Discussion: How Many Minutes Do You Read Per Day?

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.

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.

17 thoughts on “Discussion: How Many Minutes Do You Read Per Day?

  1. Ceri October 15, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    I love this and feel like I want to make one too! Also omg your little pumpkins are the cutest thing!

    That statistic about 25-34 year olds is crazy. But, at the same time, kind of makes sense. I’ve recently realised that I read my ebooks better on the Kindle app on my phone rather than on my actual Kindle. What is it with these phones?

    Anyway, I really like this idea. Are you going to do a regular update on here to let us all know how you’re going?

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    • The Broken Spine October 16, 2018 / 7:01 pm

      Thanks! I am so not an artist. It takes me forever to read ebooks because I’m such a tactile person when it comes to reading.

      I do plan on updates. Not sure if it will be monthly or bimonthly. I’m thinking monthly to go along with my monthly update.


  2. carol October 5, 2018 / 9:08 am

    I like your chart!
    I tend to read between 30 and 60 minutes a day, that counts physical books or ebooks. I read ebooks on my kindle and even though I could use it for social media, etc., I don’t.
    I listen to audiobooks a lot during the day, sometimes several hours. The problem is I’m usually doing something else at the same time, so my attention is not as good as it could be.

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  3. FictionFan October 3, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    Some days I read for hours and other days not at all. I do usually read last thing at night though, but sometimes just a couple of pages. I don’t work or have kids, so in theory I have loads of time for reading but I do find blogging and social media take up a lot of what used to be reading time. Funnily enough, like BookerTalk above, I think I actually read more when I was working – the daily commute, I guess!

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    • The Broken Spine October 4, 2018 / 10:15 am

      I found myself reading more when I was working fulltime, then I got laid off and don’t read as much. Everyone says it’s stress, which I believe. I have to force myself to focus. And sometimes I can pull off a couple of hours.

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  4. BookerTalk October 3, 2018 / 5:23 pm

    Oddly i used to read a lot more than I do now even though I no longer have to go to work.

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  5. Risa October 3, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    Ha ha! Believe it or not, I’m lucky if I get 2 minutes everyday!! I suspect social media is responsible for my inattentiveness, but there is a lot of work to do otherwise as well. I’ve tried reading trackers; 10 minutes before bed-time, and all sorts of things to try reading again everyday. So far, not doing too well, but I am pleased about having completed my first book in about 3 or 4 months a few days ago!!!
    It’s nice that you’re turning off your devices before bed time. I whip out my kindle if I don’t want to be distracted while reading an e-book…

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    • The Broken Spine October 4, 2018 / 10:28 am

      Oh no! 🙂 I hope you find your reading mojo again. Congrats on finishing your book.

      Everyone, I think, is absorbed in social media. I can spend hours down the social media rabbit hole vs. reading or any number of things that I need to do. But I’m committed to reading 30 minutes a day. I really want to redevelop my reading habit.

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      • Risa October 5, 2018 / 1:35 pm

        That’s a good thing!

        I’m trying to get back in small doses too without giving myself numbers. Also, have begun a book club with my colleagues in the hopes that we will read at least a book a month!! Yeah…things are bad. :-/


  6. Casey @ caseydillabooks October 3, 2018 / 11:41 am

    I like your chart! I’d love to see an update when it’s filled out. Right now I’m participating in the #30DayBookBinge which is basically just a challenge to read every day for at least a few minutes. I think I’d like to try using a chart like this in conjunction.

    Personally I struggle with reading every day and social media doesn’t help, but neither does working. Because I get home, get in bed, and fall asleep in like 3 pages!

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    • The Broken Spine October 4, 2018 / 10:38 am

      That #30DayBookBinge sounds fun. More incentive to read. I got the idea from someone else and modified it to my needs. I’m finding it helpful already. I know it’s only three days in, but there’s something about seeing your progress or lack thereof.

      I’ve always read in bed. Day or night. And it depends on the book, if I fall asleep right away. Suggestion, if you have a chair in your bedroom sit there and read you may get a few extra pages read before lights our. I’ve done that and it works and on top of that you can just roll out of the chair and into bed.


  7. trentpmcd October 3, 2018 / 9:30 am

    Does reading blogs count? How about all of the reading I do for work? Or is it just books? Anyway, I wish I had more time to read books, but don’t want to give up my reading blogs time to do it!

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    • The Broken Spine October 4, 2018 / 10:42 am

      Sorry Trent, reading blogs does not count. It’s the printed word. So maybe if you print out the blog posts that may count. 😏

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      • trentpmcd October 4, 2018 / 11:09 am

        Darn, thought I found a loophole 😉 Oh well. I’m traveling this weekend and have a Neil deGrasse Tyson book stashed in my book bag, so I guess that one will count….


  8. bellawilfer7 October 3, 2018 / 9:27 am

    I’m really missing my routine of reading before I go to sleep… but lately, I’ve just let it drop- too tired, too busy- all the excuses! I like your idea of keeping track 🙂

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    • The Broken Spine October 4, 2018 / 10:43 am

      So far tracking my reading is going good. I’m excited to see what it will look like at the end of the month.

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