I've read several blog posts recently on the importance of writers finding time to read. A couple of them had me shaking my head because the poster (the person with time to read) took it as a personal attack when someone else said they wished they had time to read as well. Apparently saying something like that is an insult to the poster's time management skills or saying they aren't busy or they're lazy or . . . something.
I guess the reason this frustrated me is because with my schedule and responsibilities (and I can't be the only person in this type of situation), there are a lot of times I really don't have time to read, and, when I do, it's usually a choice between reading, writing, or listening to my teenage daughters/son or my husband talk about their day or whatever is going on at the time. That last choice usually wins, but if I do choose reading, I often just fall asleep. The words are so soothing. ;) So I'm not really sure what the desire to have time to read has to do with another person.
Anyway, it got me thinking, and I guess I do find ways to read, though not the way I prefer it, which is to dig in and read cover to cover over a day or two. With my current schedule, I can usually finish one book over a few weeks by reading a scene or two at night before I go to sleep. Definitely not my preferred method, but it's something.
And the way I've gotten the most reading done has been from something I thought I would never be able to get into. Recently, I discovered my local library has started carrying audio books. I can download them to my phone and listen to them while I cook and clean, and, even better, I can download them to my work computer and listen to them while I'm doing data entry, processing/calculating time cards, working in Photoshop, or anything else that doesn't require my full and focused attention (Excel spreadsheets, I'm talking about you. ;))
I don't know the actual number, but, over the last few months, I've read at least fifteen books this way. It's definitely not the same as holding a book and seeing the words--I'm a very visual person--and the library doesn't have a huge selection of audio books, but I'm reading books I thought I wouldn't get to for months and some I thought I'd never get to. It's been really nice to have it as an option.
So, what about all of you? How do you find time to read?