Sunday, March 7, 2010

The actual organic method of reading a book.


Where do you get your reading done? For me, these days, it is the train. The old commute! