Friday, September 07, 2007

"Goldilocks" Readers

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 and you can read?

I can (and do) read anywhere and everywhere. Hooray for public transportation! Although I do miss driving, I'm more than willing to trade it for more reading time while someone else has the job of moving me from place to place. Also, the book provides some protection. People are less likely to approach me (Excuse me, are you a foreigner?) if I'm reading.

Background noise: You know what works really well for me? QVC, the home shopping channel! I miss it so much -- the hosts, mostly female, have kind of pleasant, singsongy and drony voices that immediately turn to white noise in my ears. I tried a couple of Korean home shopping channels, but they do more of a hard sell, talking quickly and excitedly, getting progressively faster and louder. Also, it's in Korean, and listening to those tensed consonants without a break hurts my head after a while.

Around The House: This won't take long to summarize, since I live in a studio apartment. I really miss having a sofa. The bed is OK -- it's where I do most of my reading, but it's not the same. If I stay in Korea much longer, I may have to buy a sofa.

Reading at the table while I eat is nice (one of the perks of living alone), but there's always the danger of dripping or splashing on the book. There's a definite correlation between my interest in a book and a decline in my chopstick skills.

Of course, there's reading in the bathroom, which I've been doing since potty-training days. This particular location continued to have its charms during childhood and adolescence because I could block out the world by shutting and locking the door for a while ---short or long depended on how many bathrooms we had at the time. Speaking of the bathroom, another thing I miss having is a bathtub, or I'd be reading there almost every evening after my last class.

Today is the first day in over a week without rain. The sun's out! There's my blue sky! With any luck, I'll be heading up to the roof to read, as I mentioned in my last blog entry. I'm especially fond of the roof of my office building -- the view from there is really pretty.

This question has given me an amusing earworm -- "I've Been Everywhere", sung by Johnny Cash, except I've mutated the title to "I've Read Everywhere"!


Literary Feline said...

I would love some rain right about now. We got a little the other day, but I missed it. Now that the weather is turning slightly cooler though, rain would be especially nice.

I used to like having the TV on as background noise, but I've learned to appreciate quiet and natural sounds of the house and neighborhood. Maybe it's age or just being married to a husband who prefers to keep the TV off. :-)

I can understand why you would get tired of reading on your bed. I like to move around if I'm reading for long stretches. I'll start out on the couch, move to the bed, and then end up in the armchair in the computer room. My husband is never sure where I'll be! Haha

Anonymous said...

I am certainly not a Goldilocks reader but I do prefer a minimum of five minutes and not too many distractions (wife watching soaps is fine provided she is not trying to hold a conversation with me as well!)

darkorpheus said...

You read while you eat? I tried doing that from time to time, but I realise I don't have the co-ordination skills required.

Reading on the roof sounds really fun right now.

Personally, can't sit still for too long even while reading.

kookie said...

"I've Read Everywhere", that's funny.

No tub? Don't know if I could do that. I'd miss my long hot soaks.

Anonymous said...

I've Read Everywhere. True though!

I'd miss a sofa now too. I used to read lying on bed all the time, but I'm older now. I don't mind having the TV on but I do like it off.

Dewey said...

I can't stand having TV on unless I'm completely engrossed in the show or movie. Even my son's video game sounds drive me nuts! And I can empathize with the lack of a couch, because our first year here, we didn't have a couch (just a tiny, uncomfortable loveseat) because we decided to spend such a huge chunk of our furniture budget on a really good bed. It's worth it (still!) but I remember missing the couch.

Lotus Reads said...

Hi, Bybee!

I can read almost anywhere and everywhere. I can read with the TV blaring, children screaming or in deathly silence, but I CANNOT read in the tub or in a jacuzzi, I think I am so on edge about the getting the book wet it quite spoils the experience for me! :)

Bookfool said...

Hmmph. It's been raining all day, here, thanks to Humberto the former hurricane.

I get tired of reading on the bed, too. But, we recently got rid of our ugly old couch. Actually, it was pretty uncomfortable, anyway. Next time, I'm getting a softer one!