I read a lot. Every year for the last ten years I have read over 100 books. During two of those years, I read over 170 books. As you can see from the little Goodreads widget on my blog, I’m usually in the middle of reading 3-5 books.
When people say they don’t have time to read, I both can’t understand them and understand completely. In high school I remember sitting down on my bed every afternoon and reading for hours (this was pre-internet). I don’t do that anymore, not very often. This is how I understand when people say they can’t find time to read. I certainly don’t have hours everyday to just sit and enjoy a book.
Or do I?
Nowadays, most of my reading is done while I’m eating. I read while I eat breakfast, and while I eat lunch (dinner is usually on the couch watching TV). But mealtime accounts for about an hour of reading time every day.
I also listen to audiobooks during my commute. That’s a half hour to and from work, so there’s another hour, and sometimes I’ll continue to listen while I do chores around the house, like folding laundry and preparing breakfast or dinner. Sometimes I’ll also listen while I play games on the computer (generally only when I’m at a good part in the audiobook).
I keep my Nook in the bathroom, so when I’m doing my business I’m often reading then, too, but usually only when I’m reading a book with short chapters – right now it’s Challenger Deep, by Neal Shusterman. That accounts for about 15 minutes of reading a day.
Recently, I’ve started reading in bed at night, too, mostly to eliminate the screen brain I have from being on the computer and watching TV in the evenings. There’s another 20 minutes.
And, I have to admit, occasionally I sneak some reading at work as well (I’m a librarian, though, so I like to think it’s work-related).
All told, without sitting down expressly to read a book, I manage to carve out nearly 3 hours of reading every day.