Friday, 17 April 2009

Discussion Point - Reading Taking Over Your life

 

 

 

 

A decade ago i was obviously 10yrs younger and probably a lot more than 10 pounds lighter. I also had loads of interest, that being said i find the older i got i have narrowed my interest to a handful of things.

There are alot of contributing factors of course.

  • Life – That path we all must go down
  • Kids – Remember the days before “those” came along
  • Career – The job were the boss doesn’t realize you have a life out side of the front doors.
  • Opportunity and choice – buying car, house – taking that risk etc..

 

As much as  i read, it actually serves a whole lot of purpose, it is not only a way to relax, but also a way to escape from it all and a few other things as well including just plain enjoyment.

Last night i ended up having a real eye opening revelation, I put down my Mill and Boons last night and took up my trusty crossword puzzle. I am obsessed by crossword trivia of any kind and i realise that the last time i picked up my puzzle book was February 3rd ( i actually date the bottom of the page when i am done). Two month ago – can you believe it -  reading has taking over an area of my life that has not only improved my mental capacity but also my verbal knowledge and without me even realising it.  

As much as i have read some wonderful books over the past two month, i am thinking, what other area of my life has reading taken over. Do i walk that 3-4 evening as i would normally would, am i still a demon in the kitchen, do i find time to have that cup of tea with a friend.

The answer is yes reading has taken over my life and i am not sure if i want it back.

Has reading taken over your life -  what areas are you seeing it in most, is it the small things like my crossword puzzle – where i now read before bed rather than doing a puzzle or is it in the big things like my walk where i am doing a longer two evenings rather than 3-4 evenings a week and spending the other two evening snuggled with a good book.

If it has do you want it back?

 

 

26 Speak To Me:

Jamie Hill on 17 April 2009 at 14:07 said...

I have the same problem with writing, and all that goes along with it. I feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to write fast enough, and yet, I know I should be walking more, and reading more... sigh.

Balance eludes me.

*G*

Jamie

MsMoonlight on 17 April 2009 at 14:15 said...

I have been a ravenous reader since I was a teen. It has always been a near consuming part of me - putting off other things I have to do to read "just one more chapter". Generally speaking, since I was a teen, I have nearly always read several books a week- so that hasn't changed. The key is time management! I've learned to do the other things life demands quickly, like cooking 20 minute meals, packing the laundry machine enough to do two loads at once, lol- and planning all my errands for ONE day during the week- during this outting I do all the shopping, go to the post office, fill the gas tank and everything else that other people might stretch out over a week. I do it all in one shot, so I can spend MY Time doing what I love- reading.

Erotic Horizon on 17 April 2009 at 15:00 said...

I can understand and related to your writing taking up as much time as well, especially if you try to get some reading into that mix as - where and when will you find the time.

We do as we must my dear...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 17 April 2009 at 15:04 said...

Ms. Moonlight...

you have summed up my life - I think when I was younger the days seems endless, now many moons later - it feels like the end of the day is here before it's even began.

I love your little ways of finding more time to put into your reading.

I have done the washing machine thing a time or two as well (LOL).

And your one shot sounds like my Wednesdays - I am a woman on a mission on Wednesday's - I get the whole she-bang done.

Lovely to know someone else shares the pain - oh the pain of it...

E.H>

Cecile on 17 April 2009 at 15:06 said...

Hey Erotic!
Well, I agree with Ms. M... it is all about time management. I do all my "wifely/motherly/anybody else who needs something done" chores before I sit down to read. But that onlyes leavees me to read while I eat my supper, then it is off to shower and bed. Then when I go to bed, I read until I partically fall asleep. But on the weekends... its like party time for me... I get to read whenever I want - as long as my work is done -. This post makes me sound like Cinderalla... expect I never get to go to the ball! Damn life!

With all that said, I feel like I have found myself again, because reading makes me MAKE time for myself. And reading makes me feel like I am taking a mini vacation somewhere with other people I would never have known. Yea, I know I have a sad life... but hey, it's Friday!!

