Time’s not on my side

Spring_nqal From Loretta:
      In response to last week’s post, several commenters quoted from Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress.” The poem 

The phrase that’s stuck in a great many minds is “Had we but world enough, and time.”  Oddly enough, I had been quoting another line from this same poem only the day before–“But at my back I always hear/Time’s winged chariot hurrying near”–while talking to someone, not about a life and death matter, but about the writing process.  (Funnily enough, the first writing I ever got paid for was a catalog for an exhibition, It’s About Time.  As you have probably guessed, being a sharp lot of readers, it was an exhibition of timepieces.)
      Shortly after the amazing demonstration of my having not only learned something in college but remembered it, I encountered at a reception desk two people who’d recently discovered my books–thanks to my giving them signed cover flats for NOT QUITE A LADY, whether they wanted them or not. Girls_reading
      Bless them, they went out and bought some of my books.  One had proceeded directly from THE LION’S DAUGHTER to LORD PERFECT.  The other sheepishly told me she hadn’t yet found time to start the book she had.  I sympathized, telling her what an awful time I have making time for reading just for fun.  Victorian_alarm_clock My workday can start whenever, since I don’t have to punch a clock or be at an office at a certain time, but this also means it ends whenever, too, and that can be long after the rest of my time zone is in bed.
      As comments to my last post indicated, a great many of us feel we haven’t nearly enough time to do all we want to do, let alone what we need to do.
      OK, so maybe I’ll never speak Italian fluently.  But what about reading?  Making time for leisure reading–not research, not business–gets harder and harder.  It takes me a couple of weeks these days to read one book, so I’m getting behinder and behinder on my TBR stacks.
      My terrible confession:  I read at mealtimes.  I know it’s wrong but everyone’s entitled to at least one bad habit, and, I mean, it’s not like smoking crack.  I’ve been reading at mealtimes for as long as I can remember, and luckily, married a man with the same bad habit.  If I didn’t do my leisure reading then, when would I read?  Clock Bedtime doesn’t work because by the time I get to bed, my eyes won’t stay open for more than a paragraph, no matter how riveting the book.  Unless I’m on vacation or sick with the right kind of ailment (many are not reading-in-bed-conducive), the TBR stack gets attacked in tiny increments.
      The woman who’d rapidly proceeded to her second Loretta Chase book had a method, she told me:  She reads two chapters every night, before she goes to bed.
      One of my sisters says that after dinner, she ignores the housework calling to her and sits down with a book.  She reads at least half a dozen books a week.
      Bathroom I know some people read in the bathtub but this is an art I’ve never mastered.  How do you keep your hands dry so you can turn the pages?  And where do you find time for a leisurely bath in the first place?
      Yes, it’s about time, always about time.
      Tick, tick, tick.  Where do you find the time for your reading? Clock_1  How do you make the time?  Do you have a system, or is it catch as catch can?

108 thoughts on “Time’s not on my side”

  1. I look upon it more as making time for the drudgery in amongst the reading! I get home from my day job, change straight into my jammies, and stretch out with book in hand and something baroque on the stereo. It’s all a matter of getting your priorities straight, don’t you find?

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  2. I look upon it more as making time for the drudgery in amongst the reading! I get home from my day job, change straight into my jammies, and stretch out with book in hand and something baroque on the stereo. It’s all a matter of getting your priorities straight, don’t you find?

    Reply
  3. I look upon it more as making time for the drudgery in amongst the reading! I get home from my day job, change straight into my jammies, and stretch out with book in hand and something baroque on the stereo. It’s all a matter of getting your priorities straight, don’t you find?

    Reply
  4. I look upon it more as making time for the drudgery in amongst the reading! I get home from my day job, change straight into my jammies, and stretch out with book in hand and something baroque on the stereo. It’s all a matter of getting your priorities straight, don’t you find?

    Reply
  5. Reading? What’s that? LOL! I started my friend Bella’s new book, RED HOT REUNION, last week, gulped half of it down in one sitting, and haven’t had a moment to pick it up since. It’s killing me!!!

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  6. Reading? What’s that? LOL! I started my friend Bella’s new book, RED HOT REUNION, last week, gulped half of it down in one sitting, and haven’t had a moment to pick it up since. It’s killing me!!!

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  7. Reading? What’s that? LOL! I started my friend Bella’s new book, RED HOT REUNION, last week, gulped half of it down in one sitting, and haven’t had a moment to pick it up since. It’s killing me!!!

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  8. Reading? What’s that? LOL! I started my friend Bella’s new book, RED HOT REUNION, last week, gulped half of it down in one sitting, and haven’t had a moment to pick it up since. It’s killing me!!!

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  9. I’ll read anything almost anywhere.
    When not writing, I’m reading something.
    If I make/take time for novels, my favourite way is curled on the sofa with my dogs or sitting on the porch or in the sunroom.
    I read a lot of (way too many) magazines on every subject and newspapers from many places. If I’m likely to be interrupted, or if the telly is on, that’s usually what I’m holding.

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  10. I’ll read anything almost anywhere.
    When not writing, I’m reading something.
    If I make/take time for novels, my favourite way is curled on the sofa with my dogs or sitting on the porch or in the sunroom.
    I read a lot of (way too many) magazines on every subject and newspapers from many places. If I’m likely to be interrupted, or if the telly is on, that’s usually what I’m holding.

    Reply
  11. I’ll read anything almost anywhere.
    When not writing, I’m reading something.
    If I make/take time for novels, my favourite way is curled on the sofa with my dogs or sitting on the porch or in the sunroom.
    I read a lot of (way too many) magazines on every subject and newspapers from many places. If I’m likely to be interrupted, or if the telly is on, that’s usually what I’m holding.

    Reply
  12. I’ll read anything almost anywhere.
    When not writing, I’m reading something.
    If I make/take time for novels, my favourite way is curled on the sofa with my dogs or sitting on the porch or in the sunroom.
    I read a lot of (way too many) magazines on every subject and newspapers from many places. If I’m likely to be interrupted, or if the telly is on, that’s usually what I’m holding.

