The scales have tipped

It would appear that the scales are not evenly balanced in my life at the moment.
Just as I was getting close to re-establishing a regular reading habit, I chose to involve myself in NaBloPoMo and I find myself with no spare evening left in which to crack open a book.

By the time I’ve given enough thought to a topic, sat down to write it, added any suitable images and then corrected all the terrible grammar, it’s well after my scheduled bed time.  And with young kids you need a scheduled bed time.

I know it’s because I’m trying to do NaBloPoMo on two blogs.  That’s twice the thinking, planning, image creation, and horrible English to get through!

It’s congenital – this attempt at juggling far too many balls.  Ever since I was a kid I loved to cram as much in to a small space as possible.  I can see in my minds eye my bed as an 11 year old… me sitting up on the pillow and the entire bed covered in soft toys.  It was always a game to fit in as much as possible.   I have no idea where this aspect of my personality came from, but it’s still working it’s magic today.  The multi-tasking I posted about earlier is another example of the how this cramming appears in my day-to-day life.

But as an obliger, and this is my weird version of external accountability… a relatively tiny blogging audience, I am not going to let myself slack off and miss a day of writing.  Clearly my obligation to readers here is going to overwhelm my wish to make enough free time to do some actual reading myself.
So for the duration of November I’m facing scales that have tipped from reading to writing.

My challenge from the end of the month is going to be striking a balance.  Enough time to read, with a hearty dose of writing thrown in.

How do you regular book-loving bloggers do it?!
I’d love to know how you manage to get enough time to do both.
(Please don’t tell me you read at superhuman speed! Or is it that you don’t have kids?)

A bookish question for you…

If you were to recommend one book blog to follow… what would it be?

My answer to that is extremely easy.

It is Tales from the Reading Room.

I have loved Litlove’s style and way with words from the moment I was introduced to her blog.  In an instant I was both inspired and intimidated.
Many of my “Want to Read” list have come from her interesting reviews, and the range of books reviewed keeps me ever awake to the opportunities out there.
The only downside is that my reading speed could not possibly keep up with the list that I have generated.

What about you?  What is the one that you are compelled to recommend to all of your bookish friends, even when it threatens to turn you in to a bore?


So it turns out that yesterday’s ‘under the weather’ thingy seems to have been some sort of random sneezing, drippy-eyed thing that lasted a day.  I’m guessing it was some sort of hay fever that has passed overnight as the pollen (or whatever) has died away.
That means I’m actually here today and the topic I’ve chosen is multi-tasking.

Well, in fairness, it’s books again.
I may have mentioned it before, but I seem unable to read a single book at a time.  My currently reading list at Goodreads borders on the length of other people’s “want to read” list.  The truly embarrassing aspect of this is that I have more books partially read than that list includes, but I didn’t want to add them since it’s already ridiculously long as it is.

I hope I’m not the only person who ‘multi-tasks’ her book reading?  It’s nice to be unique, but not quite so much.

In addition to my multitude of physical books I am also adding, as of yesterday evening, an audiobook.  I’ve cracked the cover (or pressed the play button) on Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye and so far I’m enjoying it.  The narrator isn’t annoying me too much – which is always a worry with audiobooks – and I’m starting to follow the story along nicely.
One thing I’ve noticed is that it can be tricky picking up on descriptive passages depending on the manner of the narration and getting used to the way the story is being told.  I’m starting to think that I need to ‘get my ear in’ with some narrators more than others.  Have any of you noticed that, or is it just me?

It could be a cultural thing too.  I’m very tuned in to British accents and stories and a little less so with American ones.  This, despite a love of noir films and the Bogart era of hardboiled detective movies.  Oh well, I do love to stretch myself and this is a perfectly pleasant way to do it.

I’m now also picking that The Long Goodbye will end up being my next review over at the Book Blog as it is easy reading/listening.  Poor old Cat’s Cradle may have to wait it’s turn.

So ‘fess up… are you a multi-tasking, or a single-tasking book reader?



I mentioned my new-found love of Podcasts at the end of last month, with one of my favourites being Happier with Gretchen Rubin and her sister Elizabeth Craft.
I’m currently a week behind, and am now eager to head to bed to listen to last Wednesday’s episode.

Why? Because it is about me.

Well, not me specifically, but me in the sense of Ms Rubin’s Four Tendencies Framework.  I’m really curious to hear what the ladies have to say in this episode, because it was so obvious which of the four general types of people I was going to fall in to.

I’m the ultimate Obliger.  Most of the time.  Sometimes I don’t even meet outer expectations! <gasp>

So it is with some interest I am planning on listening to the advice and suggestions about maximising this tendency’s good points and minimising it’s down side.  Anything to stop me having to berate myself for having no willpower when it’s something for me!!  Then I’ll head off to read the full deal in her new book Better than Before which I purchased as a Kindle book a couple of months ago.

If you’re curious about the Four Tendencies there is a test you can take, but it is most likely that you will recognise yourself from the descriptions first anyway.  If you do take the test, come back and let me know which category you fall in to – and don’t forget to listen to the podcast about your type.

As for me, it’s time to go listen and then work out some accountability systems to get those internal expectations met and those habit changes firmly in place!

Happy listening !