Mandi on 17 April 2009 at 16:49 said...

I love this post:) Reading has definitely taken over. I have always been a big reader, but in the past few years it has seemed to pick up (with the discovery of paranormal romances:) I have two preschool aged children, so I don't get to read until after they go to bed at night. Thankfully my husband is cool with the fact that I sit and read while he sits and watches tv *g*. I have found myself stirring spaghetti sauce and reading at the same time though.

VampFanGirl on 17 April 2009 at 16:56 said...

It's impossible for reading to take over my life. I just have too many hours of the day dedicated to other things.

I'll tell you what has taken over my life, blogging! Yup, it's the damn computer that rules my life now and books are coming in at a paltry third after my hubby. I don't when it happened but all of a sudden, all I could think about is whay am I going to post? What are other people posting? etc. It's my new addiction.

:) VFG

Lexie on 17 April 2009 at 17:15 said...

Reading has been my life since I was a young girl, so I'd have to agree it has taken over my life. I can't think of how many times I had a choice between either reading a new book or going over a friend's house for trivial reasons (dying my hair or painting my nails or getting ready for dances). I always figured that reading was more important in the long run and if those things were so important they'd mean more to me you know?

I am a little regretful that reading has managed to take time out of two of my other hobbies--video gaming and biking. Can't do much about the biking (my bike broke a year ago and I have no money to replace it) and as for video gaming...well I'll get around ot them right? XD I really do want to finish Persona 4 so that might be my project in May before I begin my Rachel Caine re-read (after all the new Shin MEgami Tensei Raidou Kuzonoha game is coming out and I am in desperate need for that!)

Erotic Horizon on 17 April 2009 at 17:18 said...

Hey Cecile..

I understand your pain girl... especially when you have a book that is just too good.

And no my dear you don't sound like cinderella- I currently do everything around my reading.

My "ME TIME" is all about the reading...

Hang it there love..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 17 April 2009 at 17:40 said...

Hey Mandi,

I have slowly moved from crime fiction to romance and suspense romance so I get when a new love in books get you in a groove.

Then you have raised a brilliant point...

Where does the hubby and kids factor into our reading habits...


There's just not enough hours in the day..

Hang in there...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 17 April 2009 at 17:44 said...

VFG...

You are so preaching to the choir here...

On Monday I have a post schedule for that, so I am not even going to touch that topic..

But you are so preaching to the choir...

Why is it so hard to have a life and enjoy it as well.

E.H>

Lily on 17 April 2009 at 18:22 said...

I can't say reading has taken over my life as it feels sometimes as if it IS my life. I have been a reading addict since I was a kid and am never ever far from a book.

I also concentrate as much of my non-work chores into one day. So laundry, cleaning, shopping etc. I try to get done on my days off from work so that when I come home from work I have time for "life" and reading.

I have found that in the last few months my reading time is a bit diminished due to the internet, LJ Facebook Blogs Yahoo groups have started to take up a bit more of my time now. Although I usually make it up by reading later into the night when I go to bed.

Does anyone have a way to add more time into a day??? LOL!!

Erotic Horizon on 17 April 2009 at 18:48 said...

Hey Lexie...

As much as you have read some good books - you will eventually go back to other hobbies, especially if they are genuine love...

So this summer, as much as you love reading, I am sure you will find a way to do some video gaming as well...

At least you can identify the ones that reading has taking over.

With me I didn't even realise - two months and no crossword puzzle - for shame..

E.H>

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) on 17 April 2009 at 19:05 said...

Hi EH!

