Question: What Would You Do If You Were Not Allowed to Read For a WHOLE Week?

Posted November 27, 2014 by Carmel in Question / 98 Comments


I would die! No, but seriously, I. Would. DIE.

Ok, ok, maybe that’s a bit extreme, and it does occasionally happen that I go a full week without reading, however that’s by choice more or less, real life interferes notwithstanding. I can’t imagine a scenario where I would be forbidden to partake in my favourite hobby… Oh wait, I can, my honeymoon aaaand I still snuck in an hour here and there when hubs passed out drunk after overindulging in the free booze. Eventually he just gave up on trying to rein in my addiction altogether because I was monopolizing the TV remote, and forcing him to watch anything and everything that wasn’t sports. That’s true love for ya, it’s about outlasting your partner. Ha! Nah, in all fairness I was the alchie during that vacay, and we didn’t spend much time watching the boob tube. *wink-wink*

I’d probably resort to some long lost past time that I’ve neglected ever since reading & blogging entered my life. Maybe make a puzzle, take another crack at that origami swan, or heaven forbid clean the house, although admittedly the latter wouldn’t be nearly as appealing without an audiobook to listen to. I’m almost positive that my good mood would go out the window; I might start binge eating to help fill the void, and would most likely develop an unhealthy obsession with counting down the days until my punishment was over. You’d think I was quitting crack or something! Is it normal to get the shakes just thinking about it??

There is however a slight chance that I might lose it completely, and decide to hunt down the person responsible for ruining my life, and kick their freaking ass! Desperate times call for desperate measures. So, let this serve as a warning to anyone who’s ever thought about taking books away from a junkie, unless you have a death wishβ€”DON’T DO IT!

On a sadder note, my good friend Julie from Yummy Men and Kick Ass Chicks’ last post will be this Friday, and she’s hosting a fab giveaway for her final hoorah. Go say goodbye to this wonderful blogger!

What Would You Do If You Were Not Allowed to Read For a WHOLE Week?

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98 responses to “Question: What Would You Do If You Were Not Allowed to Read For a WHOLE Week?

  1. My oldest son, at 7 years old, told his grandmother, “If Mom doesn’t read, she’ll die.” Out of the mouths of babes. I do alot of other things too and I try to limit my reading now so it doesn’t interfere with my family time but I can’t even imagine not reading. Well, I can. When my Mom passed, I didn’t pick up a book for 5 years. It made EVERYONE unhappy. But it passed and I’m back to reading but not as obsessive about it now.
    Some people are TV junkies but my Guy is with yours, if I’m not reading, we’re fighting over the remote! LOL
    So no, I can’t imagine not reading for an entire week.

    • Your son was wise beyond his years at that age! Not letting reading interfere with my RL is something I battle with on a daily basis. It’s becoming easier though as I get older because I’m realizing the value of family.

    • I was trying not to kill anyone in this fictional scenario, but a thousand deaths does have a certain appeal to it. LOL! Writing would be a good way to go too, if you can’t read stories, might as well make your own.

  2. Roro  

    Yummy men and kickass chicks is ending !!!! πŸ™

    Can I hibernate or better yet , I’ll be listening to audio books. You only said reading . *maniacle laughter*

  3. I think I’d have to resort to beating up the person who tried to forbid me to read my books, actually! A whole week is just not possible at all. Really, what would I do while my family does their thing? I only watch a few TV shows, but I have them on demand, so I can do that whenever… but reading is like breathing. I would not last a whole week without.
    I was snorting at your definition of true love, Carmel! Outlasting your loved one *snorts again* yeah, that’s true!
    Happy Thanksgiving, and happy reading πŸ™‚
    Lexxie recently posted…Review: Coming for You – J.A. Huss

  4. I think people have given up on my not having a book around. I may have to smack someone if they tell me I couldn’t read. I even brought books with me to the Philippines when I was on I have books with me everywhere I go..that is what I like about having an ereader. πŸ™‚ Don’t be taking my book away! πŸ™‚
    Stormi recently posted…Review of Deceived

  5. Pretty sure I would go nuts–reading is like breathing for me. I can’t live without it! I would just stew about it the whole week, watch way more TV than I should and other unproductive activities which would drive me nuts. Although I would probably sleep more πŸ˜‰

  6. I just went almost a month so I guess i would survive lol but I routinely go a week without reading these days. I read about a book a day for a week then take the next week off with the exception of one or two novellas.

    Then when I get twitchy and NEED to read that’s when I pick up a book. It’s helped with reader burnout.

  7. I’ve had days where I just don’t read. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood to read so I just don’t. There’s nothing wrong with that but if someone were to tell me that I just can’t read for an entire week because of whatever….Than I would probably go crazy. Reading is what keeps me sane.
    Lily recently posted…{Blog Tour} Transformed by E.V. Fairfall

  8. i would rebel simply. i can’t stand order so unjustified like that ( because nothing can justify such an order) so i would rebel hopw i don’t know but i’m the only one who can, decide for myself if i need a reading break or not
    miki recently posted…Mist (Midgard 1) by Susan Krinard

  9. “heaven forbid clean the house, although admittedly the latter wouldn’t be nearly as appealing without an audiobook to listen to”

    And that is me right there. But as to the actual question… I stayed up way late with my hubs as we’ve been bingeing on Arrow this week and by the time he was ready to be done I was half asleep. So I didn’t read when we got in bed and I had a terrible time falling asleep. I felt guilty! As if my book was going to be jealous or something. lol
    Rhianna recently posted…Book Blast: THE ACADEMY: THIEF by C.L. Stone [Excerpt + giveaway!]

