It turns out there is such a thing as reading too much. Reading is a great, enriching hobby, but there’s a point when you’re just doing it to escape.

Escaping reality is one of the appeals of reading, especially fantasy reading. That’s part of why many adults read young adult fantasy — it’s so much less daunting that real life issues.

But I crossed that line recently. I didn’t really want to do anything, so I didn’t. Instead, I read eight books in a week. It was a very enjoyable way to spend the week, but not a very productive one.

When I was a kid, my mom punished me by taking away my books. A teacher once told her she needed to encourage my reading and she was going to turn me off from reading by doing that.

Turns out, my mom knew me better than my teacher. Taking away my books was much more effective than anything else and I still love to read.

Follow Diana C. Nearhos on Twitter @dianacnearhos.

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