I’ve struggled with reading during the pandemic. Normally, I read about fifty books in a year, but I read six in 2020. According to Pew Research Center, the average American reads twelve books a year. And since Covid-19 doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, my reading goal is to be an average American reader. Yet, here we are in February and I haven’t completed a book yet. 🥴
I came up with a way to trick myself into reading more that combines my new interest in skincare. That’s where Sheets & Pages comes in. Most of the sheet masks I have require you to wear them for 15-20 minutes to get the full effect. So every time I use a sheet mask, I’m going to read as many pages as I can until my timer goes off to remove my mask.
I decided to use The Office of Historical Corrections as my first book, since I was already reading it (very slowly). And I selected the Beet Vitamin A Fresh Pressed Sheet Face Mask because it followed the color scheme of the book…and because it’s supposed to boost your moisture levels.
I’ve held off on buying sheet masks from Sweet Chef because they use essential oils and plant extracts that can be sensitizing to skin, but they had a good sale on a sampler pack and I got them anyway. I hope I don’t regret that choice later.
The story I started reading was about this young woman who was taking a bus trip to courier some, uh, pharmaceuticals, and a random woman asks her to watch her two year old son, while she has a strained phone conversation. When the young woman reaches her destination, the boy’s mother is nowhere to be found.
When the timer went off, I was halfway through the story. I finished my night routine and came back to the book and read the rest of the story, so not only did I trick myself into reading, the writing was good enough that I was able to read for another 20ish minutes to complete it. I think my plan is working. And the sheet mask did a good job of moisturizing my skin, I didn’t feel any irritation while I was wearing it.
Once I complete this book, I’ll do another Sheets & Pages. See you then.