    Reply
  13. It is rumored that there is an excerpt from “Not Quite a Lady” out there. I’ve tried to find it, but no luck, and I need a Loretta Chase fix. (Addictions are so demanding). Can you direct me, please, and if this rumor is just a dastardly plot to cause personal despair, may I IMPLORE you to post one on your web-site?

    Reply
  14. It is rumored that there is an excerpt from “Not Quite a Lady” out there. I’ve tried to find it, but no luck, and I need a Loretta Chase fix. (Addictions are so demanding). Can you direct me, please, and if this rumor is just a dastardly plot to cause personal despair, may I IMPLORE you to post one on your web-site?

    Reply
  15. It is rumored that there is an excerpt from “Not Quite a Lady” out there. I’ve tried to find it, but no luck, and I need a Loretta Chase fix. (Addictions are so demanding). Can you direct me, please, and if this rumor is just a dastardly plot to cause personal despair, may I IMPLORE you to post one on your web-site?

    Reply
  16. It is rumored that there is an excerpt from “Not Quite a Lady” out there. I’ve tried to find it, but no luck, and I need a Loretta Chase fix. (Addictions are so demanding). Can you direct me, please, and if this rumor is just a dastardly plot to cause personal despair, may I IMPLORE you to post one on your web-site?

    Reply
  17. I read over dinner. It’s really the only time I have to read these days.
    Luckily for me, I read very, very fast–I can usually finish a book in about 2 hours.

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  18. I read over dinner. It’s really the only time I have to read these days.
    Luckily for me, I read very, very fast–I can usually finish a book in about 2 hours.

    Reply
  19. I read over dinner. It’s really the only time I have to read these days.
    Luckily for me, I read very, very fast–I can usually finish a book in about 2 hours.

    Reply
  20. I read over dinner. It’s really the only time I have to read these days.
    Luckily for me, I read very, very fast–I can usually finish a book in about 2 hours.

    Reply
  21. From Sherrie:
    I’d just like to know why every one else gets 24 hours to their day, and I only get 20. Or so it seems. I’m reminded of a poem by one of my favorite poets, Robert Herrick (1591-1674):
    “Corinna’s going a-Maying”
    Get up, get up for shame! The blooming morn
    Upon her wings presents the god unshorn.
    See how Aurora throws her fair
    Fresh-quilted colours through the air:
    Get up, sweet slug-a-bed, and see
    The dew bespangling herb and tree!
    Each flower has wept and bow’d toward the east
    Above an hour since, yet you not drest;
    etc. …
    Loretta, like you, I read when I’m sick. It’s about the only guilt-free reading I ever do, because I’m sick and that gives me permission to read all I want.
    The only actual reading I do is in bed, but I usually can’t get past a chapter. More often than not, I wake up with a book on my face.
    Because I’ve been condemned to a 20-hour day, *g* the best way for me to “read” is to listen to an unabridged audiobook. That way, I can wash dishes, do laundry, etc., and still have the pleasure of “reading.” Right now, I’m listening to book 5 of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series. Pure bliss.
    Loretta, are any of your books on audiobook? That would be an automatic buy for me.

    Reply
  22. From Sherrie:
    I’d just like to know why every one else gets 24 hours to their day, and I only get 20. Or so it seems. I’m reminded of a poem by one of my favorite poets, Robert Herrick (1591-1674):
    “Corinna’s going a-Maying”
    Get up, get up for shame! The blooming morn
    Upon her wings presents the god unshorn.
    See how Aurora throws her fair
    Fresh-quilted colours through the air:
    Get up, sweet slug-a-bed, and see
    The dew bespangling herb and tree!
    Each flower has wept and bow’d toward the east
    Above an hour since, yet you not drest;
    etc. …
    Loretta, like you, I read when I’m sick. It’s about the only guilt-free reading I ever do, because I’m sick and that gives me permission to read all I want.
    The only actual reading I do is in bed, but I usually can’t get past a chapter. More often than not, I wake up with a book on my face.
    Because I’ve been condemned to a 20-hour day, *g* the best way for me to “read” is to listen to an unabridged audiobook. That way, I can wash dishes, do laundry, etc., and still have the pleasure of “reading.” Right now, I’m listening to book 5 of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series. Pure bliss.
    Loretta, are any of your books on audiobook? That would be an automatic buy for me.

    Reply
  23. From Sherrie:
    I’d just like to know why every one else gets 24 hours to their day, and I only get 20. Or so it seems. I’m reminded of a poem by one of my favorite poets, Robert Herrick (1591-1674):
    “Corinna’s going a-Maying”
    Get up, get up for shame! The blooming morn
    Upon her wings presents the god unshorn.
    See how Aurora throws her fair
    Fresh-quilted colours through the air:
    Get up, sweet slug-a-bed, and see
    The dew bespangling herb and tree!
    Each flower has wept and bow’d toward the east
    Above an hour since, yet you not drest;
    etc. …
    Loretta, like you, I read when I’m sick. It’s about the only guilt-free reading I ever do, because I’m sick and that gives me permission to read all I want.
    The only actual reading I do is in bed, but I usually can’t get past a chapter. More often than not, I wake up with a book on my face.
    Because I’ve been condemned to a 20-hour day, *g* the best way for me to “read” is to listen to an unabridged audiobook. That way, I can wash dishes, do laundry, etc., and still have the pleasure of “reading.” Right now, I’m listening to book 5 of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series. Pure bliss.
    Loretta, are any of your books on audiobook? That would be an automatic buy for me.

