A Reading Question

September 28, 2010 Uncategorized 13

So this whole Fall into Reading theme is very fun.  Katrina, from the blog Callapidder Days(link above) adds great thought provoking questions to her challenge.  Today’s Question is—–

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to your reading?What prevents you from reading as much as you’d like?

I will answer this as honestly as I can…….one word……..INTERNET.  Ok, it’s one word, but not just one thing.  I read blogs, and I play on facebook, I am involved with a message board, I get those updates sent to my email.  I read the local newspaper online.  I chat online with one of my closest friends of the past 12 years, she lives in NJ, we met online and it’s an almost daily routine.  We have met several times now, and are very close.  I browse the internet and yes some would say I waste time.

What should I do to lesson or balance this issue?  I try daily, I do read some daily, as in reading a book, but some days it will be 100 pages and some it will be 20. 

So please share your reading obstacles. 

13 Responses to “A Reading Question”

  1. Anita

    I’d love to read more too, but I stay busy with some of everything! Home, kids, carpooling, running and other sports, husband, and yes…a little blogging, too. πŸ™‚

    Being part of a book club keeps me reading because I don’t want to get to the meeting and not be able to discuss the book…which I love to do.

    Somehow, I manage to read other books too.

    Basically, I’m not 100% at anything, but that’s okay. πŸ™‚

  2. Pam

    I go through phases with my internet use. There have long stretches of time where I have spent far too many hours on the computer every day. I do seem to have a bit more balance now. My biggest obstacle to reading right now is that I fall asleep. No matter what time of day or night, as soon as I get comfortable reading, I’m out! It stinks getting older. LOL!

  3. Lisa

    The internet, especially now that I’m reading blogs again, is my biggest distraction. I really must get it under control.

  4. Lisa notes...

    Same guilt here. The internet is probably my biggest hindrance, too. Even though technically I’m still “reading” when I’m on-line, it’s not full-length books with depth; just snippets here and there. I think it’s turning me into being an ADD reader…

  5. Bonnie

    I don’t really have a good answer for you Anita. I like to read at bedtime but I don’t usually get very far before falling asleep!

    I have been reading a lot lately at work. I answer phones all day and read in between . If it wasn’t for the books I would die of boredom!

  6. Yankee Girl


    I have a hard time finding books I enjoy reading. I start them and then don’t finish because I lose interest. But when I find a book I enjoy, I CANNOT put it down.

  7. Mnmom

    Time and internet. I would love an entire rainy day all to myself, next to a large fireplace, with a giant thermos of coffee and a plate of finger sandwiches.

  8. Rachel Cotterill

    The internet definitely does get in the way of my reading time … but not as much as writing. I write novels and I find that uses much the same part of my brain (the “living in an imaginary world” part).

  9. Crazy Mom of Three

    I can’t not read. Life with kids does get in the way at times, but I read anyway. I just can’t not read. I consider reading on the Internet reading (as well as regular book reading.) And it does help that my favorite books tend to be non-fiction (so I can put them down and pick them up in various time snatches without losing any flow). A better question for me would be, “what gets in the way of housework?” That answer would be “reading!”

  10. Lauren

    Mine is definitely school. If I’m not in class, I’m at work where I actually do more school work than job work. And then outside of work and school, I sometimes do school work. But, like tonight, the Internet is also a problem for me…what can I say? I like connecting.

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