When I first joined the 52 books project a couple years ago, I didn't think I'd actually reach it (in fact, I was short by about 5) but wanted to set a goal and at least increase my reading time. My girls were coming out of the crazy-busy toddler years and I was down to about 5 books per year and knew I wanted to start doing something that I loved again...reading. I was so surprised to discover how many I was actually reading.
I'm actually a very slow reader, we'll blame it on the one eye. :) I'll have about 3-5 books going at one time though and even though I'll go several weeks without finishing one, by the end of the month, I'll have finished 4.
I was worried when I first started that the goal was a selfish one. I want the kids to see me loving reading, but I didn't want to steal time away from them. They know I love to read, but the reading has not intruded into time with the kids at all. In the past, it had. When I was only reading those 4-5 books per year, they were the books I reeeeeally liked and couldn't put down even though the kids had to repeat my name 5 times before I'd stop to answer them. I probably started dozens more, but if they didn't grab me, I'd toss 'em....no time to waste on boring books. Something about reaching for a goal made me continue reading things I would have tossed before. And it was good for me. Very good. No, they weren't all riveting books, but they stretched me and taught me and helped me grow....even the books I hated and disagreed with made me think and argue and form my own opinion more solidly. Don't get me wrong, I still tossed plenty, but I held on to many more than usual for me.
I keep books by the couch, books by the bed, a book (now kindle) in my knitting bag that I carry out with me, and....I hate to admit this, but a stack of books by the toilet.
I grab 10 minute moments here and there and two or three times per week, I take a nice long bath and take along whatever book I'm enjoying the most. I can get a solid hour in during a bath while the kids sleep.
I'm never the one driving, so any roadtrip means I get to read, but I end up visiting more than reading so this doesn't add up quickly. Sometimes, we enjoy an audio book all together and these totally count. I'm thinking of trying audio books while I walk/jog with an mp3 player.
I do a read-aloud with the kids in the evenings, and these count, too.
So if you're thinking it sounds like a lot, but you enjoy reading, pleeeeeeeease join me? Give it a whirl! I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised!