Monday, July 10, 2017

Motherhood Monday: How Does a Busy Mom Make Time to Read?

Welcome to another Motherhood MondayMotherhood is an incredible blessing. But it is also a huge challenge. Anyone that has experienced motherhood will tell you, there is an incredible shift in your very being when you become a mother. This is the day dedicated to all things "mommy" related. Check here each Monday for a new post. 

I know that it is Monday and not Title Tuesday, but today we are kind of going to combine both of these days. I want to tackle the number one question that I get here on the blog which is:

"How you read so much with two small children, a ministry, a husband in the military, and homemaking? How does a mom do so much reading?"

And that is an excellent question! 

On Goodreads you can see that I am trying to read one book per week for all of 2017. So far, I am on track for this year! If I can complete it, next year I will try to read 6 books per month... 

That is a big goal if you don't have kids, let alone if you have tiny humans running around. You have to get creative and the best way (in my opinion) is to have books everywhere that you can so that you can reach them easily.  

I am a big believer in audio books. There are a lot of different options on how to use them. If your library uses OverDrive or Hoopla, then I would go that route. Both of those are free and fairly easy to use. Check with your local library to see if they use it.  

If the library isn't an option, Audible is very good. You sign up for a subscription which is about $15.00 per month which gives you one book of your choice each month. However, tomorrow is PRIME DAY for Amazon which means that Audible subscriptions will be 40% off for six months! You can click here to find out more. I listen to these audio books while I cook, drive, clean, and work out. I really like being able to do this with lighter books, and then I save my heavy reading for actual in-your-hand text.

As far as in-your-hand texts, I am just now really breaking in to the word of digital reading. I know I am behind the times, but I LOVE paper books so much it took a lot to convince me to consider supplementing my library with Ebooks. I have an Amazon Fire (You can find one here) that my sister gave me for Christmas and I really like it for reading! I read that on PRIME DAY they will be offering $35.00 off of any upgrade to your Kindle. I haven't tried Kindle Unlimited yet, but people rave about it, and with the 40% off for PRIME DAY, I am considering it! 

I keep a book:
in my purse
in the car
in my diaper bag
at my desk
by my bed
by my chair in the livingroom (this is actually my Kindle...)

Yes, each of the books is different. I tackle each one as I am able to. For example. I currently have The Housewife Theologian by my bedside. It has been there about 3 months, but Reformation Women (which will be on the blog tomorrow!) was in my diaper bag for about two days before I finished it. Both books are good, but I finished them at different paces because of how often I reach for them during the day. 

As I say on my  Title Tuesday, posts, I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. I then like to share it with as many people as I can. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!

What about you? How do you find time to read books?


  1. I try to be a steady reader but you are right motherhood makes it a real challenge!

  2. I'm a firm believer in reading as part of what Karen Andreola calls Mother Culture. I do what I call snatch reading, grabbing up all the little moments scattered through the day instead of taking long hours to read.

    Visiting from Happy Homemaker Monday!
    Another Happy Homemaker
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

  3. I love the idea of keeping books everywhere, on hand. Why hadn't I thought to do that? I love to read and have so much trouble finding new books and time to read them.


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