I’ve discovered one side effect of writing a book that I wasn’t warned about. I’m not reading as much for pleasure as I used to.
I do still read. I am reading books on writing. I’m reading books that friends are writing to provide feedback. I’ve read a few books to review. I’m reading blogs by my favorite authors. What I am not reading are books for pure pleasure. I’m missing that.
I am trying to make up for it with listening to audiobooks a work. It’s not quite the same. I find my enjoyment doesn’t depend on the quality of the writer, but the quality of the narrator. I have sat through books that I normally would have put down because of the quality of the narrator’s voice. There have also been books I stopped because I disliked the voice reading. Plus there are several books I would like to read that are not available as audiobooks. I know that there are ways to get your tablet or smartphone to read them using text-to-speech functions. I haven’t been able to get that to function smoothly.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can fit reading back into my life?