How long can you go without picking up a book?
I know that being a book blogger usually translates into rather short breaks in between reading. Not being a book blogger can sometimes mean not picking up a book for, dare I even think it, years. Sadly I do know people like that and it is beyond me how someone could not want to read at all, but let's not digress.
Hours. Days. Weeks. Gasp.
Looking back on the past year I'd say I am someone who pretty much reads every day. I sometimes manage to plow through a whole (short) book in just one day while at other times I only read a chapter, all depending on how much time I have at hand. The point being, I rarely take a break from reading. If I do it's usually not more than a day or two at the most. Now if that gives you the impression that I couldn't quit this habit even if I tried you'd be damn' right. Still, I don't get jittery and cranky when time doesn't allow me to gobble up a few pages. Not much anyway.
Interestingly I rarely fall into a reading slump. Granted, sometimes I have a hard time making up my mind about which book to read next, consequently sorting through my book stacks and going to bed without having read more than the cover blurbs, but luckily that's not all that often the case. Overall I do get my daily reading fix and all is well in book-land.
Imagine a year without reading.
A scary thought there. Not to read for a certain amount of time, maybe even a full year? The horror! Real life dystopia is all I'm saying! But still, why not think about this notion for a moment. Don't we all experience times when we do not read for a prolonged amount of time? Maybe because we're ill or on vacation or [fill in any other obscure reason for not picking up a book]?
As for myself, I usually don't take books with me when I'm travelling. To much fun to be had when I'm out and about in far away places. Yet I know that many pack more books than swimsuits, so obviously everyone's different there. Of course my vacations are rarely longer than two weeks, so the interesting question would be - how many weeks could I go without feasting my eyes on pretty words on white pages? Honestly, I don't know and I don't intend to find out. After all, you will eat when you're hungry.
I read when my mind gets thirsty.
How long can you go without reading? Are you reading on a daily basis or just when the reading-bug bites you? Could you imagine not to read for a full year?