My reading habit has been a hot topic among coworkers and friends lately. Let me clarify. I have this thing about maintaining 100 pages a day regardless of the season, the weather, and the where-about. I established this habit in college and since then I have been very scrupulous and defensive of this routine. I read for 1.5-2 hours in the morning, over breakfast, between the gym and work. I average about 25 to 50 pages an hour, depending on the nature of reading and the difficulty of the prose. (50 upwards for mystery or thriller, 25 for Toni Morrison and Virginia Woolf) And that’s actual reading, not skimming. I pick up the book again during lunch and read some more after dinner.
I can read for hours continuously on vacation. This is why I always pick a quiet resort with cozy pool and chaises. I could finish a book or two a day when I’m on vacation. Reading itself is a vacation. I know some people might roll their eyes at the amount I read; but let’s be honest, when you shut down the cable and quit playing with your phone, you can read a lot more than you think. Television has no appeal to me and I don’t really care the up-to-the-minute social media status updates!