Musings from a middle school reading specialist. I encourage my students to read, talk, write, and have fun!
I parent two amazing young-adult daughters with my husband of 30+ years.

November 13, 2012

Excuses for Not Reading

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Many of my students (and lots of adults I've met) have lots of excuses for not reading.  

I was on FIRE this summer, burning through lots of books and adding them on Goodreads.  In the past two weeks, I've found myself in a reading slump.

Here's my current list of excuses.  

I haven't been reading because....

I haven't been to the library in a month.

Every time I try to download an ebook from the library, I don't finish the process, exit my cart and lose all my books.

It gets dark at 5:00 now.  After coming home and waving the dinner wand, I reallllly don't want to go out again.

I've read nearly all the books on my shelf.  If I haven't read them, those books aren't interesting to me.

I haven't had time to read my usual book-loving blogs to add new titles to Goodreads.

I haven't been to the library in a MONTH!
(My husband joked that he expected them to call me and check that I was okay.)

I've been working hard on keeping my classroom papers in order.  When I look up at the clock, there's no time left to read.

I'm looking for a new book, author or genre to get me excited.


I've run out of excuses.  Time to find something to read....and quick!


  1. Yep...we all have them... a myriad of excuses and they start as young as first grade! I am a reader who loves long, uninterrupted chunks of time and that isn't what our world is like, is it?

  2. Oh, but just wait til you open up that book and you'll wonder why you waited so long. No more excuses, take the time and ENJOY!

  3. It is SO hard to balance the many, many aspects of and demands of our busy lives. I look forward to the "long" holiday weekend when I will certainly download more than one book (gotta love the Kindle reader) and devour them - instead of shopping or holiday prepping. It's a reminder that our students, who also have very busy lives, often do not MAKE the time to read. That is why WE have to provide time to read within the school day - for everyone!

  4. Oh, I love what Anita mentioned about students not making the time to read, so we need to provide that at school. So true!

    I'm with you on this one. I've had the same sticky note on my "What I'm reading" poster for weeks now. I actually just switched it up, even though I never read the first book! (Agh!) Time is my problem. But it seems I don't have or make time for lots of things . . . like exercising, cooking, thorough cleaning. Ebbs and flows.

    Maybe Ralph's author will write a book about Ralph Reading a Story. :) A little inspiration and motivation!

  5. Time is the problem for EVERYTHING!!! Let's see...reading, exercising,cleaning...although I don't want to find the time for that! :-) Thank goodness for summers...a time when we seem to have a little more time!

  6. Love this list. It might be helpful to challenge my students to complete either a "I haven't been reading because ..." list or a "I'm reading tons because ..." list. Here are two titles guaranteed to kick you out of that slump - One for the Murphys and The Lions of Little Rock. They are both on our You Choose the Next Newbery reading list. I was definitely rooting for One for the Murphys, but I just finished The Lions of Little Rock and it may have squeezed it's way to the top of my list!

  7. Good news! I went to the library today and picked up a fresh stack of books! Ahhhhh! Thanks for all your comments!