    Reply
  24. From Sherrie:
    I’d just like to know why every one else gets 24 hours to their day, and I only get 20. Or so it seems. I’m reminded of a poem by one of my favorite poets, Robert Herrick (1591-1674):
    “Corinna’s going a-Maying”
    Get up, get up for shame! The blooming morn
    Upon her wings presents the god unshorn.
    See how Aurora throws her fair
    Fresh-quilted colours through the air:
    Get up, sweet slug-a-bed, and see
    The dew bespangling herb and tree!
    Each flower has wept and bow’d toward the east
    Above an hour since, yet you not drest;
    etc. …
    Loretta, like you, I read when I’m sick. It’s about the only guilt-free reading I ever do, because I’m sick and that gives me permission to read all I want.
    The only actual reading I do is in bed, but I usually can’t get past a chapter. More often than not, I wake up with a book on my face.
    Because I’ve been condemned to a 20-hour day, *g* the best way for me to “read” is to listen to an unabridged audiobook. That way, I can wash dishes, do laundry, etc., and still have the pleasure of “reading.” Right now, I’m listening to book 5 of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series. Pure bliss.
    Loretta, are any of your books on audiobook? That would be an automatic buy for me.

    Reply
  25. Well, I tend to have a set time that I try to get off the computer and read, but ultimately, I just try to get in a chapter whenever possible. I hardly have a busy life, but I might get caught up on the computer or what have you, and that messes up the reading time at times. . . so just get some in whenever possible. 🙂
    Lois

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  26. Well, I tend to have a set time that I try to get off the computer and read, but ultimately, I just try to get in a chapter whenever possible. I hardly have a busy life, but I might get caught up on the computer or what have you, and that messes up the reading time at times. . . so just get some in whenever possible. 🙂
    Lois

    Reply
  27. Well, I tend to have a set time that I try to get off the computer and read, but ultimately, I just try to get in a chapter whenever possible. I hardly have a busy life, but I might get caught up on the computer or what have you, and that messes up the reading time at times. . . so just get some in whenever possible. 🙂
    Lois

    Reply
  28. Well, I tend to have a set time that I try to get off the computer and read, but ultimately, I just try to get in a chapter whenever possible. I hardly have a busy life, but I might get caught up on the computer or what have you, and that messes up the reading time at times. . . so just get some in whenever possible. 🙂
    Lois

    Reply
  29. I work at a library and thus get first crack at all the new books. This has always been one of the best perks of the job for me, but lately I’ve been bringing books back unread, even the ones by authors I love. Until six months ago I had plenty of time to work full-time, read books and magazines, watch the handful of television shows I’m addicted to, and deal with family and miscellaneous stuff (cleaning, laundry, shopping, etc.).
    Then I started writing, and my routine got shot to H E Double Hockey Sticks. I no longer clean, I barely remember to eat, my DVR is full of unwatched shows, my magazine rack is overflowing and I’m reading NOTHING. Just today, I regretfully decided that I couldn’t possibly hold onto the new Nelson Demille any longer and I brought it back.
    I only see 2 possible solutions to my lack of reading time–either I have to quit working or quit sleeping. Quitting writing is of course not an option!

    Reply
  30. I work at a library and thus get first crack at all the new books. This has always been one of the best perks of the job for me, but lately I’ve been bringing books back unread, even the ones by authors I love. Until six months ago I had plenty of time to work full-time, read books and magazines, watch the handful of television shows I’m addicted to, and deal with family and miscellaneous stuff (cleaning, laundry, shopping, etc.).
    Then I started writing, and my routine got shot to H E Double Hockey Sticks. I no longer clean, I barely remember to eat, my DVR is full of unwatched shows, my magazine rack is overflowing and I’m reading NOTHING. Just today, I regretfully decided that I couldn’t possibly hold onto the new Nelson Demille any longer and I brought it back.
    I only see 2 possible solutions to my lack of reading time–either I have to quit working or quit sleeping. Quitting writing is of course not an option!

    Reply
  31. I work at a library and thus get first crack at all the new books. This has always been one of the best perks of the job for me, but lately I’ve been bringing books back unread, even the ones by authors I love. Until six months ago I had plenty of time to work full-time, read books and magazines, watch the handful of television shows I’m addicted to, and deal with family and miscellaneous stuff (cleaning, laundry, shopping, etc.).
    Then I started writing, and my routine got shot to H E Double Hockey Sticks. I no longer clean, I barely remember to eat, my DVR is full of unwatched shows, my magazine rack is overflowing and I’m reading NOTHING. Just today, I regretfully decided that I couldn’t possibly hold onto the new Nelson Demille any longer and I brought it back.
    I only see 2 possible solutions to my lack of reading time–either I have to quit working or quit sleeping. Quitting writing is of course not an option!

    Reply
  32. I work at a library and thus get first crack at all the new books. This has always been one of the best perks of the job for me, but lately I’ve been bringing books back unread, even the ones by authors I love. Until six months ago I had plenty of time to work full-time, read books and magazines, watch the handful of television shows I’m addicted to, and deal with family and miscellaneous stuff (cleaning, laundry, shopping, etc.).
    Then I started writing, and my routine got shot to H E Double Hockey Sticks. I no longer clean, I barely remember to eat, my DVR is full of unwatched shows, my magazine rack is overflowing and I’m reading NOTHING. Just today, I regretfully decided that I couldn’t possibly hold onto the new Nelson Demille any longer and I brought it back.
    I only see 2 possible solutions to my lack of reading time–either I have to quit working or quit sleeping. Quitting writing is of course not an option!

    Reply
  33. I read several books a week usually, but I read everywhere–in my office when I don’t have work that has to be done or students appearing for conferences, in the checkout line at the grocery store, in the car when I’m stuck in traffic, over dinner if I get in late and eat alone, and always an hour or so before bedtime.I also read quite fast unless I consciously slow my pace to remember facts or to savor the language. My profession also gives me long vacations that allow me to indulge myself with some frequency in lovely, quiet reading days. If I am reading solely for fun, I can finish seven or eight books in one of those days.

