I set a goal to read more this year and so far, I’ve stuck with it. In the past, I’ve always carved out two or three days to read a book. But since I started editing, I don’t have that kind of time. Instead, I’ve found a new reading schedule. At night, my brain spins for a good hour before I go to sleep. I’ve started reading instead of spinning. Reading a good book settles my mind and I go to sleep easier. Some nights, I’ll get a couple of hours in. Instead of finishing a book in two or three days though, it takes me a few weeks. It’s not how I really like to enjoy a book, but it works. It’s definitely better than not reading and I’m finding that I savor the story more by not rushing through it.
I know readers who can read two or three or more books at the same time. I’ve never been able to do that. I like focusing on one story, getting to know the characters, and delving deep into their fictional world. But with editing, I’ve found myself reading two books instead of one. By day, I edit a book, by night, I read another. With my editing, I read the whole book on my tablet, then I read it again, do my edits, and send it to the author. Once they implement my revisions, it comes back. I read it again, accept or veto the changes they made, make sure the story still makes sense and there’s nothing else I missed, then send it on to the copy editor. I’ve managed this shuffle. But one day, I was editing my current project and read about the hero being a journalist. No, I thought. That’s not right, he owns an extreme sports business. Oops, I mixed up my plots.
I’ve gotten better at juggling books since I started my new reading schedule. Now when I’m in the final editing phase where I’m approving revisions, I don’t read at night and only focus on my editing project. After a few skipped nights of novel reading, I might have to go back a few pages and refresh where I was in the story, but for the most part this system works for me.
When I’m writing, especially on a deadline, I don’t read at all. I need all my focus for creating. But in between writing books, I still carve out my two to three days to read one. Since I’m almost finished with my editing jobs for the year, I’ll spend the rest of 2022 writing and reading in between projects. But maybe reading at night too.
I’m still puzzling too. When my brain starts crying from too much editing, I take a puzzle break and my 16-year-old cat loves to help. I’ve included the covers of a few of the books I’ve read this year.
What about you? Does your reading schedule change or stay on an even keel? Do you read more than one book at a time? If so, how do you keep your plots straight? Recently, I received a surprise in the mail, 3 of my books paired with other authors in the Mills and Boon Western collection to be released internationally. Answer to enter the drawing for a copy of Deb Kastner’s Their Unbroken Bond with my The Cowboy’s Missing Memory. Deadline: May 23rd. Since one of Deb’s books was one of the first Love Inspired titles I ever read, I’m sort of fangirl about her, and I’m honored to be in the same book. Yay me!