Beloved book sits on the table practically shouting "Read me! Read me!" And yet...there's laundry to do, dishes to wash, dinner to make. Children. Schoolwork So your book cries little ink tears of loneliness as it is ignored.
Chores certainly aren't all that keep us away from our books. Like a serpent beguiling us with a shiny red apple, the Internet beckons, TV shows call, texts arrive. Before you know it, all your reading time has dripped, dripped, dripped away.
I'm currently in the throes of distraction-itis. I am about 130 pages into The Diviners by Libba Bray. It's great. I want to read it. But every time I get ready to crack it open, something calls my attention away. Granted, I am busy. I'm still trying to unpack, I have a ton of work-related paperwork to do, I need to clean up the house, etc. But I'm also wiling my time away by checking and rechecking Google Reader, reading my favorite gossip sites incessantly (Lainey Gossip and Gossip Cop), driving around my new town looking at all the cool little shops, watching reruns of Boy Meets World and HGTV, go to the library and check out more books, watch YouTube...the list goes on.
It frustrates me, because I want to read The Diviners. It's not a situation where I can't get into the book and should put it down. No - I just need to force myself to read.
How do you get rid of the distractions? Save tossing my computer out the window (although given that it's frozen about 20 times today, that might actually happen), how can I focus on the book I actually want to read?