Saturday, 25 July 2015

The Prompt: To read...

Reading a book used to be easy; the hard part was putting the book down.


The Prompt: To read...

I had time and I made time for books.  At night in bed before going to sleep, weekend mornings before getting up, solitary mealtimes, my lunch hour, on the journey to and from work by bus, train or underground, while waiting in a queue at the bank, while waiting anywhere, free afternoons, hours and hours of free time I had as a child and teenager... I always found some time to read.

Then real life got in the way.

No, that's a lie.  As I grew up, became busier, got more responsibilities taking up my time, I still found time to read books.

Motherhood happened.

If I'm honest, I can't really blame it on becoming a mum.  Of course, I have less time to myself, but there are still little corners of my life where I can sneak in some reading time.

What really happened was - you know it - social media and blogging.

Actually, blogging first.  Without blogging, social media wouldn't be so interesting or take up so much of my time.  Lately the only things I've read have been other blogs and when I'm not reading, I'm writing posts or comments, replying to comments, editing photos for posts or "interacting" on Twitter or Instagram.  And I don't even do much of any of that, as my meager following will attest.  I don't have enough time!

So how can I find time to read a book on top of all that?

That is the question and the dilemma.  Because I love books, I miss reading them and I can feel my world shrinking from the lack of them, even as it's expanding in other ways.

I'm not setting a good example for my daughter, either.  The habit of reading for pleasure is usually something children learn from the people around them.  And, let's face it, it's down to me; she's not likely to learn it from my husband (not a big reader).  Seeing me reading in my free time, enjoying reading, will help her to develop a love of reading in the future.

This isn't the easiest task in a country which doesn't have much of a reading culture.  In Mexico, reading as a hobby isn't nearly as common as it is in the UK; most people just don't read books.  There aren't as many book shops and books are relatively expensive.

All my books are in a box, still unpacked from the move.  I'm looking forward to unpacking them, when we have some shelves to put them on, and rediscovering them.  I also have several unread books in there, waiting for me to make time for them.

And here I am now, writing a post about reading books when I could be... actually reading a book.



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8 comments:

  1. Good luck re-discovering your love of reading and passing that magical world of the imagination on to your daughter.

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  2. Oh, this rings so true for me. I realised that I had all but stopped reading books as any spare five minutes was spent doing something blog related! Over the last few months I have been much stricter with myself, and I stop blogging around 8pm and then I when I go to bed I read for awhile. It has been wonderful making time to read again, and now it's becoming the habit it always used to be. Thank you so much for sharing with #ThePrompt x

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    1. I guess it's just a matter of being more disciplined and picking up a book instead of the iPad! I plan to start reading again before bed to get back into the habit. Thank for hosting!

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  3. I always set time when I go to bed for at least a chapter or 5 minutes of reading, just five minutes will get you back in and a good book will get you hooked again!
    AliceMegan

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    1. I'm going to try this - perhaps a bit more than 5 minutes before bed with a good book. Thanks for your suggestion!

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  4. I was, like you, an avid reader in my childhood and teens but then I kind of stopped. I took reading again three years ago during my third pregnancy and have never looked back! The secret was getting a kindle with a light so I could read in the dark while trying to get the baby to sleep or breastfeeding. I do love real books but kindles easier. Once the reading bug bit me again that was that. Bet it will be the same for you!

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    1. Yes, I just have to set aside a little reading time to get back into the habit. A kindle sounds like a good idea! Thanks for commenting!

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