Reading – How do you do yours?

I don’t read as much as I think I should. But then again, how much do we all think we should be reading? Everyday? Three times a week? Every time we get a spare few minutes… no, I know, when does that ever happen in real life, hey?

Ideally, I would love to read every single day, and I do go through stages where this is actually possible. But generally, life, work and family commitments get in the way and I am either too busy or too exhausted to read regulalrly. But as a writer, should I be making the effort to make sure I read all the time?

I love to read all sorts of genre’s, I wouldn’t even say that I had a favourite. I think, with me, it really depends on what mood I am in. Sometimes I love to read dark, gritty, thrillers and other times I just need a lighthearted, funny rom-com to pick me up. I love seasonal stories like Christmas ones and also ones that make me weak at the knees, jam packed full of romance and love. There’s always a time to enjoy those sexier, more sensual stories and on a cold, windy night, it is lovely to curl up in front of the fire and read a horror novel. My bookshelves are rammed with all sorts of books. So now I have the dilemma of not only finding the time to read, but finding the time to read all different kinds of books. I don’t want to focus purely on one type, but how do I choose my next read?

So in reflection of all this, I decided the other day, to devise a way in which to reduce my ever growing TBR pile (it really is huge and I just keep buying books!) and to choose my next read completely unbiased and fairly. I have lots of wonderful writer friends, and I want to read each and every one of their books. However, if I did that, I would purely read their books and never give other books a look in.

So I decided to write all my books that I am yet to read on pieces of paper, fold them up and put them in a pot. I will now leave the fate of my next read in the hands of my daughter. She will randomly pick a slip and choose for me. Once that book is read, she can pick another and so on. And every time I buy a new book, another slip will be added to the pot. This way, I am fairly reading all the material as it is chosen for me. It also means that it mixes up my genres quite a lot and I really don’t know what I am reading from one day to the next. I think it will help widen my horizons with my reading and help me to grow as a reader.

I am also hoping that doing this will encourage me to make more time for reading because I love it so much.

I loved the excitement of LO picking my first book the other day and I cant wait to see what comes out next! Will it be yours…



  1. John Jackson
    Jun 1, 2015

    Hmm….. Make sure it’s a big pot!

    I ALWAYS try to read in bed; now I’ve started writing I seem to have less time to read during the day.

  2. stepmomshawn
    Jun 2, 2015

    I, too, have a hard time choosing what book to read next. I may try your idea. It’s quite creative! 🙂

  3. Elle Turner
    Jun 2, 2015

    Love the way for picking your next read – what a good idea! 🙂 xx

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