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  34. I read several books a week usually, but I read everywhere–in my office when I don’t have work that has to be done or students appearing for conferences, in the checkout line at the grocery store, in the car when I’m stuck in traffic, over dinner if I get in late and eat alone, and always an hour or so before bedtime.I also read quite fast unless I consciously slow my pace to remember facts or to savor the language. My profession also gives me long vacations that allow me to indulge myself with some frequency in lovely, quiet reading days. If I am reading solely for fun, I can finish seven or eight books in one of those days.

    Reply
  35. I read several books a week usually, but I read everywhere–in my office when I don’t have work that has to be done or students appearing for conferences, in the checkout line at the grocery store, in the car when I’m stuck in traffic, over dinner if I get in late and eat alone, and always an hour or so before bedtime.I also read quite fast unless I consciously slow my pace to remember facts or to savor the language. My profession also gives me long vacations that allow me to indulge myself with some frequency in lovely, quiet reading days. If I am reading solely for fun, I can finish seven or eight books in one of those days.

    Reply
  36. I read several books a week usually, but I read everywhere–in my office when I don’t have work that has to be done or students appearing for conferences, in the checkout line at the grocery store, in the car when I’m stuck in traffic, over dinner if I get in late and eat alone, and always an hour or so before bedtime.I also read quite fast unless I consciously slow my pace to remember facts or to savor the language. My profession also gives me long vacations that allow me to indulge myself with some frequency in lovely, quiet reading days. If I am reading solely for fun, I can finish seven or eight books in one of those days.

    Reply
  37. When do I read? Every chance I get… I don’t watch TV, while my husband channel surfs, I read. If my husband isn’t home for supper, I read. While he’s getting ready for bed, I read, then I read some more before turning out the lights. I do make time for other things, but try and fit reading into that if I can as well such as travelling (as long as I’m not driving). Reading was nurtured in our family from a very young age. I only wanted to go to school so that I could learn to read. Imagine my disappointment when they insisted I learn math!!

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  38. When do I read? Every chance I get… I don’t watch TV, while my husband channel surfs, I read. If my husband isn’t home for supper, I read. While he’s getting ready for bed, I read, then I read some more before turning out the lights. I do make time for other things, but try and fit reading into that if I can as well such as travelling (as long as I’m not driving). Reading was nurtured in our family from a very young age. I only wanted to go to school so that I could learn to read. Imagine my disappointment when they insisted I learn math!!

    Reply
  39. When do I read? Every chance I get… I don’t watch TV, while my husband channel surfs, I read. If my husband isn’t home for supper, I read. While he’s getting ready for bed, I read, then I read some more before turning out the lights. I do make time for other things, but try and fit reading into that if I can as well such as travelling (as long as I’m not driving). Reading was nurtured in our family from a very young age. I only wanted to go to school so that I could learn to read. Imagine my disappointment when they insisted I learn math!!

    Reply
  40. When do I read? Every chance I get… I don’t watch TV, while my husband channel surfs, I read. If my husband isn’t home for supper, I read. While he’s getting ready for bed, I read, then I read some more before turning out the lights. I do make time for other things, but try and fit reading into that if I can as well such as travelling (as long as I’m not driving). Reading was nurtured in our family from a very young age. I only wanted to go to school so that I could learn to read. Imagine my disappointment when they insisted I learn math!!

    Reply
  41. No one has mentioned reading in the bathroom. Are you all more couth than me? Or just more polite?
    I read everywhere, almost. I carry a book with me at all times. I read in lines, at traffic lights, sometimes (I know, I know!) while driving (but NOT if any other cars are around – I live out in the middle of nowhere). I read in the bathroom – including at work. 😐 I mute the TV and read during commercials. I read before bed. I read when I eat (not a big deal, since I live alone). I commute 2 hours a day, and I usually listen to audiobooks then. I also listen to audiobooks while cleaning, quilting, anything that uses my hands but not much of my brain.
    Reading is how I relax. If I don’t read for more than a couple of days in a row, I get hostile. Even 15 minutes of reading helps.
    When I have time to savor the reading, I’ll curl up in my bed under the covers and cocoon with a book. Or I’ll drape myself over the couch. But it doesn’t really matter. I can (and have) read during a ballgame while sitting in the stands with people screaming around me.

    Reply
  42. No one has mentioned reading in the bathroom. Are you all more couth than me? Or just more polite?
    I read everywhere, almost. I carry a book with me at all times. I read in lines, at traffic lights, sometimes (I know, I know!) while driving (but NOT if any other cars are around – I live out in the middle of nowhere). I read in the bathroom – including at work. 😐 I mute the TV and read during commercials. I read before bed. I read when I eat (not a big deal, since I live alone). I commute 2 hours a day, and I usually listen to audiobooks then. I also listen to audiobooks while cleaning, quilting, anything that uses my hands but not much of my brain.
    Reading is how I relax. If I don’t read for more than a couple of days in a row, I get hostile. Even 15 minutes of reading helps.
    When I have time to savor the reading, I’ll curl up in my bed under the covers and cocoon with a book. Or I’ll drape myself over the couch. But it doesn’t really matter. I can (and have) read during a ballgame while sitting in the stands with people screaming around me.

    Reply
  43. No one has mentioned reading in the bathroom. Are you all more couth than me? Or just more polite?
    I read everywhere, almost. I carry a book with me at all times. I read in lines, at traffic lights, sometimes (I know, I know!) while driving (but NOT if any other cars are around – I live out in the middle of nowhere). I read in the bathroom – including at work. 😐 I mute the TV and read during commercials. I read before bed. I read when I eat (not a big deal, since I live alone). I commute 2 hours a day, and I usually listen to audiobooks then. I also listen to audiobooks while cleaning, quilting, anything that uses my hands but not much of my brain.
    Reading is how I relax. If I don’t read for more than a couple of days in a row, I get hostile. Even 15 minutes of reading helps.
    When I have time to savor the reading, I’ll curl up in my bed under the covers and cocoon with a book. Or I’ll drape myself over the couch. But it doesn’t really matter. I can (and have) read during a ballgame while sitting in the stands with people screaming around me.

