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How I Find Time to Read

It’s no secret I love to read. I have loved to read since I learned 30+ years ago. For me it is not a question of if I will read, it is how I will find time to read?

I firmly believe that if you want to do something badly enough you will find a way to do it, within reason. No matter how badly I may want to play professional basketball (I don’t) I will never find a way to do it.

I have a lot of things I want to do in my free time, but when push comes to shove there are some things that I MAKE time for. This is how I know what my favorite past-times are – reading always, exercise sometimes.

Look no further than my Goodreads account to see how much I love to read. Last year I read 64 books, and this year my goal is 75.

Yes, I read 64 books, and I work full-time, have this blog, raise two children and find time to exercise. How do I do it all? Well, first of all, there are a lot of things I don’t do, and second I can’t stop myself from reading.

As my seven year old niece says, “I have the reading disease.”

It’s a disease I can’t get rid of, which is fine by me because I sort of love it. The only way to treat it is to read A LOT.

So if you too have the reading disease, but you are struggling to find time to “treat” the disease, I have some ideas you will want to try.

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What is Good Reads?

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Do you love to read?

Do you keep a list of books you want to read?

Do you ever find yourself picking up a book and trying to remember if you already read it?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you MUST check out Good Reads if you haven’t already.

The number of avid readers I have talked to recently who did not know about this website shocks me.

So today, I want to take the time to explain what Good Reads is, the features of it, and how I use it.

What is Good Reads?

It is a website, which also has a convenient app, where you can track books.

You can create “bookshelves” for yourself. You can set up an annual reading challenge. The site allows you to see reviews of books from every day readers like yourself. You can add your friends to your network so you can see what they are reading and how they are rating books they’ve read. Good Reads will make recommendations of books for you to read based on other books you’ve finished.

The features:

Bookshelves- If you click on the book icon that says “my books” you can create shelves. When you select a book you click on the down arrow next to “want to read.” This will allow you to pick which bookshelf to put a book. You can select one that is pre-set or create a new shelf.  I keep my shelves pretty simple. They are: Want to Read, Currently Reading, Read, and Abandoned Reading.

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