Urban Word Wednesday: Lightweight Reader

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

Lightweight Reader: Someone who gets sleepy or passes out shortly after starting to read.

Examples Of Use:

Hubby and I started back to Death by Swimming this week. We were waiting in the pool entrance area to go to our class along with a couple of our adult co-swimmers and dozens of kids and parents. We enjoyed the following conversation much to the parents’ delight.

Hubby: I woke up at 2 am last night with the light still on and my Kindle on my chest! I was so mad. This new Ted Dekker book is fantastic but I can’t seem to get very far…I read for like 2 minutes and then I pass out.

Me: sorry to tell ya, it was more like 2 seconds big guy!

HubbyI know…it sucks. And I’ve always been like that. It was a struggle to get through school.

Meyou’re lightweight reader. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you are doing, you start reading and BAM, you are asleep…in like seconds. Last week camping, I looked out to find you in your folding chair, head on your chest, sound asleep with your Kindle on your lap. Like who can fall asleep sitting UP in those uncomfortable chairs!?!?! Only a lightweight reader…

HubbyI know. It’s crazy and I don’t know what to do. It’s like my Kindle is a sleeping pill.

Me: well, you are gonna have to man up if you want to read with the big dogs. I can get through a book a week. Try to keep up would ya?

Hubby: I am gonna have to take up drinking coffee…or try reading at the kitchen table!

Are you a lightweight reader or can you breeze through words on a page for hours? Even lying down? Know a lightweight reader? Any tips for hubby on staying awake? Come on…share the wealth…

More blog deliciousness here:

  • Jenny from the Blog’s post on who wouldn’t want to be a MILF (mom I’d like to f*ck) is a riot! I near fell over. So true!
  • New blog I found and LOVE. Kat O’ Nine Tales. Calen Spindler’s post on dating over 30 and the follow-up to the wrongest story ever was hysterical (and yes, follow her link to read the wrongest story ever)!
  • Paige Kellerman always cracks me up but her eviction letter to her baby had me rolling on the floor. Note: Paige has since had the BABY! A gorgeous baby boy born September 4, 2012 weighing in at nine pounds and seven ounces. Wowzers!! Congrats Paige!!


  1. I read this and all I could think was…whew! Thank God I’m NOT a lightweight reader. Not that I haven’t had my moments (saying up WAY too late, or buying a super boring book), but usually I can read as long as I want…and sometimes a whole lot longer than I should.

    How to help hubby stay awake to read. I just commented about this somewhere yesterday…in fact, I think it was YOUR blog about business cards that say sweet stuff like idiot. You could try getting one of those kids guns that shoot darts with suction cups. Then any time you notice him dozing off… Air horns might work, too. Train him to stay awake by making him so nervous he can’t fall asleep if there’s a Kindle within 50 feet of him. (sorry, hubby…couldn’t resist the suggestions) 🙂

  2. My problem is opposite! If I start reading, I can’t stop until I know how the book ended. It’s a killer for thick books. LOL! When I was reading the last Harry Potter, my arms about died. She could have released in digital a LOT sooner. So I’m a heavy weight reader, traveling light with my kindle. (grin)

  3. I’m with Pauline! I’m an addicted reader. I have to keep going to find out what happens. The only time I’m a lightweight reader is if the book isn’t holding my interest or is too technical. Then it’s like a sleeping pill big time.

    Omg, Kristy’s idea of an air horn is awesome! You have to try that ~ and take pics. 😉

    • I hear ya. There is nothing as good as the enjoyment of a book to the point where you can’t sleep…delicious!!!

      Hahaha…oh hubby would murder me if I brought air horns into the bedroom…LOL…but the pics would be something special…

  4. I have a wonderful friend who is a lightweight reader. She so wants to read my books, but she has admitted that each one will take her a while because she nearly passes out after about five minutes of reading anything. Meanwhile, her husband is making it through epic thrillers that could double as dumbbells. Like your hubby, she loves books though. I wonder if lightweight readers would do better with audiobooks. ???

