Here’s today’s 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?
I am absolutely NOT a Goldilocks kind of reader. I can read virtually anytime, anywhere. I can read for five minutes or five hours in an uncomfortable waiting room. I can read while I mine ore in Eve online. I can read while I wait for water to boil or my coffee to finish brewing. I can read in the two minutes while the microwave heats something. I can read in front of the active TV, while listening to music, or in silence. I can read at night or in bright sunlight, indoors or out. I can even read with a squidgy cat on my lap trying to get in the way. The only problem is that sometimes I get so caught up in what I’m reading that I lose track of what I’m waiting for or supposed to be paying attention to…