  10. Hmmmm…if someone I demand that I do it, I would not be a happy camper. Buuuuuuuut if I was in a book I’ve been known to take a week or two off to help my reading situation. But for the most part….I’m not sure that I could take a week off from reading because I was trying to change things up. That would never happen.
    Cristina recently posted…Hear Me by Viv Daniels

  11. Well, if someone would try to FORCE me to not read for a week, it would not end up nicely for them AT ALL, because even if I have had reading slumps when I haven’t felt like reading at all, and I’ve been watching up on watching shows, discovering new shows and binge watching more TV shows, I have never been told I cannot read when I want to!

    But I’m thinking that whenever I get Lasik done to my eyes, I’ll end up not being able to read OR watch TV for a few days, and I’m not sure what I’ll do… I’ll probably go nuts and will became unbearable!! I’m gonna need suggestions for that!! O_O

    Great question Carmel!!
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  12. Mogsy from BiblioSanctum  

    Oh, easy. I would take the week to try and make a dent in my video game pile. Because if there’s one thing to rival my TBR pile, it’s my TBP pile – to be played. And then I’d love to get some personal creative writing in. And maybe do some art again, or paint some miniatures. Or maybe do some crocheting, which I picked up earlier this year. Yeah, I have too many hobbies.
    Mogsy recently posted…Tough Traveling: Bugs

    • Ah, yes. It’s been far too long since I’ve done any serious gaming. I used to log hours upon hours, but I gave it up when I started blogging. I miss it sometimes…

  13. I’ll be honest, I feel weird if I haven’t read for a day! I think the most I’ve done recently was a weekend and that’s because I was away on Scout Camp so was with my friends constantly (this is 18-25 year old Scouts), any longer than that and I’d have to read something!

    I’d find a way to read! It’s too horrible to think about being banned from it!
    Laura recently posted…Blog Tour: Claiming Carlos by Rachelle Ayala

  14. Oh this is very interesting. See, if you asked me this question last year, I’d say JUST KILL ME NOW I’D RATHER DIE THAN GO THROUGH A WEEK WITHOUT BOOKS, but then again, this year has been crazy hectic for me and last week I only managed 1 book. So, if I had read none, I think I’d be okay with it because I just simply had no time, lol.
    Melanie (YA Midnight Reads) recently posted…Discussing Through Midnight (47): More Importance of YA

    • What a horrible nightmare! I’d wake-up screaming if ever I dreamed that, and would be inconsolable. I’m thrilled to have discovered audiobooks too because at least now I always have a plan B.

    • It’s not as scary of a concept during the summer, because like you said, you have way more options to help fill the void, but during the colder months? Forget it!

  15. *shudders* I’d like to see who would be foolish enough to try to tell me what I would or would not be allowed to do, I’ll tell you that :)) Even my mom gave up when I was a wee bit kid (and she’s the second most stubborn person I know, after me, of course). Not sure if you’re the whole signs thing, but I’m Taurus :)) We’re well known for how impossibly stubborn we are πŸ˜€ And with good reason, too.

    The only way someone might keep me away from reading would be to entertain me with something fun enough to keep my attention the whole time… *flutters eyelashes* Anyone is welcome to try, of course πŸ˜€
    Livia recently posted…The Tears of the Rose by Jeffe Kennedy

    • I’m an Aries which is an equally stubborn sign, so I’m right there with ya. LOL! It’d have to be a REALLY good distraction to keep me interested for a full week.

  16. I have withdrawals when I go too long without reading!! Like now I’m having withdrawals — we hosted Thanksgiving at our house this year, & so I’ve been so busy with all that & haven’t had a chance to read. Hoping to remedy that this weekend though because I think the withdrawal is making me cranky, LOL!! πŸ™‚

    • Haha! Yes, holidays are a battle because you can’t have your nose in a book when you’re hosting. I love spending time with my family, but after a day or two, it’s good to see them leave.

  17. If I wasn’t allowed to read for a whole week, I would lose it too! I mean, I spent my whole life reading, so actually trying to go through a whole week without reading is something that would drive me insane! Well, I always have the internet, but it’s not the same unless I was chatting with other fellow book lovers about books we’ve read together.
    Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog) recently posted…Garfield Will Eat for Food by Jim Davis

    • Does reading articles / blog posts on the internet count too? Egads, I didn’t even think of that. That would be SO much worse than just giving up books. I really would die. LOL!

