100 (Pretty Weird) Ways To Squeeze Reading Into Your Day

yogagirlHow many times have you heard someone bemoan the fact that they don’t have time to read? Us book-lovers know that that is pure bull-hooey—if you want to read, you will. You will squeeze reading time into every free nook and cranny of your day. We started a list of potential vacancies during the day that might offer enough time to devour a few pages of your book—but we only have 75 and we want 100! Help us reach our goal by leaving your best ideas in the comments.


  1. While you’re brushing your teeth
  2. While your manicure is drying
  3. While you’re on hold
  4. During commercials
  5. In between sets
  6. Watering the garden
  7. In between the warmup band and the band you came to see
  8. Waiting to pick ____ up from _____ practice
  9. On the Stair Master
  10. While you’re eating breakfast
  11. During the football game that’s on that you don’t want to actually watch
  12. Going up the stairs
  13. In the elevator at work
  14. Waiting in line at the grocery store
  15. Microwaving popcorn
  16. Walking your dog
  17. Flipping burgers
  18. During a fire/tornado drill
  19. Waiting for your laundry
  20. Vacuuming
  21. Rocking your baby
  22. On a merry-go-round
  23. In the carwash
  24. While the Subway sandwich artists are compiling your sandwich
  25. On the bus/ the train/ carpool
  26. Cooking risotto
  27. While your partner is reading
  28. Hiding in the work bathroom when you’re bored
  29. Before your (rude) date shows, thirty minutes late
  30. In the intermission of a play
  31. Filling up the Brita pitcher
  32. During “smoke breaks” since you don’t smoke anymore
  33. During the Real Housewives episode you’ve already seen 30 times
  34. Getting your hair done
  35. While the coffee percolates
  36. During the boring parts of your religious service
  37. During a pedicure
  38. Waiting for an interview or meeting to start
  39. While your cat is getting his yearly checkup
  40. During a shoe shine
  41. While they’re tattooing that tribal sign on your lower back
  43. During a horseback riding lesson
  44. In a hot tub
  45. Waiting for the sloowwwww bartender to get you your drink
  46. Inbetween shifts
  47. During a fit of insomnia
  48. While you’re doing crunches
  49. While you’re waiting for everyone to retweet that awesome thing you just said
  50. Waiting for the toast to pop up
  51. During your lunch break
  52. While your prescription is being filled
  53. Waiting in line to pick up Cronuts
  54. Doing one-armed pull-ups
  55. During a boring phone conversation with someone who is egocentric and doesn’t care if you participate in the conversation
  56. While the flight attendant is giving the seat belt demonstration (But kind of pay attention because, you know, safety)
  57. Sitting in your driveway while nobody comes to your garage sale
  58. On a float in a lazy river
  59. Getting a back massage
  60. Mid-cortisone shot
  61. While you’re getting your tribal tattoo lasered off
  62. While the fax machine is…doing its thang
  63. Waiting to see Hunger Games: Catching Fire because you got there four hours early
  64. Drying your hair
  65. Riding the stationary bike
  66. Waiting for the bathroom at a concert
  67. During the 8-course, prix-fixe dinner you’re eating by yourself because why not
  68. Boiling water for eggs or pasta
  69. At halftime
  70. Raking leaves
  71. In your lap during a bad date
  72. During a boring phone conference at work
  73. During the PTA meeting
  74. On your bike during stop lights
  75. In the bathtub

What’s the weirdest time of day you squeeze in your reading?

  • Wendy Silva

    In the shower! (As long as you hold the book out of the spray…)

  • Jessica Smith

    In a large class in a lecture hall

  • Ashley

    While going to the bathroom

  • Ashley

    While waiting in the drop off lane at your kid’s school

  • Sara McGregor

    While I’m knitting a sock pattern that I know in my fingers and don’t have to look.

  • Sue Devers

    Anytime I am awake!!! :D

  • caroline

    while doing squats

  • Angelica

    At a long red light.

  • H Barthel

    While driving to work (an audio book that is)

  • Rebecca Doerflinger

    The treadmill!

  • Rebecca Doerflinger

    Waiting on the dentist!

  • Guest

    At the dog park, but bring a dog so the dog owners don’t give you the side eye!

  • http://sparklyvarnish.blogspot.com/ Shana Wortham

    While waiting for a train to pass.

  • Tara Dobnak

    Waiting for the doctor in the doctors office

  • Guest

    On a conference call that you really don’t need to pay attention to

  • Don Hicks

    While your spouse is not speaking to you.

  • Tara Dobnak

    waiting for the water to warm up for your shower

  • Don Hicks

    While your kids are not speaking to you.

  • Gretchen

    At the dog park, but bring a dog so the dog owners don’t give you the side eye!

  • Kim

    During a horseback riding lesson? Ha. Not possible it you’re riding like you should be.

  • Cait

    While waiting in between batches of cookies to come out of the oven.

  • tjodieb

    During Class

  • Corrin Lundquist

    while you’re waiting for anything new to happen on any of your social media sites.

  • Jim Sharp

    In the physician exam room waiting for the physician to show up.

  • Heather Scott-Penselin

    while cooking supper, in line anywhere, during a mammogram.

  • Heather Lecus

    Commercial breaks during premiere episodes. while waiting for your kid to get ready to leave. while putting on makeup. While in the bathroom. In between clients at work (HAir stylist). before you start your car. after you start your car. while getting gas. oh so many place to read

  • BlackCat29

    My top two: In line & on the train/subway. (Yeah, NYC. Woooo…. /lackluster sarcasm/) Also on the treadmill & in bed, both of which I wish were on my agenda for this evening.

  • morgan

    When your teacher is rambling on about something irrelevant to the class. Or when that kid sitting next to you won’t stop talking about their family/family reunion. Or when you finish your work before anyone else. And when you finish your homework. (I know, I am school obsessed, I just dislike it so much!)

  • Heisenberg

    On the toilet (don’t pretend like you don’t)

  • Amanda

    At a red light

  • Chloe47

    In chem lab, waiting for a solution to filter through resin, or waiting for the hot plate to heat up so you can boil water

  • http://isolemnlyswear.com/ Amanda Reyes

    While waiting in the ER waiting room with your injured spouse.

  • Colleen

    while eating a meal by yourself

  • maddieC

    After class, while waiting for it to be dinner time.

  • CERB

    While you are sitting on the bench in the middle of a football game waiting for the coach to call you (he never will)

  • Tiffany Erickson

    In the front row at a Second City show waiting for show to start.

  • DecadenceDoneLite

    waiting for people to read my blog…http://decadencedonelite.com/
    shameless promotion i know

  • Candice Norton

    While restarting your work computer because it crashed…again

  • Bena Lescano

    Waiting to be seated in a crowded restaurant.

  • Delia Hernandez

    While doing Downward Facing Dog (Svanasana) in Yoga class

  • rachelwest86

    While you’re waiting for a really long train to pass so you can finish your trip to the library.

  • Miranda Myers

    This is a great list! I find myself most often whipping out my book when there is a sports game on that I have absolutely no interest in. I sometimes read while waiting in line at Starbucks too.

  • Michaila

    while walking from one side of campus to the other…yep.

  • Mae

    Read in between classes. Or whenever the teacher walks out of the room to chitchat. Or read the moment you wake up, because it’s a reason not to get out of bed for an hour more or so. :)