Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend and are ready for the new week. Were you able to charge your batteries? Get in some reading time? Some time out in the sun (if it wasn’t boiling hot, of course) with the people that make you happy? I know I did!
I got baby cuddles (we all know how much I love those!), spent time with my older nephews while in the pool (little Alexander got to feel like he was being ‘naughty’ by splashing water on me and he loved it) and I watched some more Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
But here’s something I also realized: I got barely any reading done. And haven’t in a couple of days, actually. So I figured it’s about time I took a look into it for both myself but also you guys! And here are seven reasons as to why I don’t read nearly as much as I want to!
Too Much To Choose From
Let’s start this list off with something that is a bit of a first world problem to have: having too many books on your shelves and being unable to choose just one to read. Just how when you have a closet full of clothes but can’t find anything to wear? That problem. But with books – which is a much nicer problem to have because at least you don’t have to worry about books fitting you right or finding the right piece of clothing to combine item A with.
Just think about all the time you’ve spend browsing your shelves (physical or digital) for the perfect book and how much you could’ve actually read in that time.
Reading Too Many Books At Once
This one goes so nicely with the one I just mentioned above, so let’s talk about it now.
How many times have we bookworms picked up a book thinking it was exactly what we’re in the mood for just to realize that actually? We’re not in the mood for it, after all, so we pick up another book. And another one. And let’s try this one too, maybe that’s the one?
And while, yes, obviously you’re still reading something but are you finishing a book? I love being able to tick off books as ‘Read’ on Goodreads and getting to color in another square in my bullet journal so reading multiple books at once but not finishing either of them is counterproductive.
Oh, social media how much I love you. I truly do. But when it comes to my reading time? You’re probably Enemy Number 1.
Twitter & Goodreads
I love updating my different social media accounts with my reading but the thing is, before I know it, I’ve scrolled down my feed for 10 minutes and probably added about 15 books to my physical (or mental) TBR that I’ll never get to because I spend absolutely too much time on social media to get any actual reading done.
And while Twitter can be the saver space to be, as there aren’t as many books that jump at you, Goodreads is downright dangerous for any bookworm’s TBR. Everyone is reading all these fantastic books or adding these awesome upcoming releases to their shelves and you just can’t help yourself – you need to add them too. Think Pokemon. You Gotta Catch ’em All.
My fellow bookstagram loving bookworms probably know this all too well. The amount of time we’ll spend taking pictures of books rather than, I don’t know, reading them, can get quite ridiculous sometimes (and dangerous, when your idiot self doesn’t watch where she’s going, stumbles over a glass that was holding down her background and almost lands face first on the ground. Fun times. With a huge ass bruise all over her foot to show for it.) but we just love our books so much and we want to show them to the world? And share our love for them and hopefully fangirl with a bunch of other fans in the comments! It’s a community after all, right?
But more than just taking pictures of your books, you obviously also want to know what everyone else is reading and raving about, right? So you spend hours and hours (wait, you don’t?) scrolling down your feed and just staring at all these beautiful books wishing you could read them. Not like you have beautiful books all over your shelves that you could be reading right now. No.
This is obviously only a problem for those of us who can be trusted with food around books, so not me.
We shouldn’t mention all the red food stains in my old books that I’ve gotten by trying to eat spaghetti while reading? Or eating this super freaking delicious Russian-ish soup that usually ends up with either a) my book being covered in red splatters or b) my white top that I’m wearing (and yes, I’m almost 29 years old and still haven’t mastered eating this soup that we have regularly without getting splatters over my clothing) that day. We absolutely shouldn’t, so let’s move on.
Does anyone else really enjoy putting snacks together in a really nice way so they can photograph it and show it off on Twitter or Instagram? Because if you do, you probably know how much time that takes which is going to cut away from your reading time quite a bit, especially if you do it often. Say, as a ritual to get you in the reading mood.
Or when you decide that you need fresh muffins/cupcakes to eat while reading the last bit of your book. Which, the cupcakes are all gone now but I still haven’t actually read a single of the remaining pages in my book. I’ve got this snack thing down.
Coffee/Tea Getting Ice Cold
I’m pretty sure I’ve suggested you drink a ton of coffee to get more reading done before so how does thing work, you ask? Well, as I said before we go through quite a bit before we actually get to the reading the book part. And for those of us prone to getting sucked down the social media hole our coffees/teas or snacks might just be gone by the time we sit down to read so we have to make a new one (cold coffee is the most disgusting thing ever) and if we don’t watch ourselves, we’ll find ourselves down the same path that leads us to making fresh coffee again.
Not Remembering The Previous Book
Everyone, be honest. How often do you find yourself starting the next book in a series and find yourself completely and utterly lost? Who are these characters they are talking about? What are these events? Where are we again? Why are we here?
Thankfully, there are awesome human beings out there who do either recaps for various series or individual, spoiler-filled book talks (aka my best friends) so us forgetful bookworms can watch and/or read them to be up to date again.
The problem though, especially if you go down the booktube route, is that you might just find yourself watching a ton of other videos too because they all just sound so good? And who needs the ‘Watch Later’ option when you can just watch them right now, right?
Just thinking about all the hours I’ve spend on YouTube watching the most random videos makes me a bit mad at myself because I could have read about a million more books in that time.
Inspiration For Blog Posts
Why does inspiration never come to me when I’m just sitting here already on WordPress doing something? It always either hits me while I’m in the shower (which, thanks a lot! By the time I get out I’ll probably have forgotten all about that idea) or doing something else that needs to be done.
I don’t mind when a book I’m in the middle of reading gives me an idea for a blog post because at least I’m actually reading then – so it’s a win-win situation. But when I’m like ‘Oh, let’s get reading!’ and suddenly my brain is like ‘OR!!! How about this post idea I just had? You know, you’re not really reading much – why don’t we look at all the reasons why!!!’ and therefore derails my plans, that’s when I get a bit more annoyed with inspiration. xD
For example, the other night I was browsing Pinterest to inspire myself to get back into my bullet journal, right? And while I was doing that and being productive I was ALSO hit with inspiration for a post I could do for my Bullet Journaling 101 series. Win-Win!
Basically, I want my inspiration to work with me rather than against me.
Phew, you guys. I don’t think I’ve shared a post of this length in quite a while and I have to say, my fingers/hands hurt from all that typing. xD BUT! At least we’re all getting a fun post out of it and I get to feel super proud of myself for having written a post before it’s supposed to go up – the little wins, right?
What are some factors keeping you guys from getting more reading done – other than what I already mentioned? Also, when does inspiration usually hit you guys? Whether it’s for blogging or anything else you do that requires it? It’s a common occurrence that it’s at the most random of times, right? Right??? Let me know in the comments down below! I can’t wait to chat with you guys. 🙂