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Making Time to Read

Leonicka Valcius: Making Time to Read

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Making Time to Read

Ninety percent of my work involves reading and assessing manuscripts, making me the luckiest person in the world. But after about a month of wading through the slush pile, I noticed I was only reading for work. When I asked experienced agents about this they confirmed that they rarely had time to read for fun.  I could not let this happen, especially not while participating in the 50 book pledge. I quickly took steps to solve the problem.

I got an e-reader
Or rather my friend got me one and thereby gifted me four extra reading hours per day. I have a very long commute so being able to get the bulk of my work reading done while in transit gives me more freedom to read whatever I want at home.

I put “read” at the top of my to-do list
Those who know me know that my to-do list rules my life. And now reading is at the top every day. I can justify this because 1) I cannot be a good editor/agent if I don’t read good books and 2) leisure is an important part of staying healthy and happy. Reading is one of my favorite forms of self-care so why deny myself?

I talk about books all the time
Most of the people I talk to regularly are also passionate about reading and books. It would be really hard to keep up with their conversations if all I read were manuscripts. Having a community of friends here, on Twitter, and in real life to discuss my thoughts with encourages me to read more so I’ll have thoughts to share! 

What do you do to make time to read?

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Blogger Tanya Patrice said...

I make time at the end of the evening to read. It always helps me unwind - unfortunately, this means giving up tv during the week - but anything I really want to catch, I DVR it and watch it on Sundays evenings.


June 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Wow, what an awesome job you must have and how fortunate you are to be able to read during your commute.

I'm more of a physical book person myself, but I definitely see the advantages of ereaders.

June 19, 2012 at 1:52 AM  

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