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Back in the fall, I joined Laura Tremaine and a host of her Instagram followers by sharing #10ThingsToTellYou.

She provided 10 daily prompts to start conversations. With no strict rules, she wanted to inspire people to go deeper, whether that be in a personal journal, with real-life friends, on social media.

This past week, she launched her podcast of the same name. I’m not sure the relevance of the “10 Things” probably more for continuity, than an actual numbered list. None the less, I’m excited to join in each week. I’ve subscribed to her podcast and I also want to use that as a springboard to sharing my own thought on the topic of the week.

This week, she discusses reading. Specifically, she addresses how she finds time to read, her favorite book format, and genres.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know how much I love reading. This year I’ve gotten off to a running start, completing 11 books towards my goal for 100 for the year.

WHAT

When discussing book goals, inevitably “what types of books count towards the tally” question arises. Ultimately, that’s a question only the reader can answer. Jon Acuff explains it well in this post.

If I’m reading for me, why would I let anyone but me make the rules? Here’s what counts on my list:

  • Novels
  • Non-fiction
  • Audiobooks
  • YA/Juvenile fiction
  • Bible Study workbooks
  • Prayer devotionals

I don’t count graphic novels, or really even read them. This is not because they are inferior to my “5th-grade” books that I do count. Rather, I’m upset I can’t revisit the Babysitters Club books I read as a kid. They’ve translated them (is that the right word?) into the new medium and I’m not pleased. While I’m sure its a fine type book, I just can’t see past my bitterness.

So far this year, I’ve enjoyed all the books I’ve read. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel and Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society perk to the top of the list as my favorites.

WHEN

I tend to read whenever I get time alone. This includes devotionals in my morning Bible study time. I also read on the weekends when Jay is otherwise occupied with work.

On the 10 Things To Tell You podcast, Tremaine recommends setting a timer each day for 30 minutes of devoted reading. Jay tends to still be working when I get home, so rather than going straight to dinner prep, I’m going to try to use the time for reading. Often, after dinner is over he wants to binge stream our show-of-the-moment. While I enjoy the shows we pick, I often regret not getting any reading time.

I mostly listen to audiobooks in the car on the drive to/from work. Sometimes, if I find the book compelling, I’ll also listen while doing housework. My job includes data entry work, which can be mind-numbingly boring. Depending on what title I have queued up, I’ll put in an earbud and listen while I key in data.

If you’re a reader, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic. How do you pick your next book? Are you a traditionalist, prefer listening, or, like Tremaine, prefer an ereader?