The evening can provide a rare retreat from a jam-packed day for highly successful people.
For many CEOs, execs, and other high achievers, the day begins early and is crammed with emails, meetings, and events. But the evenings can be a time to unwind. And for those who love to read, there’s no better time to pick up a book or magazine.
Evening reading serves many different purposes. For some, it’s a chance to dive into fiction and escape the stresses of the day. For others, it’s a chance to catch up on the latest news. Be it old-fashioned print books or lighter fare on Twitter, here’s a look at what some successful people like to read before calling it a night.
The AOL CEO generally gets home around 8 p.m., and then sits down to read a book to his daughters. “They usually win and get two or three books,” he admits. He tries to go to bed by 11 p.m. to get six hours of sleep.
writer and former CNBC editor
John Carney is somewhat obsessed with ancient philosophy, mostly Plato, Socrates and Xenophon. He does most of his reading before going to bed, unless it’s a Sunday in which case he’s watching The Walking Dead or Homeland.
Ann Friedman uses the evenings to read articles she hasn’t gotten to during the day. That’s usually five or six shorter pieces and one or two long form articles. She also will sometimes read a book for work, and tries to break all of it up with fiction when possible.
co-founder and CO of Open Road Integrated Media,
former CEO of HarperCollins
Fastidious about her email, no matter what time she gets home at night she spends at least two hours catching up on her emails.
founder of Huffington Post
Huffington is well known for taking sleep seriously. And she doesn’t mess around when it comes to her evening reading routine. The Huffington Post founder recommends banning electronic devices like iPads, Kindles, and laptops from the bedroom and says she only reads the old-fashioned way, with print books.