Learning To Take Time To Read (and be rewarded for it)

stack of children's books

Reading is a passion I have.  As long as I can remember, I have loved to read.  In high school it was not uncommon for me to read a 400 page book each week.  As I got older, life has become a bit busier and I have been reading less.  I realized this past fall that I hadn’t even read one book the past year.  What happened?  I began to analyze why my reading was declining and started to form a strategy to change it.  Here are the steps I took to finding time, and the desire, to read again:

  • The first step was to just read.  I needed to get back into the habit and what better way than with an old favorite.  I went to my shelves, pulled off a book I had read many time but which I will never tire of.
  • Next, I started paying attention to the ebooks on Amazon, especially the free ones offered.  I had realized that one of the reasons I had stopped reading was the cost of buying books.  It can get expensive quickly if you don’t pay attention.  Another reason I had stopped reading was that it was harder for me to go the the library or book store and browse for books.  The free ebooks on Amazon are special deals, usually, that last for an unknown amount of time.  This means they are constantly changing.  This solution solved two problems, I didn’t have to spend a lot of money out of pocket, for an author I didn’t know if I would like, and I didn’t have to add another trip to my week to get a book.

Things that fly big book ebook

  • As time went on I started finding that I was craving books again.  The problem?  It meant I had to be at the computer.  Solution?  My lovely husband got me an eReader for Christmas last year.  Now I could take my reading where ever I wanted to go.  (I’m starting to wonder if he is second guessing the brilliance of his plan.  He recently commented, “You even bring it to bed.”  My rebuttal, “I don’t get a lot of time otherwise, and no little people bother me here.” 🙂 ) There are several different kinds of readers you can get, the two most popular being the Kindle and the Nook.

A few months and a few hundred books later, I’m sure it is almost that amount, I feel like I have my reading groove back.  I now have such a long “to-be-read” list that I would be okay for the next year or two.  It is a different form of stockpiling you might say.  However, this doesn’t mean I have stopped looking for new books to add to my reading list.  It only means I can now be a bit pickier about what I read.

Recently I have also come upon an aspect of reading that I formally had not explored – rewards (for adults) for reading.

  •  Tyndale Rewards is a program of Tyndale Publishing.  They are the source of many good books.  Signing up is simple, as are earning rewards.  It only took me a few minutes to earn enough rewards for a free book.  If you want to get an even faster start to earning rewards, use this link and you will automatically earn 25 points.

 Read Across American book bag

Just as I find it important for me to read, it is important for my kids to read also.  Or, to be read to in the case of non-readers.  Not only can it be fun (taking you to different places), but you can also learn a lot from others who know more about something than  you do.  This is one reason I love summer – summer reading programs for kids.  There are a few reading programs during the school year focused mainly at homeschooling kids.  Even if  you don’t homeschool, if you start now your kids will be in the habit by next summer and ready to take advantage of the rewards programs at that time.

What was the last book you read?

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