MizB’s question this week for Musing Mondays is:
Other than working at a job, what is your biggest interruption to reading? What takes you away from your book(s)?
As I’m retired in theory I should have more time for reading. In practice, though, I don’t read more now than I did then and the things that take me away from reading are just the same as before – family, friends and hobbies, such as painting, visiting places and generally – life.
Blogging, of course, is one of those things, so I’m finishing off this post – it’s time to read!
Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading is here on Tuesday this week!
This week’s musing is’¦ a book meme!
What was the last book you’¦
‘¢ borrowed from the library?
‘¢ cried over?
- I don’t often cry over books, I can’t remember the last one.
‘¢ disliked and couldn’t finish?
- Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – I think I’ve given up on this one after trying to read it three times. What am I missing?
‘¢ read & loved?
‘¢ got for review? (or: got in the mail?)
‘¢ gave to someone else?
- I gave a pile of books to the book stall at my local hospital – can’t remember the titles.
‘¢ stayed up too late reading?
- Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates – I fell asleep reading this book for many nights.
This week’s musing is:
What’s your favorite ‘cozy’ book €” and, by that, I’m meaning ‘curl-up-on-a-cold-day comfort read‘? Or, if you don’t have a particular book, what genre do you most feel like reading when the weather starts to turn colder?
For me it’s a ‘curl-up-on-a-rainy-day’ rather than a cold day. As a child on rainy days I used to love sitting inside watching the raindrops running down the window, curled up in front of an open fire with a book to read. Usually it was an Enid Blyton book – Mallory Towers for example, or one of the Heidi books, or What Katy Did. Over the years I read these many times.
These days, on rainy days I like to read a book such as One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes, a nostalgic look at England just after the Second World War. Anything that transports me to another world is good. It may be a book I’ve read and enjoyed before such as Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes, which would whisk me off to sunny Italy. It’s nothing like the film they made of it – the book is much better. Or it could be historical fiction such as this one I’ve been looking forward to reading for ages, Helen of Troy by Margaret George.
from Should Be Reading by MizB
This weekâ€™s musing asksâ€¦
Can you read amidst distractions? (tv, others talking, sporting events, etc)
I used to be able to read through most things. When I was at school I had to do my homework downstairs in the winter – my bedroom was too cold (no central heating) and as my grandparents lived with us and had the front room I had to do my homework with the rest of the family who were watching TV and talking. It never bothered me. I used to lie on the floor reading or writing, oblivious to the noise all round me. My sister could be chattering, playing the piano and generally messing about and I was still absorbed in a book. I used to walk around reading and could read anywhere.
But these days the sound level can affect me. I can read with the TV on, but the sound level has to be just right – too high or too low can be a distraction -Â but a programme that interests me can intrude sometimes. Music is great for reading by, IÂ rarely hear it. I can read in waiting rooms, but people sitting next to me talking loudly (both the old and the young can do that) can be distracting. And children playing are very distracting. I was waiting in the hospital for my husband recently and a small girl was playing very quietly on a little rocking horse, well she was quiet but the rocking horse wasn’t and it kept moving nearer and nearer to my feet.
So, I do read with noise all round me and it’s not distracting if it’s just background noise, but anything more and I can’t do it.