Where in the World Are You Reading: Waiting

Thursday, September 6, 2012

(Waiting for my hair cut appointment)

This month's Where in the World Are You Reading is "Waiting Reading" hosted by Lisa.

I’m one of those people who always has a book (or two) with me. I keep an extra in my car, I have a kindle app on my iPhone, I keep books by my bed, etc. I always have a back up of two, just in case I run out of reading material. 

So “Waiting Reading” is something I’m very familiar with. I read while waiting to get my hair cut, in the waiting room at the doctor or dentist, on my lunch break at work, at a restaurant while waiting to meet a friend. There are not many places I won’t read.
(Waiting for Shakespeare in the Park to start and for an oil change)

I’ve found that one of the best ways to read while you’re waiting is with audiobooks. I put a book on my phone and read while I’m in line at the grocery store, waiting for the ATM at the bank, and while I’m stuck in traffic at rush hour. 

The picture on the left is from our trip to Montana last week. I was reading on a beach in Glacier Park while waiting on the Huz to finish fishing. The picture on the right is waiting in downtown Indy for my tour of the city's old catacombs to start.

If you find that you never have time to read, you might be surprised by how many pages you can fit into a few 10 minute waiting periods each day!

Photos by moi. 


Kristi said...

I'm like this too and it drives my husband crazy. I try to be polite and not read when I could be social, but if he's playing on his phone, I think it's fair to pull out my book. :)

I do a lot of waiting for the kids at soccer practices, orthodontist appointments, school pick-up, etc. Some days that's my only reading time so it's nice to find a few minutes here and there.

Steven Page said...

Good Advice.

annieb said...

You didn't mention the bathroom, probably to be polite, but there are a whole series of Uncle John's Bathroom books that are very popular and fun. And--you don't even have to read them in the bathroom. I'm just saying.

Bybee said...

I've always got my Kindle in my purse.

Jenners said...

I agree. You can find a ton of ways to slip in reading.

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

By the way--can I tell you how awesome you are?! These days I don't do a ton of waiting so I'm stretching the meme to the max (next week) but I agree that audiobooks make waiting oh so much easier!!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Kristi - I know there are moments when I can be a bit anti-social if I'm reading a good book, but I try not to be.

annieb - That's funny. I actually keep a little stereo on the counter and I listen to audiobooks while I'm taking a shower and getting ready in the morning.

Bybee - It's taken me a REALLY long time to come around to my kindle. I've had it for almost 2 years now and I'm finally reading regularly on it. It's just be hard for me to pick it up over a "real" book. It helped that my library started lending books through kindle.

Jenners - You can, plus I think that you just find time for things that are really important to you.

Trish - Thanks Trish! Audiobooks are such a time saver!

Lisa said...

That picture of Montana makes me wonder why I don't go visit- I'm in South Dakota, it wouldn't be THAT far.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Lisa - You should definitely check it out! We drove home through South Dakota on the way back and it's really not far.

Christine said...

I think this is something all bibliophiles can relate to! How amazing was Glacier National Park? It looks beyond beautiful. It's also on my bucket list, so I plan to be there one day myself!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Christine - Glacier was beyond gorgeous! I hope you make it there one day.

Amy said...

I feel like a lot of my reading is done while I'm waiting and that if I didn't make it a habit of always carrying a book with me, I would miss out on a LOT of reading time. Great post and fun pictures!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Amy - I completely agree. I never get stressed if I have to wait for awhile somewhere because it's another chance to read.

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