Loony’s Musings: when you don’t have time to read

This is only going to be a short post, because I am ridiculously overwhelmed with schoolwork at the moment – hence the title of this post. What happens when you don’t have time to read?

My TBR is growing at an alarming rate. There are library books that are almost due back (I haven’t read any of them), books I bought a year ago that I’d love to read, and books for review that look AMAZING.

The only problem? I’ve been too busy lately to enjoy them all.

(This GIF perfectly sums up my emotions)

For example, yesterday I was at school from 8:30 in the morning to 7:30 at night. Which is like 11 hours (way too long to be at school, if you ask me). I don’t begrudge that time, really, because a lot of it was spent on drama, my absolute favourite subject.

But it does cut into my reading time, which I cherish. I cherish it because it’s one of my only breaks from schoolwork, which can be really overwhelming at times. For a little while, when I’m reading, I can forget about all that. So when I don’t have the time to read, that stress and overwhelmed feeling just gets worse.

Catch-22, yes?

I know that most book bloggers don’t have unlimited amounts of time. We find time to read where we can – on public transport, or before bed, or in brief snatches. During school holidays, I can read for large stretches without feeling guilty because I’m not doing homework – just another reason to love school holidays!

I’m not sure where I’m going with this, except to say that occasionally it won’t be possible to read every single book in the universe, or even many of the ones you want to. But now that I’ve discovered this little community, there’s no way I would ever give it up.

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Hugs to all my book bloggers and readers and writers out there (and anyone else, although I’m not sure why you’d be reading this if you’re not one of those).

I promise I will get around to commenting on your blogs very soon! I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had much of a chance!

Are there times when you feel you don’t have any time to read, or are overwhelmed by the amount of books you feel you have to read? How do you deal with it?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Reasons I Love Being a Reader

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

To learn more about Top Ten Tuesday or see the future topics, click here!

I love reading. Understatement of the…ever, but it’s true! I love reading, and I love interacting with other readers and bloggers and authors. I love book covers and…wait, I have to save these for my reasons!

1) Book covers

Such pretty covers! Like these ones:

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2) Other book bloggers

In fact here are some of my favourite book bloggers of YA fiction:

Notebook Sisters

YA Midnight Reads

Effortlessly Reading

Speculating on Spec Fic

A Sunny Spot

Diva Book Nerd

Book Nerd Reviews

Happy Indulgence

3) Reading different genres

Okay, so most of my TBR pile is full of contemporary YA books. But I read other genres as well! Recently, I’ve read these awesome books:

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4) Being part of a fantastic community!

This one speaks for itself. Love you all!

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5) Relaxation!

Reading is when I relax, and when I can stop worrying about stuff.

6) Helps with writing

Well, duh.

7) When people make references to other books by using characters from one book and you KNOW WHERE BOTH OF THEM ARE FROM

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Heh heh heh. Okay so this is more a movie reference than a book reference, but…still.

8) “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are some books which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal” 

This quote from The Fault in Our Stars perfectly summarises why I read. Because when you find a book like this, there’s no other feeling like it.

9) Connecting with authors

Thanks mostly to Twitter, I’ve connected with Australian authors through their books: Emily Gale, Steph Bowe and Gabrielle Tozer just to name a few!

10) Watching the film adaptations of YA books

For example, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, my favourite book-to-movie adaptation (besides Harry Potter, because duh):

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What’s your favourite thing about reading?