This weeks Musing Mondays is about what we do while reading, if anything…
Do you read books while you…
…eat? … bathe?… watch movies or tv?… listen to music?… While you’re on the computer?
I can read while doing just about anything. I definitely eat and read at the same time, especially during the day as that’s one of my only lay back and chill times to enjoy a book. As far as bathing, well not so much. I’m not willing to risk dropping a book into a tub of water, especially if its a good book. When it comes to movies an television, I can read in between commercials and while I watch shows/movies, but since my focus is generally more on the book than the show I usually end up missing something. What would I do without DVR?! Sometimes with reading I want background noise and other times I want silence, I’m capable of reading with either so I do sometimes listen to music while reading. The computer, not so much. Generally when I’m on the computer whatever I’m doing requires more of my attention than I can give while reading, so no I don’t read when I’m on the computer.
Basically I read where ever and whenever I can. I always have at least two if not three or four books with me so that I have reading material of all types to keep me occupied if something comes up, like say sitting in traffic, which I do regularly. I like to be prepared for any chance to read. =]
You have basically just described my reading habits….
Yeah, the computer distracts me. It’s too much to keep up with my book.
Indeed. Unless I’m actually reading a book on the computer, I can’t be using it when I read.
I wouldn’t want to risk dropping the book in a tub of water.
You can see my answer HERE
I don’t think I ever want silence when reading…It might be a minority opinion.
Some people simply need background noise. I know people who absolutely cannot read with any noise around and they’re just liken ‘I don’t know how you do it…’
I sometimes find it difficult to read if I know the music too well – the words clash in my head. I find the best music to listen to is classical.
If I’ve got music with lyrics I generally have the volume down low, that way I hear it but its not so loud it’s distracting and I can focus on reading. I listen to a lot of trance and house music though, and thats usually what I listen to when I read. As for classical, I generally only listen to classical when I’m researching and writing on huge papers – I have a pretty serious soft spot for Schubert and Brahms.
I love Baroque music – especially Albinoni’s Agadio in G (as heard in Rollerball – the original version). If I want to seriously chill it’s this kind of stuff. I also love Mozart and Rachmaninov.
Baroque is a great period for music, but I lean a lot more towards the Romantic period just because there was such expansion by that time and the music during the Romantic period is so much deeper for me than the Classical and Baroque periods.
I’m not sure I’ve heard Albinoni before, but I’ll check it out. Mozart is fantastic as well, along with Bach and Hadyn and the like. But for me it’s Brahms, I grew up to Brahms. That’s where my love for music started.