Finding time to read:
  • Read more than one book at a time
  • Keep a book in your school bag
  • Leave a book wherever you might sit down
  • Read while standing in line
  • Keep a book in every bathroom. Read 2 pages
  • Read at lunch
  • Never ride in a car, plane, train, bus without a book
  • Subscribe to audible.com or other inexpensive sources for downloading books. Then listen on your iPod while walking, exercising or commuting.
  • Check out books on tape from your public library and “read” in the car.
  • Find a reading spouse or friend & take a reading vacation
  • Take a book to the movies and read during previews
  • Keep a book by the computer to read during boot up time
  • Take to doctor or dentist appointments and read in the waiting room and also while waiting in the exam room
  • Read to someone else: your students, children or elderly relatives
  • Read instead of watching TV
  • Read during TV commercials
  • Schedule time to read
  • Read on the treadmill at the gym.
  • Read books online. There are many free at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/
  • Read before bedtime
  • Read instead of eating that snack you don’t really need
  • Join a bookclub
  • Go on a date with a friend to the bookstore and read there
  • Read during your coffee break

For Busy Teachers
  • Set grading goals: grade to your goal; then treat yourself to a few minutes of your current favorite book. Repeat until that big paper stack is finished
  • Set aside a part of your conference period for professional reading
  • Get up early and read before work
  • Institute a silent reading time with your students

For Busy Moms
  • Keep a book in your purse
  • Read while fixing your hair
  • Keep a book in the car and read while waiting to pick up kids from events
  • Read during a pedicure or hair appointment
  • Read during a bubble bath
  • Read while your kids are watching TV
  • Take your kids to the library and read while they select their books
  • Read after the kids are in bed
  • Have a "silent reading" time with your kids before bedtime
  • Read while brushing your teeth
  • Read during kids practices or dance class

Source: Deborah Hipes. What’s New in Young Adult Literature and How to Use it In Your Program Resource Handbook. Bellevue, WA. Bureau of Education & Research. 2008

Additional Ideas posted from YALSABK 01/19/11
  • If you have a smartphone, download an ereader app for it (there are lots to choose from) and keep a book going on there for all the times you have a minute and might not have a book. Also you can read that in public without everyone realizing that you are reading a book :)
  • I set aside time to read between when my kids go to bed and chores are done and when I go to sleep. Usually about an hour a night, unless my shows are on then it's not every night.
  • Read on your lunch break (nearly everyone I work with at my library does this)
  • Read while having your cup of coffee/tea (I used to read for 15 minutes while having a cup of tea as a study break every day while in grad school)
  • I always have a book if I know I may have to stand in line. I find myself getting disappointed if the book is good and the line moves too quickly! :-)
  • I check out books on CD or Playaways and listen to them on the treadmill at the gym. It is easier for me than physically reading and makes the time pass really quickly. I have found myself exercising longer because I want to see what's going to happen in my book.
  • I also listen to these when I'm waiting for my kids games to start.
  • Get free books at http://freekindlebooks.org where you can download lots of great classics.
  • I read while brushing my teeth – it makes those required two minutes fly by! J
  • With so many books to read and the pile continually growing, I have to stop after 40 or 50 pages when a book doesn’t appeal to me. It can be the characters, the plot, but often it’s the use of language.