My Name is Tater and I’m Now A Slow Reader

I was going to start this with something about admitting you have a problem. That’s not the point of the post, though. The point is accepting that I don’t read like I used to and that it is OK.

I’ve mentioned ad nauseam that I used to read 100 books a year.

I would read all the time.

I would carry a book with me at all times and read while I was waiting in line.

I would read during commercials back when we still watched commercials.

I would sometimes read one physical book while listening to another on my commute.

I would finish a book and immediately pick up another book and start reading.

That has all changed.

I rarely have a book with me when I leave the house unless I know there will be a long wait.

When I watch a show live, I no longer grab my book when the commercials start.

I don’t listen to books in the car, partly because I don’t drive as much as I used to.

I generally take a day between books these days unless I have one on my shelves that I am particularly excited about.

I take more breaks from the book I am reading.

I will probably be closer to 50 books this year than 100.

I used to stress about this. I hated that my reading numbers were down and saw it as a problem.

I no longer see it that way. It is just a change. It isn’t a bad change. It isn’t a good change. It just is what it is. I have accepted that.

I will read when I feel like reading. I will feed bad books to the dust bunnies without guilt. I will stop caring about an arbitrary reading goal I set on Goodreads.

Change happens. You just have to learn to live with it.


17 thoughts on “My Name is Tater and I’m Now A Slow Reader

  1. What you wrote is completely true for me. I have not set a goal in Goodreads this year either. I am not trying to achieve a goal by reading. I read for my own enjoyment (and work) and I don’t need to hit a certain number. I have also changed my mindset about reading.

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  2. Enjoy reading when you feel like it. It’s neither a race nor a challenge. If a book isn’t bringing you satisfaction, then definitely set it aside. I do that a lot now. There are only so many books I can read in the rest of my life; I don’t have time for those that are a chore.

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  3. I read a lot more – and without guilt – when I lived alone. I’d probably read more and watch a lot less TV if it wasn’t for Himself. Indeed, I didn’t have a TV when he moved in with me.

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