October 2016

Hour 9 – Are you feeling it yet?


Hello Readathoners! My name is Allison and I blog over at The Book Wheel and I am thrilled to be back again this year – thank you so much for having me! We’re still in the early hours so I know you are all super-motivated and ready to make it through the next few hours and there are some great challenges to participate in (see below).

Us avid readers know that reading is an extreme sport – it requires dedication, perseverance, and physical endurance. Even though reading can be physically painful, it’s worth the sacrifices, am I right? I, for one, have been told on multiple occasions that my tendonitis and dry eyes stem from reading too much. And let’s not even talk about the number of times I’ve dropped a book on my (or my husband’s) face. But do I give up? No! Because reading is LIFE and we Readathoners know that the sacrifices are worth the rewards. Plus, wrist brace and eye drops can work miracles.

But enough about me – tell me about YOUR reading injuries! Have you dropped a book on your face? Had your arm fall asleep and then give yourself a black eye when you move it (No? Just me?)? Tweaked your back from lounging for too long?


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16 thoughts on “Hour 9 – Are you feeling it yet?”

  1. I have to be careful how I hold my Kindle when laying down because half of my hand falls asleep.

    We aren’t going to talk about the times I’ve tripped or crashed into something while reading and walking…

  2. I have, indeed, dropped a book or two on my face! I’ve also caused myself many neck pains from looking down while reading a book in my lap. I actually have been told I have arthritis forming in my neck because of looking down so much! I don’t know if I believe that or not, but that’s what the doctor says. I continue to look down at my books anyway, arthritis be damned!

  3. I once pinched a nerve in my back while reading in bed. For about a week, I was occasionally brought to tears.

  4. I can’t even count how many times I’ve dropped my Nook on my face. Sometimes it’s felt like I’ve broken my nose. Ive fallen down the stairs a couple of times reading. Just a couple of stairs, not a flight thankfully. I’ve tripped over my dog, stepped on my cat. My poor animals! I should have learned not to read and walk by now.

  5. Definitely wrist pain, neck pain, hip pain (from laying down!), hitting my face with a book, thumb pain if I’m reading an e-book on my phone!
    And shoulder pain from carrying too many books!

  6. I once broke my arm reading HP4. I was sat crossed legs on my bed reading for hours and I didn’t realise my foot had gone to sleep. I stood up on the bed to hop off and get a snack and fell straight onto the hardwood floor and broke my wrist 🙁

  7. In first grade, as a reward for something, I got to be the lucky first student to read the new book our teacher had just gotten during our quiet reading time. In my excitement, I somehow managed to give myself multiple paper cuts on the webbing between my fingers!

  8. I see I’m in good company! I’ve also dropped my kindle, my tablet and my phone on my face while reading in bed. But nothing was so bad as letting Dance of Dragons, with its billion pages and weight of a newborn baby, fall on my face. Don’t recommend it.

  9. Ha! This one makes me laugh because I’ve got stories!! My favorite is one that did not result in an injury unless you consider my pride. Let’s just say that I was trying to run on the treadmill with Anna Karenina. The book flew off the back of the treadmill and unplugged the machine. I tried to (not-so) gracefully make it look like I meant to do that, but it was my neighbor on the elliptical next to me that had to inform me why my treadmill wasn’t working. I was so embarrassed!!

  10. Walking and reading can be a dangerous activity. I don’t know how many times I have bruised my shins!

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