Booking Through Thursday - Sept 6, 2007

 A Weekly Meme Hosted by Booking Through Thursday 

Okay, so the other day, a friend was commenting on my monthly reading list and asked when I found the time to read. In the ensuing discussion, she described herself as a “goldilocks” when it comes to reading–she needs to have everything juuuuuust right to be able to focus. This caught my attention because, first, I thought that was a charming way of describing the condition, but, two, while we’ve talked about our reading habits, this is an interesting wrinkle. I’d never really thought about it that way.

So, this is my question to you–are you a Goldilocks kind of reader?
Do you need the light just right, the background noise just so loud but not too loud, the chair just right, the distractions at a minimum?
Or can you open a book at any time and dip right in, whether it’s for twenty seconds, while waiting for the kettle to boil, or indefinitely, like while waiting interminably at the hospital–as long as the book is open in front of your nose, you’re happy to read?

My Answer:

Usually I can just right in. My concentration is generally grabbed quickly when reading. Exceptions are if I was already bored and irritated in the first place - which doesn't happen much - but then I can't get into the stupid thing without getting more aggrivated. Noise doesn't bother me unless it's blaring TV, can't stand that. I like quiet the best, but we take what we can get.

1 comment:

Tia Nevitt said...

I can read through any distraction. My disabled daughter knows that she is free to interrupt me when I am reading. I have no problem reading 10 minutes here, 20 minutes there, and I have no problem picking up where I left off.

On the other hand, sometimes I do find myself rereading the same scene over and over again.