    • Audio books…well if not, I would love to try em’ out…hahaha!!

      Yeah, hubby is just like your friend. He almost didn’t get a Kindle because he thought at the rate he reads it wouldn’t be worth it $$$-wise but…Kindle’s automatic shut-off and page saving has been heaven for him!!!

      • I did a trial sign up to audible because they had a Georgette Heyer for free. I downloaded Venetia and found it was read by Richard Armitage!!!!! He does a lovely reading! LOL! I’m afraid to say, though, I use audio books to go to sleep at night, so not sure it would help the falling asleep problem. Maybe if the book was really exciting? Or loud? But it is quite lovely falling asleep to Richard Armitage reading to me…. LOLE

  5. prudencemacleod says:

    hehehe I guess I must be a heavyweight reader. Actually, my first thought was, “The darn book can’t be that good.” 🙂

    • Wahahahahaha!!! Love it Prudence. Nope…good books (I’ve read a few and they are amazing fantasy stuff) but no matter how hard he tries…BAM he is snoring. He actually falls asleep that fast even without reading…sometimes I am jealous although I do love that I get to enjoy so many more books! 🙂

  6. I would also suggest an audiobook…and not reading in bed at night. I’m sure there are other things he can do *wink*wink. 😀

  7. See, I read this and thought, “A week?! It takes you a week to finish a book?!!” But then I remembered that you watch TV. That makes those books last longer. 🙂

  8. I used to rely on reading to help me fall asleep, but that doesn’t work anymore. Ever since, gosh, forever, it seems, I can’t read sitting still. So I suppose it’s a great thing I don’t fall asleep, or I’d be crashing on the elliptical machine. LOL

    Lights are supposed to help keep us awake because it stops the brain from producing melatonin. Or you could try dancing…or glow in the dark undies? Hope you’ll update us on your progress! 😉

    • Girl, I cannot imagine reading WHILE moving. LOL!! You are amazing.

      Glow in the dark undies…genius. That’ll certainly keep hubby’s attention high but I doubt he’ll want to read…hahahaha!!!

  9. Love it!! You guys are hilarious! And always make me smile 🙂

  10. Karen McFarland says:

    Natalie, I love it when you and hubby go back to “Death by Swimming.” You two have the craziest experiences. But about this falling asleep while reading. Don’t know what to tell to do about that one. It used to happen to me when I was younger. I think reading relaxes the brain. And it’s quiet. I have since then curtailed my TV watching. I cut wayyyy back. I now read two or three books per week. But I knew for myself that if I was to write fiction, I had to. I needed to wrap my brain around showing the story through writing verses telling the story as on TV. I needed to re-train my brain. Hopefully my plan has worked or I’m getting the gun out! LOL! 🙂

    • Cutting back TV would definitely increase books read Karen. I am so pumped and inspired by your commitment to master your craft. It’s fabulous and no doubt will pay off big. Not sure if hubby will ever find a way to stay awake and read but we’ll keep trying…

  11. Natalie – I can’t help you out here. Husband doesn’t like to read in bed but he tells me it doesn’t bother him if I do as long as I don’t move my lips. He’s sure that’s funny – he’s been trying it on me for a little over 26 years! I haven’t a clue to help keep your hubby awake — other than — well, he wouldn’t get any reading done – so, I think it’s going to be up to him.

    • As long as you don’t move your lips. LOL!!! He is hilarious….too cute…

      HAHAHA!!! Yeah, I don’t think that’d help…he’d be awake but get no reading done and then BAM would be asleep again….ROFL!!!!

  12. Thank you a thousand times over for all your sweet mentions of my posts! I’m getting back into the swing of things and new routine, but I’m back to making my rounds to yours and everyone elses wonderful blogs. You’re a peach! …:)

    • Yeahhhh glad to have you back up and around Paige. And my pleasure on the shout outs. Your blog always leaves me in fits of giggles. 🙂 Hope all is well and we’ll catch up around cyberspace. 🙂

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