For the Love of Books

Last night, youngest got a new pair of shoes.  Once he got them tied he refused to take them off.  Play time ended: he had them on.  Snack: yep, still wearing them.  Teeth brushed: check.  Jammies:???

Last night youngest went to bed in his undies, socks and tennies–because he refused to take off his shoes and they didn’t fit through his jammie legs. 

There is something so tenacious and unconditional about a child’s love.  They instantly find something to cling to and then refuse to let go. 

Do you find yourself instantly drawn to a book, where the first sentence rocks your world so much you can’t take your shoes off?

As a busy adult, do you still find those books so magical that you forget the world around you until the last page is read?

Or, are you more responsible or embarrassed by such antics as reading yourself silly?

I used to have a girlfriend who would read one page a night.  One page.  I don’t know if this is humanly possible for me.  In book reading, I’m kind of an all or nothing gal.  If I can ration out a book, then it means I’m lukewarm about it. 

How do you fit reading time into your life?  Does reading ever compete with your writing?  And win?  Have you ever defended your reading time by calling it research–whether it was or wasn’t?

What book are waiting to get your hands on now?

16 responses to “For the Love of Books

  1. Love the take on books and a child’s behavior. My daughter is doing some of this now, only her “loves” are usually characters on shirts. At the moment, she’s in love with her Yo Gabba Gabba shirt. I don’t know if she’s really seen the t.v. show. LOL

    Books I’m struggling to find time to read – because I really want to, but time is short – Tiger’s Eye by Marjorie Liu.

    • Victoria,

      I have to admit I have never heard of Yo Gabba Gabba, though it sounds like every over “love” phase kids go through.

      I hope you find time to read “Tiger’s Eye” soon. It’s never fun when you have a book waiting that you just can’t get to.

  2. Cat, that is so funny and very sweet about your little one. 🙂 As far reading books, though, I have to be very careful which books I chose to read and when. I get totally engrossed and don’t put it down until I’m done. In fact, I have to give the family advance warning. Thankfully, they understand. And right now, I’m waiting to read Melissa Marr’s newest book Radiant Shadows – oldest is reading it first.

    • TK,

      It’s nice to share books with your kids isn’t it? When you’re done, you’ll have to let us know how it was. You’re very lucky your family understands the narrow vision of reading a great novel.


  3. Oh this is great! My 4yo does this with something different almost daily, but it goes everywhere with us, in the car, to the store, for a snuggle at night time, yes, even McDonalds toys get loved in bed!

    I am horrible when I read, just ask my husband. He told me I was a zombie when I was reading the Twilight series. If I start it and love it…there goes the house! Although i have gotten pretty good at folding laundry while still reading 🙂

    And I am so guilty of pretending like it’s research, that’s what I told the hubby I was buying all the books for! ALthough I must admit, reading all my recent books has been VERY helpful with my writing! I started a YA book without ever having read YA, and thankfully, it has helped tremendously!

    • Shawna,

      Children are so absolute in their loves, arent’ they?

      Did your DH buy the story that you were doing research? Mine kinda gives me a sideways glance when I say that, even though he doesn’t buck me on it. And it is true, reading is extremely helpful in learning our craft. Since I’m unrepped and unpubbed in the juvenile market, I should be able to leverage more reading time: “But Honey, until I get good enough to find an agent, I need to research more than ever!”

  4. Reading has become a strictly before bed or when sick activity. I just find so much more to do once I’m out of bed.

  5. I adore the thought of your little one asleep with his beloved shoes on. My son used to do similar things. I remember he loved to dress in costumes. I’ve done grocery shopping with Superman, Batman, and the Grim Reaper in the past.
    I love to read. I carry a book with me everywhere. I sneak reading time in if I’m waiting in line, anytime. I’ve even been known to walk and read at the same time (not like walking for exercise though). I can get really wrapped up in a book and the house can just about fall down around me. Lately I’ve been reading a bit too much and need to scale back some and write more. Nice post.

    • Lisa,

      Shopping with super heroes is the bomb. Watching them outgrow their natural joys and let caution take over is very sad indeed.

      Like you, I have learned to perform many ordinary tasks with my eyes glued to the page. Brushing teeth and cooking are two activities that lend well to multitasking. And can we ever read too much? I wonder…

  6. One page??? That’s kind of like my version of purgatory! Yikes!

    I’ve lost many, many hours to books. I submerge into the world on the pages and time just slides away. My family doesn’t get it at all, but they’ve become used to it 🙂

    • Jemi,

      You nailed that right! Purgatory is a great word for such a tortorous act as reading one page a night. I would rather not read than suffer through that.

      Being amidst non-readers can be difficult. The way I look at it, I’m probably viewed as an oddball. But then again, when I’m involved in a fictional world, who cares what the rest of the world thinks!

  7. How is it possible to read one page??? I’m one of those people who needs lots of sleep, but reading is more important to me than sleep!!! I could read all night, and I’ve done so on more than one occasion. I love it when a novel is so good I can’t put it down for anything.

    I could read all day, too, but I gotta write! Though, I admit, reading does win over writing sometimes… 😉

  8. I’ll read in fifteen minutes spurts if that’s what it takes — I’m so addicted to books that I have TBR stacks all over the place. I love to read the books of blogger friends, and writers I meet at conferences, and Colorado authors, etc. etc. I try to read at least a chapter in my current read before I go to bed and another in the morning while I drink my coffee, and in airports and on airplanes….and yes, sometimes I chuck the writing for a day and just read for fun.

    I just finished Hester by Paula Reed. Loved it.

    • Patricia,

      You’re one of the busiest people I know. You are so involved that I can’t imagine how you would fit reading in if not in tiny snippets. You’re like the proverbial jar of rocks: add pebbles, then sand and still, there is room left for water.

      I’ll have to check out Hester.

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