I’ve worked in the library for several years, and one thing I hear a lot from students is “I wish I could read that book, but I don’t have time!”
Now, I’m not here to give you a lecture on time management, or to tell you to stop doing homework so that you can read for fun! That’s definitely not what you should be doing as a student. However, I do think many students would like to find the time to read in their busy lives, so here are a few tips on how to squeeze in some reading time.
Did you know that you can download eBooks from our library website? Once they’re downloaded on your Kindle, phone, or laptop, you can read the eBook even if you’re online. This is a great option for time spent waiting in line at Barefoots or sitting at the doctor’s office- those few extra minutes could be reading time!
Read on breaks.
From Christmas break to summer break, there’s usually a few hours to spare for leisurely reading. When I look at my Goodreads statistics, I can see that I typically read the most during J-Term, when I have a few days off of work and a less hectic schedule.
Read during meals.
Meal breaks are a great time to read a quick chapter or a few poems, especially if you find yourself in Cobo at a time when none of your friends are available for lunch.
Read before bed.
If you tend to reach for your phone before you turn out the lights, maybe you could reach for your book instead! If it’s a physical book, then its pages won’t emit sleep-disrupting light like screens do.
But what to read?
- Our Recreational Reading section is a great place to find bestselling novels and popular nonfiction, like Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, The Nickel Boys, and The Magnolia Story. This section also has entertaining young adult (YA) books that are quick reads. Some examples are Red Queen, Looking For Alaska, and The Poet X.
- In the Family Room, you’ll find books like the Harry Potter series, the Ramona Quimby books, and Little Women.
- Finally, you can check out our book reviews and recommendations! We’re happy to share our favorites.