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Discussion: Books are Excuses

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Do you ever put things off because you're reading? I've seen several posts lately about the crush of giant ARC and TBR piles, the pressure of getting through them all. But that got me thinking. What doesn't get done while you're busy reading?

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Let's start with the obvious (hated) activities: exercise, vacuuming, washing the dishes, cleaning the bathrooms, cooking instead of freezer meals or ordering out. Any of this sounding familiar? I know I'm guilty of loads more, including commenting on others blogs, getting out of the house and socializing.

It's not that reading is bad. It's great! It's wonderful! But I notice myself using reading as an excuse, as a way to avoid doing things that require more effort, or that I just don't want to do. (Like exercising.) And even though I'm thrilled to see my Goodreads Challenge more on schedule, this isn't a good thing. At least, not all the time. What's that old phrase? "Everything in moderation."

I don't kick myself if I ditch some of the necessities of life for one week in order to catch up on books. But when it spills over into two-three weeks, not only is the house a mess, but I get too wrapped up in my own little world. Which is not good. Seriously, people have gone insane in there.

What about you guys? Do you ever find yourselves using books to procrastinate on things you don't want to do, or feel yourself get sucked in by the TBR piles? You can be honest. :)

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  1. Seeing as reading is part of my work, I actually find myself using other things - such as cleaning my room and library - as an excuse to take a break from reading. I'm probably odd in that way; I am unusually disciplined and have only gotten better at managing my time. Certainly, though, I do use reading as an excuse to not socialize. I don't like socializing, and I know I will feel less pressured and therefore less anxious if I instead use that time to make headway in my TBRs. But, yes, reading will always be the biggest part of my life, so it's a good thing I also made it my job. Everyone needs a break from work, so it also creates an excuse to do other important things. :) What can I say - I'm a bit of a workaholic and recluse. ;) There's a reason I signed up for Zumba classes right after work, 'cause as soon as I get home to my reading chair, me and Hedgie aren't moving. :)

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    1. That makes sense. Reading as "work" is a little different. I think we all try to avoid work at some point. Zumba classes right after work sound like a great idea! :)

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    2. Zumba is awesome; gets out all of my frustrated energy for the end of the day, so I can actually sit back and relax when I get home.

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  2. Oh heck yes I use it as an excuse not to do other things. Luckily I still keep the house clean, and I have a child so he demands attention, oh and the husband too. I don't know how I manage it other than I don't get to indulge in other hobbies much anymore, and when I do then I fall behind on my reading schedule lol

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    1. I'm continually amazed at the volume of reading you get through along with the kid and cleaning, oh and the husband too. ;) And you still have art! And you seem to be fairly prolific. I have noticed reading especially pushing other hobbies to the side, but I'm trying to squeeze more stuff in.

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  3. LOL I see what you're seeing. We're being so "social" but really we're being super antisocial... I'm so glad I have work and uni and classes and sports because that really sucks away my time. I actually like exercising :D Personally, I read on the way to work (commute is a bit long), or while in school, in the morning before I do anything else. I don't like feeling like I haven't really done anything all day! :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. You LIKE exercising? I'm sorry, we can no longer be friends. ;)

      I'm actually around people a lot between work, tutoring and church, but hanging out with friends after a long day often loses out to quiet reading time, and I don't like feeling unproductive at the end of the day either. I feel like I need to accomplish something or check an item off my to-do list.

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  4. I think the 'Everything in Moderation' is a good truth to follow. Nothing can remain enjoyable in large doses for long periods of time! I've tried..with cake :) But I still use reading as a way to avoid those nagging details of life. What? I need to vacuum again? But I need to finish my chapter!!

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    1. But I thought cake was the exception to that rule! ;) And finishing a chapter is always more important than vacuuming. :)

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  5. I have a pretty full plate and sometimes it drives me nuts because I can only manage to read literally 1-3 pages at a time. Even that is interrupted by life. If I do get a reading block it's while I am laying in bed at night counting how many hours and exact minutes I have left to sleep and weighing that against every page! But I hear you, it's hard when you get sucked in. Maybe designate a timer for how long you can read in one sitting, to reset the timer got to get something done off the to-do list?

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    1. Those days are always fun, although if I'm getting interrupted every few pages, I usually put the book down and work on all the other stuff. Sort of work in "chunks" so things can be crossed of the list instead of half-done. Then I read for a long stretch the next day. :)

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  6. I absolutely put off things due to books :P Sometimes I just get so into reading that I have no problem saying, meh... housework can wait until tomorrow. And then it gets carried over and over haha. Books are a constant distraction for me... and so is blogging!!

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    1. Yep, I completely understand. Blogging can do the same thing to me, either working on mine or reading others. :)

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