Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Maximizing Time to Read – Leap Day and Box Sets


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So many books. So little time.

I’ll bet you’ve heard that phrase before…or maybe uttered it yourself. If you’re like me, your TBR List is always greater than the hours available to read. This new year provides a solution – an extra 24 hours called Leap Day. Here are some interesting facts about leap years.



·      The extra day is added to the Gregorian calendar every four years to synchronize the solar year to balance out the 365.25 days it takes to orbit the sun.

·      The practice of adding an extra day began in 46 BC when the Julian calendar (decreed by Julius Caesar) was created.

·      In the U.S., leap years coincide with presidential election years.

·      Couples in Greece avoid getting married in leap years to avoid bad luck. Russians also believe leap years herald trouble such as freak weather patterns.

·      People born on February 29 (leap day) are called “leaplings” or “leapers” and there is a special group for them: The Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies.

·      Notable events — not all bad — that occurred during leap years:  George Armstrong Custer fought the Battle of the Little Bighorn (1876), the Titanic sank (1912), Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning is electricity (1752) and gold was discovered in California (1848).

If you’d like to squeeze in a little extra reading on Leap Day, you need a plan to optimize the hours. I’m here to help with a few suggestions:

·      No need to call in sick to work. Leap Day, February 29, falls on a Saturday.

·      Make a date with yourself. Block out time on the calendar so other events and activities don’t conflict.

·      Create a cozy reading corner.

·      Organize your TBR list. Is there a series you want to binge read? Make sure you have all the books in the series and know what order to read them in. Check out new releases from your favorite authors you might have missed. Box sets, such as the Impossible Mission Collection 1-3, is a super convenient way to binge read.

·      Pick a reading marathon theme such as rom-coms, billionaires, small town or romantic suspense. Stack your TBR list accordingly.

·      Stock up on your favorite reading nibbles and beverages.

·      Indulge in a truly bookish experience. Visit your favorite indie bookstore with plenty of time to browse. Stop off at the neighborhood coffee shop for a latte and scone, along with a few chapters. Nod to the other readers lingering there.

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26 comments:

  1. I do tend to binge read series, but that would have to be spread over many days. My eye problems sometimes make it difficult to read for very long. Very frustrating when I used to read way late in the AM to finish a book. I try to make sure I have all the books in a series before I start reading so I can read right through. It keeps the characters and the overall story arc fresh.
    Sadly, there isn't much extra time to read. There is always something else I should be doing. I try to take a break in what I am doing every day to read a few chapters of my current book. That doesn't always work. The other day I was unpacking from a trip and took a break for lunch and to read a book I had just started on the trip. I was enjoying the book so much, I just sat there and finished it, breaking only to fix supper. The suitcases and boxes weren't going anywhere and could wait until the next day. I think we all need to play hookie every once in a while and treat ourselves. Some things will just have to wait.

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    1. Sounds like it was a great book! I agree with we all need to play hookie once in a while. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  2. No internet connection works the best. I don't own a TV as well, so it leaves me an omly option - my reader.

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    1. No internet is a great reason to read more! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! :)

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  3. I use public transportation so I read every time I am on the city bus.

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    1. I bet it makes the commute that much better, diving into a great book. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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  4. I definitely read longer when there was power outage - hence no tv, internet connection, even songs/radio to distract me. The upside of not so good time, I think...

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    1. I hope you don't loose power too often, but reading would definitely be the upside of a power outage. Thanks for commenting and stopping by! :)

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  5. I'm lucky cause I get to read at work. My job allows for slow time and I get to read in between customers. During winter it is a lot slower and more time than summer. Summertime I have mess time. I also sit for 1 hour every night to get to read. Most days I get it. I also have my kindle with me everywhere and if any free time I pull the kindle out or kindle app on phone.

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    1. That is lucky! So great to be able to do that on your down time at work. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

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  6. Whenever I have a free moment... instead of TV, I will spend time reading!

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    1. Me too! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! :)

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    1. You mean waiting in lines? That's a great way to make them go faster! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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  8. I don't watch television very much. I always carry a book with me.

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    1. A great thing to do! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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    1. Our imaginations can be so much better than tv, can't they? Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. :)

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  10. Try to squeeze in some early morning reading when I can. Sitting with a cup of coffee and a book (before others are up!) is a nice way to start the day.

    Karin A.

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    1. A perfect way to start the day! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. :)

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  11. Lots of good answers already. Keep a book with you and read whenever you have down time. I knew someone who read at red lights, I wouldn't recommend that though!

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    1. Having a book on the go is definitely a great answer, and I also wouldn't recommend reading at red lights. LOL. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! :)

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  12. Usually I try to squeeze at least an hour after waking up in the morning to read, before I have to start the day by cooking and preparing to go to the office. And night, if I don't have yoga class, I also try to squeeze one hour before bed to read. Of course, weekend is where I prefer to hibernate and cuddle with my books.

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    1. Starting and ending the day with the book sounds perfect. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. :)

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  13. I read when eating lunch and again before bed. Sometimes that's a problem. If it's a really good book, I stay awake too late.

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