I doubted myself when I made the goal to read 100 books in a year. I thought I was nuts for even suggesting it, and so did some others. I became a pro at pushing away the negative comments and buckled down. Let me explain exactly how I read 11 books in one month and plan to continue this pace throughout the year.
Would you believe it if I told you I’ve switched from being a coffee person to a tea lover? It’s true! Thanks to my new friend, Ultranova, I no longer need coffee; tea is just as sufficient and delicious.
ANYWAYYYY…. Reading a chapter in the mornings over tea has been a great way to start my day. I still like to get in my Bible reading time, which is a priority. I use my Bible app on my phone and re-assess the week’s prior sermon at my church or read part of the 1 Peter study I am currently doing. After I finish my Bible reading, I switch to my current read and dedicate myself to a chapter. Meanwhile, the kids play quietly, eat breakfast, or get ready for the day.
Reading in the mornings has helped me to begin my day on the right foot.
I have become one of those people who bring a book everywhere. When you find a great book that’s hard to put down, you want to read it as often as you can. Greg was making fun of me last week because I pulled it out and began reading as he pumped gas. It’s true…
A great way to facilitate this is through Kindle Paperwhite or Audiobooks. While waiting in a doctor’s office or driving, you can listen to an Audiobook, easily. Technology is incredible!
Speaking of audiobooks, they are your friend! I will admit, when I first read on a Kindle, I felt odd. The screen was weird and didn’t look like a physical book, but the more I read now, the more I realize that digital readers are so much more convenient, and books are almost always guaranteed to be cheaper!
After we finish homeschooling for the day, we all have one hour of quiet time, which consists of silently reading or putting together a puzzle.
During this time, I make myself an afternoon cup of tea, get cozy in my reading chair, and dig in!
I have found that reading in the afternoon has become a great post-homeschooling relaxation technique for me. Because let’s face it, homeschooling is not for the faint of heart.
There are still nights that Hazel wants me to sit in bed with her while she falls asleep. I bring my digital reader or a book with this clip-on book light into her bedroom. The lamp is the perfect size to clip onto nearly any book, and with adjustable brightness, I can ensure it isn’t too bright to impede her sleep. My older daughter also has one, so she can read up in her top bunk while my youngest sleeps.
Reading before I fall asleep is my favorite time to read. There are few things better than getting cozy between your soft sheets, covering yourself with your weighted blanket, and reading a good book. When I read before bed, I feel I have had a better night’s sleep.
As you know, blue light from screens such as televisions and cell phones is known to impede sleep if used before bedtime, so I have found reading to be the perfect substitute for a screen.
While these sytems work for me and my home, what works for you may look completely different. Your reading goals may be different, too! The important thing is you do what works for you.
Step one is finding a book you like. Here are a few of my favorites!
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