Confessions of a Tea Sippin’ Blogger: I Live in a Home of Non-readers

A lot has changed since I began my adventures as a blogger. My life has been enhanced in many ways. One of the biggest being that I now belong to the ever growing community of readers who choose to share their passion online with others. For myself, this was one of the very reasons for establishing my niche in the blogosphere because..

confession1I live in a home of non-readers. Yes, you read that correctly and maybe even relate to it on some degree. But what does that mean?

girlreading.pngReading has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember.. well anything. It started with a growing collection of picture books that soon gave way to classics such as A Wrinkle in Time and Anne of Green Gables. And while most members of my immediate surroundings were not avid readers, I was fortunate in the fact that they were supporters of my love. I received regular shipments of Sweet Pickles (children’s picture book series – not actual preserved cucumbers) and trips to our small public library with no complaints. My love was fostered and it grew.

Jump forward x amount of years (I plead the 5th here); I now live in a home with 3 beautiful individuals who compromise my immediate family and heart. 2 teenage children and one doting nonhubs. Life is great, but they do not read. Okay, well the children read for school, and my daughter admits to occasionally enjoying a required title, but the days of reading with them are slowly fading into a distant but fond memory. The nonhubs chooses to invest his time in other hobbies when home. I am more than understanding and accepting of this, but would be lying if I said there were not some hurdles as a result of our differences. The struggle is real.

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Challenges of being the lone reader in the home:

  • Relatability –There is just no easy way to share the love of a great story or new book with a non-reader. I often find myself making ridiculous comparisons to other hobbies and objects that never quite capture my passion. I want to share those magical and emotional moments, but do not know how.
  • Finding “alone” time to actually read – This is a big one when you throw a family in the mix. Multiple interruptions and distraction can quickly turn the act of reading into a feat of strength! I have a feeling this would be different in a home full of readers ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Explaining why I need another book – Okay, so granted the nonhubs is fully supportive (he just added three bookcases in our bedroom) but there are certainly times I am sure he cannot understand why I “must have” another book when I own so many.
  • Trips to the bookstore are lonely – My heart sores when I walk into the bookstore, but a small part of it also aches when I see my loved ones sighing and looking for the nearest exit or checking the time repeatedly. I long for romantic perusals through the aisles, yet I am met with “I will be downstairs”.
  • Being told not to request books for your birthday or holidays – This one kills me. I hear it every year from friends and family, “but we just want to give you something different.” But I want books!
  • Book to film adaptations – When a favorite title is finally being made into a film and your heart sores because you will be able to share it with family and then it is a huge flop that fails to capture the true essence of the story. A piece of me dies when this happens..
  • Trying not to sway non-readers – I have really tried to tone this habit down, but I constantly find myself wanting to push books on others and remind them that they just have not found “the right book” yet. They don’t appreciate this constant nagging and it certains does not make them want to read.
  • Explaining that I actually do not need to socialize more or make friends – I am completely comfortable and happy spending my weekends in burrito mode and enjoying my latest read. No, I do not need to get out more.
  • Convincing others that I am not a hoarder – I do need all 400 books and that new bookcase. I do!
  • Accepting that non-readers are not missing out on life – It is important to remember that while we cannot imagine a life without books, they draw inspiration and happiness from other activities and interests. Sounds silly though, right?!
  • The weird looks I still get over book sniffing – They just do not get it.
  • Trying to explain why I need to have a book with me at all times – This one is self-explanatory to the reader, but not so much to the non-reader.

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My list could go on for days now that I have started it. In the end though, I am actually blessed with a family that supports our differences and maintains a great amount of respect for them. We realize and embrace the fact that these are what make us who we are. But they will never truly grasp my passion even if they respect it. I am sure they feel the same of some of their own hobbies. There are plenty of times I long to sit and discuss my current read over tea or share a favorite book. Being an avid reader in a home full of non-readers can feel isolating at times.

Do your friends and family read? If not, what are some of the obstacles you encounter as a result of this? I would love to know how you handle these and live among the land of the non-reading.

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115 thoughts on “Confessions of a Tea Sippin’ Blogger: I Live in a Home of Non-readers

    1. Oh haha. Too funny. I ๐Ÿ’— dwarves! But it is great they read! My son will occasionally. My kids have began reading much less (not at all it seems) as they age. It is sad because I raised them on books and have always read to them. I miss it.

