I had fallen out of love with reading and books. Too sad for a girl who has always read obsessively, voraciously, hungrily, passionately... and rather likes big words.
Why? Well, number one was the usual excuse of the mid-thirties mother. I needed sleep more. I always read before bed. During the day I can't be home alone without background noise, at night before bed, no TV or music. I want peace and quiet and a book. Unfortunately thanks to my lack of sleep, most nights I couldn't even manage three pages.
Second, I was a little bit time poor and a little bit lazy. Reading just crime novels because I like PD James and Ian Rankin and I could whip into the library with the rampaging toddler grab a book and whip out again.
Third, the sheer cost of buying books in Australia and New Zealand. I don't earn much these days and I really think twice about spending thirty dollars (and the rest) on a paperback. We used to buy three new books a week in the UK - they are so much cheaper there. We've decided buying in bulk overseas online is a better idea and I also need to invest more time in second handbook stores. No great chore you'd agree...
So how's the resolution going? I used to know what was on the best seller list, what was shortlisted for which prize and I had an opinion on whether it should have been... I still don't know any of that - I'm playing catch-up remember.
But I'm back. I read during the day last weekend - desperate to finish my Barbara Vine. I stayed up on Friday night at our bach in front of the fire alone and finished Seabiscuit. Ah, that feeling when you simply can't sleep without knowing what comes next. It's back and I'm loving it.
By the way the image is from Remodalista... thanks Claude, it's becoming a favourite...
-----------AND I need to add to this... I had half written this post last week and Kerry from A Tranquil Townhouse messaged to say she'd like to start her own reading list - a little like mine. Well she has and she very kindly blogged about it today and said some very nice things. Now I get to check out what she's read and liked and make my book shopping list... you should read her lovely blog too, she's a doer not just a talker like me!