Thanks for this article. I started my first year in law school this year, and I’ve been managing to read an average-length book about every two weeks. You’re not supposed to have any time as a first-year law student, but that’s just unrealistic. We all have time — a lot of it is spent studying, yes — but a lot of people still watch TV, still go out drinking several times a weekend (and are incapacitatedly hungover the next morning.) People always ask me “how do you have time to read?” and I just say “by making it.”
People also say, “but we spend all day reading, I really don’t want to pick up another book when I’m done.” But I don’t seem to have that issue. It’s not like I’m reading a law casebook for fun. It’s a completely different world, and it’s so refreshing to pick up a relevant, well-written, and easy-to-read book after slugging through legal cases. (And I mean easy only in relation to legal reading which requires notetaking and re-reading.)
I noticed in another comment that you’re reading The Gulag Archipelago. How are you enjoying it? I’ve been thinking of picking that one up.