Deb Elise’s Loo-ve of Reading

toiletOh, come on… I can’t be the only one.

It’s not so much that the loo is my favorite place to read, but it’s certainly the most reliably uninterrupted.  At least, now it is.  For the first four years of my daughter’s life, she was always in there with me, which didn’t stop me from reading, but definitely lowered my concentration level.  She still wants to come in, but I’ve drummed it into her head that for mommy, “potty time is private time.”

It’s also reading time.

Whatever novel I’m reading, it comes along with me, every time.  (Sorry Debs who followed me on the reading list for Eleanor, Kim, and Sarah’s books!  Tawna, yours is comin’ in there too!)

In case I forget to bring it in, or the need is too dire to wait for me to grab it, I keep the basket next to the commode stocked with at least one non-fiction book I can easily pick up without losing a narrative (something on parenting, or writing, or fitness usually), plus several magazines.

So if you ever come to visit me and you notice me racing off for potty breaks a-plenty, know that it’s probably not because I have a ridiculously tiny bladder (although my daughter will assure you that I do), but because I’m in the middle of a really good book.

13 Replies to “Deb Elise’s Loo-ve of Reading”

    1. YES!!! I loved all the craptasticness in your book. Even the crapisodes had me laughing out loud.

      I wonder… what part will you be reading when you come to L.A.? Can’t wait to find out!

  1. That is the perfect way to get a little privacy! And no, you’re not the only one. Come on over to our house – the guest bathroom always has the latest issues of O and People!

    1. I went to Dinosaur Train the other day and found the bathroom FILLED with People magazines. I was in there for the better part of an hour.

  2. Ah, I’m looking forward to the day when potty time is my own again. Too funny. I’m sure it happens far more than people are willing to fess up to!

    1. At a certain point I just had to put my foot down on private potty time. Miss M would still be in there with me if I let her, but man, I enjoy my little porcelain reading nook too much to share!

  3. There’s a little sign in our bathroom that says, “Bathroom reading limited to short stories and poems”. Not that I pay any attention to it. Of COURSE, we read in the bathroom! Also work crossword puzzles and sudokus in there. It’s a family tradition.

    1. I never got into the Sudoku thing. LOVE crossword puzzles and Acrostics, but I usually do them on the computer — Java application for the NYTimes daily puzzles. Paid subscription, but totally worth it.

  4. LOL, I keep several of my most treasured novels in the bathroom. The ones I’ve read over and over again. That way I can pick one up, flip to a random page, and dive right into a favorite scene knowing exactly what’s happening.


  5. Great post…and good for you putting into words the “secret” many of us share. The bathroom is not only a place for private reading but I find the shower to be quite good for writing inspiration, the water precluding me from reading while showering.

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