Help! I’ve Fallen Into My Reader And I Can’t Get Out!

Not all readers write, but all writers read.

Today’s assignment in Blogging 101 is to Say Hello To The Neighbours – follow 5 new topics in The Reader and 5 new blogs.  Sounds easy, right?  Sounds fun too, yes?  Sounds like a natural thing to do since everyone who blogs is a writer of some sort or another and therefore if my equation of the writing / reading world is correct, heading into The Reader in WordPress is a given.  Ha!  Not for me – I’m a fraidy cat when it comes to The Reader.

I like perusing books in all sorts of places, online and in the physical world.  The large chain store in my local mall.  The book section of music stores.  A gazillion websites.  Other people’s coffee tables, night stands, and bathrooms.  The overflowing shelves in thrift stores.  At libraries.  In milk crates at garage sales.  Under my bed, on my desk, and in the bedrooms of my own kids.  Just yesterday while at an Urban Outfitters store in Toronto, I bought one book, jotted down the names of two others I would like to read, and got several Christmas present ideas for loved ones (the big day is only 169 days away you know).

But my favourite place to find my next best read is any independent bookstore, carrying new, used, or a combination of both book offerings.  It’s the place I go feeling ready to brave the world, save the world, change the world, become a part of the world, and find my own place in the world.  It’s where I find comfort, solace, inspiration, and more things to dust.  It’s my “go-to” place when I need a gift for someone.  I have experienced life altering, “ah-ha” moments in these places.  I want to experience more.

I have to enter such an establishment with caution though.  I can stay there for hours and hours and hours.  My kids will join me browsing the aisles of a local bookstore, they are all readers too, so it can be a family affair.  However, if they aren’t “in the mood”, they know to leave mom alone and carry on down the street to shop elsewhere for a bit.  Usually, they finish their other browsing before I am anywhere near done mine and end up coming back to me rather than me having to text one of them to find out where they are.

That’s exactly what happened the last time I was brave enough to allow the grace of a never-been-in-before local bookstore encapture me.  It was almost two months ago now, when we were on a family trip to Cleveland.  I left there with one of the best buys I have made in a bookstore, ever.  A limited edition of a wood art stencil produced only for Independent Bookstore Day.  First, it took my breath away.  Then, it breathed life into me.  The look, the feel, the quote, and especially because of whom the quote is attributed to:  Margaret Atwood, a fellow Canadian and highly admired author.  Although I haven’t found the “perfect” spot to hang it just yet, I do look at it daily whenever I’m on my ‘puter to write.  It’s part of my routine now.

Back to the real topic of this post:  The Reader …

The Reader has now become my virtual independent bookstore.  All of the things I wrote above about being in a local bookstore apply to The Reader too.  The cool thing about it though is I can enter (or not enter it) anytime I choose.  It’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  I don’t need Google Maps to find it.  I can be at my desk, in my car, half asleep in bed, or in the woods.  It replenishes stock not just daily, but by the second, millisecond, or whatever the teeniest, tiniest word there is for a measurement of time.

I take immense pleasure in entering The Reader.  It also scares the heck out of me.  I have already experienced being late to pick up a child, “forgetting” to do laundry, and the image of 4:10 am on my clock because of hitting the tab at the top of my blog that says “Reader”.  It wasn’t time wasted, don’t get me wrong.  I saw lots of interesting, inspiring, and thought-provoking words when I was there.  Even got a few laughs out of the visits.  But now I know I have to set the alarm clock when I go into The Reader.  Simple as that.  Self-will, self-constraint, dedication, and a timer on my phone.  Those need to be in place first.  Then, I can get comfy, fill my coffee cup, and scroll and “open link in new tab” to my heart’s content.  Well maybe not fully, but at least for a sliver of my day.

Given my “to do” list for today, I can’t go into The Reader right now so I won’t be able to complete today’s Blogging 101 assignment.  Not yet.  But I am already looking forward to the tail-end of this set of 24 hours of life I have been given to live when I might be able to get my fix and hit the tab.  And be a “good” student.  More to come on the outcome of my assignment and my brave journey into your blogs.  Maybe I’ll see you later tonight and we’ll have coffee together.  It’s on me by the way.


