Book Hangovers

I don’t often binge-read unless it’s the weekend. I can’t function if I don’t get enough sleep. And, since I’m already sleep deprived for other reasons (e.g. being overweight, too hot, too cold, uncomfortable), I try to be responsible and go to bed at a decent hour. It doesn’t always happen, though, and then I suffer from definition two.

I do, however, have a hard time starting a new book after finishing a book that really moves or engages me. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I feel like anything I pick up will be lackluster compared to the book I just finished. Unfortunately, this hasn’t happened to me for a while. I didn’t have any new 5-star reads last year, although two of them were very close: What Alice Forgot and Furiously Happy.

I feel like I need a book hangover book to read. I hope Ready Player One, the book I’m reading now, will be that type of read for me. It seems like it’s right up my alley. YA, games, puzzles, dystopia, race, suspense, etc. What’s not to love, right? The only thing missing, it seems, is the romance. 😂 Except, there might be a hint of that too. If I don’t end up liking it or it’s only just so so, I need suggestions. I need a 5-star read. I want to start off this year with a bang. Any suggestions?

Do you get book hangovers often? If so, do you fall into the first or second definition? Or both? If you’ve fallen into definition one, which book(s) has caused the hangover?

Finding Time to Read

I won’t lie. I think about reading a lot. I especially think about how much time I have to read each day. I mean if I ever want to read 50 books in a year, I have to. I also think about how much time I don’t have to read. Normally, I have about an hour or two each day, sometimes more if it’s a slow day at work. How much time do you usually have to read each day?

I’m not a fast reader so it takes me a while to get through a book. If I’m immersed and it’s an easy read, I can usually finish the book in 6 to 8 hours. Usually, it takes me 12 hours of actual reading time to get through a 300-page novel. Add more time if it’s a more difficult book.

I’ve realized I waste most of the time I could be reading. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I do have a few shows I watch religiously. Fortunately, their off seasons stagger. Otherwise, I’d be watching TV a lot more than I do. Thankfully, it’s not much of a distraction.

The real distraction is my phone. Once I’m in my recliner, bathtub, or sitting on my bed, getting read to read, I’ve noticed that I check Facebook and Twitter for signs of life. If there aren’t any, I’ll usually aimlessly surf the Internet or play a game. I have no idea why I do this, especially when I know I want to read. All I know is I need to break this habit stat.

I’ve taken the first step. I’ve determined that it wastes my time. My phone is my main time waster, but my computer and TV are on the list too, just lower. What are yours (if you have any)? Now I need to take the second step and not let these things waste my time.

Other than frivolous time wasters, responsibility takes a lot of my time too. I work full-time (until March 2 🎉), I have a husband I shouldn’t ignore, and I’m starting to be more active in my church again. There are all the household things to keep up with. I don’t have kids, so that’s a non-issue. But, there are other things I want to do besides read too, like go to the gym, go back to school in the fall, binge watch a few Netflix shows, and volunteer at my local library after my last day of work. I’m not sure how to get around these other things in life without disregarding them in favor of reading. How do you keep up with your responsibilities and still find the time to read?

Some of you may suggest audio books, but I’m not an audio book person. First, I don’t think they count as reading. I know it’s weird; it’s just the way I feel. Second, and more importantly, I can’t concentrate when I listen to audio books. I think the only way I’ll ever embrace audio books is if I lose my eyesight. *knocks on wood* There’s got to be other ways to get more reading in without audio books.

I think the key is balance and prioritization. I just need to figure out how. How do you prioritize your time? We all have 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week, but it seems that some have found better ways to prioritize/manage that time than I have.