Getting Around to That Book You’ve Been Wanting to Read

Looking around the room, there are books everywhere. On top of the dresser, under the nightstand, on the desk and in the drawers. No drawer can be opened without giving away the hiding spaces of at least a couple of books, some unread. How do people find time to read all of the great books they’ve acquired over time?

  • Carry a book in your bag at all times. This will remind you to read and will also save you during situations in which you have to kill time. You will thank yourself later for bringing the book and even the few pages you get in at the doctor’s office will make a difference over time.
  • Go back and reread the jacket covers of your books. Remind yourself why you bought these books to begin with! This will jog your memory and make you want to find time to read again. When you get busy, it can be easy to forget why you like to read.
  • Work reading into your routine. Some people always read before bed at night, while others set aside time in the morning. Find which time works best for you and ensure that reading becomes a part of that day. If you read at the same time every day, it will become both habit and routine.
  • Download a reading app. If you have a smart phone, there is a whole book category in the app store. This way you can make your books completely portable. As long as your phone is with you, you’ll be able to whip out a book wherever you are.


Source #1:

As she walked into the coffee shop with her knee-high, heeled boots, she looked around for people to notice her entrance. The legs in the boots carried her to the front register, where she removed her large sunglasses, placed them on top of her bleached blonde head and pulled down the skirt of her black, strapless mini-dress.

Considering it was 3 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon, saying that her outfit was out of place would be an understatement. Behind the sunglasses was a pair of brown eyes and some freckles sprinkled over her nose. She dug through her large designer purse for her pink alligator-skin wallet to pay for her coffee.

Many jeweled bracelets covered her wrists and clinked together as she stood waiting for her order. Fairly tall even without the grey, heeled boots, she stood taller than the man next to her. Once her giant, iced coffee was ready, she sat down on one of the wooden stools and put her zebra-printed iPhone back into her purse. She then pulled out a book – The Alchemist – and then began to read.

Source #2:

Sitting in a pink cardigan sweater and a frown, the woman in her mid-twenties was surrounded by her electronics. A laptop, iPod and iPhone were spread across the table, along with a medium Starbucks coffee. She focused on these items as her friend across the table spoke.

Her striking hazel eyes stood out against her heavy eye makeup and dark brown, curled hair. Her flip flops dangled without touching the ground beneath her chair and she often fiddled with her jewelry – a charm bracelet, two large rings and diamond earrings.

The pale-skinned girl sipped her coffee and continued the conversation with her friend. The two often stole glances at other people around the coffee shop and whispered to one another. The girl she was with dressed very differently from her, with sweatpants, no makeup, and her hair tied into a messy bun on top of her head.

As the two whispered and laughed together, the cups of coffee in front of them drained until they stood to leave.