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  1. I went from living with my mom, a reader of.. well, smut, to living with my boyfriend. Someone who cannot finish a book for the life of him. Sure, he buys a book every time we’re on a week-long trip, but fails to ever finish it as soon as we’re back home? It annoys the hell out of me, but hey, at least he reads.. sometimes.. for a bit.. :’)
    A lot of what you’re saying sounds really familiar though! Lonely bookstore visits, check! People not wanting to gift me books: YUP. And it’s so saaaad because books make me more happy than.. other gifts? I did convince one person to just get me a book subscription box and I was STOKED for that one, haha. Unfortunately, it didn’t work with anyone else, ugh.
    Finding alone reading time is pretty easy since it’s just me and the boyfriend. He has late shifts every other week so those are the weeks I read, read, read! It’s like the biggest advantage of his late shifts, haha.

    So, yup. Most of the things you name are really familiar to me!

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    1. I totally feel you! The nonhubs will pick up a motivational self help title about once a year (gifted from his boos usually) and that is it. I was surprised to see my kids outgrow books. I raised them on reading. But maybe they will rediscover them later in life. They are still young and I can hope ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I got clever and started asking for giftcards I could use for books haha. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

      The struggles are real ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’—

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      1. Stay positive, at least it’s something, haha. I think I’d feel a little bummed if my kid would ever outgrow books but that’s something I’ll have to see whenever there actually is a kid, ha. I’ll keep my fingers crossed they rediscover reading in the future!

        Friends and family are “against giftcards” because it beats the fun of finding something original to find for a person.. Like.. I just want books?! Oh well.

        They are!

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  2. I loved this post!! โค๏ธ Iโ€™ve always lived with an immediate family of non-readers, my late grandmother being the only family member to share my passsion. I identified with all your feelings on this and I, too, am horribly guilty of โ€œbook pushingโ€ ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. Yes, definitely!! I met an awesome lady on Goodreads who reads non-stop and calls herself the neighborhood โ€œbook pusher.โ€ She is quick to remind any who tease her about her habit that there are โ€œworse vicesโ€ Hahaha โ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. They just do not get it! ๐Ÿ˜‚ So 9 huh? Is that based on your current collection and reading pace? My nonhubs has just given up lol. He just buys boolcases when I say I need them or he tires of the piles around my existing ones. He knows he is fighting a losing battle ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      1. It’s based on my average of 60 books I read per year and a number I gave of my GR shelf (everything I wish to read) but I can’t remember if that number was close to the truth or not, I think I just tossed a number out when asked. Who know how many books they have on their wishlist exactly ๐Ÿ˜‚. Isn’t that just a wonderful nonhub, no questions asked ๐Ÿ˜

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  3. Loved this post!! The only person in this household that doesn’t like/love books so far is the hubby. All of us love book shopping, libraries, and book sales. Matter of fact eldest just re-organized his bookshelves last weekend. Making his own “reading room” ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Ah yes, Chaz was the same until about a year ago and then his interests took a dramatic shift. Same with Snail. By the time they hit teenage years, focus was elsewhere. Maybe they will regain their love later. They still tend to enjoy titles they have to read for school, so I have that going for me haha. For now, I just come to you for all things book related ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’—

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  4. So much love for this post! In my family, only my youngest son and I are constant readers. We don’t often read the same books, but when we have read the same books–the Hunger Games series and Rot & Ruin series come immediately to mind–we have great discussions about them.

    For the most part, though, I am in the same boat as you–surrounded by non-readers who don’t get it. They have no idea the joy they’re missing out on!

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    1. Haha yes! My children and I read together a lot when they were young, so the change makes it hard. But they still occasionally find joy in required reads. I think maybe when then get through some of the teenage years they may re-establish a love for books. I loved the discussion I had with my son when he read A Monster Calls and my daughter after reading Bradbury. I long for those moments again ๐Ÿ’—

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      1. There’s always hope! My oldest son stopped being a big reader after he was out of elementary school, but he does find something he’s excited to read a few times a year. He may not be as voracious a reader as me, but I’m thrilled he hasn’t stopped reading for fun entirely.

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          1. I guess it’s too much to expect our kids will have the same big love of reading that we do, but man… I sure hoped they would! LOL I’ll take one out of three over none of them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  5. “Explaining that I actually do not need to socialize more or make friends โ€“ I am completely comfortable and happy spending my weekends in burrito mode and enjoying my latest read. No, I do not need to get out more.”

    So. Dang. True. Especially that burrito mode part.