    Reply
  44. No one has mentioned reading in the bathroom. Are you all more couth than me? Or just more polite?
    I read everywhere, almost. I carry a book with me at all times. I read in lines, at traffic lights, sometimes (I know, I know!) while driving (but NOT if any other cars are around – I live out in the middle of nowhere). I read in the bathroom – including at work. 😐 I mute the TV and read during commercials. I read before bed. I read when I eat (not a big deal, since I live alone). I commute 2 hours a day, and I usually listen to audiobooks then. I also listen to audiobooks while cleaning, quilting, anything that uses my hands but not much of my brain.
    Reading is how I relax. If I don’t read for more than a couple of days in a row, I get hostile. Even 15 minutes of reading helps.
    When I have time to savor the reading, I’ll curl up in my bed under the covers and cocoon with a book. Or I’ll drape myself over the couch. But it doesn’t really matter. I can (and have) read during a ballgame while sitting in the stands with people screaming around me.

    Reply
  45. Ohhh… an audiobook moment – I was listening to a romance on tape while inching through rush hour traffic. It was a warm day, so my windows were down. Just as traffic stopped at a light, the story hit a love scene. A long, anatomically correct, purple prose love scene. Looking at all the open car windows and mostly male drivers around me, I turned down the audio and rolled up my windows.
    Listening to descriptions of Tab A and Slot B activities is one thing; listening to it in front of male strangers is another. 😐

    Reply
  46. Ohhh… an audiobook moment – I was listening to a romance on tape while inching through rush hour traffic. It was a warm day, so my windows were down. Just as traffic stopped at a light, the story hit a love scene. A long, anatomically correct, purple prose love scene. Looking at all the open car windows and mostly male drivers around me, I turned down the audio and rolled up my windows.
    Listening to descriptions of Tab A and Slot B activities is one thing; listening to it in front of male strangers is another. 😐

    Reply
  47. Ohhh… an audiobook moment – I was listening to a romance on tape while inching through rush hour traffic. It was a warm day, so my windows were down. Just as traffic stopped at a light, the story hit a love scene. A long, anatomically correct, purple prose love scene. Looking at all the open car windows and mostly male drivers around me, I turned down the audio and rolled up my windows.
    Listening to descriptions of Tab A and Slot B activities is one thing; listening to it in front of male strangers is another. 😐

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  48. Ohhh… an audiobook moment – I was listening to a romance on tape while inching through rush hour traffic. It was a warm day, so my windows were down. Just as traffic stopped at a light, the story hit a love scene. A long, anatomically correct, purple prose love scene. Looking at all the open car windows and mostly male drivers around me, I turned down the audio and rolled up my windows.
    Listening to descriptions of Tab A and Slot B activities is one thing; listening to it in front of male strangers is another. 😐

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  49. For years I have been a Bathtub Reader. It’s part of my Every Day Routine, a Sacred night time Ritual developed during many years of mom-hood.
    It’s the only time/place in the house or in my life that’s safe from interruption by kids or husband wanting to Talk (If I read anywhere in front of my husband, he talks to me and expects me to listen! I mean, one doesn’t want to discourage one’s husband from Talking by saying “shut up and let me read”, does one? So few men are talkers, and I have one, and I’d like him to keep talking. . .so carving out a Time of Isolation for reading is essential to Family Happiness).
    You are right, Loretta, that Tub Reading does require tolerance of wet fingers on the pages and the little Permanent Crinkling that results. There is the occasional DISASTER (book drops in tub) but if Quick Action is taken the book dries out fine and Looks Really Cool Ever After.
    I know all you librarians are cringing. I am so sorry! It works for me, though, and it means that reading is part of my Day, Every Day.
    PS If any of you librarians out there need info on Insects, Mold, Water, or Disaster Plans, my cousin is an Authority employed by a New England library/document place and does that kind of thing for a living. . .

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  50. For years I have been a Bathtub Reader. It’s part of my Every Day Routine, a Sacred night time Ritual developed during many years of mom-hood.
    It’s the only time/place in the house or in my life that’s safe from interruption by kids or husband wanting to Talk (If I read anywhere in front of my husband, he talks to me and expects me to listen! I mean, one doesn’t want to discourage one’s husband from Talking by saying “shut up and let me read”, does one? So few men are talkers, and I have one, and I’d like him to keep talking. . .so carving out a Time of Isolation for reading is essential to Family Happiness).
    You are right, Loretta, that Tub Reading does require tolerance of wet fingers on the pages and the little Permanent Crinkling that results. There is the occasional DISASTER (book drops in tub) but if Quick Action is taken the book dries out fine and Looks Really Cool Ever After.
    I know all you librarians are cringing. I am so sorry! It works for me, though, and it means that reading is part of my Day, Every Day.
    PS If any of you librarians out there need info on Insects, Mold, Water, or Disaster Plans, my cousin is an Authority employed by a New England library/document place and does that kind of thing for a living. . .

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  51. For years I have been a Bathtub Reader. It’s part of my Every Day Routine, a Sacred night time Ritual developed during many years of mom-hood.
    It’s the only time/place in the house or in my life that’s safe from interruption by kids or husband wanting to Talk (If I read anywhere in front of my husband, he talks to me and expects me to listen! I mean, one doesn’t want to discourage one’s husband from Talking by saying “shut up and let me read”, does one? So few men are talkers, and I have one, and I’d like him to keep talking. . .so carving out a Time of Isolation for reading is essential to Family Happiness).
    You are right, Loretta, that Tub Reading does require tolerance of wet fingers on the pages and the little Permanent Crinkling that results. There is the occasional DISASTER (book drops in tub) but if Quick Action is taken the book dries out fine and Looks Really Cool Ever After.
    I know all you librarians are cringing. I am so sorry! It works for me, though, and it means that reading is part of my Day, Every Day.
    PS If any of you librarians out there need info on Insects, Mold, Water, or Disaster Plans, my cousin is an Authority employed by a New England library/document place and does that kind of thing for a living. . .

