Reading Time = Gold: How To Find Reading Time on A Super Busy Schedule

“How do you find the time to read?” 

I would be a billionaire by now if I get paid a penny every time I hear that. I am a full-time student, a part-time bookseller at Barnes & Noble, and I still love my social life. 

But trust me, I still find to read. How do I do that? 

We don’t know that there are many times that are perfect for reading. Once, however, we become aware of when those reading times are, you will  reading again like a wild man. 

Before everything else, I must say to go back on track of reading faster, eReaders are your friend. And you don’t need an eReader to take advantage of the digital age; the eReader apps (Kindle, Kobo, Nook, etc.) are free. Grab your tablet or smartphone and get those apps. Remember: if you don’t like eReaders, you can still follow my tips with the use of paper books  (Trust me, I still prefer paper books). 

1. After you wake up 

  

Sleep is really hard to find if you are a busy person so cherishing every minute of it is very crucial. However, waking up 15-30 minutes early is very worth it. Remember we love reading, and for love to happen, a little bit of sacrifice is necessary. You might be a bit cranky, but once you see whether Harry will catch that Golden Snitch to win the quidditch tournament against Slytherin is totally worth it. 

2. Make commuting your best friend

Whether you drive or not, going to work, school, or basically just anywhere can quench your bookworm thirst. 

If you drive: set a solid time when you are going to leave the house. For example, if you leave at exactly 8:00am, and you are done with all your morning routine at 7:45am, steal that 15 minutes; you can read 5-8 pages with that time. Just be aware of the time. Remember, reading can absorb you.– who wants to be late? Make looking at your watch every 2 pages a habit.

If you don’t drive:  you have two options. 

  • If you carpool, take advantage of this. Read along the way. If there’s only two of you inside the car, tell your driver friend that you are going to read (opening your book instantly is not a good behavior). If there is more than 2 inside the car, still tell your friends. 
  • If you take public transportation (train, bus, cab): it means you are going to have a lot of time to read. Public transportation is your friend. You can read without any disturbance. Just be aware, so you won’t miss your stop. Make looking where you are every two pages. 

3. While waiting for your next class/shift to start

 

Traffic varies everyday. Classes sometimes end a little bit early. Once you claim your favorite seat for your next class, open that tablet or book and read a couple of pages. There’s 10 minutes left before your shift starts? That is a gift; take advantage of it. It is not much, but hey let’s take what we can get. 

4. Eat & Read

Take advantage of your tablets’ or eReaders’ stand. Eating is relaxing, but guess what– so is reading. We eat at least three times a day. If your average eating time is about 10 minutes, then that is 3×10= 30 minutes. Woah. That is a chapter. 

5. Before you sleep

We already know that reading is relaxing. I always find myself waking up super great when I read before sleeping. What I do is I read until I can’t take it anymore. However, I still set a limit. If it is already 12:00am, I will go to sleep with the chapter finish or unfinish. 

There are many times that are perfect for reading, and we always take it for granted. Oen your eyes. Take advantage of them.   

 

   

Trending #Hate For Books: Origin of Hate Towards Some YA Books

There are authors that I dislike so much I don’t understand how some people love them. If you were in my shoes, you would ask yourselves “why do they love her?” However, that is not the question I ask myself whenever I see someone screaming like a hypnotized slave over some author I don’t like. I ask “what did they see from her novels (that I did not see) to make them feel this way?” I am the kind of person who will tell you what I don’t like about a novel. I will give you details about the author’s writing style, pacing, character development, plot, and so on to explain why I feel this way. This attitude of mine is the reason I am devastated whenever I see book reviews or opinions that goes this way: 
I hate that BOOK!! It’s so gay! 
Vampires don’t twinkle! That is freaking faggot of a move.
I consider myself a crazy obsess fanboy, but unlike a normal fanboy, that kind of book review or opinion is not the same as a declaration of war from my point of view. I now see it as something that haters do to go with the hashtag (#). And that is the trending #HATE. When something becomes trending, that something becomes a norm in just a snap. And when the trend is hate, someone who goes against that hashtag becomes someone who is trying to defy gravity to people who obeys the hashtag.   
Ms. Stephenie Meyer‘s The Twilight Saga is the perfect example of what novel receives this kind of hatred. As a big fan of The Twilight Saga, some people see me as one of the biggest targets to be bombarded with all their words made out of blades. It’s has put a lot of weight on my shoulders from the start, but things has changed as I see through their facade of hate. The following conversations I am going to show are all true. I am not gonna reveal their names for the sake of their privacy. 
CONVERSATION 1:
(ME WITH A HIGH SCHOOL FRIEND IN FACEBOOK MESSENGER)
ME: I understand. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion whether it is positive or negative. But tell me. Why do you hate Twilight
CLASSMATE: It’s so gay. 
 
