The year before I got pregnant with my son, now nearly 3, I read more than one book a month. One of those was Steven Kingâ€™s â€œOn Writing,â€ memoir. At the end of the book he shares a list of the books heâ€™s read . Thatâ€™s when I started my own list: â€œBooks Iâ€™ve Read.â€ I write down every book title I complete.
Because of the challenges and time constraints balancing work and family, reading is something most parents abandon. This was true during my first pregnancy, I was preoccupied with what was happening and the impending arrival of the baby, and I read zero books (pregnancy books donâ€™t count). Eventually, I began reading again.
People often ask, â€œHow do you find time to read?â€ Sometimes itâ€™s challenging, but for me itâ€™s what I do.
How? One page at a time.
I steal away time to read anywhere I can; when my son is in the bath, I sit on a stool by the wall; in the morning when my husband might be getting my son dressed, Iâ€™ll read one page; instead of doing the dishes, Iâ€™ll read a few pages.
We have quiet time in the living room every evening before bed and put on soothing music. No TV. This is the time that my son winds down from the day. He plays, and I usually read. I also try to read a few pages before I go to bed at night, but most of the time I get through only two pages, lean over and turn the light off and go to sleep.
It may take longer to finish a book than it used to, but this year my list says Iâ€™ve completed almost 8 titles. Not the highest number ever, but I think even Steven King would be proud.