Finding the (right) time to read

I am an avid reader. Probably more avid than most and less avid than some. I average about 2-3 books a month. And I would probably be able to read even more. Except for my job.

In general jobs get in the way of reading, not that we don’t enjoy them or need them to feed ourselves. But if I didn’t have to go to work I could read all day every day, with breaks for eating and napping. Wouldn’t that be the life?

But I need to earn a living, and leaving my apartment is nice, too. Also, I like my job. But the catch is, I am a copy editor. So all day, every day I am in front of a computer for 8 or more hours straight correcting facts and grammar and making sentences make sense. When I get home from work around 8:30 p.m. my brain has had it with words. It’s just DONE. And some days I get out earlier, usually Thursdays, but even then sometimes I just can’t read another word on the screen or even on paper.

I think if I had a job with earlier hours and less reading and editing involved I’d be more prone to reading in the evenings. As it is, some nights I have enough energy left in my eyes and brain to pick up a book, and some nights I don’t.

I’m not yet near ready for a career change, but I hope the warmer weather will compel me to take my work weary eyes and enjoy the sunshine with a good book. Maybe I just need a change of scenery.

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2 thoughts on “Finding the (right) time to read”

  1. I’m taking part in March Madness where I hope to read 10 books this month. I usually average 3. It has made me notice both how little free time I have (a job and 3 year old twins are time consuming!) and how I have to make an effort to read rather than just sprawling in front of the TV! I can only imagine that if you read all day in work it would be hard to settle at night to read for pleasure…

    1. That’s a great challenge, Cathy! Best of luck. What books are you planning to read? I try to make time on my commute and sometimes in the morning to read before I get tired out.

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