September 6, 2007

Booking Through Thursday: Goldilocks

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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?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!
Goldilocks! That's a riot. Goldilocks and I have little in common. First, I'm not a blonde. And no I'm not very picky about where and how I read. I can read anywhere really. I've been known to walk around while reading. Distractions don't really bother me either. I can read in front of the TV and divide my attention between the two. Considering that I'm a Mom, there are always distractions. If I waited for the perfect moment, I'd never read.
It's funny, I just read The Thirteenth Tale and the narrator had to sit down to read. She had an accident while reading standing up. She was so involved in the book she wasn't paying attention. I could see how that could be a problem. I do get emersed it my reading.

13 comments :

  1. I'm like you - if I wanted for the perfect time to read, it would never happen. I can read and carry on a conversation with my husband which just annoys him like crazy! And later, I will be the one to remember the conversation.

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  2. I walk around and read too, it's bad! I seem to do well not to run into anything, it is when I don't have a book in my hands that something magically appears and connects with my toe...

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  3. Muahaha! I used to read while walking too, but at some point I realized that I get so involved in my books that this was seriously not safe.

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  4. Every waking moment (unless I'm knitting) is perfect for reading. And although I am one of the clumsiest women on earth, I've never had a reading accident! Now, doing one's food shopping... that's perilous.

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  5. I get distracted if there's a lot of noise but otherwise it doesn't matter where I read. I don't usually walk and read at the same time though, I'd likely run into things!

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  6. LOL, I wish I was more like you. TV kills my reading unless it's just the right book. Anthony Bourdain, I have no problem reading him while the TV is on. Wuthering Heights, not so much.

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  7. I've yet to see a mom call herself a goldilocks reader, for good reason! It's impossible to read in a certain way with little ones running around. My BTT is up.

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  8. With kids in the mix, there really is NO perfect time!! I usually just take what I can get!!

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  9. Nope, I can't walk and read at the same time... I'm just don't have that kind of coordination.
    As for Goldilocks? No, I'm no Goldilocks...anywhere at anytime for me! Diane

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  10. I read while standing up and walking sometimes too. :-) I haven't had an accident yet like the character in Thirteenth Tale, but I remember reading that part and getting a good chuckle out of it.

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  11. Oh, I love this question. I'm going to steal it.

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  12. Yeah, if I worry about finding a 'perfect' time to read, I'd never get my reading done! LOL.

    I can't read in a moving vehicle though...makes me giddy!

    Happy reading!

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  13. i totally relate to the mom vs. ideal circumstances thing! it's a good thing we can read anywhere, anytime! happy BTT!

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