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Could you give up reading for a year?


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Initial post: May 8, 2012 9:02:23 AM PDT
MommaCat says:
I mean books, blogs, magazines and newspapers. Do you have the willpower to do something, anything else? Jog, watch tv, knit, stick knitting needles in your eyes <grin>, clean trash off the road...

Not WOULD you do it, but COULD you do it? What would you do instead?

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2012 9:10:13 AM PDT
twinny says:
I honestly don't think so. I could, and have, gone without other forms of entertainment, like music and TV - but books? The thought of it brings on a mild panic! ;)

Posted on May 8, 2012 9:11:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 8, 2012 9:13:20 AM PDT
I'll give up reading when I'm dead.

ETA: This is only slightly funny. My husband & I are literally in an ongoing battle about my reading. He thinks I read too much. I resent that he finds my escape invalid, while his - watching television - he considers perfectly reasonable.

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2012 9:14:03 AM PDT
AmeliaAT says:
No. I can very easily go without television and movies, but not books or other reading material. It's an integral part of my life.

Posted on May 8, 2012 9:23:46 AM PDT
Hi Momma! There have been times in my life where I did no reading for pleasure. Mostly when my son was young and I was doing crafts and whatnot for some extra money (and also working full time).
That said, I could not give it up now. NEVER!

Ms. Mayhem, I hear you. What's the problem with you reading while he is watching sports or whatever? The same thing happens in my house sometimes. I usually say something like well, turn the tv off and we'll talk. That's usually the end of it. :)

Posted on May 8, 2012 9:27:46 AM PDT
No, I can't. I couldn't. I was on bedrest for six months after a couple of months, TV became background noise. I could have done without it. But, I read like nobody's business. It really took me out of my misery.

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2012 9:40:35 AM PDT
Nils says:
Nope, not ever, not for any reason.

Posted on May 8, 2012 10:22:42 AM PDT
Not a chance.

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2012 12:20:23 PM PDT
AmeliaAT says:
After I had major surgery, people would come into my room at the hospital (nurses, visitors, whatever), and almost all of them would ask, "don't you want your TV on?" or some variation thereof. My answer was always "no." I found it annoying and even irritating to my pain. It did not distract me in any positive way. I listened to classical music and lullabys on headphones and, when I finally could manage it, I read a bit. Even after I came home, I did not want to watch television. Maybe I'm peculiar, but it made me feel worse, not better.

Posted on May 8, 2012 12:26:29 PM PDT
S. Lane says:
I could never give up reading. Many days and evenings we don't even turn on the TV. We read. We don't go to movies, we read...Both my husband and I have read since we were able to.....As a child when he would read the encyclopedia for entertainment!

Posted on May 8, 2012 12:33:16 PM PDT
Cassie Anne says:
I don't think I could. It's my escape, my relaxation, my entertainment.

Posted on May 8, 2012 12:38:28 PM PDT
A.C Warneke says:
I really don't think I could give up reading - I read everything from the back of cereal boxes to blogs to my beloved books. If the subtitles are on - even if the movie is in English - I read the subtitles instead of watch the movie.

Posted on May 8, 2012 12:59:08 PM PDT
Betsy says:
NO!!! I have trouble giving it up for one night. It is my nightly routine, I lay down and read a while to clear my mind and unwind.

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2012 1:13:44 PM PDT
I could, but it would drive me crazy.

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2012 1:14:42 PM PDT
Maybe try sitting with him while he watches television, and you read.

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2012 2:43:40 PM PDT
G. says:
I COULDN'T do it. Reading is my drug of choice. My husband enjoys television, but for the life of me, if I have moments to spare, then I would rather immerse myself in a fantastic novel. It is my stress relief and my "mommy me time" and I don't think I would be a very nice person if I didn't have this release. Not reading for a year? I think I would have a very early stroke or heart attack. The stress relief that comes from reading a good book is invaluable to me, and for the life of me, I can't think of a good substitute. Trust me when I say that my three small children benefit from my reading. All is well as long as I can read and kind of deflate the stressors from my work life. Sigh.

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2012 2:53:19 PM PDT
Cphe says:
No - I would have severe withdrawals......you know anxiety, tremors, etc

BTW - when I check out my books are coming with me!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2012 3:26:03 PM PDT
MommaCat says:
I think you just said it all!

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2012 4:28:08 PM PDT
That's when he complains most bitterly.

Posted on May 8, 2012 4:40:22 PM PDT
C. Dunn says:
NO! I read every day and get panicked when I don't have my next book picked out.

Posted on May 8, 2012 4:54:28 PM PDT
RET/Teacher says:
No, no way! I do not even have to think about it. Why, is that the next thing to be made illegal?.

Posted on May 8, 2012 5:22:59 PM PDT
Bea Reader says:
I would rather give up eating :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2012 5:46:09 PM PDT
Sirena says:
<<stick knitting needles in your eyes >>
This would probably be the only way that I COULD do it.

Posted on May 8, 2012 6:31:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 8, 2012 6:33:22 PM PDT
I could never give it up for even a week--I read everyday and I am always amazed when someone says they don't read at all..If you want a little variety in your reading check out my blog (Hope I don't upset anyone by mentioning it)--BIKERS-WARRIORS-PEOPLE-PLACES-THINGS

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2012 7:38:44 PM PDT
Sirena says:
I think a year would be pretty much impossible for just about anybody. But if you reduced it to a month, I wonder how many of us could do it?

It would be interesting to see how long everybody thinks they could manage.

Maybe I could last a week, but my family would probably move out. ;-D
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