Growing up, reading was my favorite pastime EVER. I would sit in my closet on a pile of toys with a flashlight and read and read. It was one of the way that I escaped a life that wasn’t easy for me. Instead of dealing with a**hole stepfathers and too much responsibility too young, I was transported to far off lands filled with magic and love. I easily plowed through 5 to 10 books per week, maybe more.
Fast forward to today. I am a work at home mom with a blog and the occasional social media management gig. I also have an 8 year old and a husband vying for my time. Somehow, in all the chaos, reading fell by the wayside. I still read but not nearly as much. Maybe one book a month if I am lucky.
How did this happen?
Don’t get me wrong, I love the internet and I love TV but it just isn’t the same as curling up with a good book. Reading was my favorite before bed activity for years but now I can’t keep my eyes open!
Today I went to the mall to buy clothes for an upcoming conference (Food Bloggers of Canada! Woot!) and our trip to Thailand in December. On a whim, I decided to pop into the book store. I haven’t bought a full priced book in AGES (mostly I buy from book sales and thrift stores). Today I decided to splurge on a few great books to see if I can get back into the swing of reading for fun.
The first book I picked up was Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. She is my FAVORITE. She knows she is awesome and she does not care one iota that she is not society’s version of “perfect”. Oh and she is darn funny too.
Next I picked up The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. Honestly, I’ve never heard of this book but it was in the “New in Fiction” section and I am a sucker for product placement.
Last but not least, I bought Calgary’s Best Walks by Lori Beattie because I want to get out and explore Calgary like I did when Evan was younger.
What do you think, can I get back my love of reading and actually make time for it? Here’s hoping. Oh and I bought Evan a few new books as well. I see an hour of reading only time per day in our future!