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  52. For years I have been a Bathtub Reader. It’s part of my Every Day Routine, a Sacred night time Ritual developed during many years of mom-hood.
    It’s the only time/place in the house or in my life that’s safe from interruption by kids or husband wanting to Talk (If I read anywhere in front of my husband, he talks to me and expects me to listen! I mean, one doesn’t want to discourage one’s husband from Talking by saying “shut up and let me read”, does one? So few men are talkers, and I have one, and I’d like him to keep talking. . .so carving out a Time of Isolation for reading is essential to Family Happiness).
    You are right, Loretta, that Tub Reading does require tolerance of wet fingers on the pages and the little Permanent Crinkling that results. There is the occasional DISASTER (book drops in tub) but if Quick Action is taken the book dries out fine and Looks Really Cool Ever After.
    I know all you librarians are cringing. I am so sorry! It works for me, though, and it means that reading is part of my Day, Every Day.
    PS If any of you librarians out there need info on Insects, Mold, Water, or Disaster Plans, my cousin is an Authority employed by a New England library/document place and does that kind of thing for a living. . .

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  53. Read in the bathroom? no….I think it comes from being one of 8 children in a house with a limited number of bathrooms. no one could hog it for very long….I think it was one of the few places (other than the supper table) that one really couldn’t read. Although I do remember reading in the tub and sinking lower and lower as the excitement built – only to end with the book submerged.

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  54. Read in the bathroom? no….I think it comes from being one of 8 children in a house with a limited number of bathrooms. no one could hog it for very long….I think it was one of the few places (other than the supper table) that one really couldn’t read. Although I do remember reading in the tub and sinking lower and lower as the excitement built – only to end with the book submerged.

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  55. Read in the bathroom? no….I think it comes from being one of 8 children in a house with a limited number of bathrooms. no one could hog it for very long….I think it was one of the few places (other than the supper table) that one really couldn’t read. Although I do remember reading in the tub and sinking lower and lower as the excitement built – only to end with the book submerged.

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  56. Read in the bathroom? no….I think it comes from being one of 8 children in a house with a limited number of bathrooms. no one could hog it for very long….I think it was one of the few places (other than the supper table) that one really couldn’t read. Although I do remember reading in the tub and sinking lower and lower as the excitement built – only to end with the book submerged.

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  57. I’m from a very large family (7 kids), and let me assure you, we all read in the bathroom ALL the time. It was the only place to get a little privacy. Sure, people would bang on the door. But whatever. That’s why there were TWO bathrooms. Unless someone was reading in the other one.
    Hey, we had neighbors. 😉

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  58. I’m from a very large family (7 kids), and let me assure you, we all read in the bathroom ALL the time. It was the only place to get a little privacy. Sure, people would bang on the door. But whatever. That’s why there were TWO bathrooms. Unless someone was reading in the other one.
    Hey, we had neighbors. 😉

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  59. I’m from a very large family (7 kids), and let me assure you, we all read in the bathroom ALL the time. It was the only place to get a little privacy. Sure, people would bang on the door. But whatever. That’s why there were TWO bathrooms. Unless someone was reading in the other one.
    Hey, we had neighbors. 😉

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  60. I’m from a very large family (7 kids), and let me assure you, we all read in the bathroom ALL the time. It was the only place to get a little privacy. Sure, people would bang on the door. But whatever. That’s why there were TWO bathrooms. Unless someone was reading in the other one.
    Hey, we had neighbors. 😉

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  61. I’m convinced my reading speed has slowed down with time. I used to be awe of people with huge TBR stacks and wondered where I could get all those books. Now my stacks are about to fall and crumple on me, and I’m afraid to open any magazine that contains book reviews.
    But I’m like your sister, Loretta. After dinner, I sit down and read. Who needs housework anyway? During the new TV season I might have a night or two when I don’t get much reading done since I TIVO and fastforward through commercials, but that lasts what these days, three months?
    No work after dinner, there’s your solution. Of course, that also means you have to start work at 6 AM. “EG”

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  62. I’m convinced my reading speed has slowed down with time. I used to be awe of people with huge TBR stacks and wondered where I could get all those books. Now my stacks are about to fall and crumple on me, and I’m afraid to open any magazine that contains book reviews.
    But I’m like your sister, Loretta. After dinner, I sit down and read. Who needs housework anyway? During the new TV season I might have a night or two when I don’t get much reading done since I TIVO and fastforward through commercials, but that lasts what these days, three months?
    No work after dinner, there’s your solution. Of course, that also means you have to start work at 6 AM. “EG”

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  63. I’m convinced my reading speed has slowed down with time. I used to be awe of people with huge TBR stacks and wondered where I could get all those books. Now my stacks are about to fall and crumple on me, and I’m afraid to open any magazine that contains book reviews.
    But I’m like your sister, Loretta. After dinner, I sit down and read. Who needs housework anyway? During the new TV season I might have a night or two when I don’t get much reading done since I TIVO and fastforward through commercials, but that lasts what these days, three months?
    No work after dinner, there’s your solution. Of course, that also means you have to start work at 6 AM. “EG”

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  64. I’m convinced my reading speed has slowed down with time. I used to be awe of people with huge TBR stacks and wondered where I could get all those books. Now my stacks are about to fall and crumple on me, and I’m afraid to open any magazine that contains book reviews.
    But I’m like your sister, Loretta. After dinner, I sit down and read. Who needs housework anyway? During the new TV season I might have a night or two when I don’t get much reading done since I TIVO and fastforward through commercials, but that lasts what these days, three months?
    No work after dinner, there’s your solution. Of course, that also means you have to start work at 6 AM. “EG”

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  65. My whole family are readers, and we had three bathrooms for five people, so it was rarely a problem. There were books and magazines in every bathroom. Now, if you go to my home or my siblings’ homes, there are… books and magazines in most bathrooms. When I was growing up, my dad would chase me out of the bathroom by banging on the door and telling me to put down my book. Of course, he’s been known to do Sudoku in there himself, besides the normal reading.
    I did read in the tub while growing up – when I was still small enough to stretch out in it. And yes, I had several books that took a bath too.
    My most exciting bathroom reading was done when I spent nights at a friend’s house in elementary and high school. Her father got several men’s magazines, and her mother was an early adopter of Playgirl. They kept copies of all of them in the bathroom, in a magazine stand right beside the toilet. Appropriate, in a way, but a wee bit too accessible to the younguns. Quite an education, though.

