4 Ways for Making Reading a Part of Your Routine

"How do you find so much time to read?" is something that I get asked a lot. The short answer is that I prioritize reading. For me it's the easiest and best way to decompress so climbing into bed with a book is the evening norm. But I've also started to pick up a book more often at random times so thought I'd share some of the times I incorporate reading into my routine.

1. Downtime while the kids play. Unless you don't have kids & this is turned into just down time (make it happen!). But thanks to my kids becoming more independent & wanting to play with each other more, I've found that I have some time to "myself" where I need to be near them but am not actually needed/wanted in terms of interacting with them (so it begins).

I've started to use this time to pick up a physical book to read. There's always some chores to do but taking some time to just model reading a book is a good thing for kids to see, so it's a justified way to take a break! (I've been relying more on actual books versus my Kindle app so they don't just see me with a tablet).

2. Weekday mornings. At first my goal was to get up early & work out. But since I'm not a morning person this is a struggle. I've decided the first step is to just consistently wake up early & have been reading a book instead (working out then in the evening).

Even waking up 30 minutes earlier to spend a little quiet & peaceful time reading is a great way to relax yourself before a busy day. I use the Kiwake app to make sure I don't snooze (& it's cured my oversleeping tendencies!).

On My Nightstand // 3.15.18

It's been a while since I've stopped in - while I have been reading away, I have neglected sharing it! So let's catch up!

The Immortalists // This book has been everywhere on Instagram & the premise was intriguing so I was really excited to read this. Guys, I hated it. It was depressing & dreary in tone, I didn't enjoy the characters so much, & I just wasn't emotionally invested at all in the last two sibling stories. But it seems to be getting overall positive reviews so what am I missing?

The Woman in the Window // As with any of the next Gone Girl's or Girl on the Train's, I was apprehensive about how good this book was going to be. But it actually lived up to the hype- it was a good mystery & I actually enjoyed the protagonist more than with Girl on the Train.

The Alice Network

Author: Kate Quinn
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Goodreads Summary: 1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads.

On My Nightstand // January 2018

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My year kicked off with a lot of reading. Between winter break & then a slew of snow days I had some downtime to knock out a few books during my kids' naps. And evenings, because I am very cool.

I'm also adding in some of my kids' picture books because we spend a lot of time reading those together. And them "reading" on their own. They are only 4 & 2 but will sit in there room flipping through books for long periods of time, which may be the most adorable thing ever. I asked my daughter if she liked the toy store or library more & she immediately answered "library". I cannot love that enough!

So here's what I've been reading:

A Gentleman in Moscow

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Author: Amor Towles
Publisher: Viking

Goodreads Summary: In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

On My Nightstand // Dec 2017

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I'm joining Modern Mrs.Darcy for another month of sharing what I have read or am currently reading! It was actually a short month for books as I ended up finishing what I posted in November or continued some of my work reading. Hopefully over the holidays & going into January I'll be reading a lot more!

Class Mom // Laurie Gelman

This was a total "chick lit" read for moms & I loved every second. It's a quick but entertaining read - kind of perfect for this busy time of year. The main character reminded me of Lorelei Gilmore, so if there's any fellow Gilmore Girls fans reading this it will make you enjoy it that much more.

Hillbilly Elegy

Author: J.D. Vance
Publisher: Harper

Goodreads Summary: From a former Marine and Yale Law School Graduate, a poignant account of growing up in a poor Appalachian town, that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. Part memoir, part historical and social analysis, J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy is a fascinating consideration of class, culture, and the American dream.

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