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.
I can usually read almost anywhere. On a hard chair, a soft sofa, lying in bed, standing up in the train, on a plane. Unfortunately I can't read in cars or buses though. Something about the motion and that car-smell makes me nauseous. The amount of light doesn't matter. I've been known to read in very dim light so as not to bother H. Noise though is my main distraction downfall. I have a hard time reading if there's any kind of loud noise, music playing or if the TV is on. It's ok if it's background noise like when commuting on the train but ideally silence is better. Of course reading with a tall glass of something cold in summer and a big mug of tea in the winter, curled up somewhere comfy, is best!
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?