Pathological Reading Syndrome

I recently read a fantastic article about what it means to be a “pathological reader.” Man, did that humorous piece resonate with me!! I find it physically painful to not have a book in my handbag when I leave the house. Even if it is just for a coffee date with a friend, or going on an evening walk at the local dog park with my husband, there is always the possibility that I will find myself alone and bored for a few minutes. What better way to fill those moments than to read?! 

I always cart around at least one book and a notebook for scribbling down my observations of people, places, situations, and conversations to ensure that those fantastic bits and pieces are not lost to me. I feel as naked leaving the house without a book and notebook thrown into my bag as many do leaving the house without their cell phone!


Sadly, the summer months of June and July did not allow for as much leisurely reading as I would have liked, and certainly hoped for. Work, family related events and vacations, and other activities stole what precious reading time I had. Granted, I still managed to squeeze in a book or two and some writing, but I missed the regular routine!

Now that August is upon us, I look forward to a more laid back month of summer afternoons, perched on my back deck enjoying a hazy afternoon as the sun casts pink shadows on the mountain range. I eagerly anticipate weekend trips to secluded trails and pebbly beaches deep in the lush forests that surround our valley; hanging my hammock or laying a blanket down and completely immersing myself in a good book, transporting myself to a world so far away from my own.

For a book club I’m a member of, we just started reading “Midwives” by Chris Bohjalian and I just started “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern.” I’m also reading “Orange is the New Black” by Piper Kerman and “The 100 Foot Journey” by Richard Morais (trying to read these before I watch the show and before the movie comes out!). I have issues with reading more than one book at a time. I never know what kind of mood I’m going to be in!!

What about you lovely readers? What have you, are you, or are you planning on reading this summer?

Happy Reading! 🙂



9 thoughts on “Pathological Reading Syndrome

  1. Hi, Christina! 🙂 I just finished “Genesis” by Eugene Whitworth.
    My next book is in the mail and should be here Friday.
    “Pathways to Wholeness: Archetypal Astrology and the Transpersonal Journey” Renn Butler

    I only read at work — on breaks and lunch — I go off and sit by myself.
    If that is pathological, then it’s darn good for me. LoL Cheerz, Uncle Tree 🙂

  2. Ooh, The Night Circus is on my ever growing TBR list! I’ve just read The Good Girl and completely loved it and I also adored Eleanor and Park. Very different books but each are brilliant. Enjoy your reading time. I hope to get through some more myself this summer. The choices are just too huge though…

  3. Sounds lovely, these August afternoons. Taking it easy, lounging around in a hammock and reading a good book.
    As for me, I’m in winter at the moment. However we’ve had some beautiful warm days this week. I was even able to put my longer sun dresses on because of the warmth. The books I’m reading right now aren’t exactly light. One is called, “I’m fine with God… It’s Christians I Can’t Stand” (and I’m a Christina. Hehehehehe). The other one is called, ” World Religions”. You know. The light and ‘don’t need to think too much’ type of stuff (just joking 🙂 ).
    Have a great August Christina.

  4. Christina, I’m not getting as much reading done as I’d hope to since I’m a slow reader when I’m savoring a book. I’m just finishing off reading my fourth novel for the summer (not including how to books on writing/editing). My daughter can read a book in 1-2 days.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

  5. I am a little more than halfway finished with The Night Circus and I am completely engulfed in the characters and events. I am in love with the twins and my dream is to attend this circus in some kind of book universe. I’ll be very sad when I am finished because I know that I will have Book Hangover for probably days.

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