Top Ten Tuesday: Things Getting in the Way of Reading

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Full prompt: Things Getting in the Way of Reading (what’s taking up your time right now?) (lovingly stolen from A Cocoon of Books during freebie week)

What a great idea! Although I could definitely fill this with ten (too many things!) and probably more, due to time at the moment I’m limiting myself to four.

May 16th: Top Four Things Getting in the Way of Reading

1. Work

This is probably the biggest one – the day-job does tend to get in the way of a lot of things! When I do have days off, I read so much more, and when I can I like to laze about in bed before getting up properly, reading a couple of chapters before starting my day.

2. Sleep

Curse you, human needs! Seriously, the amount of times I’ve been reading and feeling like I want to read on and on and on only to realise I have no idea what happened on the last page because I’m so tired and it’s past my bedtime! If I didn’t need to sleep, I feel like I’d get so, so much more done!

3. TV

Yes, sometimes I want to sit in front of a screen that requires little effort on my part rather than read, and let’s face it, there’s some absolutely great TV out there right now. When I really get into a series, my reading time reduces, as I end up tempted to watch instead of read. Right now it’s Marvellous Mrs Maisel, which I have binged and cursed myself for not having picked up sooner.

4. Writing

Yep, writing and other associated things – editing (mine and other’s work) or even reviewing, scheduling posts for Divination Hollow, all these things take up time – I do enjoy doing these things, but let’s admit it, if I’m writing or editing fiction, or working on reviews, or getting posts (like this one) scheduled, that’s time that could be spent reading.

Unfortunately however, one cannot read all day, every day, but I do squeeze it in where and when I can and as I write this, I actually have some time coming up where I will be able to read more than I normally do! It’ll be great to relax for a few days, not worry about work or other commitments, and just enjoy some time with my family and, hopefully, with plenty of fictional characters! And as always, I’d love to see your posts on the topic, or let me know what’s currently getting in the way of your reading.


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