For Those Who Love to Read but Don’t Have the Time

College has me all over the place…

My crazy schedule seems to leave me no room to ever enjoy a good read. This lack of reading since school started has been getting on my nerves. I began to try and lug around my giant “The Brothers of Karamazov by Dostoevsky” and no matter what I was doing it was just always a little inconvenient. So with a little incentive from a close friend of mine who has been reading a lot lately, we decided to give you some tips on how to include literature during your day.

TIP #1: The obvious: Carry it in your bag

  • Whether it’s a backpack or purse, keeping it at hand is an obvious first tip. It’ll be practical to have around and simple to transport.

TIP #2: Set goals: How many pages today?

  •  Life sometimes gets in the way so making reasonable daily goals for the amount you should read will help stick to it (A chapter? 20 pages?).

TIP #3: When and where?

  •  Between classes is a great place to start, in the caf if you aren’t sitting with anyone, or instead of sitting on your phone for a long period of time, you could be reading that book. Also if you get distracted easily, grab your earphones or go somewhere where there isn’t a lot of movement! (Library? Study room? hallway?)

Find ways to make yourself feel comfortable and just relax and read!

TIP #4: Short reads are also good reads!

  • Big books are heavy. Big books can be inconvenient.

Sometimes carrying around a big book can be a little annoying to pull out all the time. My best tip for this is to look for some good short stories or collections of them and poetry books!

I made a short list of short reads of all different genres! These are mostly recommendations from close friends and books I’ve enjoyed!

  • Laughable loves by Milan Kundera
  • The smile at the foot of the ladder by Henry Miller
  • Hills like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway
  • Old man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Hound of Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Case of a Caretaker by Agatha Christie
  • Book of Mercy by Leonard Cohen
  • Lady Susan by Jane Austen
  • A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf
  • Diaries of Adam and eve by Mark Twain
  • Five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom
  • The Portable Beat Reader Book by Ann Charters

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

–Oscar Wilde

Happy Reading!


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Mariana Coelho


Mariana is a uniquely creative force. As a global citizen, she brings a fresh, multi-cultural, and empathic perspective to everything she does. Mariana likes to take photographs, do yoga, and paint. She studies Adaptive Physical Education and Health and Fitness Promotion in Colorado.

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