Planning Your Summer Reading

As you may have heard on the podcast, I have a washi tape addiction (pronounced problem). But I use my powers for good, I promise. And organizing your reading schedule, as well as reading breaks, makes for a great experience.

Before You Get Started

Answer a few questions before getting started so you can plan your speed reading efficiently.

  1. How long does it normally take you to read 100 pages?
  2. How long can you stand to go without reading?
  3. Do you have a job that will get in the way? Are you lucky enough to know your schedule?
  4. Are you going on vacation? When?

#1. Knowing your average reading speed per 100 pages will help you block the necessary time for each book. Use GoodReads to find out how many pages your book is.

#2. Knowing how long you can go without reading is to give yourself some time off so you don’t get burnt out.

#3 & #4. Jobs get in the way. Vacations can too depending on where you’re going and who you’re going with.

And that’s my explanation! Ready to get started? So am I.

Getting Started

Alright, let’s say for the sake of quick math, that you can read a solid 100 pages a day. You pick up a 400-page book. Give yourself five days to read it. The fifth day is a buffer zone. Even if you wind up taking more than those five days, take a day off. If you can stand it, try not reading for the length of time you spent reading.

So for you speeders out there-one day on, one day off.

Listen to the Booked All Night Podcast, the burnout is real, especially after the school year is over. Let’s keep reading fun!

Working Around Work

Alright, so Summer jobs exist for two reasons:

  • to stop us from reading
  • to get us money to buy more books

But let’s work with that. If you’re lucky enough to have a steady schedule, decide whether you want to read before or after your shift. Now, this is important to help avoid the burnout: DO NOT DO BOTH. Read before or after work only. Attempt to exercise self-restraint.

Attempt it really hard.

Preparing For New Releases

There’s no doubt in my mind that there are several alerts on your phone for all those Summer books you’re waiting to be published. As your new release gets closer to its pub day, take a look at your calendar. Give yourself a whole week off from reading before it gets here. Depending on your speed that might mean not reading for over a week. This lets your mind relax, unwind, and process the last story you put your poor emotions through.

This also ensures that you can begin reading that new release on the day that it’s released without fear that you have something else to finish first.

Preparing For Vacation

There’s a book for the car, a book for the hotel, a book for the flight, a book for the beach, a book for waiting in line for the roller coaster. Do yourself a favor: download Hoopla or Libby, and check out an audiobook. You’ll be able to keep your book going regardless of transportation AND you can turn it up if people are trying to talk to you.

But if that’s not your cup of tea (or coffee), then it’s time to figure out your vacation schedule and treat it just like work. Read before, read after, but not both.

What about you? What do you do to plan your Summer reading? Tell us in the comments!


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Published by J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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