This week’s question is from Dani @ Literary Lion, who asks about balancing reading with other hobbies.
Reading enough to keep a blog running can be stressful in the best of times, but what happens when other hobbies start to get in the way? Do you force yourself to prioritize reading even when you want to be drawing/knitting/playing music/watching a new show/gaming? Has another hobby ever made you miss a reading goal? What is your strategy to balance reading among your other hobbies?
I love the Let’s Talk Bookish questions. Let’s start there. This meme, y’all…it’s so well thought out every week. It’s obvious to me that Rukky and Dani put so much work into this, and I wish more people knew about it.
Now, on to the topic—yeah, is the easy answer. I’m a notorious dilettante when it comes to hobbies. I pick them up, get obsessed for a bit, spend far too much money in support of them, get bored, move on. Repeat.
As an example, I decided that Adult Coloring was my thing. I now own probably thirty coloring books, and over a thousand pencils. I bought Prismas. I bought Polychromos. I bought two different lines of Caran D’Ache. I bought watercolors (for backgrounds). I bought pan pastels (for backgrounds). I bought a set of limited edition Copics (for…something). Sigh.
So, yeah. When I’m in the throes of some new thing, reading gets compromised. And writing a blog about books does require a certain amount of reading. I have to read at least one new book a week just to keep the metaphorical lights on.
So, if nothing else, I try to read at bedtime. Even if I only get 60-minutes in before the kindle drops directly on my nose, that’s enough.
The real trick, though, is to realize that, in the end, reading always wins and to stop distracting myself with hobby after hobby after hobby when they all fall away and all that’s left, ever, are the books.