Making Time For Reading With The Marriage Pact
You may have noticed a bit of radio silence on all of my social media platforms over the last several weeks. This has been a bit of a whirlwind summer for myself and my family- and you can definitely see it in how quiet this blog has been! [*Hangs head in embarrassment- sorry guys!*] In the blur of travel for weddings, beach getaways, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and work trips, I was so excited to have the chance to dig into The Marriage Pact, a brand new novel from Michelle Richmond.
My husband and I have deemed this summer the ‘summer of weddings’. After 3 weddings, 2 bridal showers, and 1 bachelorette party in less than 2 months, we’ve definitely got marriage on the brain lately! The Marriage Pact was the perfect choice for this busy season. This gripping thriller from Random House truly inspires a lot of thought about commitment, and the measures people may take to keep their unions strong.
I’ve written before that I struggle to make time to read for pleasure. Even when I do find the time, my reading choices drift toward self help, parenting, or non-fiction. The opportunity to take some time to really immerse myself in an engaging piece of fresh fiction was exactly what I needed. Breaking from my day-to-day routine was the perfect chance to break from my boring old reading routine, and I’m glad I took the chance to try something new. Read on to check out some of the ways I’m making ‘fun’ reading a more regular part of my life again…
Have Book, Will Travel
I was lucky enough to go on several road trips this summer, as well as fly to spend time with my best friends in NYC. Believe me, I took full advantage of my travel time as an opportunity to read more. I tucked The Marriage Pact into my tote for road trips while #thehubs drove, as well as on flights, & Uber, taxi, and subway rides. Jumping right back into the intense world of my current read was a perfect break from the noisy, hot environment that is summer in Manhattan.
A Little R & R
It’s not terribly surprising that after several weeks of back to back travel, I woke one morning with a summer flu of some sort. My body has just been a bit worn-down lately, and I think my immune system may be suffering as a result. Snuggling up in bed with The Marriage Pact for a few days was a great way to steal a bit of quiet time for myself. As I rested and recovered, I was able to continue losing myself in the exciting lives of newlyweds Alice & Jake.
Making ‘Me’ Time
I love taking the opportunity to squeeze a little bit of reading in with my other self-care time. Many evenings after family dinner, I give myself a ‘mommy time out’ in my room. I like to take about twenty minutes to escape the noise of the day, and give the kids a chance to catch up with #thehubs. I love spending that little break reading quietly. Pairing a great book like The Marriage Pact with a manicure or pedicure is also a perfect combination. If I’m heading out for a little pampering by getting a pedicure at the salon, I always bring along a great book to read. If I’m just squeezing in a little self-care and painting my fingernails at home, it’s the ideal excuse to sit quietly and carefully turn those pages to avoid chipping the tacky polish.
who Needs Sleep?!
I hate to admit it, since I’m definitely one of those always-tired, gimme-coffee kinds of mamas, but I even found myself sneaking in a few pages of The Marriage Pact after I should have been asleep… Sure, the extra sleep would have been good, but truthfully, a little bit of ‘me-time’ reading was totally well worth it!