    Great post. It’s good to be reminded that we’re not all alone ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. My husband is a non-reader so I can relate to so many of these and they made me laugh. I used to buy him non-fiction books as he did occasionally read them when we met but now it’s all magazine and the internet when it comes to reading. Thankfully my seven year old seems to have the bug and loves to read – I pray she doesn’t grow out of it!

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    1. My children seemed to have grown out of it, but I am hopeful it is temporary. We always read as a family. Teenagers are hard to gage ๐Ÿ˜‚ but I still see that spark when they enjoy a required read for school so maybe one day. I hope yours holds on tight to that love!

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  7. I also live with a nonhubs who doesn’t read and it drives me insane! It doesn’t help that I can’t read if the tv is on (unless it is something incredibly boring and quiet like snooker or golf – even then I get distracted) so we end up in separate rooms. I’d love it if he read, or even had a nice quiet hobby that he could do in the same room as me while I’m reading, but alas, the tv is too important to him. Loved this post, could relate to every single thing, especially burrito mode!

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    1. Burrito mode is the best ๐Ÿ’— Ah yes. We seem to be in similar situations. I cannot read with noise either so the bedroom is my reading nook and he spends a lot of time in the livingroom. Sometimes he will wear a headset while watching tv or gaming so that I can sit on the couch and red, but this does little to stimulate conversation ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  8. Growing up, none of my friends were reading beasts so I never had anyone around to really share my love of reading. But now my dad reads pretty much all my books and I enjoy talking about them with him. He never judges my book purchases, just asks when he’ll get to read them! I would’ve hated being told I can’t have books for my birthday! My parents were always happy to get me what I asked for. I admit I only sniff books in the privacy of my home to avoid strange looks from fellow shoppers…

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    1. That is wonderful that you can share your books and reading experience with your dad! My mom encouraged my reading, but she really doesn’t read. The nonhubs is also supportive but not a reader haha. I am finding that buddy reading (which I used to despise) is now one of my greatest means to share a story. Luckily through blogging I have met many who always welcome a buddy read ๐Ÿ˜‰ I sniff in shops.. I have no shame!

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  9. YES! I donโ€™t have anybody in my real life who reads. Thatโ€™s one of the reasons I started blogging. Itโ€™s sad because nobody understands my Harry Potter references. Book shopping is the worst. Iโ€™m happily wandering through the shelves, and everybody else is standing by the door, waiting to leave.

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  10. This is a fantastic post Danielle and one I can completely sympathize with! I’m the only reader in my house of now 1 teenager (other nonreader went to college) and my husband and the struggle to spend time reading on the weekends is very real. I often would rather stay in and read and my husband doesn’t get that at all. I have the same bookstore shopping fantasy as you and when we do go he says he’ll be in magazines๐Ÿ˜ฑ I guess the only thing that has worked for me is setting clear expectations of when I’m going to spend a couple hours reading. As for my son, I keep telling him he just hasn’t found the right story yet but he’s not buying it:(

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    1. Haha I say the same to my family all of the time, “You just have not read the right book.” They tire of it. It is hard because my kids did enjoy reading when younger. Maybe they will come back around?

      Oh trips to the book store. My nonhubs is the same. I usually find him by the games or collector pieces. I long for those days of strolling the aisles together haha. Come visit and we can shop books all day ๐Ÿ’—

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  11. I can kinda relate. My family reads, but they do so sporadically so I can only sometimes relate to them. They don’t get my love of books and instead think it’s weird, especially since I love fantasy novels.

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    1. Ah yes. I am a fantasy fan as well. Luckily my family’s appreciation of fantasy films and games has helped them relate a small measure and some books have been adapted to film so I was able to share that! But they will never truly get it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  12. My family started out as non-readers, for the most part, but as we all get older everyone is reading a lot more! In my own little household, I do all of the reading. The cat is content to sit or sleep on books and occasionally tries to chew on their corners, but I just can’t convince him to read…

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    1. Oh no! My nonhubs is bery supportive and doesn’t mind my stacks ๐Ÿ˜‰ but he also collects certain things and has hobbies so we can relate on that level. But je still doesn’t understand why I love them so much ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. What!!?? The horror to say such a thing ๐Ÿ˜‚ Nonreaders certainly do not get it. I am quick to remind others of the hobbies they have that I do not understand and that usually quiets them for a bit ๐Ÿ˜‰ But as long as the nonhubs continues to build my book cases and support my “habit”, I should not complain too much ๐Ÿ’—

