I'm a 'sinful' reader - I ignore housework and other chores and spend Sundays lying on the sofa reading a book. I shared my sin in a recent newsletter, adding that friends often thought I was wasting my time on books: "Think of all the other useful things you could do?" I've been told this by friends who might spend Sundays watching television.
The response to my confession shows I am far from alone in dissolute reading:
"I'm a culprit too. Reading in the day gives me pleasure, allows me to reflect effectively on the books I read. I become the judge, the reader and the gatekeeper to the books I read, enjoying the good and the bad times, analysing the writer's mind, and placing myself in their shoes." Dele.
"Often my dishes don't get done, or the laundry, or the cleaning of the house or other chores. And I don't care. To me, reading is more important for my well being. The world won't end if I don't do those chores, and I will be a lot happier doing what I enjoy." Cheryl.
"I also read in the day - while waiting for the kids to come out of school/while at my daughter's judo lessons/on my days off - it's a great hobby." Natalie.
"I'm retired and an empty nester. I read during the day, every day." Lynne.
"Reading is my favourite hobby. I read wherever, whenever I can." Rhonda.
"I have numerous health problems and it's a chance for me to escape the realities of life." Sheila.
"I read day, night, any time I can fit a book in." Lynn.
"I read during the day, what sensible book lover doesn't? I've never regarded myself as sinful for doing so." Linda.
However, Chris can teach us all something:
"I commute into London and, in the morning, I work on catching up on emails, etc. But as soon as I hit the seat on the return journey, the time is mine and the hour and twenty minutes is dedicated to a great book - my time, my rules. My real confession is that on a Friday evening I buy an individual glass of wine at Sainsburys and settle down with a small Rioja. Pure bliss."
So, my advice, read during the day, sin away!