Image source:  my creation in Canva using a caution sign attributed to Wiki user RTCNCA, licensed under CC Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.

42 thoughts on “Help! I’ve Fallen Into My Reader And I Can’t Get Out!

  1. Yes I could stay there forever just like you. Cell phones are the best thing to be able to keep reading in places you almost couldnt before. I admit…I would be totally lost without my cell phone. I love Kindle.

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  2. Taking on the Daily Prompt AND Blogging101? Now that’s commitment, especially for a mother! Kudos to you! 😉
    And yes, I made it my mission to check out (almost) everyone on Blogging101 on Day 1 of it on my Reader… I ended up only getting 2 hours of sleep before having to get up for work! It is quite addicting and nice to read AND get to know new people at the same time isn’t it.
    Hope your kids don’t suffer that much haha.

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  3. I seriously wish I loved reading as much as you did! I know that as a writer I should be reading so much more than I am. Is there any way to, like, transfer some of your passion for reading to me via internet waves or something?

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  4. Great title. Lots of energy in your writing. I be your stories will be fun.
    If you run out of books to read … I have one for you to check out.
    Pegasus Colony by me, Phyllis Moore. it’s my first and yes, I self-published. ;0)

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  5. Yes! I’ve got lost in Reader. And in bookshops and… I’ve worked as a librarian and many’s the time I’ve gone to the shelves with one small job and… some time later my staff have come to find me, sitting on a stool… I had just meant to…Love the quote by the way. I’ll send you a link to a Neil Gaiman lecture on story where he says that (and I’ll paraphrase) “a shark has never become prehistoric because a shark is best at being a shark. And books are best at being books, so they will remain,”

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  6. I used to live in Atlanta and bookstores were my favorite spots to spend free time. Then I took early retirement and built my house in a rural area. Then I discovered NO LOCAL BOOKSTORES. 😦 😦 after several years I found the reader. 🙂 🙂
    Then last week for some reason it wouldn’t read my favorite blog! Bui I still had its email notification. Then one day as soon as I directly read the blog it would first transfer me into the reader. I was NOT a happy camper.
    JOY JOY JOY yesterday the reader started working correctly with that blog. So I’m happy again. But each time I the reader I feel very nervous.

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  7. Very interesting and realistic presentation. We have so many lovely writers and so many wonderful blogs here, that we can’t find much time to allot for them. You should be attending to your daily office and kitchen works also besides nurturing your children. So, we get compelled to fix our time for Reader enjoyment considering all these restrictions. Anyway, I try to read as many posts as possible daily and leave some comments at some of them.

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    • Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a note. Yes, there is so much to do in a day, it can be a challenge to set aside just the right amount of time to enjoy some thoughtful and thought-provoking reading. But my kids are fed, they’re happy, got all but one of my chores done for the day, and I volunteered some of my time this evening. So I think I’ve got a touch a room to finish this fine day off with some more reading … but just for a bit ha ha! Hope you are having a happy day … Marianne

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  8. A fabulous post! You’ve just said it all that I felt, but you said it with such passion and style! And to think that I still haven’t followed you – I’ve got to correct that mistake…now following…there! Done 🙂

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  9. I love your blog and I wish I had time to sit down, with a cup of coffee, and read each and every blog on this site. It’s fascinating to see how people perceive and then process it in writing. Some people find it more beneficial to express their thoughts in writing than to communicate orally.

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  10. I’ve just stumbled onto your blog (thanks to Commenting Bootcamp), and landed on this post. I can relate – between trying to keep up with blogs I follow, finding new ones, and writing a post here and there what used to be spare time has disappeared. That dang reader makes it just too easy.

    BTW if you really like independent bookstores, I should warn you away from Powells bookstore in Portland, Oregon. It takes up an entire city block – you’d never escape.

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    • Well hello fellow bootcamper! Thanks for stumbling by, happy you found me and can relate to my reader challenges ha ha!
      Wow – I just Google image searched Powell’s, it’s humongous! Don’t have any plans to travel to Oregon but might have to put them on my sites to see list just to go to the bookstore!
      Thanks again for dropping in and leaving a note, hope you’re having a kindness-filled kinda day … Marianne

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