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  13. This. Just, everything. The struggle is so real! My son is only 3, so there’s still hope for him. And fortunately my husband WANTS to be a reader, so he is also being super encouraging of my son to read. And right now he LOVES books, which is so amazing! Especially since I still have all of my kids’ books, so I’m reading to him all of my old favorites. But if he doesn’t keep loving it and I can’t read Harry Potter and Percy Jackson and A Wrinkle in Time with him, I might die just a little inside. In the meantime, not having anyone to talk about a new book with is REALLY lonely. That’s why I started a blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Aw! I think it is awesome that your husband makes such an effort. My children were raised readers and used to love books. I hope they will eventually rekindle that love. I did get to read through Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia with my son thankfully! Such important memories. But like you, I started the blog for similar reasons as I just needed others to share my enthusiasm ๐Ÿ’—

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  14. FanTASTIC post, Danielle! And I totally relate. I think I didn’t give my daughter a chance to not be a reader, but she’s definitely not as much of a bookworm as I am. That at least gives me someone to go to the bookstores with. My husband, I finally got him to read a few books (prior to that, he’d never attempted to read for fun) and he enjoyed them. He’ll just never have that drive to find his next read, and I’ve had to learn to accept that. Unfortunately that means that he doesn’t understand why I need that next book, or a new bookshelf. The hoarder thing, I get that from my mother. She’s also not a reader. I just calmly explain that I’m not hoarding, I’m a collector. It’s a collection. It doesn’t have to be little ceramic penguins to count as a collection.

    Finally, I do struggle with how non-readers can’t possibly understand true happiness without reading, but then I think non-readers can’t understand why we find that true happiness inside a book. It’s a two way street, right?

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    1. Does your mother collect ceramic penguins? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yes, I have a nonhubs who collects films, so he can relate a bit. Although I think my book “problem” is worse.

      I raised my children to read. We spent at least 30 to 40 minutes a night pouring over the likes of Lewis and Rowling. But slowly they have drifted away from it. I am hopeful that their desire will return with age. They have both still enjoyed a lot of their required reading. So I think the appreciation is there, but it is getting them to pick up a book ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. She used to, when I was growing up. Now she’s a declutterer for a living, so everything is about ‘balance’ in your home. For every book I bring into the house, I’m supposed to donate one. Pffffff that.

        I totally get that. I think mostly she enjoys reading, so I’m glad for that. I’m just almost military about her always having something she’s reading, even if it takes her a while. Plus, I think it helps that her school requires them to have a reading book during the day because that’s what they can do if they complete their school work before class is over.

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        1. Ah yes! My daughter and son always have one book on hand thanks to school. Their required reading list is pretty decent here and they have even discovered a few favorites. I love when they read a classic I love and want to talk about it! We do enforce the 20 minute reading time, so that also helps ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  15. I can relate. It’s hard when you’re the only booklover in the family, although technically I’m not- it’s just my enthusiasm, shall we say, outstrips the others? lol (what’s WRONG with spending all day in the bookstore???) but yeah. When I was a kid though my parents were good about letting me go to bookstores and hang a while. Those were my favorite times!

    And yes needing new books- so hard to explain! Or rather harder for them to understand. ๐Ÿ™‚ It makes perfect sense to me! And yeah I can’t imagine not EVER reading? What would I do??

    Book sniffing lolol

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    1. Haha thabks Greg! I was lucky that my mother backed my enthusiasm for reading as a child. I think she was more of a reader once. So part if her gets it maybe. I am sad to see my kids pull away a bit after being raised on books, but teenagers are funny beings. They may come back around ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Ah yes, I love spending hours in the bookstore! That is my ideal outing. We have Powell’s here. I have to use the maps. Love it!

      And I am a total sniffer ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  16. What a perfect post! I can totally relate! Hubby and my 2 sons are nonreaders though hubby reads the occasional manga and my youngest son does like to read but just doesn’t since he hasn’t found anything he wants to read in a while. The three of them spend all their free time gaming, and I just can’t understand that, so I guess we’re even, lol! But my 7 yr old is always wanting to read, so I’m over the moon!! She asked for books for Christmas, and she just asked me to buy her more books! I hope her love continues all through her life. My mom always had a book in her hand just like me, so maybe it is a girl thing in our family!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I only ask for books for gifts and my 3 get annoyed too, lol. I did ask for massage gift certificates this year, and I got those! A little change LOL.

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    1. Oh massage is perfect! You could use the tension and stress relief. If find it and scrip to be a huge help when I can afford it!