I have always been an avid reader. I travel with books, always have. I read at night, always have. It's what I do with my spare time, always have. What I'm finding is that I watch less and less TV. It has to be something really good to attract my attention (I'll watch movies and I love HBO's True Blood Series). I used to be a news gunky, (I still am kind of) if I'm going to watch TV, it stays on CNN or MSNBC. My children are the best versed students in current affairs, much to their chagrin. I spend just as much time with my kids and their projects, and taking care of their needs and the hubs. Blogging has started to take the place of any TV viewing that I did, and I'm happy to give it up. (Sometimes I keep the TV on in the background and an interesting story will grab my attention, so I still like news).

Dottie :)

Hagelrat on 17 April 2009 at 20:08 said...

I pretty much never did anything but read anyway. Ten years ago I had recently moved into Leicester was in a disasterous relationship, was loads thinner and would so rather be here and now.
Funny to think though that the choices for my spare time were then and are now read, watch sci fi and stuff curl up with my other half (husband now).

Erotic Horizon on 17 April 2009 at 21:06 said...

Hey Lily...

Welcome to the madness that has now become our life - thanks to our love of reading..

Would we want it any other way.I think not. Other than a few more hours in the day...All in all we are doing great...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 17 April 2009 at 21:09 said...

hey Dottie...

I know about the travelling with books. I have been known to buy bags based on the size of the book that I might be reading...

And I do get the news channel thing. I am addicted to SKY news..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 17 April 2009 at 21:13 said...

Hey Hagelrat

I am also glad you are here rather than there now...

I can imagine reading played a big part in both point of your life...

welcome to my world..

E.H>

Lisa Logan on 17 April 2009 at 21:28 said...

Balance was such an elusive concept to me that I scheduled the heck out of myself this year. It's worked like a charm--except where reading is concerned. In my case, most fiction reading consists of manuscript submissions. I haven't read a published book for a few months now.

Would I want that time back? HECK NO! I love what I do, and reading is enough pleasure to me to make it worth sneaking in whenever I can.

--Lisa
http://authorlisalogan.blogspot.com

Erotic Horizon on 17 April 2009 at 22:54 said...

hey Lisa....

I think I have forgotten the word "schedule" - there are some days i just play it by ear...

I am on top of some things, but some things - I don't know what the hell is happening in my life...

And i totally agree with you.... i wouldn't change a thing.

E.H>

Brandy W on 17 April 2009 at 23:27 said...

Reading has taken over a lot of my life. I don't really mind but the hubby and kids sometimes do. It isn't just reading though. Looking up authors, reading blogs and even shopping for books takes up a lot more time.

Lea on 18 April 2009 at 01:03 said...

Hey EH!

Looks like I've missed out on all the fun here! lol

Reading is an integral part of my life, at least it was until I started blogging. Now I have to find a way to get back in balance again.

I am determined to do it one way or another. I love my books too much and they are what I blog about.

Sooo

Warm regards
L

Erotic Horizon on 18 April 2009 at 09:36 said...

Hey Brandy...

Why must the sting be in the fine print... it's the little extras that make reading a pleasure,(covers, authors site, upcoming read etc) but it is also the thing that becomes a pain in the a$$ - as it takes up too much time.

Don't even mention the book binge shopping... that's another 2 days by itself.

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 18 April 2009 at 09:38 said...

Hey Lea..

I think a few of us are permanently attached to the computer... Ahhh the bloody blog..

yet we wouldn't have it any other way...

OHH to have a few more hours in the day..

E.H>

The Erotic Cougar Chronicles on 18 April 2009 at 18:49 said...

I've ready 28 books in the past 11 days. I'm trying to figure out how I can continue the reading and continue keeping up with my blog writing too...it's not easy coming up with erotica. Thanks for following my blog, BTW - you are my first! www.EroticCougar.blogspot.com

Erotic Horizon on 19 April 2009 at 20:41 said...

hey ECC,

I am like that sometimes, just gfet a going and reading a whole slew of books in one go...

we are all caught in the middle of that time warp of managing our blogs and getting in some reading and all of this around the family and day jobs...

We do as we must my dear...

I have already hitch my star to your wagon.. I love your first post...

You are welcome here any time

E.H>