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  66. My whole family are readers, and we had three bathrooms for five people, so it was rarely a problem. There were books and magazines in every bathroom. Now, if you go to my home or my siblings’ homes, there are… books and magazines in most bathrooms. When I was growing up, my dad would chase me out of the bathroom by banging on the door and telling me to put down my book. Of course, he’s been known to do Sudoku in there himself, besides the normal reading.
    I did read in the tub while growing up – when I was still small enough to stretch out in it. And yes, I had several books that took a bath too.
    My most exciting bathroom reading was done when I spent nights at a friend’s house in elementary and high school. Her father got several men’s magazines, and her mother was an early adopter of Playgirl. They kept copies of all of them in the bathroom, in a magazine stand right beside the toilet. Appropriate, in a way, but a wee bit too accessible to the younguns. Quite an education, though.

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  67. My whole family are readers, and we had three bathrooms for five people, so it was rarely a problem. There were books and magazines in every bathroom. Now, if you go to my home or my siblings’ homes, there are… books and magazines in most bathrooms. When I was growing up, my dad would chase me out of the bathroom by banging on the door and telling me to put down my book. Of course, he’s been known to do Sudoku in there himself, besides the normal reading.
    I did read in the tub while growing up – when I was still small enough to stretch out in it. And yes, I had several books that took a bath too.
    My most exciting bathroom reading was done when I spent nights at a friend’s house in elementary and high school. Her father got several men’s magazines, and her mother was an early adopter of Playgirl. They kept copies of all of them in the bathroom, in a magazine stand right beside the toilet. Appropriate, in a way, but a wee bit too accessible to the younguns. Quite an education, though.

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  68. My whole family are readers, and we had three bathrooms for five people, so it was rarely a problem. There were books and magazines in every bathroom. Now, if you go to my home or my siblings’ homes, there are… books and magazines in most bathrooms. When I was growing up, my dad would chase me out of the bathroom by banging on the door and telling me to put down my book. Of course, he’s been known to do Sudoku in there himself, besides the normal reading.
    I did read in the tub while growing up – when I was still small enough to stretch out in it. And yes, I had several books that took a bath too.
    My most exciting bathroom reading was done when I spent nights at a friend’s house in elementary and high school. Her father got several men’s magazines, and her mother was an early adopter of Playgirl. They kept copies of all of them in the bathroom, in a magazine stand right beside the toilet. Appropriate, in a way, but a wee bit too accessible to the younguns. Quite an education, though.

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  69. OOh, bathtub envy! That picture is gorgeous, can I move in? The bathroom in our rental suffers from a bad case of dry rot, so each time I climb in I’m wondering if I’ll end up in the crawl space. ;-j Because we also have no central heat, I bathe a lot to get warm.
    Like RevMelinda, I’m a confessed bathtub reader, despite the risk to spines and er, spines…

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  70. OOh, bathtub envy! That picture is gorgeous, can I move in? The bathroom in our rental suffers from a bad case of dry rot, so each time I climb in I’m wondering if I’ll end up in the crawl space. ;-j Because we also have no central heat, I bathe a lot to get warm.
    Like RevMelinda, I’m a confessed bathtub reader, despite the risk to spines and er, spines…

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  71. OOh, bathtub envy! That picture is gorgeous, can I move in? The bathroom in our rental suffers from a bad case of dry rot, so each time I climb in I’m wondering if I’ll end up in the crawl space. ;-j Because we also have no central heat, I bathe a lot to get warm.
    Like RevMelinda, I’m a confessed bathtub reader, despite the risk to spines and er, spines…

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  72. OOh, bathtub envy! That picture is gorgeous, can I move in? The bathroom in our rental suffers from a bad case of dry rot, so each time I climb in I’m wondering if I’ll end up in the crawl space. ;-j Because we also have no central heat, I bathe a lot to get warm.
    Like RevMelinda, I’m a confessed bathtub reader, despite the risk to spines and er, spines…

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  73. I have at least one and sometimes two books in my big red handbag. I read everyday at lunch so I don’t have to join the bitch session. I read after supper while my huisband watches TV until we go to bed. On weekeneds when I’m done writing I read until someone makes me do something much against my will. I read on planes, ferry lines and anytime I have to wait for anything. I read in the bathtub if I don’t care if I get the book wet. I take 10 books on a week’s vacation with me and usually finish them all, leave them behind and thus have room for souvenirs. The ultimate luxury is to take a sick day and read in the morning. And sometimes when I’ve caught up with everything at work in the library, I’ll read there too. Shh. Don’t tell my boss!

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  74. I have at least one and sometimes two books in my big red handbag. I read everyday at lunch so I don’t have to join the bitch session. I read after supper while my huisband watches TV until we go to bed. On weekeneds when I’m done writing I read until someone makes me do something much against my will. I read on planes, ferry lines and anytime I have to wait for anything. I read in the bathtub if I don’t care if I get the book wet. I take 10 books on a week’s vacation with me and usually finish them all, leave them behind and thus have room for souvenirs. The ultimate luxury is to take a sick day and read in the morning. And sometimes when I’ve caught up with everything at work in the library, I’ll read there too. Shh. Don’t tell my boss!