      Yeah, my family games. But before my lesion I did also. So we can still relate on that level. Although since the nonhubs collects films and such, he does understand my book collection to an extent. Even if he thinks it has grown to ridiculous proportions ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      My children were avid readers with me for years. They grew up on bedtime stories and required reading time. So they may come back to it. They still enjoy some of their assigned reading. Teenagers are moody haha. Who knows.

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      1. Yes, I can definitely use the stress relief! I still want books though, lol. But I have asked for Bon Jovi concert tickets for my birthday next month, so books will have to be bought by me, lol.
        The extent of my gaming has only been PacMan and Sims, lol! But they are hardcore gamers. I can’t get my almost 18 yr old out of his room unless it’s to go to school, work, and to eat. I’m surprised his Xbox hasn’t imploded. He is the one who used to love to read, so I hope he returns to that love one day! My oldest never enjoyed reading and was never big on bedtime stories, so I don’t know! He’s an engineering major right now and will do math and science all day when not gaming, so I think he just has no interest in reading for fantasy reasons. He thinks I’m odd, lol. Yes, teenagers are odd although my 7 yr old daughter can give her older brothers a run for their money any day; I dread the day she is a teenager. I’m going to need help! LOL.

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        1. My son is similar haha. He is fascinated with space and deep sea. He want to be a marine biologist. He will watch documentaries and sometimes read science titles. He thinks my live of fiction is funny, yet he finds CS Lewis fascinating. Go figure! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  17. When asked what I’d like for birthday or Christmas, my first answer is usually an Amazon gift card or a book token, so that I can go and buy more books. Like you, I find friends and family want to vary the gift while I want to scream ‘Please, please, please just give me want my heart desires!’

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    1. Yes! ๐Ÿ˜‚ They are always like, “I want to get you some different this year.” But I just want books haha. I have a few family members who tend to give giftcards, so I can usually manage a few books ๐Ÿ˜‰ It works out well.

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  18. LOVE this post! You have basically described my own situation, minus the kids haha. My significant other doesn’t read or understand why I would want to read that often… Same goes for his family. And our friends. I’m basically the only person that reads and like you said, it can get lonely since I can’t talk books with anyone… It’s the main reason I first started book blogging in the first place. Another hurdle might be the language, since if someone does read, it would be Spanish books and mostly Latin authors, while I read mainly English books and to be honest I’m not really a fan of most Latin authors despite my study. Oops? Some say I might have settled down in the wrong country, but we can’t choose who we love… ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do miss the easy access to English books, libraries and fellow book nerds, but thank the stars for internet access and my kindle haha.

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  19. I have both kinda. My immediate family does and my nieces but I live alone so no one to talk books with.

    I used to have a friend I could share reading memes with lol

    I wish I would get books more often. I did this Xmas. One that was picked for me and two I requested lol

    Great post! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  20. Ah I totally get what you mean with this post! Though my family read some, they don’t get my excessive reading- so they are always bemused when I ask for nothing but books. And it’s also hard for them to understand why I keep needing more (literally every month I have to physically show them my depleted stock and explain why I need more) And yup- being told to get out more when there are BOOKS TO READ is always tough!

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  21. My ex was a reader, but look how much that helped us. Ha! My son had a non-reading blip when he started college. He read required books, but no personal enjoyment books. He is back to reading again, which you know, and I am delighted. The one bad thing once was my son’s Godmother, who was also my best friend for awhile, was such a non-reader she was almost anti-reading and her one boyfriend was an avid reader. We used to start talking books and she would get hopping mad. Ha ha. He didn’t last very long. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. Haha. Yeah my kids are kind of honed in on required reading only right now. I get it. I think that they enjoy some of it is promising. They may come back around. The nonhubs has never been a reader and never will. But he is supportive โค There are just things he will never get. My exhusband was horrid. He hated my reading. I worked 16 hour nursing shifts and he despised any time that a book took from him.. which was little because I normally only read on breaks and nightshifts during those days, but I came home one night right before our divorce to find my collection in flames. I still get emotional thinking about it.

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  22. What an interesting post, Danielle. I love to read and when I met Terence he didn’t read much. He reads more now. Both my sons read. Greg is a big reader and loves classics and fantasy novels. Michael has just started reading Harry Potter on his own which is so awesome as we all read together. I get that it is much lonelier when your family don’t read.

