Musings From A Bookmammal

Musing Monday–A Week Away From Reading


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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!

Here’s my musing for this week–

I spent the past week out of town on a trip for work—it involved a fair amount of time in airports and on planes, plus a week’s stay at a very nice hotel. My days were filled with meetings and other obligations, and when I got back to my room each night my brain felt stuffed–all I wanted to do was veg out in front of the TV until I fell asleep.

I’d spent a pretty good chunk of time deciding on which books to take with me on this trip, and in the end I took one hefty library book that I’d just started (We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas—more about this book in my WWW post later this week!) plus my kindle (loaded with dozens of books for every occasion!). However, to my surprise, I did absolutely no pleasure reading on my trip until I was on my way home.

This trip was really tiring–both mentally and physically—for a lot of reasons. I knew this would be a demanding trip, but I’d fully expected that I’d be able to escape, at least for a little while each day, by reading something for fun. I was surprised to find that this wasn’t the case–I didn’t crack open any “free reading” books until the last day of my trip when my meetings were over and I was waiting to go to the airport. At that point I parked myself in the hotel lobby and read until I caught the airport shuttle—then I read at the airport waiting for my flight, and then I read for about three of the four hours that I was on the plane going home. I felt as if I’d been going through “reading withdrawal”—and I guess I was. Until I knew that my responsibilities for the week were over, I just didn’t have the energy to immerse myself in any fictional reading, but once the week was over I just couldn’t get enough!

I think this is the longest I’ve ever gone without reading anything for pleasure since I was in graduate school (MANY years ago!). I think that somehow I just knew that my brain couldn’t handle any additional information of any kind last week—but now that I’m back home I think I’ll be doing a lot of reading to make up for that lost week!

How about you? What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without reading anything for fun? Why weren’t you reading during that time, and how did you feel about it? Please share!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

23 thoughts on “Musing Monday–A Week Away From Reading

  1. What a great post. I find certain vacations make it impossible for me to read. Disney is an exhausting trip and because we spend so much time walking around the parks, I’m usually too tired to read. I read in the airport coming and going, but not much while there. Since I make a point to read at least every other night when I’m home, I was okay with not reading much while we were away.

    Hope you’ll visit my blog today. I share about my summer road trip where I got to fulfill one of my dreams:

    • Very true–it isn’t often that I’m too tired to read, but when I am I don’t want to read just for the sake of reading–if I’m too tired to enjoy what I’m reading, better to wait until I can appreciate it!

  2. I can relate to the full-brain feeling after a workshop or conference! And it seems, when I pick up my Nook again that it’s a long-lost friend. And I fall in love with reading all over again.

  3. I can’t remember the last timeI went without reading for fun. I guess retirement is the reason.

  4. I can’t remember a time when I went that long without reading but I do empathise with the brain overload situation. Glad you had a good time and now you can fully immerse yourself in your books 🙂

  5. about 7 or 8 years ago, I was having a problem with cataracts, first in one eye and then after that in the other–when I finally began the process of having replacement surgery my vision was still good for large events like driving and walking, but impossible for typing or reading, the letters smeared– and I finally gave up until after the second surgery (which isnt as horrific as it used to be), as my bifocals just couldnt handle the rapid changes in vision. So I’d say probably a year of doing without.
    My first day with the first new implant, however, was a joyous reunion with anything that had words in it….=)

    • Wow–that must have been difficult to deal with on many levels. And I bet you appreciate reading now more than ever!

      • after wearing glasses for 50 years, cataracts were a miracle in the making. I left the surgery not needing anything stronger than readers. Utterly miraculous. and yes, I read steadily, constantly, and there is always a paperback in my purse for emergencies. =)

  6. Nice post! I think I’ve gone up to about a month without picking up a book, I think it was during a reading slump, and also a move. And moving is always draining so no reading got done there either.

  7. One of the best features of eBook readers – so much easier to pack for trips!

  8. I’ve gone through some month-long periods without reading fiction for pleasure . . . usually because of something going on like a move or a lot of work stuff . . .a few times because of a reading slump. Usually I need to have a newly released book that I’m very excited about to help pull me out of the no-reading zone. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of We Are Not Ourselves . . . I thought it was powerful, but had a few issues with it (the structure and the meandering beginning–just felt it could have been better focused and shorter).

  9. A few weeks, usually when something else was going on.

  10. I’m not sure the longest that I’ve gone without reading, but I do know that I am terrible at reading when I go on work trips — even when there is time for reading. I hope you find more time for books this week!

    • Agreed–it always seems as though there’s so much going on during business trips, and even when there’s down time it’s hard for me to get into a reading mood. But now that I’m back home I’m definitely making up for lost reading time!

  11. Bar prep – for obvious reasons – put a big curb on my pleasure reading. I was just too exhausted from all of the information that I had to get into my brain, but even then I never went more than a few days. This is probably largely because we don’t have a TV in the bedroom so unless I’m able to just collapse into sleep (which doesn’t happen very often) reading before bed is part of my ritual — being at a hotel changes that for me. 🙂

  12. Like another commenter, I had to stop reading for a while because of major problems with my eyes — part of the treatment was putting in eyedrops every 4 hours that dilated my pupils and made it impossible to read. I was miserable not being able to read — audiobooks were a poor substitute.

  13. During my teen years, I was either too busy studying or partying to read anything for fun. But since then, it’s been books all the way.

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