Thursday, September 06, 2007

BTT: Goldilocks (September 6, 2007)

This week's question

From the Blog: 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??

Well, it totally depends on what I'm reading. I'm Goldilocks when it comes to reading for my studies. I need a quiet place or if there's music, classical would be just fine for me. I must have all pens, pencils, papers, printer, etc. within reach too.

If I'm reading fiction, anywhere and anyhow goes. I have read while at the mamak's where it's quite noisy, in the train, in the car, in the loo, at the clinic, sometimes even while waiting for the elevator to stop at my floor. Every minute counts... except when I'm at some place totally dark and there's no light. Not unless I brought a torchlight with me!

Happy BTT, everyone!

Book Quote:

"Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier."

— Kathleen Norris