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  23. What a super fun post, Danielle! It’s obvious based on all the comments here that you have struck a chord with MANY readers. My household is just David, the dog, and me. Obviously, Kurosh doesn’t do any reading (but he likes to lay on my feet while I do!). But David is a writer. While he doesn’t read NEARLY as much as I do, he does read often. I never felt like I was being judged, but it’s obvious he doesn’t completely get it. O_o This is one of the reasons I’m involved in so many book clubs! I need other people in my life, my community, who can help share this love!

    I hope you’re able to find all the things you’re missing in different ways through different people and spaces. Just stay open; I’m sure you’ll find a way!

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  24. I get this for sure, it’s part of the reason why I started my blog. One of my friends still reads and the other don’t anymore. My boyfriend always wants to read more but gets distracted by Netflix or his phone, but he is supper supportive of my habit and loves to buy me books. I think I now have him hooked on audiobooks, he has a very long commute to work so I upload one weekly for him….So far so good ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. Wowza! Yeah that is atrocious. The nonhubs will walk by and laugh sometimes when I am on a reading binge, but then smile and say, “Well I guess this is why you are the smart one.” I always laugh at him. I think I would throat punch him if he suggested I should be doing something else with my time..

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  25. This is sooooo insanely relatable hahaha I already knew I was in a house filled with non-readers with my parents not reading in English and my younger brother who just isn’t into reading, but even among friends, reading is that thing they might find the urge to do once a year and never truly maintain throughout the year hahaha Thanks for sharing this list though. It really does remind us all that we’re not alone and we got each other for OUR “social” needs hahahh

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    1. Haha you are welcome. I probably complained more than I should have. I do have to give the nonhubs props for continuing to buy books and build shelves even if he does not get it ๐Ÿ˜‰ But he collects Funko (we both do) and films, so we can relate to “that need” at least some.

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  26. OMG, you are living my nightmare! I live in a home with two young adults and a husband who do not read. How did this happen?! My husband is super social. My idea of a good time is perusing a bookstore the entire weekend. He reads a book a year and by book I mean a graphic novel. I have to read late at night and attempt to tune out the tv in order to get any reading done. Some day, when someone moves out, I hope to create my own little library where I can hide ๐Ÿ™‚ Just know you are not alone!

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    1. Haha thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ We must unite! It helps to know that others understand the struggle. Although my nonhubs has been fantastic and is building me a reading nook in the bedroom. So I should be fair and put in a good word or two about him ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  27. Growing up, no one in my family liked to read aside from my grandmother. She actually taught me to love books and would read until her throat got sore. My parents were divorced and almost every other time my dad had me, he would take me to the bookstore and let me get a stack of books so I very much appreciated that even though he didn’t like reading, he wanted me to have books because I enjoyed it. He’s the one who gave me my first Harry Potter book as well and was fine with me just being quiet and reading.

    It was a huge contrast to my mom and stepfather, who would buy me books for presents but would forbid the nicer ones unless I made A/AB Honor Roll. My stepdad would especially bug me while I tried to read and didn’t understand why I was annoyed with him talking while I was doing so. My little sister hated reading but liked when I read to her. She has come to enjoy some books but doesn’t read much.

    My husband reads but is more of a ebook reader who loves Sci-Fi and High Fantasy. Rarely do we like the same books, though we did listen to Ready Player One on a recent vacation and we both loved it and that entire experience. He never says anything about all of the books I acquire, probably because he gets plenty digitally and on Audible. It can be difficult to find time to read at home because he tends to be noisy and I need it to be somewhat quiet. But sometimes, mostly vacations, we are able to just sit somewhere nice and read together. We rarely go to bookstores because he can never find anything and doesn’t like to dawdle in them the way I do. A few of my friends like to read though none quite as much as me. They either read occasionally or binge for a while and then stop.

    I’m lucky that my in-laws enjoy to read and are on board with buying me books. Your reasons are very valid, though, and some are things I can still relate to. And yeah, we really just do want ALL THE BOOKS โค

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    1. Haha yes! My mom did always allow for trips to the library growing up (although it was a very small one) but I was never denied access. As the oldest of 3, I used to read to my youngest sister, so we will always have that.

      The kids now enjoy some of their required reading, but that seems to be enough. I kind of understand though. They are teenagers and my daughter’s advanced courses assign a lot of books. And teenage boys.. well haha. A mystery to me.

      The nonhubs does not read. But he is a gamer and film collector so he respects my need for books and shelves and is supportive in that sense. We have created our own spaces so we can try to manage time to ourselves, but being mom, it is still hard haha. Getting easier as kids grow though ๐Ÿค—

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