Reading is something I look forward to as a reward when I get my writing, errands and other activities completed. After a hard day, curling up with a good novel before going to sleep seems to complete the day.
I read both fiction and non-fiction with at least one of each going at any time. Non-fiction is for reading in the living room and fiction in the bedroom.
I used to read late into the night, but now I often get sleepy after a few pages and fall asleep. This can also happen when I’m in my easy chair and I doze off in the middle of a page.
Some is physical in that I’m tired at the end of a busy day. Some is the material. A really exciting novel keeps me awake if I’m not completely exhausted.
In the last fifteen years I’ve been listening to audio books when driving in the car by myself. I “read” about fifteen books a year this way. I primarily listen to fiction and find it a very effective way to pass the time such as when in a traffic jam. Rather than fidgeting, I can enjoy the hunt for a murderer, spy or kidnapped heiress. And now I don’t get upset when driving behind people who don’t move when the light changes, who disrupt traffic while talking on cell phones or who block a lane when they should be merging. Rather than getting impatient, I now sit back, relax and listen to the novel. Hey, if it takes me longer to get to my destination, then I have more time to enjoy the story.
That’s much more sensible than wanting to take my aggressions out on other drivers.