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Banned From Reading

I am a working mother, but I love to read.

When I start a book I don't put it down till it's finished. I don't eat or sleep! I read about 200 to 300 pages a day. After I got married I could only read 3 to 4 books per month, and after my baby was born it reduced to 2! I still read books when everyone is sleep, but I stay awake all night and go to work with puffy eyes and dreamy head, I think about my book all day (instead of implementing algorithms, writing new papers and debugging software and hardware).

Then I have to cook and clean and wash dishes and iron clothes, just counting the seconds to be able to start my book again, and wishing I wouldn't fall asleep! After 2 or 3 days like this I am unendurable and depressed.

Any better ideas?

 

LordVoldemort LordVoldemort 36-40, F 63 Responses Jan 3, 2009

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I do the same thing. I've stayed up from dusk to dawn reading and not even noticed. I've finally had to learn how to read while I'm walking to school, and set a timer when I'm reading anything not related to my classes. Audio books are also a big help.

I too find it hard to stop reading books. I like to read the whole book in one go. And I will say to myself "Right you can just read for one hour" then at the one hour mark I think "Well maybe just one more hour." When I was a single Mum I read heaps, as soon as the kids went to bed and on their weekend with their Dad I would normally read all weekend. I have since gotten remarried and I miss how much I used to read.

you think that is something?!! let me tell you about this.<br />
i read ivenhoe three times and the Merchant of venice twice .even took them to church with me(was much more interesting than the sermens) that were being preached.

Oh I thought I was the only one...haha. It is an addiction..but one I'm not willing to part with :D. I remember on New Year's day, I had to be physically dragged out for some "fun" as THEY put it, because I had just found my old copy of "The Giver" from 8th grade and decided to forgo everything in favor of reading it. I'd say we should totally hang out some time, but I can imagine one of us coming up with some excuse to not go out and stay at home reading instead...haha

Whenever we find ourselves obsessed with some form of recreation, obsessed to the point where we have a hard time concentrating on the realities of our lives, it usually means that we are not finding our lives very satisfying. Maybe it's time to reevaluate what you do every day. Is there some way you could make some changes in your job/career or some other aspect of your life? Maybe it's just a matter of waiting it out until you have less pressure, maybe when your child gets older. I am glad you realize that your extreme love of reading has an unhealthy side to it. Once you figure out what is not satisfying about your own reality, I think you will figure out why reading has become such an addiction for you.<br />
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Byu the way, I love to read, too, and, at times, have lived in books because my own life was not rewarding or was way too stressful. Audio books are often less tiring and can be "read" while you are driving in your car. And sometimes they can put you to sleep as well.

@ Penguins won: I have the book, it's a great one, I have not red it yet,<br />
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Thank you very much for the suggestion

not sure I mentioned it, but I really recommend a novel called White Tiger.... <br />
Can't recall the author's name.

What about audio books? Do you like those?

I am excited to her there are people out there like this. As an aspiring author I say KEEP READING!! Also wow how many book have you read in your lifetime? Do you read a range of things or only one kind of genre?

@ wild chld 97: Your husband is a very understanding man,

When I get into a book, I'm much like you...I refuse to put it down and sometimes things just don't get done that need to be done. So, I set goals or time limits. I wait until I get to the next chapter and I tell myself that I'm not allowed to even begin the next chapter until the dishes are washed...the next load is washed/dried..etc. Or, I'll tell myself that I can't read anymore for the next hour and I have to get as much done in that hour that I can. It's crazy..but it works for me. It keeps me from feeling guilty for doing an activity that I thoroughly enjoy when I can say "at least the housework is done". lol.<br />
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Also, when I'm not working and I want to have some uninterupted time to read or finish a book, I schedule it with my husband. I'll let him know that I am going into a quiet place to read in or around the house and I don't want any interruptions unless someone is bleeding. He runs interference (answering the phone, shooing away uninvited guests, and taking care of everything else, and I get a few hours of guilt free reading and he gets a very happy wife. lol

@ 12PM: Thank you for the great suggestion, I will never let anything alienate me from my kid,<br />
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And I think all men are like that, they consider themselves perfect!

@ Jerry: e-books are no substitute for books, but I have no choice,<br />
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And using an e-book reader really helps, try sony PRS or kindel

I don't like e-books.I prefer atmosphere of real library.I have some e-books and audio- books - in English - in order to practice English.I have personal attitude - to some real books. <br />
What's more - reading e-books destroy my eyes more than real books.

@ soft kitti: It looks like audio books are the only way to read for busy people, thanks for the great suggestion<br />
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@ Sylph: I agree, books give such a glorious divine feeling

@ Mrmeauggie: great suggestion, I'll try that thanks

hmm I love reading .. and do it with the same fervor ...maybe books on audio ...*sighs* I know its really not the same but ......or reading during lunch at work and while you cook and do chores ?... I do this sometimes ..... sorry LV...thats all I can think of ....=-)

Yeah....... but I do get that glorious feeling when I see them physically... when I 'm surrounded by them... the same kind of feeling when in libraries, or in bookstores.......... that splendid, almost divine feeling....... ack!........ Sylph is babbling..... LOL

@ Sylph: Only if they didn't take space!

I know...... especially old books...... pure bliss...... <br />
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*Sylph grabs an old and new book and starts sniffing*

@ sylph: Yes, mostly e-books, but who can resist the smell of a new book.

Maybe, LV... I will give it a thought...... but do you still buy books?

@ Jerry: I am a compulsive book buyer as well, I had to give away a lot of my books<br />
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@ Jeano: I do read cereal boxes and manuals and everything as well.<br />
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I do that, thank you for the advice.<br />
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I like thrillers as well, they are fun

@ Jerry : Switch to e-book, I have a sony reader and its great<br />
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@ Sylph: it sure is better than a phone, try it, it's great

I love reading sooo much I read everthing and I do mean everything.From cerial boxs to manufactor directions I guess its an addiction but a healthy one.Keep a book in your purse u can read while waiting at the bank,grocery line,kids from school dentist ect.I do enjoy books on cd but ur right its not the same.reading yourself u choose the characters in your head.Its like going to a movie and saying i never would have picked that actor or perhaps they nailed it so perfectly u acually liked the movie better then the book very rare but it does happen.I love thrillers crazy about them the more gore the better.which it so oppisite of my personality.Funny huh?

I became a compulsive book buyer. Now I have 5 full bookcases. Every bookcase contain more than 200 books. I started to buy books printed in English lately.

Well that's better than a phone...bigger screen...just like kindle...<br />
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Hmm...maybe I should get one, too........ooohhhh...but I love books. Do you still buy books? I can't imagine myself not getting that old book I see in an antique shop.......or a worn-out classic in a second hand bookshop.......or the latest bestseller from Chapters...

I have the next problem.I like to buy new books. Sometimes - I'm not sure if I have any book.<br />
Too many new books.

@ Sylph: I have no choice, I have switched to e-books since 2005. It was a bit hard at first, but now I am addicted.<br />
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I have a sony reader

I have e-books, too...especially since I can't let go of my phone. But I rarely read them compared to physical books. There's just *something* in actually holding a book. Probably I'm just nostalgic...a bit of old school. ;)<br />
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Hubbies just need to oppose what we like. It's their thing....their weird thing! ;)