I am finally reading again!

Australia
June 16, 2008 9:29am CST
Having children has certainly put a lot of pressure on my personal time, and it has been a while since I actually managed to sit down and read a book, but I have finally managed to accomplish what was starting to feel like an impossible task, and actually read two books in about 3 weeks. The first is one by Stephen King. It is called Lisey's Story and while very different to his early works, is still worth a read. This one took me about 2 weeks to read, but I got there, every page devoured as though I'd never read anything so interesting in my life! lol. The other book was Willow by Virginia Andrews. This one took me about 4 days to read and was a very relaxing story. Much different to the work of Stephen King, but very satisfying all the same. Ok, so that is my reading update, after 2 years of not reading. How often do you read? What sort of books do you like? How long does it take you on average to read a book?
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
23 Jun 08
It takes me weeks to read a book. Or months even. I read a few books at a time...I'm currently reading and autobiography, a weightloss book and a novel as well as an Australian Geographic magazine. Ther novel is winning. I sometimes pick it up and doze off before I even read a word, so I can read nothing, a few words or a few lines. I mostly read at night as I go to sleep.
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• Australia
23 Jun 08
I've told myself that if it takes me longer than a month to read a book, put it back in the queue and start the next one. Eventually, I will get round to reading it! lol. I try to read when my girls are having free play time. At night, I need matchsticks just to be able to sit here, so being comfy on the couch with a book is going to mean I go to sleep pretty quickly! lol.
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• United States
23 Jun 08
It's been about four years since I read a fiction book. But I have read many non-fiction books in that time. Most to do with relationships or business.
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• Australia
23 Jun 08
As long as you are reading, then that's all that counts. What interests you is important. Non fiction is just as exciting as fiction and I have to say, I like just grabbing the first book that takes my fancy, be it fiction or non fiction, and plowing through it as quickly as I can!
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
23 Jun 08
Hi there! Sorry for missing your discussion. Nice to see you after a long time. I am sure the kids are running you crazy..good for you. *laughs* It's good to know that you have started to read again. I am a great admirer of Stephen King, haven't read Lisey's Story though. Currently I am reading The Dlibert Future by Adam Scott. It's a part of the Dilbert series. It's been an amazing read so far, it's a humorous peak on the future. Before this I finished The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I enjoyed it very much as well. Happy reading. PS: Have you started with your cross stitching??
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• Australia
23 Jun 08
You are forgiven. It takes me a while to catch up on discussions too. Still got some from about a month ago! lol. There are so many new authors out there that I haven't even come across before. I think maybe it is time for me to broaden my reading choices. I have been keeping up with my cross stitch. Got one that is almost finished, so will be starting another one soon! lol. Or completing others that are in the queue.
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@marciascott (25553)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Hi, I tried reading Sylvia Browns Biography. It was pretty good, but I didn't finish it. I half to go back to the Library and get it, I read it for a couple of days, but I have been so buzy doing other things that I couldn't finish the Book. I will go and get it again eventually. Have a nice eveing!
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• Australia
23 Jun 08
Time is a big factor for many of us these days, but if you do find the time, then a book can be wonderful fun. Let's hope that you are able to find time in your busy day to read a book from start to finish without returning it to the library in between.
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17 Jun 08
I am also a reader.. i do read romantic novel... I take around a week to complete the novel.... considering my work pressure it is decent pace....
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• Australia
23 Jun 08
Good for you! Taking time to balance work with personal fulfilment of the written word is very good. Makes you a happier worker too!
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@pangeacat (619)
• United States
16 Jun 08
I feel your pain. I love my babies, and certainly wouldn't trade them for the world, let alone a few extra hours per day in which to read. But, that said, they have definitely taken up the vast majority of my time since they were born. I used to read all the time, especially just before bed. I have such trouble sleeping anyway, and it was the only thing that would relax my mind enough to get some actual sleep. Now though, even if I can't sleep, I just don't have the energy, generally speaking, to focus my eyes on a book for that long. Since the girls are a bit older now though, and require much less devotion in the middle of the night, or early morning, I've gotten back to reading fairly regularly. I read mainly fantasy and science fiction books. But, I do have a few horror novels, and I'll go for mysteries, or even crime novels on occasion. I'm actually pretty diverse in that regard. And, my mood changes often. So, although I'm currently reading mostly science fiction and fantasy, next week I could be more into self help or romance. Who knows. On average, I'd say it takes me approximately 12 hours to read a book, if I'm very involved in the story and enjoy it immensely. But, of course, that depends on the length of the novel, my level of energy and interest, and my mood.
