Stolen reading time is the time you get to read when you're doing something else, although I guess it's technically multitasking reading time. Examples:
- Reading a book while you're stirring risotto = stolen reading time.
- Reading a book while waiting for the computer to boot up = stolen reading time.
- Reading while you're waiting in a long, slow-moving checkout line = stolen reading time.
- Reading while eating breakfast or lunch = not exactly stolen reading time, but one of life's great pleasures nonetheless.
A few days later, still working, I pulled a book off the shelf that I'd always intended to read. It, too, was related to the project, and it was amazing. Are the books really that good, or are they just enhanced by the glow that stolen reading provides? And is it procrastination if the project is going to be much better for my having read those books?