When and where do you read? Where was/is your favorite reading spot ever? This was mine–the front porch of our townhouse in Charleston, South Carolina in the early days of my marriage. I loved this porch–I grew the best flowers in the beds surrounding it and I spent hours and hours and hours rediscovering romance after several years of not reading much in my later teens (too busy with boys, I guess!). We didn’t have kids yet, and I look back on it now as very carefree days–though I suspect at the time all I was thinking about was what was coming next, when would my husband get out of the Navy, when would we have kids and buy a house…… Ack, can I find a time machine and go back to then? I will appreciate it now, I SWEAR.
Despite my lack of luggage space, I managed to take home a dozen books from the RWA conference, and yes, I know as fellow readers, you won’t be shocked that I ALSO BOUGHT A BOOK AT THE AIRPORT on the way home, then bought five more books at the grocery store this week. I’m currently reading Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts and Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner. I usually have two books going at once and switch back and forth depending on my mood. It also often takes me several weeks to finish a book and I’d like to cut that time by finding more time to read in my schedule.
Of course, back in those South Carolina days, I didn’t have as many things pressing on my time as I do now as evidenced by the time I spent taking pictures of my cats. (Big orange cat: Shu-Shu, my first and beloved cat. Shu-Shu’s playmate: Kismet. Is it kismet that I later sold my first book to a line called Kismet???)
Proof! I even had time to SEW then! Not that Shu-Shu appreciated it much…. I still have this sewing machine. It’s in the garage, covered in cobwebs…..
My husband was busy defending our country. Or sunning himself on top of his submarine in the middle of the Atlantic. Apparently the 80s were a slow time for the U.S. Navy…..
Keishon has a TBR challenge if you’re interested in checking out her plan for tackling the TBR pile, but unfortunately it doesn’t really work for me since I don’t read Regencies or Liz Carlyle or Diana Palmer. I’ll have to make my own plan.
(More Shu-Shu. I miss that cat!!) So how do you find more time to read? I try to have a book in my purse all the time so that I can take advantage of extra time at doctor’s appointments and car lines, etc, and of course there’s before I go to bed at night and CHURCH. I tend to feel guilty if I stretch out on the couch in the middle of the day and start reading. I think about how I could be cleaning a bathroom or painting a wall. I think I’ll go to the nursery today and get some flowers. If I had more zinnias and marigolds out front, surely I’d read more. Then I’ll get rid of the kids, and….
Oh–and one more thing, Alyssa is having a contest! MORE books!!:yes: