“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” –Voltaire
There was a time when reading a book meant creating a delicious moment. Cuddling up beneath a blanket beside a roaring fire with a cup of tea or enveloped in warm bubbles with flickering candles and a glass of red wine. I could read for hours.
That picture you see above? That is the ONE time in almost three years of being a mom that I actually read a book in a bubble bath. About two chapters in, I heard a scream for help, stood up, hastily attempted to dry myself, and tracked water through the house as I sprinted to a little one who was having a nightmare.
I tried to get back in the bathtub after, but the water was tepid and the magic was gone.
During this season of life, I just don’t have hours of time to sit and devour a book. But, as all bookish folks will understand, I still need reading in my life to make my brain feel whole. I completely agree with Sir Richard Steele who said, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
I’ve gradually been learning to adapt to reading during small pockets of time in the day. If I’m heating something in the oven, waiting for a prescription at the pharmacy, or needing a quick break before doing chores after the kids go to bed, I will pull out a book. If I don’t have a physical book or my Kindle Paperwhite with me, I will pull up the Kindle app on my phone.
I also listen to audiobooks during my commute to work or with headphones while I’m cleaning the house. Audible has been amazing for this. If I’ve already used my Audible credit for the month, I will download audiobooks from the local library using the Overdrive app. It’s not as user-friendly as Audible, but it works in a pinch. And the books are free.
I know this method is not for everyone, but to keep myself interested, I usually read several books at once. That way I have a book that I can grab no matter what my mood.
As a bibliophile and a mom, I want my children to grow up loving books and reading just like I did. When I was little, it was not unusual for me to walk into a room and see my dad reading a business book in his chair or my mom curled up in her bed absorbed in a monstrous biography. It had an impact on me. I would like to have a similar impact on my own children.
They are only 2 years old, but I can already see their love of reading blossoming and it makes my heart sing.
If you want to share in the fun and read along with me, you can find me on Goodreads, where I’ve been logging my reading adventures since January 2016. For a list of my all-time favorite books, check out the Reading List.
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