The Book Nook At Create With Joy #7

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Chat In The Comments: When Do You Find Time To Read?

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Welcome to our 7th gathering of The Book Nook at Create With Joy! I’m thrilled to welcome those of you who are just discovering our community as well as those who have been with us from the start!

This week’s question comes from my husband, who would like to know:

In the midst of your busy schedules,
When do you find the time to read?

I thought this was a topic we’d all love to discuss and read about, so I invite you to share your answers in the comments – or to write a Book Nook blog post and share the link!

For me, reading comes both in dedicated and in stolen moments. Reading is an integral part of my life, so I make the time to read (although, at times, it can be challenging!) Sometimes I set aside chunks of time to read by joining events like a Read-A-Thon. Sometimes I set aside time to read during the day (it’s a wonderful alternative to watching TV, for example!)

And, I always make sure I have reading material on hand for “stolen moments” – time that would otherwise be lost, down time – time waiting in line… time waiting for someone to show for an appointment… little moments that, when spent well, can surprisingly add up into pages a day!

Not it’s your turn! In the midst of your busy schedule, when do you find the time to read? Share your answers in the comments – we look forward to reading your responses!

Spring Horror Read-A-Thon

Spring into Horror Read-a-thon

If you’d like to spice up your reading this month, why not sign up for the Spring Into Horror Read-A-Thon from April 20 through April 26th?

The rules are simple. You are only required to read ONE scary book during the event (which is defined as a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or something similar for the faint of heart! The rest of the week, you are welcome to read any books of your choice!

Once you sign up, stay tuned to the Seasons Of Reading Blog for more information!

Note: This event is one of four seasonal reading challenges hosted by Michelle at The True Book Addict. If you’d like to donate prizes for the event, please contact Michelle – authors, this is a great way to gain exposure for your books!

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-A-Thon

Deweys 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

If you are free on Saturday, April 25 – for a few hours or for the full day – why not join one of the biggest Internet reading events of the year?

That’s when the next Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-A-Thon is happening – and, as always, it’s happening in a huge way!

Sign-ups are now open for readers – for cheerleaders – for mini-challenge developers – and more! There’s huge buzz in the GoodReads group. For the first time ever, there’s a Read-A-Long.

You really have to visit the site to appreciate all that’s happening – so be sure to check this fun event out!

Upcoming Events

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If you are aware of an upcoming event that would interest our community, please drop me a line so that I can add it to the list!

April 24-25 – Review Write-A-Thon
May 4-10 – Children’s Book Week
May 4-10 – Re-Readathon Challenge
May 11-17 – Bout Of Books

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There are few things sweeter in life than curling up with a great book – and we’d like to help you grow your library for free!

Create With Joy is currently hosting some fabulous Book Giveaways that we’d love you to be a part of! Be sure to enter for a chance to win – books make wonderful gifts for yourself, for your family, and for your friends!

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The Book Nook At Create With Joy #7

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What’s happening in your literary life this week? Have you read a good book or discovered a new author you’re excited about? Are you participating in or hosting any exciting events we we’d like to hear about? Are you in the middle of writing the next great novel?

Whatever’s new, whatever’s exciting – we’d love to hear about it! Please share your latest news with us – the following types of contributions are welcome:

  • Book Reviews
  • Book Giveaways
  • Reading Challenges
  • Articles About Reading, Writing, Publishing & Literacy
  • Author Interviews & News
  • New Book Blog Hops, Groups & Events

Feel free to share as many direct links to your blog posts as you like! Just remember that Create With Joy is a Family-Friendly blog, and your content MUST be suitable for readers of all ages! (Please refrain from sharing direct links to retailer sites such as Amazon).

We are very excited that you’ve joined us and look forward to reading your posts!

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  1. Donna says:

    Reading to me is like breathing, so there is always time. When I had four young ones and was busy, busy I listen to books in the car. I remember reading while I was nursing my firstborn. We homeschooled, so our family had a dedicated reading time daily for individual reading since the children were very small. They looked at picture books when they were too young to read. My favorite kind of reading was with each child when they were young.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Great share Donna – and what a wonderful quote “Reading to me is like breathing, so there is always time!”
      I love that you incorporated dedicated individual reading time into your family schedule from the very beginning.
      That’s also a great tip about audiobooks – when I used to have hour-long commutes one way, I used to listen to them too!

  2. Sharon @ Faith Hope & Cherrytea
    Twitter: _eHope

    isn’t that the crux of the matter for avid readers! finding time 🙂
    kindle in the handbag at the ready – next reads in a basket on view to remember – notes to keep review requests in order – and mostly ? Being intentional in choices of using time available!

    Have a great 2 wks of reading til next Book Nook post …

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      “being intentional in choices of using time available” – YES!

      Thanks for sharing these great tips with us on how to squeeze reading into the busiest of schedules.
      I also love the tip to make notes to keep those review requests in order!

