Welcome to my first Top Ten Tuesday post! (I’m rather new to this blogging thing.)
For those of you that don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018, where Jana posts in advance topics for us and we then make a post about them.
The topic for this week is: Changes In My Reading Life. What a way to start out!
Since I’ve never done this before, we’ll see where it leads!
Changes in my Reading Life
Since Becoming A Mom
The change to mom happened three and a half years ago. He’s adopted and it was a long, long time waiting. When it happened, I figured one of the areas it would impact the most was my reading time; I figured I’d never be able to read with a baby around. I’d be too tired or too busy all the time. Thank goodness I was completely wrong about that! Now that he’s three and a half, I can look back and see how becoming a mom has impacted my book life.
I read more
Yep – I read more than I used to. I find that getting a little boy to bed on a schedule means having myself on a schedule too. I’m a night reader and many nights, once he’s down, the dishes are done and the “things” done that need doing, I’m read to curl up and zone out in my own world. It helps that my hubby has an early job so he goes to bed pretty early too. Some people Netflix. I read. Every night before I sleep. Even if it’s just a few pages. Additionally, since Goodreads has become my reading tracker and goal keeper, I look forward to what’s coming as I complete the book I’m on. It all works together and I’m reading a lot more than I used to.
I refuse to finish a book I don’t like
If I’ve read two chapters and I can’t keep the characters straight, the storyline bores me, the audio version is no better, or I just don’t like it, I move on. Sometimes it takes me a little longer to abandon a book, but I believe there’s no harm in not finishing a book you don’t like. It’s not food, you’re not wasting it, so why finish? Especially if it’s a book for enjoyment. This didn’t use to be the case with me; once started, it would be finished no matter what. I’ve learned life is short and there are simply too many good books out there to suffer through one I don’t like – so I simply won’t waste the time on it.
I have a very long to-read list
I used to finish a book and head back to the library to find another. Then came Goodreads. I do so love Goodreads. (Let’s be book friends!) Not only can I look back and recall books with ease, but I have accumulated a list of books I can’t wait to read and they’re all nicely organized and ready for me to choose one.
I talk about books more
Seems like I have a lot more friends who enjoy reading as much as I do and I talk about, share, and recommend what I’m reading a lot more often. I also enjoy finding good books through my bookworm friends! This has lead to some really fantastic new books & authors.
I don’t visit the library to browse books
I go to the library with my kid. They have a play area. I watch him and interact with him. I reserve books and pick them up. I never even get the chance to peruse the stacks anymore. It’s sad but I’m sure I’ll be able to do this again before too long. I have a fantastically long reading list on Goodreads to guide me anyway, so it’s not a big loss – but it’s definitely different!
I read a lot more on my Kindle
I prefer it, actually, to a paper book. Several reasons; I can highlight phrases I love. I can look up words I don’t know lickety split – without having to move. I don’t have to have the nightlight on while my husband is sleeping. Turning pages is easier. I can adjust the font size. I don’t have to worry about due dates – the library takes them back automagically! I can check out a new book as soon as I finish without leaving my bed. I really love my Kindle. It’s one of my most treasured possessions.
I read more Self Help & How-To books
I read three books on potty training this year and several on child behavior. Never before would I bother with such subjects. Now, I’m eager to hear what others say on such matters and to gauge if Im doing things correctly.
I read children’s books and [more] cookbooks
This one is kind of a given. We read to our son every night so obviously there’s going to be an increase in children’s books. Tonight it was a Golden Book Classic: Doctor Dan the Bandage Man. There are two or three books every night. We have a huge variety.
And the increase in cookbooks. Since starting a low-carb lifestyle I find upon acquiring a new cookbook I sit down, read the preface of said cookbooks, read through the entire book along with ingredients with post-it notes in hand to mark the ones I want to try and leaving a legit review of the cookbook after a few tests. New for me! I check out these books from our library and if they’re worth it I buy them.
I have favorite authors
There are several authors who I love. I wait with anticipation for their next book. I remember their previous books fondly. I recommend them often. I follow them on social media and once or twice, I’ve written them. Maybe there will be a top ten for that one of these days and I’ll share them with you. 😉 Before the age of Goodreads, i was lucky if I could remember the title of a good book. Remembering the author was a stretch.
Audiobooks, not as much
I always listen to audiobooks in my car. I used to have a short drive to and from work everyday and could knock out two or more audiobooks a month. Now, I walk my son to daycare and walk home the three blocks… and sometimes I don’t leave the house after that. Sometimes I’m so deep in a design project I don’t have time. Regardless, I just don’t drive as much so I don’t listen as much. Don’t get me wrong – I still LOVE audiobooks, I just am not in a situation to consume them as quickly. I’m currently listening to Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. It’s a heart wrenching story and a fantastic audio book – but I might not finish it before the year is up.
That’s it! That’s my ten. Hope you enjoyed this list. And if you’re a mom, I imagine you can relate to a few of these. Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know how kids have impacted your book life!