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  75. I have at least one and sometimes two books in my big red handbag. I read everyday at lunch so I don’t have to join the bitch session. I read after supper while my huisband watches TV until we go to bed. On weekeneds when I’m done writing I read until someone makes me do something much against my will. I read on planes, ferry lines and anytime I have to wait for anything. I read in the bathtub if I don’t care if I get the book wet. I take 10 books on a week’s vacation with me and usually finish them all, leave them behind and thus have room for souvenirs. The ultimate luxury is to take a sick day and read in the morning. And sometimes when I’ve caught up with everything at work in the library, I’ll read there too. Shh. Don’t tell my boss!

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  76. I have at least one and sometimes two books in my big red handbag. I read everyday at lunch so I don’t have to join the bitch session. I read after supper while my huisband watches TV until we go to bed. On weekeneds when I’m done writing I read until someone makes me do something much against my will. I read on planes, ferry lines and anytime I have to wait for anything. I read in the bathtub if I don’t care if I get the book wet. I take 10 books on a week’s vacation with me and usually finish them all, leave them behind and thus have room for souvenirs. The ultimate luxury is to take a sick day and read in the morning. And sometimes when I’ve caught up with everything at work in the library, I’ll read there too. Shh. Don’t tell my boss!

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  77. Sherrie, as far as I know, none of my books are audio books, sigh. My big excitement was having some come out as e-books. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that things will improve in this area.

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  78. Sherrie, as far as I know, none of my books are audio books, sigh. My big excitement was having some come out as e-books. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that things will improve in this area.

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  79. Sherrie, as far as I know, none of my books are audio books, sigh. My big excitement was having some come out as e-books. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that things will improve in this area.

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  80. Sherrie, as far as I know, none of my books are audio books, sigh. My big excitement was having some come out as e-books. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that things will improve in this area.

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  81. Loretta, put me on your instant notification list when your books go to audiobook. I’m saving my pennies until then.
    Bathtub reading. Yes. I have a “steeping” tub that is extra deep, and has arm rests, so you can fill the tub, lean back, and “steep” up to your neck in steamy happiness. I made a wooden tray that rests crosswise across the tub, just above water level, and have one of those book props that hold a book upright and open. I can read, submerged up to my neck (no cold shoulders or knees) and I use the eraser end of a pencil to turn the pages.

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  82. Loretta, put me on your instant notification list when your books go to audiobook. I’m saving my pennies until then.
    Bathtub reading. Yes. I have a “steeping” tub that is extra deep, and has arm rests, so you can fill the tub, lean back, and “steep” up to your neck in steamy happiness. I made a wooden tray that rests crosswise across the tub, just above water level, and have one of those book props that hold a book upright and open. I can read, submerged up to my neck (no cold shoulders or knees) and I use the eraser end of a pencil to turn the pages.

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  83. Loretta, put me on your instant notification list when your books go to audiobook. I’m saving my pennies until then.
    Bathtub reading. Yes. I have a “steeping” tub that is extra deep, and has arm rests, so you can fill the tub, lean back, and “steep” up to your neck in steamy happiness. I made a wooden tray that rests crosswise across the tub, just above water level, and have one of those book props that hold a book upright and open. I can read, submerged up to my neck (no cold shoulders or knees) and I use the eraser end of a pencil to turn the pages.

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  84. Loretta, put me on your instant notification list when your books go to audiobook. I’m saving my pennies until then.
    Bathtub reading. Yes. I have a “steeping” tub that is extra deep, and has arm rests, so you can fill the tub, lean back, and “steep” up to your neck in steamy happiness. I made a wooden tray that rests crosswise across the tub, just above water level, and have one of those book props that hold a book upright and open. I can read, submerged up to my neck (no cold shoulders or knees) and I use the eraser end of a pencil to turn the pages.

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  85. I read in the bath til the water goes cold. I got a booklight to read in bed until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore. But most of my reading is done on the train – commuting takes up about 3+ hours each day so a good book (or knitting) is essential.

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  86. I read in the bath til the water goes cold. I got a booklight to read in bed until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore. But most of my reading is done on the train – commuting takes up about 3+ hours each day so a good book (or knitting) is essential.

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  87. I read in the bath til the water goes cold. I got a booklight to read in bed until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore. But most of my reading is done on the train – commuting takes up about 3+ hours each day so a good book (or knitting) is essential.

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  88. I read in the bath til the water goes cold. I got a booklight to read in bed until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore. But most of my reading is done on the train – commuting takes up about 3+ hours each day so a good book (or knitting) is essential.

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  89. I read while I eat lunch at work, while waiting for my hubby to join me at a restaurant at dinner, in medical waiting rooms, on weekend mornings, at dinner if I’m alone, on my breaks, when I get home from work, etc. I don’t read in the car nearly as much as I used to because nowadays I get carsick, but I still try to read every day.

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  90. I read while I eat lunch at work, while waiting for my hubby to join me at a restaurant at dinner, in medical waiting rooms, on weekend mornings, at dinner if I’m alone, on my breaks, when I get home from work, etc. I don’t read in the car nearly as much as I used to because nowadays I get carsick, but I still try to read every day.

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  91. I read while I eat lunch at work, while waiting for my hubby to join me at a restaurant at dinner, in medical waiting rooms, on weekend mornings, at dinner if I’m alone, on my breaks, when I get home from work, etc. I don’t read in the car nearly as much as I used to because nowadays I get carsick, but I still try to read every day.

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  92. I read while I eat lunch at work, while waiting for my hubby to join me at a restaurant at dinner, in medical waiting rooms, on weekend mornings, at dinner if I’m alone, on my breaks, when I get home from work, etc. I don’t read in the car nearly as much as I used to because nowadays I get carsick, but I still try to read every day.

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