“Books are a uniquely portable magic”. -Steven King
There is little I enjoy more than curling up with a book and reading it from cover to cover. Unfortunately my lifestyle doesn’t work very well for this any longer.
I have realized that in order to be able to read a book all the way through, I need to schedule the time and make it sacred.
This means I have a goal of reading from 7-8 pm each and every night. I am fortunate because my husband comes home from work at an early hour (around 5) so it is his job to bathe Ella and put her to bed during this time. My other two children are either doing their homework or playing on their computer. It has taken me 12 years to be able to carve out an hour a night so for those of you with smaller children and/or a husband who comes home from work much later, understand that it isn’t about the specific hour I chose, it is that I chose an hour to focus on reading as opposed to bill paying, television watching, or chores.
In general I have found women often fill their days with so many things we need to do, we don’t make time for the things we want to do. When our “have to’s” outweigh our “want to’s” for a long period of time, life can become very dreary.
Unfortunately I don’t have a dedicated space to read. The only room that is quiet enough at this time is my bedroom, so I prop myself up on some pillows and start to read. It isn’t always easy to let the “real world” slowly fade away and to get absorbed in a book, but I am learning that the joy I get from this hour fills me up each night so I can be a better mother and wife to my husband and kids.
Because I don’t have a reading nook, I find myself longing for a space where I can read in peace. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to collecting reading nook inspiration, which for now will have to do.
Even though I would love to have a cozy reading nook, ultimately it doesn’t really matter where I read, so long as I do it!