Reading is a vital part of my life. I consider being a reader part of my identity and I always have at least one book going at a time.
How do I make time?
Each year I set my reading goals and track them on Goodreads. I set time aside each day in my schedule. I keep books in my purse or in the front seat of my car to steal little pockets of time for reading throughout my day.
But lately, I have noticed a pattern in my reading life. Some months I fly through books, one a week or more, but other months I can barely finish one. I have a hard time abandoning books. If I start, I have a hard time admitting that I don’t like it. It’ll sit on my nightstand while I play on my phone. Or I move it from my purse to the living room to the car, hoping to find a space that I’ll really enjoy reading it.
More times than not, I’ll have to force myself to read it while not enjoying it, just to get it crossed off of my list. Why am I doing this?!
There are billions of books in this world? Why am I wasting time reading something that isn’t capturing my attention?
Wait, I don’t have to finish every book I start?
While listening to “Best of Both Worlds,” a podcast from Sarah Hart-Unger and Laura Vandekam (I love it), Sarah mentioned her 50 page rule. She’ll start a book and give it to page 50. If by this point she’s not interested, she lets the book go. Whoa.
So I’m going to give it a try. If I am not into a book by page 50, I’m abandoning the book and moving on.
What do you think? Would you be able to get more reading done if you were quicker to abandon books that aren’t speaking to you?