Sunday, April 10, 2011

Book ends.

Little Boozle 2011

This is the pile of "to read" books on my bedside table.
Of course, it would be teetering even higher
but for a family rated blog,
I removed all my *cough* naughty books ;)
(yeah, 76 bodice rippers stacked up on the floor, people)
I have always been a book worm.
I have always loved books and loved reading them in abundance

But since starting a family,
I have struggled to prioritise reading.
I got a lot of books read while middle-of-the-night breast feeding
but beyond that, I have had limited access to quality reading time.

I am the first to admit that this is partially self-inflicted.
If I didn't spend time blogging, sewing and knitting,
I'd have heaps of reading time.
You know, going to bed early,
snuggling down into the doona
and being surprised at how quickly 2 hours can disappear
when you are in the middle of a great book.
That guilty pleasure of being able to stay up reading till 2am
because this book is so good, I have to finish it now!

But the fact is that there are only two times I can rely on having the time and inclination for a good solid read.

Firstly, on those rare occasions when I am bed-ridden with illness
(poorly enough that I don't want to knit
but not so ailing that I can't hold a book up)

Secondly, if I am "in the bathroom"
(if I lock the door from children-
who seem to need your undivided attention as soon as you pull your undies down)

Now, I know that I have just alienated half my blog readers with that statement.
You are either a "read on the loo" type of person or you aren't.
But I can multi-task so why waste the opportunity to use this skill?

At the moment, I am accumulating books faster than I am reading them.
I can't afford to cut back on the 5-6 hours sleep per night that I currently get
in order to knock off Oprah's latest recommendation.
And I need to wash and cook.

So maybe I should just cut back on my fibre
and increase my "bathroom" time...


The Handmaden said...

Wow, that sure is a lot of books! I get precious little reading time these days and one of my pet hates is being constantly interrupted when trying to.
As far as reading in the err.. bathroom goes - there is always someone waiting for me at the door, if not pounding on it with little fists - once again - interrupted!!
Aah, to be so loved!
Happy reading.

CurlyPops said...

I'm intrigued to know the titles of the ones that you removed for the photo ha ha!

Tin Can Daisy said...

That's a big stack of books girlfriend! Good luck with that :)

I've never read a bodice ripper. It's making me wonder if I'm missing out on something.

Kate said...

What naughty books????

And me too on the rest of it.

Tracy aka Mad Quilter said...

Mine follow me into the loo :( I read in bed at night on the ipad so I don't have to wake Pete with the light on, also saves having a huge stack of books cluttering up my already messy bed room.

bekimarie said...

I have some of those on my pile.
I've also always been a bookworm but now only get to read in bed which tends to be just be a chapter before my eyes give way xx

Nikki said...

I've been thinking of blogging my unread-bedside-table-full, too... I haven't really read since I started knitting. Instead of reading the last few hours of the day away, I knit.

becci said...

OMG that looks like my bedside table. I have such a huge stack of the weirdest combination of books. Even if I don't have the time to read them I still like looking at them!

Karen said...

Ha ha - I am a loo reader too!
I enjoyed a few of your titles, "The Elegance of the Hedgehog", "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" and the "Time Traveller's Wife" (much better than the movie, as usual!).
I desperately miss my thirty minute each way commute to work if only for the reading time, oh, and the peace and quiet I have to say!

clare's craftroom said...

My problem as well , too much sewing , crocheting and blogging of a night to read and not enough fibre , lol !