I am back today with my personal feature, Sara 101, where I talk about me and myself and I and anything and everything that I could want to share about my personal life.
This particular Sara 101 topic was suggested by one of my blogger friends. Esther @ Chapter Adventures commented on one of my Top 5 Wednesdays where I talked about the books that took me the longest to read, wondering how I manage to read as much as I do. I thought I’d already done a post like that but I looked back and I did something similar about marathon reading, but not really about how I find the time to read and how I manage it. So I thought it might be something that more people are wondering and that it’d be a good idea to share with you guys.
SO let’s get started!
What I Read
So first of all, I think it’s really important for me to mention that I read primarily in ebook format. I have a 5th Generation iPod Touch which has the free Amazon Kindle app and that is where I read most of the time. Sometimes I also use the Kobo app or the Nook app, but the majority of the time, I read from my Kindle. This affects my reading a lot which you’ll see why in the last section of this post.
I have a very small and limited collection of physical books in my room. When I moved from the US to Venezuela, I left a lot of my book collection in boxes at a friend’s house and I only brought my favorite books or series I was currently reading. Most of those books have been read already and there are only one or two that are still unread. I’m saving those for when I read a theme where they fit because I now savor physical copies like no one’s business haha.
How I Read
I have a very specific and peculiar way of reading which is really hard to describe written down but I’m going to do my best to explain it to you. I have kind of a short attention span when I’m reading on Kindle because there are other apps that call my name constantly and distract me from reading so I use this method so I can do both social media and reading and still get the amount of books I want read.
I read three books at a time most of the time. Unless I am doing a book club or buddy read book which can mean that I have up to six books that I’m currently reading at one time. But the ones that I read alone, I read three at a time. The way that I make sure to keep track of each story and how I know that can help me read them at a steady pace is this:
I start with one book. I will read that one until the 25% mark, more or less as long as I finish at a chapter. Then I’ll start the second book and reach 25% there. Then I go back to the first book and read until 50%. That’s when I start the third book and reach 25% there, then go to the second and reach 50%, then go to the first one that I started and read until 75%. When I’ve reached 75% in the first book I started, I start the fourth and read until 25%. Then the third that I started to 50%, the second I started to 75% and then I’ll finish the first book. The next step would be to start reading the fifth book until 25% but I have a rule that I can’t finish a book until I’ve handwritten in my review notebook the review for the one most recently finished. That way I don’t get overwhelmed by the amount of reviews to write.
I know that sounds really complicated so let me try to explain it using actual book titles:
The first book I stared reading this month was Cress. When I reached the 25% mark in Cress, I started reading Sea of Shadows. When I got to 25% in Sea of Shadows, I started reading Cress again until I reached 50%. Once I did that, I started Dead Girls Society and stopped when I reached 25%. Then I went and read until 50% in Sea of Shadows and after that I read Cress until I reached 75%. Then I began the fourth book The Bargaining and read that until 25%, then I read Dead Girls Society until 50%, then I continued Sea of Shadows until I read to 75% and finally, I finished Cress.
This cycle continues until I’ve read all the books that I can manage in one single month which is a minimum of ten most of the time.
I tend to divide the books I want to read into three categories: 1. series that I’m continuing in the hopes of finishing it, 2. books for review and 3. books that fit the theme of my TBR. That way I have a general idea of which book to start depending on the one I’m finishing. Which is the easiest way for me to read as much as I can and from everything that I’m interested in reading.
I’m so sorry if this is super confusing. If you have any questions or you want clarification on something, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments. I explained the best I could but I know it’s really hard to understand if you don’t actually see it happening like I do haha.
When I Read
This is where things get a little tricky. I spend most of my time working. I work as a translator for a production company so even when I have set working hours, there are times when I have to work during the weekend if it’s something that needs to be done quickly or has a deadline that is coming very soon (like this weekend). But there are also a lot of times where I can work from home. Because of my iPod Touch, I use any free time I have to read. If I’m taking a ten minute break from translating, I read. After I finish lunch, I read. During the weekends, between scheduling posts, I read. Honestly, I just think it’s really important for me to read every day and I try to find even the smallest amount of time to get in those pages and to reach those quarters in each book. Sometimes I even read while getting dressed in the morning for work!
Reading and this blog are a huge priority for me, so I make sure that I take the time to do both when I have it.
So that’s it for this post! I would love to know what you think of my reading process and my habits. I’m actually a bit self-conscious to share this because I know it’s a little out there and weird. I would love to know how you guys manage your reading and what your reading habits are like, so comment down below and tell me! Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you on my next post.