How to Make Time for Reading 101

by | 4 December 2017 | Books | 28 comments

We all should know by now that reading is an essential part of being a good writer, but finding the time to actually read can be a challenging process.

All you crying book dragons out there—this post is just for you. Spare a moment from your busy lives and read this and I’ll tell you the very best ways to make time for reading.



That novel you’re trying to write? Pfft. Unimportant. Go read.

3 am in the morning? Pish, that’s practically breakfast time. May as well read. Sleep is for the weak anyway.

Deadlines? They’re best ignored, just read instead.

Pizza? …Obviously eat pizza. Reading is of secondary importance in this case. 😛


Discover your inner Belle.

Read and eat at the same time. But always remember: MUST. NOT. DAMAGE. PRECIOUS. BOOK.


Throw your to-do list into the deepest corner of doom and darkness.

That way you won’t see any of the things you need to get done, and therefore they won’t be a problem anymore. Logic.


Read two books at once.

You have two eyes, right? Just read one book with one eye, and a second book with the other eye. Simple. That way you can get twice as much reading done in the same amount of time.

My tips are flawless.


And there you have it; the compilation of my brilliant tips of how to find time to read.

Disclaimer: I wash my hands of any uncompleted tasks or sleepless, half blind zombies that might result from following these tips.


What are your best tips for finding time to read (or sleep maybe)? What’s the latest you’ve stayed up reading?

(Bet you thought this was going to be a serious post, right? 😉 )

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. Lisa

    MWAHAHAHAA SO TRUE. I manage to read by reading ten books at the same time, reading either into bedtime or early in the morning on occasion (including the infamous time I woke up at 2 o’clock am), reading while supposed to be doing school, reading while supposed to be writing, reading while watching a movie, and such bad habits in general. Um like why am I reading this post when I should be doing something else?? See you just proved my point XD

    Awesome post of course, as always!


    • Jane Maree

      You woke up at 2 am and read?? Oh my word. XD
      All of those bad habits are wonderful. Keep up the good work. (I’m kidding, I’m kidding. xP)

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked it, even though it was a totally random bunch of words. 😉

  2. Clare L Farrelly

    Discover your inner Belle. Love that line, but you forgot audiobooooks! I know you don’t do it but listen while you exercise or go to sleep or clean, or garden, must never forget how many books you can remove from your TBR pile using the audio version.

    • Jane Maree

      Yay, I’m glad you liked it! XD
      Ohh yes, that is an actual legit good tip for how to make time for reading. 😛

  3. Sarah

    Absolutely love it, Jane. xD Not only were those very wise tips (or should I say ‘wisedom’ ;D) but this post also had me giggling all the way through ^-^ (yay, good job!)

    • Jane Maree

      So much wisedom is found in this post. 😛
      Awh yay! That makes me very happy to know. ^.^

  4. J.A.Penrose

    … Were you, by any chance, doing this while reading two books, eating pizza, at 3 am, while you were meant to be doing something else? xD

    Hilarious post Jane! And I’ll be sure to try out these oh-so-serious tips on how to find time to read.

    • Jane Maree

      *wiggles eyebrows* Maybe I was…

      Haha, thanks! I hope they help you find that elusive time to read. xD

  5. Calvin

    I often get in trouble for reading when I am supposed to be listening to the teacher. I do however find the nights before weekends very good for reading though, as weekends are excuses for sleep ins, and sleep ins are excuses for staying up past midnight to finish a good book…. or two.

    • Jane Maree

      Hehe, that sounds like a not-so-good habit. 😉

      Ah yes, yay for weekend reading times!

  6. Jake T.

    Most of my reading is done in the car. *nods* We live a half hour from everything so it’s actually a really good way to get lots of reading done.

    • Jane Maree

      Ooh yes that’s a good time to read. *cough* Probably better than anything I suggested in this post. xP

  7. Jenna

    hehe, this post made me laugh! it really is hard to find time to read. i’ve gone reading into the wee hours of the morning more than once, and I may or may not have smuggled flashlights into my bed to read after everyone was asleep. besides, an epic book is best read in a dark quiet house right? (i agree, sleep is for the weak!!!) 🙂
    i find that the best time to read is in the car on the way somewhere or just before bed. 🙂

    • Jane Maree

      That makes me so happy to hear! 🙂
      Reading in bed is like a small ninja-act, I think. Because you’re reading epic books in the dark and everyone’s asleep. Very ninja. 😛

      • Jenna

        yes, I am actually a ninja, but don’t tell anyone. 😉

        • Jane Maree

          My lips are sealed. 😛

    • Jane Maree

      Aw, I’m so glad, Catherine! 😀

  8. Jem Jones

    “How to make time for reading.” …post image is of a girl reading LotR. I’m typically a fast reader, but I agree that you need to block out some serious time for those books! 😉

    I read in bed by torchlight once. I was probably – thirteen? or somewhere there? I was half-way through The Jungle Book and had to go to bed, so got the clever idea of reading it with my torch. It turns out that when you’re under enough blankets to dim a torch, your senses are rather dulled; I never even heard my parents coming.

    I wasn’t allowed to read any books for a week.


    • Jane Maree

      Hehe, yesss. Actually that’s my sister reading one of the Wheel of Time books (Robert Jordan) but it’s also hugely thick and terrifies my tiny little attention span. 😛

      Ahhh oh man, I’m giggling so much. Poor smol you. XD

      • Jem Jones

        Whaaat. *scrolls back up* I guess it could be a wheel for the chapter heading? but it looked like one of those pictures of a ring with elvish script around it! *dies*

        Smol me learned that what kids do in books is NOT always a good idea in real life…

        • Jane Maree

          Ohh yes I can see that too, definitely. *nods*

          Hah, yep. XD Kids in books normally get away with much more than real life kids can. 😉

  9. Aposhipolepo

    This post made me laugh.
    The comments made me laugh more.
    I should say that Pizza is fairly easy to eat while reading.
    I can remember some times a reading deadline has taken priority over sleep.
    Also once I read to the early hours of the morning to keep myself awake.
    Audio books a useful way to read while working on something else.

    • Jane Maree

      Ahh I’m so glad. xD

      Pizza can be eaten while reading as long as you can discover your inner Belle sufficiently. 😉

      Pish of course. Readng should always take priority over sleep.
      Maybe. 😛

  10. Quinley

    Oooh…awesome post, Jane!:)
    I definitely will try to find my inner Belle (or Hermione).

    • Jane Maree

      Haha, excellent, excellent. xP

  11. MiddleEarthMusician

    Haha, this was awesome! XD Yes, why not stay up until three and read two books at the same time? ;-P 😀
    I never have a problem reading, so I don’t know what advice I would give. Prioritize, maybe? I’ve only stayed up reading until 12:03 at night. XD

    • Jane Maree

      Ahaha yes. xP You lucky soul who has some time to read. I’m so jealous. 😉

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