I started this blog as way to share my love of books and hopefully have some meaningful discussions about them. The latter very rarely happens, but that’s probably because posting reviews isn’t as common as I’d like it to be. Maybe one day I’ll tell you the introverted blogger story.
Anyway, I do read; but I don’t read every day. I usually find something else to do other than reading – like adulting or going down the Twitter and/or Instagram rabbit holes. So, I want to start a new habit or reignite an old habit. I used to read every day before going to bed. It was no less than 30 minutes and typically no more than 60, unless the book was too good to put down.
I have decided to pledge a minimum of 30 minutes per day, before bed to the printed word – not an eBook or Audiobook (more on that in a later). I’m also going to start keeping track of how much time I spend reading per day. So I created this handy dandy reading tracker.
It’s divided as follows in case you can’t make out the picture.
DAY ⇒ MINUTES ⇒ PAGES READ ⇒ TOTAL TIME
Weekly Average & Weekly Total
Monthly Average & Monthly Total
I’m no artist, but I’m pretty proud of my little pumpkins. 🎃🎃
Fun Fact: The University of Michigan’s Health and Retirement Study found that of their 3600 participants (men & women) over the age of 50 that those who read – nonfiction, fiction, poetry or prose for at least 30 minutes a day increased their life span by two (2) years. The study also found a delay dementia.
Now if those aren’t reasons to read for 30 minutes a day, I don’t know what is.
Not so fun fact: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics Americans, aged 25-34 spend only 4 minutes per day reading. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!! It’s hypothesized that the lack of reading is due to increased social media use.
So, why not an eBook or Audiobook? I do enjoy those formats, albeit not as much as holding a physical book in my hand. However the reason I chose to read physical books over digital formats is I will be disconnecting from all devices during my reading time.
Reading on my phone or tablet leaves me open to going down the social media rabbit hole and not reading. As far as not reading audiobooks is concerned, often times I create character voices in my head and when the narrator’s voice doesn’t fit the voices in my head (okay, yeah that does sound cray cray) I tend to lose interest.
I’m excited to see how much time I spend or don’t spend reading.
How many minutes do you spend reading per day?
Do you have a daily reading routine? If so, what?
This post is brought to you as part of the 2018 Discussion Challenge.