What’s the Best Time of Day to Read? – A Book Club Discussion

I run the book club for Remotive, a networking space for remote workers (including folks seeking remote work). It’s not your average book club. We don’t pick a book to read together. Instead we meet once a month to discuss whatever we’re each reading individually and swap reading recommendations.

The group includes folks from all over the world. In addition to our monthly meetings, I post a discussion question in our Slack channel. I recently asked the following question to my book club:

Question: What is your favorite time of day for reading?

Below was our discussion (and I’d love to continue the conversation with you in the comments section!):


Members names and images have been removed for privacy.


Answer #1:

At night, after dinner time. It’s a good time to disconnect, have some quiet before going to bed :slightly_smiling_face:

Answer #2:

I like reading after lunch

Answer #3:

I second [the first person’s] opinion. I’m a before bed reader since it helps me unwind for the night

Answer #4:

Usually, I read before bed as well. BUT, if the book is too intense, from time to time I might have some crazy dreams or can’t fall asleep thinking about an idea from it, and in cases like that I read that book during the day, if possible :smile:

Answer #5:
For entertainment: at night, when in bed. For information: throughout the day :slightly_smiling_face:

Answer #6:

Business books early in the morning before work. And science fictions books before sleep at night.

Answer #7:

I read during lunch and before bed. Also, after dinner if I have time.

Answer #8:

Preferably, daytime.


As for me, I aim to read 10 pages per day of a non-fiction book, which I try to read first thing in the morning (after the kids leave for school when the house is quiet and I’m not as likely to get interrupted/distracted yet). I also try to read one chapter of a fiction book at night in bed before I go to sleep.

DISCUSSION: So, what about you? What time of day (or night) do you prefer to read?

Published by Kelly Schuknecht

Kelly Schuknecht is a marketing director with a background in the publishing industry and a passion for all things related to books. She blogs about book marketing because she loves helping authors navigate the world of social media to discover new ways to promote and sell their books. If you're looking for something good to read, you can find Kelly's top picks here: www.kellyschuknecht.com/book-faves.

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