Bookish Rants or Raves: Holiday Reading Habits

Filed in Bookish Rant or Raves , The Winged Lover Posted on December 29, 2011 @ 11:00 am 6 comments

‘Tis the season of giving, of partying, of family get togethers and of relaxing, so what does that mean for you and your reading habits?

I for one will say that whenever Christmas rolls around, I barely get any reading done, being at home for 10 days means catching up on a million things and spending time with family.

One would think that with so much “free time” it spells happiness in the form of a dwindling TBR pile, but alas, no it does not. I looked at my bedside table today and realised that I have had the same book sitting there for over a week without picking it up!

I have found more recently especially that most, nearly all, of my reading gets done outside of the house. Whether it be while I’m in my car waiting, at work on lunch break or the rare occasions I am using public transport.

On top of all that we also have the festivities to work around, family coming and going, holiday cheer to be spread, I find that I am both busy and just bone tired by the end of the day that reading takes a back seat.

Does this happen to you? Do you get so caught up in Christmas especially that your reading also goes out the window? Or are you one of the lucky ones who gets to curl up with a good book (or dozen) and read by a crackling Christmas fire?

About Amanda

Amanda-Lee is a proudly addicted reader and writer from Sydney. She lives with her wonderful husband and their more like a baby than a kitten Hamish. Amanda-Lee has been blogging for 4 years now and is a lover of all genres, though she does have a tendancy to stray towards the weird and wonderful concotions in the paranormal and fantasy genres. In addition to being the Winged Lover on BLI she also runs the book blog StoryWings.

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  • Mel S December 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I am absolutely the same! Most of my reading gets done on the train on the way to work so any time I’m not working my reading goes down drastically. Whenever I’m at home I find myself more likely to spend time online or watching Tv or even cleaning than I am reading. I am trying to schedule in a day when I can just sit there and read all day but not sure I will have time before I have to be back at work! 🙂

  • Sullivan McPig December 29, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Christmas is total me time, so I get lots of reading done these days.

  • Mary Kirkland December 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    My husband was at his sister’s dog/house sitting for a whole week this month. so I was able to get things done and at the end of the day read a book before bed. I should say I’m a really fast reader and can read a 200 page book in about 2 hours. The one reason I don’t get a lot of reading done is because he is always talking to me, asking me things, pointing things out on the tv, blah blah blah all night long. LOL I usually read early int he morning while he’s still asleep or just tell him to leave me be for a couple of hours..which seems like pulling teeth. Good grief you would think he’d be happy I was quiet for an hour…but nooooo. He talks more than a giddy teen aged girl…and that’s saying something.

  • aurian December 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I so agree with you! I haven’t read a book in over a week! So busy with planning things, buying things, entertaining. Too tired to read anything. But, the next weekend will be filled with me time, no obligations whatsoever, so I hope to get to read some good books.
    O Mary, did you not know that about him before you married? That he gave you no quiet time at all to read?

    • Mary Kirkland December 30, 2011 at 12:29 am

      We’ve been married for 21 years and when we first started out he was gone a lot at work, out doing things, hiking camping ect. But now he’s home retired and on disability and he can’t get out and hike like he used to. So now he’s home with me and driving me nuts…LOL I bought him models to do, showed him games online and he still talks all the time. So I read in the morning when he’s asleep. Win

  • Tamsyn December 30, 2011 at 6:23 am

    I mostly read on the train during my commute to work. At home, I play games on my computer and watch TV with hubby so I spread my time around.

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