Where has all the reading gone?

What I would like to be reading...

What I would like to be reading…

And some of these...

I love reading. Lots. Books, magazines, fiction, non-fiction, newspapers, blogs, letters, post-it notes, lists. You name it, I love to read it. I even had my very own blog about my love of reading and the world of literature. Reading is a HUGE part of my life and a very big part of what makes me, me. But over the last couple of years the time I have had available for consuming reading material has decreased – quite dramatically. Now, I don’t want to make a direct link between this reduction in reading time availability and the birth of my Sweet Pea (but let’s face it, that’s exactly the reason!). At first it was the serious sleep deprivation that made reading an almost impossibility – in those first few months I could barely concentrate on the celebrity flicks in a WHO magazine, let alone focus on an in depth novel or piece of non fiction. Then it was someone else who wanted my one-on-one attention ALL THE TIME that impacted on my reading time – any sign of a book in my hands that didn’t contain Peppa Pig or Elmo would create an almighty scene capable of disturbing the entire street (and we lived in a big street). It’s not that I wasn’t reading as such, the aforementioned Peppa Pig and Elmo were in regular circulation, but I wasn’t reading what I really wanted to be reading, what I really needed to be reading for my personal sanity and enjoyment.

What I am actually reading...

What I am actually reading…

I can see that the tide is slowly turning. Sweet Pea is almost two now and I am so grateful that she seems to have inherited the love of books from myself and her dad. And don’t get me wrong – I love discovering books and reading with her – it is one of my favourite parts about being a mum. An almost normal sleep pattern in the household also means that I do usually have time at the end of the day to dip into a book or a magazine with a cup of tea alongside, and this is a time I truly treasure. But I do grieve the loss of my abundance of reading time, lazy rests and reads on afternoons and sometimes a whole weekend devoted to nothing but reading… Ahh, the memories.

How about others? How do you carve out precious reading time when parenting and other life activities demand so much of our time?


8 Comments on Where has all the reading gone?

  1. Kirsty
    June 13, 2014 at 4:09 pm (4 years ago)

    O I so feel this! I managed to keep up my reading through my first two babies (especially the first where I’d often have a leisurely two hour feed-read in the morning and then again in the afternoon – he’d feed and I’d read) but with the third… my reading has been dramatically reduced and I miss it tremendously. Of course I’m loving sharing kids books with my three … but I do miss reading as much as I used to. Of course I used to have a book… or two… a day habit, so even at my reduced rate I suspect I’m reading quite a bit, it’s my concentration that’s lacking. I can’t read the weightier, deeper books and find myself reading a lot of very fun and frothy stuff, which is great, but I miss the meatier works!

  2. KAB18
    June 20, 2014 at 3:31 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Kirsty – we sound so similar (although unlike you I am only having to parent one little one!). I would scoff at people who would tell me about “baby brain” when I was pregnant – I was determined I wasn’t going to lose my mind or my ability to read my “heavier” books. Ahh – the promises we make ourselves!!

  3. Life With The Crew
    June 21, 2014 at 4:02 am (4 years ago)

    We have the Giraffes Can’t Dance book also! Don’t you feel so bad for Gerald?! I read a ton when my little babe was first born and nursing all of the time – it was the only two things I did – read while she was nursing. I went through a book a week at the bad times! Now that she is 20 months old, I really have no time for reading. It is always a choice at nap time and the hour before bed – read, sew, knit, blog, clean, or cook? Reading doesn’t normally make the cut.

    • KAB18
      June 21, 2014 at 8:28 am (4 years ago)

      Oh my heart aches for Gerald every time!

  4. Chantell@MissUnderstood
    June 22, 2014 at 12:56 am (4 years ago)

    Your blog post title attracted me instantly ~ I too mourn the loss of my hours of blissful reading! I do still always have a book or two on the go, even like to carry one with me in my bag, but I seem to take so much longer to actually complete them…Mind you, I suppose raising four children on my own might have something to do with that! Let’s look forward to all the possible hours of reading ahead in the future which will be even more cherished because they are harder to find! Great post :)

    • KAB18
      June 22, 2014 at 7:40 am (4 years ago)

      Oh Chantelle – raising 4 children on your own makes you a champion in my eyes. Maybe we both need to be making those ‘one day soon’ reading lists to look forward to!


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