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Thursday, September 6th 2007

5:52 PM

Booking Through Thursday: Goldilocks



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'm not a Goldilocks when it comes to reading. If I'm really interested in a book, I can tune out any distractions. I can even manage to read while on a moving vehicle. It sometimes gives me a headache so I stop from time to time. But, tuning out distractions while reading usually applies to nontechnical books. Although I did read my textbook while my professor lectured on and on. There was also a time that I was reading a math book while walking. A friend saw me and told me to close the book or I might run into something or someone, but then that was a special case since I had a deadline to meet. I also remember a time that I could still follow what I was reading while conversing with someone. I think it was a study session gone awry. I would prefer a quiet place (especially if it's a book I'm dying to read) but if it's not possible, I adapt as necessary.

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