• Australia
23 Jun 08
My babies are pretty good. They let me sit on the couch reading, although I do have to put up with them trying to pick the pictures and letters off the covers! lol. Fantasy and sci fi are definitely good for escaping the world. i love Terry Brooks! Wish I could write like he does!
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@wahm805 (76)
• United States
16 Jun 08
I love reading. I didn't read for leisure for a very long time while going to college and working a full time job. Last june, I left my full time job and started working from home. I have found so much me time over this year which has been a great way to find time to read. I love autobiographies and anything based on true events really. I was a Psych major in college so I usually wind up turning to stories about people's personal struggles and their triumphs. It's always encouraging to read how someone was able to make a bad situation into a positive one. I am a fast reader so I can usually finish a book in a day or 2 depending on how long it is. I just finished reading a great book called "Healing with the Angels" by Doreen Virtue. It's about how using spirituality and your angels can help you heal or correct any of your life's issues. It was a great book.
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• Australia
23 Jun 08
I love reading how people overcome their personal struggles. Bryce Courtenay is another great author who writes both fiction and books on his and his family's struggles. April Fool's Day is about his son. I have it somewhere, but haven't read it yet, heard lots about it though. I think there are angels everywhere and in everyone. I just with they would leave my heater alone at 3am!!!!!! lol.
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@littleone3 (2065)
16 Jun 08
I love to read and have statred reading again more often. Stephen King is my favourite author i have nearly all his books. I also thought Lisey's Story was good and i agree it was different from his early works. I also enjoy Dean Knootz and Richard Laymond. I read alot of true life stories as well i find Torey Hayden very good. I try to read every day. It really depends on what i am doing day to day but can usually read a book in aboiut 3-4 days. So as you can imagine i get through alot of books.
• Australia
23 Jun 08
i was the same, before having kids. Stephen King is amazing in his works. I'm currently reading On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft and it is really good. It is non fiction and very well written, like all his books. There are some things in there that are a bit shocking, but makes you appreciate his works even more. I'm not going to spoil it though, you want to know, you are just going to have to read it! lol.
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@thaMARKER (2558)
• Philippines
16 Jun 08
i haven't read a book since i graduated March this year. I always borrow books from our university's library. Mostly i read fiction stuff. I love Ken Follet and Robert Ludlum's novels and also Judith McNaught. They are my favorite novelists ever since. The last novel I read was from Judith McNaught entitled 'Whitney, My Love'. It was such a nce novel. i like it a lot.
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• Australia
23 Jun 08
I would have thought after graduating, you'd have had more time to read for you. You spend so long reading for study that it can be hard to read for pleasure. A good book can be a good friend, and if you have found one you really like, then I bet you read it over and over. I do.
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
16 Jun 08
Hey, great - you've found time to read 2 books in 3 weeks. Even better than when I was working, sometimes it took me more than a month to finish a book, except for Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) - it was so exciting that I finished the book in 2 days! If I didn't have to go to work, I might have finished it by the next morning. Now I would take about a week to finish a book - last book I read was The Old Contemptibles by Martha Grimes. So enjoy your reading!
• Australia
23 Jun 08
Thanks, I am enjoying my reading. I have a list of books I would like to plow through, so will get them and read until my eyes fall out! lol.
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• United States
16 Jun 08
Hi newzealtralian, Yeah for you!!! You have finally been able to find time to do something for yourself. Not an easy achievement with little ones around. It doesn't seem to get much easier as they grow up either. LOL Reading is good, especially if you enjoy it. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors as well. I have not read Lisey's Story yet. I enjoy reading Dean Koontz, Christine Feehan, Lindsay Sands, Kim Hamiliton and so on. I have a very broad interest in the types of books that I read. Basically, I enjoy everything but Harlequinn romance. One now and then is not bad, but I can't read those on a daily basis. On average, it takes me about a week to read a book. No matter what the topic is. I read myself to sleep every day. Better than a sleeping pill. LOL Happy posting..
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• Australia
23 Jun 08
Lots of great authors in your faves archive. I'm trying to read different authors and genres and compare the styles of writing too. I love romance novels, not because of the romance etc, but because they are so easy to analyse, and after reading a book, I always try and write my own type of review. I used to read to sleep too, until my lamp blew the bulb one night and set the fire alarm off! lol. After that, I let myself get to a certain point of sleepiness, and then turned out the light, usually forgetting to put the book back on my bedside table.
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• United States
25 Jun 08
Hi New, Thanks for the BR. I have always believed that reading is good for everyone, no matter what we read. Happy posting..
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• Australia
3 Jul 08
Reading is good. I'm going to make sure I indulge in my books at least twice a week. the rest of the world is just going to have to deal with it! lol.