My husband despairs at the huge piles of books by my bed and on my shelves that I have valiantly bought and, cowardly, never read.
I heard a little of a programme on the radio recently about reading – a woman was talking about getting back into reading after a 12 year hiatus. She had two children aged 12 and 8 and hadn’t read in all that time. This worried me a bit. I’ve heard that Mum’s find it hard to read when their children are little – but I thought this passed quicker than 12 years.
I used to read a fair amount. Not as much as my husband and no way near as much as our friend Susie. My reading taste is looked down upon on the whole by Chris, but I think it’s fairly respectable. I mean I have read Les Miserables. My guilty pleasure is Anita Shrieve – could be worse?
Anyway, since having Joni I haven’t really been able to pick up a book and read it. I’ve read some parenting books but I can’t seem to get going on any novels. I think I’ve read 2 in 14 months.
Eventually the woman in the radio programme got back into reading by keeping a book in the bathroom and grabbing chances to read the odd page when her children were in the bath etc. She said she felt threatened by the idea of a book waiting for her in her bedroom and maybe taking up her precious sleep time. I can relate to this. When I go to bed at night I am asleep within seconds of my head hitting the pillow, I couldn’t read if I wanted to.
I’ve thought about getting a kindle, especially for when the new baby arrives as breastfeeding and reading a real book is rather tricky. Actually I’d love an iPad, but my money tree has been pretty fruitless of late.
I’ve bought a couple of novels this year – but they still sit unread by my bed.
The one book I have read a lot is What Mothers Do and I’ve just bought Kiss Me! By Carlos Gonzalez, which I started yesterday. I can concentrate on parenting books.
I’ve also been reading Hard Work by Polly Toynbee, which I am finding fascinating. I could have written such good essays at university if I’d read the books on the reading list then instead of now.
Maybe non-fiction is the way forward for people with baby and toddler related reading block?
Has anyone had the same issues? Is a kindle the way forward?? (HUGE resistance from Chris towards this idea, we do love our actual books)