      Hope you also get lots of great reading in during the next few weeks as well! 🙂

  3. LadyD says:

    I really enjoy reading in the early morning hours and again upon resting before bed.

  4. Another great quote that is so true: “Self chosen ignorance”. We don’t have to be ignorant we have a wealth of knowledge at our finger tips. Just read! 🙂
    Thank you for hosting this link up.
    Pamela- Literate For Life

  5. TwoPlusCute says:

    I have only one child (22 mo old) but she is taking all of my time and energy. I had to adjust my reading to hers. Late at nights I read some mysteries and crime literature (I am too tired by then to read much) but mostly, I read what she reads.

    I figured out that instead of fighting against the current, to go with it. She needs picture books with words, animals and such? I get animal encyclopedias. She learns, I learn.
    She needs sleep-time stories? I enrich my children literature reads. She needs fairy tale stories? Good; so do I.
    Every day I incorporate some science excerpts from books. She sees words, numbers and shapes and I enjoy the whole thing.
    Hopefully I will have time to go back to fully reading adult literature in a few years.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      That can be a challenge time period to find quiet time for yourself – but what a wonderful time to infuse the love of reading into the next generation!

      Fortunately there are so many wonderful children’s books out there waiting to be discovered and re-discovered!

      The Graham Blanchard giveaway I’m hosting is perfect for your child – a 3 board book gift set for children ages 0 through 7 – so be sure to check that one out!

      And, as for you – not to be indelicate, but you can always leave a thriller in the throne room…

      Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Quirky Grandma says:

    I babysit in the morning and work on my writing at night usually after everyone goes to sleep. Afternoons are me time — unless I have an appointment or shopping to do. I either read or nap. Usually, read. Meaning about twice a week I read. Also, I keep a book handy for appointment waiting and such.

  7. Annie Kate says:

    I read while waiting at appointments, in the evenings if I’m not busy, and on Sundays. Reading is very important to me, so I make time for it.

    It gives me wholesome, helpful things to occupy my mind, and many ideas for living, parenting, homeschooling, and outreach. Even though I usually read nonfiction these days, good fiction stays in my head for years.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Glad to meet another non-fiction reader – I love fiction but lean towards a lot of non-fiction which seems to be in the minority on most blogs…

      I agree, you have to make time to read if it’s important to you. It’s truly one of the ways you keep growing and expanding your horizons!

  8. How fun! I just found your site and will have to take a look around. I have lately gotten into listening to audiobooks during my commutes. I’ve been able to enjoy a lot of good literature that way!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Welcome Sarah – we’re delighted you’ve found us!
      Please do explore our site – we have several opportunities to connect each week along with lots of awesome features!

      Audiobooks are perfect for commutes – if you have any you have particularly enjoyed, please share them with us.
      Have a wonderful week!

  9. Mariana says:

    To me, reading is essential. Not only because I’m a writer, also because it gives me balance. I love sharing my favorite authors with my children: reading Alice in Wonderland with my youngest son, or Oscar Wilde’s short tales with my three kids. Those are moments that we cherish together.

  10. karen
    Twitter: mrs_KarenC

    thanks for hosting, added my own book review link! Always looking for new books to read!

  11. Thanks for hosting! Have an extraordinary week 🙂

  12. Ambika S says:

    Thank you for hosting. Apart from sharing posts, it is great to get to know about the world of books.

  13. I love books 🙂 …now that we have kids I have less time to read, but generally I can fit in some reading during naptime or while waiting for baby to fall asleep. Otherwise I’m relegated to reading kids’ books aloud 😉

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thanks for joining us this week!
      Children’s books are great to read – but it’s important to find time for ourselves as well!
      Be sure to check out the sidebar – I have a giveaway that might be perfect for you and your children!

  14. (also, Thanks for sharing at #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup, I’ve pinned to our board and hope you come back to link up again this week!)

  15. Michelle Miller
    Twitter: truebookaddict

    Thank you SO much for adding Spring into Horror to your Book Nook this week! You are truly awesome. Are you joining us? Are you doing Dewey’s on Saturday?

    I’m planning on joining you again for Book Nook. I just get so busy. But I’ve started my weekly Reading Life posts again so would it be okay to add that post to the link up?

    When do I find time to read. Well.. that’s tricky because I have so little time these days. I always make sure I have a book with me wherever I go so I can snatch little snippets of reading time here and there. And I try to read during commercials when I’m watching TV. Late nights seem to be the best time to read for me. Lucky I’m a night owl. 🙂

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Michelle,

      It’s my pleasure to share your seasonal reading challenges at The Book Nook! I am planning to participate in both events as time permits (schedule has been jammed as of late!)

      You are totally welcome to share your Reading Life posts at The Book Nook!

      Glad you can find time to read even if it’s little snippets here and there. At least that gives you time to process what’s happening in the lives of the characters you are reading about!

      Look forward to seeing you at this week’s event! 🙂

  16. kathy downey says:

    I love reading in the evening after all the household chores are done for the day


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