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This week’s topic is: When are reading breaks a good idea?
I might be making myself look really dumb here, but I’m a little confused by this topic because I can’t tell what it means by “reading breaks.”
Does it mean breaks from reading or breaks for reading? Because honestly, it’s always a good idea to take breaks for reading–waiting in line, sitting in a waiting room, driving down the interstate…all appropriate reading break times. Okay, maybe not that last one. Don’t read and drive, people. Is dangerous.
As for when it’s a good time to take breaks from reading, I can only speak from my own experience.
I would say any time that reading for fun begins to feel like work, it’s a good a idea to take a break. I think that’s it is possible to have too much of a good thing, and that it can eventually wear us down. After my first semester of grad school was when I took my first break from reading. Getting a master’s degree in English and education in only 2 years was hard, and I almost lost some of my love for reading.
I took another break from reading during my second pregnancy because my brain refused to retain anything at all. I could read the same page 19 times, and I’d still not have a clue, but that’s pregnancy-brain for you.
In my opinion, unless reading is part of your career, you should feel free to take a break. Enjoy your hobbies!