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Time to read?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bron at 9:19 pm on Thursday, April 5, 2007

I haven’t had any time to read these past couple of weeks – or post to this blog! – so I’m hoping that sometime over our 4-day Easter break, I’ll be able to settle down with a good romance for an hour or two… in between editing a conference paper, finishing judging some writing contest entries, updating my writing website, and catching up with some housework. (That last item may take some time, given that housework has been at the bottom of my list for ages, but as my sister and her family are coming in a week or so’s time, I can’t put it off any longer!) I don’t do anywhere near as much reading as I’d like to these days; juggling a full-time job, with a part-time PhD, and writing as well, means that I’ve had to give up a lot of my recreation time. I miss the days when I’d read 3 or 4 books in a week – or more!

Anyway, pondering the delightful anticipation of a couple of hours of reading got me wondering about when and where other readers do their reading. I’m a curl up on the sofa kind of reader, and Sunday afternoon can be a good time for me, although the evenings sometimes see me with a book, too. However, since I find it very difficult to put a book down until it’s finished, I can’t start one too far into the evening!

I’ve never been able to read in a car or a bus, but I can on a plane, except when its taking off or landing. I always cart several books around with me when I go flying anywhere, especially now that knitting needles aren’t allowed on Australian planes.

So, where and when do you do most of your reading? Do you read in a few minutes here and there, or shut out the world until a book is finished? And is it a significant activity for you, or do you squeeze it in among many other things?

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Comment by Jennie Adams

April 6, 2007 @ 5:28 pm

Reading three to four books or more a week is also something I no longer get to do. I don’t resent my busy lifestyle, but I do need more hours for my writing, which leaves less for other leisure activities, including reading.

I tend to look forward to books more, now, because there is time to anticipate before I get to actually read. My favourite reading place is a blue sofa with just the right height of back and a nice arm rest. It’s probably not a good thing that it’s situated in the end of my kitchen, close to the food!

Once I start a book, I read in stretches of an hour or more. If it really grips me I will stay up far too late to keep reading, then pay for it the next day.

Reading is my next favourite thing after writing. Really significant to me. I love being swept away by a good tale of romance.

Jennie
Who probably won’t get to read a book this Easter break, but has several on her shelf that she is ‘anticipating’.

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Comment by Sarah S. G. Frantz

April 9, 2007 @ 11:09 am

Anytime anywhere. I don’t care. But I usually need a pencil or stickies to mark important passages, even/especially now with romances.

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