Finding the Time to Read


One of the things that I have been frustrated about since I started blogging and working online is the fact that I cannot read novels as much as I used to. I was introduced to reading Sweet Dreams and Choose Your Own Adventure pocketbooks in high school. I would borrow pocketbooks from my classmates and I would read them during recess or lunch breaks and most of the time, I would be finished with one by the time school is over for the day. From reading Sweet Dreams pocketbooks, it progressed into reading novels which I would finish within a few days, especially if I become so engrossed with the story.

Nowadays, reading has been a ‘luxury’ for me; something that happens rarely. My husband has even discouraged me to buy the Sunday paper because I would just end up browsing it and another Sunday would come without me even reading the paper from the previous week. Whenever I get the opportunity to buy books, it would usually take weeks before I get to finish one. Being a work-at-home mom means I do not have control of how much free time I would have and sometimes, free time means catching up on my sleep. Reading has, in a way, taken a back seat.

Joining online giveaways has exposed me to different kinds of blogs, including book blogs. I would read reviews by other bloggers, and it has somehow, made me want to read the recent releases that they have been raving about. I started joining book giveaways and I have been fortunate enough to win quite a few of them. Here’s the latest one that I have won :


I chose this because of the positive reviews that it has been getting and I must say, a few chapters into it, I am looking forward to learn how the story would unfold. I truly miss the feeling of turning over each page and of ‘course, the smell of new books ( ‘bookaholics’ like me would understand what I mean…). Anyway, I’m just glad that I am reading again and I can’t wait to read all those wonderful and engaging novels I have been hearing about.

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10 Responses to “Finding the Time to Read”

  1. Badet says:

    I also want to get back on reading to widen my vocabulary but I can’t find the time.

  2. imriz says:

    thanks for bumping into my other site (

    i feel the same way as you. motherhood has taken much of my time. though, two weeks ago, i had been reading my favorite mythology book, for my little kid. she’s showing fascination over gods and goddesses.
    and, oh, yes, i do loved the smell of book pages, too:)

    you are lucky to win that book. looks like my kind of book read.

  3. jared's mum says:

    looks like an interesting read! do share it with us once you are done, sis! 😉

    reading is also one of my passions + now that i am a mom, i find it really difficult to find the time to read a novel or two, that is why those books-for-reviews are a god-sen! now i can force myself to read atleast a book each month! 😉

  4. jared's mum says:

    wow! found my meme badge on your sidebar! thanks so much! hopefully i can find the time to post one each week + hopefully you can join in on the fun, toO! ^_^

  5. claire says:

    I admire people like you who are fond of reading books or novel of that sort, I am not into books, however, if a friend or someone told me that its good then I’ll read just for curiosity. lol

    • Fe says:

      I usually just buy books that are highly recommended by friends and those that get good reviews; if the book has an interesting and intriguing plot then I’m most likely to read it as well.

  6. Sarah says:

    Just like you said, Reading has become a luxury for me too. I am a working mom and the stuffs at work take me farther from reading. I miss reading novels though before bedtime all I could read are from stumble Upon. I mean I still do short reads but how I wish i get to enjoy again the crisp of the book. Looking forward of my school holidays then got sometime to read.By the way, I seldom see book giveaways, I want to join too. I hope you don’t mind sharing some links. Thanks.

  7. Hyanne says:

    Congrats ate Fe. I also have no time to read, my hobbies right now is surfing the web and blog hopping too sometimes.. hehe

  8. Susan says:

    I know exactly what you mean I have a hard time trying to find time to read, I always like catching up on reading at the beach in the summer.

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