“When do you read?” My work friend asked me that today and even though I answered right away – my answer was “mostly early in the morning before the day begins” – her question got me thinking because that isn’t always true. So I lied a little even though I didn’t mean to.
Lately I’ve been sleeping longer than usual, so when I do get up I have to hit the ground running. I have a little pocket of time after the kids go to school, but sometimes that gets eaten up by boring but necessary chores.
But I do my best reading in the morning and can concentrate when the house is quiet. It’s my favorite time of the day and the perfect time to start a new book.
This summer everything will change with a full (and happy) house and different schedules, including the one where I make my group sign up for a shower time. But the younger kids won’t be getting up at 5:30 and 6:00 like they do all school year to catch the bus, so my reading time is about to get better!
Although I do my best reading in the morning, once I get rolling with a book, I can read it at any time in the day and that’s what I do. Sometimes I read standing up in the kitchen while I’m waiting for someone or something. Sometimes I catch a few pages while I’m sitting in the car, also waiting. I don’t like reading in public though, because I like to hide my geeky habit of writing down characters’ names and taking notes. Don’t get the wrong idea. I’m not writing a thesis. I do it because I can’t remember things unless they’re written on paper.
Unless I’m extra peppy at night, I can’t read past a certain time. I’ve always been this way and it comforts me now that I’m getting older. I tell people this when they point out that I’m not as young as I used to be. So the memory thing, that’s age related, but the falling asleep thing, that’s just who I am!
Tomorrow morning I’m starting a new book my book club friend gave me last night. It’s called Her by Harriet Lane and I’m determined to pop out of bed as soon as my alarm goes off!
When do you read?
Many thanks to S. and K. for inspiring this post!