  18. Reading is my sanity so I’d go completely mad if it was forced on me, in saying that though I recently went 3 weeks without reading whilst on holidays and we were so busy I barely thought about it but the moment we were back on that plane I opened my kindle πŸ˜‰

    Otherwise I’d spend some time taking photos – my 2nd favourite hobby.

    A great post!
    Sharon – Obsession with Books recently posted…Review: The Hit List by Nikki Urang

    • Disney’s the most magical place on Earth, so who needs books when you get to hang with Mickey! Airports, and flights would be pure torture though without ’em.

  19. I’m not fun to live with if I can’t read! So my first question would be, do audiobooks count as reading? If they don’t, then I’d be OK (not happy but OK.) I would sit and knit while listening to audiobooks. Who am I kidding, I would do pretty much everything while listening to audiobooks.

    If audiobooks were verboten too, I’d have to resort to tougher measures. Like rewatching all the British mysteries I have on DVD. Or (gasp) actually sitting down and writing some of the stories floating around in my head. And knitting. If I can’t read, knitting is my sanity-saver.

    And at the end of the week I (and everyone around me) would heave a huge sigh of relief. Then I’d plunge into a binge read and wouldn’t surface for days.
    Lark recently posted…Sunday Post – 11/30/14

    • Life’s just not worth living without books! The world is a much better (and safer) place when I get my daily fiction injection, just ask my husband. πŸ˜‰

  20. Not gonna happen! I started when I was 4 and never stopped. If I don’t have a book I’d read anything else that can be read and I won’t be happy. Everyone knows it and no one stands between me and my books, safer that way πŸ™‚ On a sad note, I didn’t know about Julie :(((
    kara-karina recently posted…The Postman Knock #104

    • I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember too, so answering this question was a bit weird, I had to really visualize it. It sucks that Julie had to give up something she loves, but she’s trading it in for something she enjoys even more.

  21. I actually unintentionally did this earlier this month when I took a trip to visit family. I took my ereader, but only turned it on a few times. Turns out I can social with people and go to bed early and wake up feeling refreshed. That’s all fallen apart since coming home, but it’s good to know I can do it, lol.
    Sarah recently posted…November 2014 in review

    • My dogs would probably be ecstatic if I took a break from reading because they usually end up benefiting from extra attention whenever there’s a lull in my responsibilities.

  22. LOL I’m with you, Carmel. Just reading the question had me hyperventilating. πŸ˜‰ My first thought was I would die…or someone else would. While nothing that extreme would happen (maybe) I would probably have to lock myself away as NO ONE would want to be around me. I laughed at your comments about your honeymoon…pretty sure I read on mine. I know I too could take up a up a hobby that I’ve let slide since I began blogging but somehow I think it just wouldn’t be as satisfying. So I second your “DON’T DO IT” for anyone who might try. πŸ˜‰
    Bookworm Brandee recently posted…**Release Day Blitz & Giveaway ~ Hansel Part 4 ~ Ella James**

    • We’d have to hang Do Not Disturb signs around our necks to give peeps a fighting chance of not getting their heads bit off should they attempt to talk to us during a no-books week. Your comment made me feel better about reading on my honeymoon. Hehe!

  23. I am trying to attack my emails and saw this one. I have been in the hospital with my daughter for a week and a half. I thought maybe since I couldn’t work I could sneak in some reading time while there. But, she was way too sick (PICU for 1/2 of the stay) and I couldn’t leave her side. So, I was panicking about not reading. Not that I missed it, but was worried about the tours I had signed up for in December. It wasn’t gonna happen. I had to bow out of quite a few. Even now that she’s home, I am no where near the reading I used to be. And I can’t concentrate when I do read. The impending bill has me hyperventilating. I am almost in full panic mode with not reading much and a sick teenager. (they are the hardest to take care of) Anyway, I would totally understand anyone who went a week without reading. I look forward to being able to read normally again!

    • So sorry to hear about you extended hospital stay; I hope your daughter is doing much better. How stressful! Real life happens to all of us, and most authors & tour organizers understand that just so long as you give them a heads up. Fingers crossed that things get back to normal soon. *hugs*

  24. Leila from LeilaReads  

    A few years ago I was actually in a situation where I had zero access to books or any electronic distractions for 48 hours. I seriously almost lost it. So an entire week? Put me in a padded room, otherwise I probably wouldn’t make it. Or I could go like you and end up completely psychotic and murderous. Either outcome sucks. So hopefully that never happens to either of us!
    Leila recently posted…A Year Without Buying Books (I May Actually Die) – Show Your Shelves Some Love Challenge 2015

    • I can’t stand being separated from my eReader or iPhone for very long. I need to mentally prepare myself when I go on camping trips and such. It’s a little ridiculous!

  25. To quote you, “I. WOULD. DIE.” my friends all know my as the girl who reads. I even bring books to parties lol. But seriously, I would probably resort to my other love, watching TV. Maybe rewatch The 100 since I’ve been obsessed with that show recently.
    Audris recently posted…November Wrap-Up & December TBR

    • That’s the only correct answer to this question IMO. I haven’t watched a single episode of The 100 yet, although everything I’ve heard has been good. My PVR looks like my TBR. LOL!