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When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes. ~ Erasmus

I am a reader. I have been a reader for as long as I can remember, or at least as long as I have been able to read. My first trip to a library was like going to Disneyland. I was in awe of the worlds and possibilities before me. I am also a consummate bibliophile and collect books with a blind passion. There are books in every room in my house. My husband has commented that there would soon be no room for him. If given a choice of a piece of jewellery or a book, I will always pick the book.

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As a child, I was one of those who read under the covers with a flashlight after lights out. I would do my chores with a book in my hand, annoying my mother when I burnt the laundry as I read while ironing. I begged the teachers to let me read instead of playing sports. As a teenager, I ruined many dates by being more interested in my book than them. At house parties, I often get lost in the host’s library discovering new books. Don’t get me wrong, I am a very social person; but I find the best conversations are around books.

 

I am now a writer. I have a full time job as an Employment Counsellor and tutor ESL students some evenings and weekends. I am a wife, mother and grandmother who loves to spend time with her family and many friends. Any spare time I have, I am writing or marketing my work. My reading time is somewhat limited. I should add I am also a slow reader, as I love to savour the story. So this has been my dilemma, finding time to read?

Then I came up with a clever idea. Since last summer, I have a 45 – 60 minute commute to work 5 days a week. When the traffic is heavy, it can be very frustrating. I decided to try taking the bus. Eureka!! I now have almost 2 hours a day to read and I get to work feeling refreshed and eager instead of frazzled. I am also saving money on gas, and helping out the environment. I am so happy to be able to read all those books I have bought, borrowed and been given, that have been piling up waiting to be opened and devoured. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?

 

One day I was so involved in my novel I missed the stop and had to walk 10 blocks back to work. The exercise was good for me.

How do you manage to find time to read?


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