Why it takes me six months to read books

As a child, I read books a lot.

I always had my head in a Roald Dahl or Dick King Smith book.

Even to the day, I visualise ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ when I devise dinner from whatever is in my fridge.

So there was actually a time that I could finish a book in less than 6 months.

Some time in 2013 BC (Before Child).

There was also a time that my OVERTIRED snot-filled peanut could take in more than what my Mum calls a ‘pink book’.

Pink Book: Literature where the front cover features a city sky line or beach, a lady with a suitcase or umbrella, and a title in a pink swirly font.

Having said that, I did read a lot of that chick lit tripe Before Child.

But I did also read books of more high-brow subject matter to balance it out.

Why I only read 2 books on average per year these days:

1. When it comes to my reading habit nowadays, I’m lucky if I can read two books cover to cover in a year. Obviously, that does not include the twice nightly ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ or multiple daily reads of ‘That’s not my kitten’.

That’s not my kitten… It’s pages are too REPETITIVE.

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Yep, we’ve had this one for a long time…

2. My eyes just won’t stay open by the time I have made dinner, finished work off, checked Twitter for the umpteenth time, tidied the toys away and watched TOWIE on catch up.

That said, last year was a high point for me. I managed to read all of the McFly Autobiography in a week whilst on holiday.

There. I said it. McFly. I was aged 33.

So for now, I will continue to read my 2 pages per night of this bad boy, and ignore the unread books gathering dust on my bedside cabinet.

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An imperfect mum (Catie)

It was on my summer bucket list to read 3 books this summer. I have read one, two week to go and just over a week left. It’s going to be a close call. My reading material is mostly low brow but I don’t mind as like you I am often too tired to read anything that requires too much thought. Kids change everything! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

Rhian Harris

That’s some challenge! Maybe more early nights and less social media… Like we ever stick to that!

Squirmy Popple

I know how you feel – I used to read a book a week, and now (post-baby) it takes me months to get through anything because I fall asleep five minutes after opening a book at night. I miss those days when I could get lost in a book for hours…#stayclassymama

Lydia C. Lee

I read 5 books on a 2 week holiday, and 300 pages of the 6th. Since we’ve been back (in April), I’ve read 100 pages more…that’s it. So I hear ya!! #Stayclassymama

Lisa Savage

I’m not sure I’ve read a full book in four years! I just don’t seem to be able to manage it anymore. I keep getting them from the library and managing a few pages and STILL having to pay late fees. Gah! One day! #picknmix


Oh tell me about it! I used to be a right book work pre-kids. Now I have the concentration span of a gnat! *sigh* I am lucky if I manage one book a year! #thelist

Kate Fever

I am the opposite – I read SO many books! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested


Eugh. I hear you!
I have to go for easy reads – thrillers etc – to be able to get into them quickly or i would never read anything. I manage to read some when i get stroppy with my hubby every few weeks, dump baby on him for a few hours and go hide in the bath with said book! This only currently works as baby is too small to come and find and disturb me. Once he is a toddler I have no chance!


I love reading, I just wish I have more time to actually pick up a book. I have so many books on my Kindle that I want to read and a couple of half started ones that I want to go back to. #theList x

Emma (Upside Mum)

Ha, I know this feeling. I love to read but getting the time or peace in our house is impossible! #picknmix


I know exactly how you feel. I really misreading. It doesn’t help that Ava is in the same room as us so I can’t go up and put lights on the read in bed! Thanks for linking to #picknmix


Oh my god I’m the same – BC I could read a book in a few days – I obsessively read, it was my favourite thing to do since I was a child. Now, I just don’t have the time – I reckon I’ve read about five books in three years and I always start falling asleep after a few pages! #stayclassymama

I read to my children! I did away with reading their own books at bedtime some time ago (don’t get me wrong I still read their books before bed – 1 each, but I then finish with my own). Their books just don’t make them sleepy – they know most off by heart and insist on excitedly helping you to read it, and the pictures don’t help, so one night I decided to just get my book out and read a chapter, and I have stuck with it ever since! It is still slow going but it works, and if… Read more »

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