The Habit of Reading

Hey there, P. J. Hoover here, and this month we’re talking about summer reading. Specifically, I want to talk about the habit of reading and ways to keep it going during the summer.

I’m not sure if anyone else’s schedule is like mine, but during the summer, things go crazy. Between traveling and visitors and camps for the kids, what I hope to be a schedule normally lasts for five days at the most before external forces cause it to change. Because of this, I’m offering up my tips to keep you reading even when you feel like there is no time.

1) Audiobooks

Seriously, these things are the best. I’ve listened to 40 hour books in ten minutes spurts driving to and from camps and kids’ activities. Join a site like Audible.com and enjoy the bliss that a seriously amazing narrator will provide.

2) Preparation

Bring your book everywhere. This way, if you have ten minutes to kill, you can read a chapter. Waiting on the doctor? Read a chapter. It makes every wait so much more tolerable. In the event you forget your book, see either (1) above or (3) below.

3) eReaders

Nook, iPad, Kindle…it really doesn’t matter. What does matter is having something like this to help with those times when you are traveling and forgot to pack a book. Don’t want to invest in an eReader? How about your smart phone? You can download the reading app of your choice and never be left without reading material again.

4) Family Reading Time

Kids wanting to play computer? Getting too much TV? Drop everything and read. All of you. It makes them feel special that they get to participate in the same activity you’re participating in, and the bonus is you actually get to read, too.

5) Bedtime Reading

Even if it’s only a couple pages before you drift off to sleep, read every night. Some nights I make it 5 pages. Some nights I read an entire book. Whatever the case, it’s a habit I’m in, and I love it.

Okay, that’s what I have! Now you tell me. What’s your favorite tip to keep the reading momentum moving forward?

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P. J. Hoover is the author of the dystopia/mythology YA book, SOLSTICE (Tor Teen, June 2013), the upcoming Egyptian mythology MG book, TUT (Tor Children’s, 2014), and the middle-grade SFF series, THE FORGOTTEN WORLDS BOOKS (CBAY, 2008-2010). You can read more about her and her books on P. J.’s website or blog.

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About P. J. Hoover

P. J. Hoover is the author of the upcoming dystopia/mythology YA book, SOLSTICE (Tor Teen, June 18, 2013), the upcoming Egyptian mythology MG book, TUT (Tor Children's, 2014), and the middle-grade SFF series, THE FORGOTTEN WORLDS BOOKS (CBAY, 2008-2010). You can read more about her and her books on P. J.'s website or blog.

4 thoughts on “The Habit of Reading

  1. I can’t fall asleep without reading first, fortunately. Unfortunately, some nights it’s only a page or two. But I definitely use the Kindle/audiobook approach when I can. Good suggestions, Tricia!

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