ME: That’s not really telling me anything. Tell what you don’t like about the book? Do you hate the way she describes the setting or does Bella’s voice annoys you? Anything. Tell me. I am not gonna get mad. I only want to understand. 
CLASSMATE: I haven’t read it. And I have no plans on either reading it or seeing the movie. 
ME: You hate it even though you haven’t read the books? 
CLASSMATE: Everybody hates it. I don’t understand why you love it. 
CONVERSATION 2
(ME AT WORK CHATTING WITH MY COWORKERS DURING BREAK)
COWORKER 1: Even if you pay me I am not gonna read Twilight.  
COWORKER 2: Me too. *He looks at me* I respect you and I like you, but there is no way I am going to read Twilight
ME: But you can’t hate it because you haven’t read it. 
COWORKER 3: That is true though. 
Those conversations paint the picture of what kind of world do we have right now. We are in a society that hashtags tell us what to love or not to love. What is cool and what is not. At first, I thought everybody is like Tris from ms. Veronica Roth‘s Divergent— we can’t be controlled, but now people’s opinions are now affected by this tiny symbol #. 
I love what I love. As long as I am not hurting anybody, I will continue to love them. I am a person whose opinion varies. If I dislike something, I’ll tell you like a critic as professional as possible why. There is a difference between bashing and giving an opinion. 
My advice to all readers out there. Don’t let anybody tell you what books you can or can’t love. Be Divergent. Don’t let anyone control you, especially if it something as pathetic as a symbol with nothing but two vertical and horizontal lines.
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Note: This blog post might be familiar with you, because it is from my old blog. http://fearlesskurtreadsya.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-trending-hate-for-books.html
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Books Mentioned:
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Twilight by Ms. Stephenie Meyer

Divergent by Ms. Veronica Roth

Divergent by Ms. Veronica Roth

The Book Fest Therapy: How Book Festivals Can be Very Good For You

Summer, a time where new YA releases hit shelves faster than the speed of light, is not here yet, but YA fans are already on fire– pumped up. This March 21, 2015 on Ontario, California. The Colony High Branch Library will be flooded by our beloved authors like Jessica Brody, Claudia Gray, Jessica Khoury, and many more. It is cliché to say that we, fans, are very excited to meet our beloved authors. The people who are responsible for meeting the lovely world we’ve devoured will be within our grasp. However, there are more reasons why as YA fans we need to attend this kind of event. 

1. YOU WILL FEEL VERY WELCOME:

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The fact that there are still people who look down on YA still exist is very sad. We can wave our fandom flag proudly, but YA haters are still out there. This is the reason sometimes we feel bullied and lonely (isn’t that why we love books? because they rescue us from the dark?). With YA book fests, those kind of feelings do not exist. Anywhere you look, fans are there with their arms open for you. If you mention you love Twilight, people will not give you disgusted looks, an explosion of fandomness is to be expected instead. YA book fests are worlds where haters don’t exist. 

2. IT IS THE BEST TIME TO DISCOVER NEW FAVORITE AUTHORS.

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Because of Festival of Books in USC, I become a very big fan of Ms. Morgan Matson and Ms. Robin Benway. Going to bookstores or libraries are fine, but trust me, booksellers sometimes lie and only recommend the books that are on hype. In book fests, the authors themselves will convince you to read other books that are still unknown to you. It is like tapping an undiscovered realm. And trust me, nothing can beat the feeling of reading a very good book before it becomes very famous. 

3. IT IS RELAXING

giphy-2 Book fests tend to be on the weekends. Homework? Annoying house chores? You can forget about them for awhile. We read books to escape reality, but being in a book fests will make you escape reality while keeping one foot on reality. So if I were you, I will go to Ontario Book Fest this coming March 21. Below is the information of how to get there and authors (you already a big fan of and you will probably love) that are going there. 

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Event Info:

Where: Colony High Branch Library
3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, California  91761

Time: 9:30am to 5:00pm

Authors that are going: http://www.ci.ontario.ca.us/index.aspx?page=1330

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Books Mentioned:

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