Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 394 – Book Heaven


“She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”

Annie Dillard

Thank you, Spidey, for finding another quote that suits me just fine!.

Firstly, sorry for posting late!

But, this, as you will see from the gist of my post, is where the above quote is relevant.

As soon as I start school in September, things begin to happen.

Life goes from a comfortable speed to powering ahead with me a the wheel of a large truck, trying to keep all my cargo safe.

  • my team and their wellbeing
  • my new class, and settling them into their new life in school
  • new initiatives and expectations to be implemented in school
  • my family and their various needs, be it being taxi mum to their emotional health and wellbeing
  • keeping house, even after long days (that ironing pile seems to double when we are working!)
  • having time for Hubby Dearest, who is juggling his own cargo load
  • giving Sonu Singh plenty of love
  • new pressures of keeping to a better budget with all these rising costs…
  • my own health and sanity, not helped by the onset of Perimenopause

As you can imagine, all this leaves me pretty shattered at the end of a typical working day.

It means that I have no energy left for my other passion which is my writing. I have editing to do. I have a new book to start plotting… But I don’t have the headspace or the time to do either.

What I won’t forgo, though, is my time with a good book.

Reading is like food for my soul. A moment to dip into the lives of others and to forget what is going on around me at any given moment.

It’s true that I read much less in the week, as I find I am asleep by 9.30pm, but I will always read a few pages at least before my eyes close.

My Kindle is brimming with at least 150 unread books that I have downloaded over the years, and my little trolley of unread books holds around 50 more physical books I have either been sent to read or have picked up on my visits to bookshops. My Amazon Wishlist has plenty more that I want to read… one day…

I don’t think I will ever reach the end of my TBR pile, virtual or otherwise, and I am not sad about that at all. It means that I will always have a tap of beautiful stories to turn on and sink into when I have nothing left to give to the world…

So, tell me, how many books are on your TBR?


Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennie
    Oct 03, 2022 @ 14:09:34

    My TBR list is too long to count. I know how it it, Ritu. See how late I am finally reading this post?

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  2. robbiesinspiration
    Sep 29, 2022 @ 08:02:42

    Working full time with a family is not easy. I’m glad you still find time to read.

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  3. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Sep 26, 2022 @ 17:47:18

    You are honoured for your reading fun and speed, Sis! Also for being a role model to your big family of little monsters. Lol Best wishes, Michael

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  4. April Munday
    Sep 26, 2022 @ 10:31:07

    I think I now possess more physical unread books than I have time left to read them. It’s a thought that helps me to give up on books that don’t really grab me.

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  5. johnrieber
    Sep 25, 2022 @ 15:43:05

    I recently started to count and stopped after I hit 100…every single one of them I vowed to make the “next one to crack open” – only to spot another and another and another…I personally love grabbing one on a whim – not planned, just a sudden decision – and discover that it has been waiting patiently for me to find the time to devour it!

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  6. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Sep 25, 2022 @ 12:41:30

    I shudder to think of how many are in my Kindle Cloud. And between my sister’s collection and mine of physical books, we must have 300+ (most of which I have yet to read). Deep sigh, reasons to live! ❤

    Liked by 1 person


  7. Steve Tanham
    Sep 25, 2022 @ 12:31:12

    Loves the waggon image, Ritu. I know what that feels like…😃

    Liked by 1 person


  8. beth
    Sep 25, 2022 @ 11:45:36

    yes, reading a good book, is a calming joy and refuge in the midst of our busy lives

    Liked by 1 person


  9. Sadje
    Sep 25, 2022 @ 11:30:11

    Too many yet to be read.

    Liked by 1 person


  10. Erika
    Sep 25, 2022 @ 09:34:05

    It is a good example you made her. People are a lot more under pressure with so many obligations and things they want to give as part of their personality. Of course, I am talking from experience. Too often it is underestimated what an impact it has in the long run on mental and physical health. It is so important to make room and find something to draw energy from. In your case it is books. Keep it up, Sis 💖

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