:57:07

I call my bath hour my dinner hour! Hubby takes tge kids and i have my hour off and always read. Then half hour in bed. I have also started waking up about 5.30 am and snooze reading in bed before anyone wakes up !

BirdyArms Mon 12-Nov-12 19:11:31

Having a kindle and specifically a kindle app on my phone has revolutionised reading for me. I find that if I lose momentum I stop reading but now I read 5 minute snatches at various points throughout the day and then probably 15 minutes in bed in the evening. It's so convenient to always effectively have your book with you, turned to the right page.

ladygoldenlion Mon 12-Nov-12 20:06:34

Agree with Birdy, I have a kindle app on my phone too. The other thing I find it really useful for is if one of the DC's come into our bed and are asleep next to me, I don't have to turn the light on to read.

Other than that, I tend to buy a newspaper and always read the news online too.

pointythings Netherlands Sat 17-Nov-12 21:35:23

I read any time I can, but TBH during the weeks that is not often at all. I read a lot more on weekends, and I really like going away for work as it drags me to exotic places like Manchester by train, so I get serious reading time. That is, when the Vomit Comet also known as the Pendolino train doesn't do its worst with me - but travel sickness wrist bands mostly sort that out.

Holidays are the best - let the kids get on with entertaining themselves, and read, read, read.

Ragwort Sat 17-Nov-12 21:39:20

I rarely watch TV so read in the evenings if I am at home, if DH is watching sport on TV I can 'zone out' and read in the same room, otherwise I go up to bed early with a good book. As I am a SAHM with a school age child grin I can also find time in the day. Agree with others that the biggest problem is Mumsnet, came up at 9pm with a new book but here I am .......... talking about reading but not doing it grin. Good night.

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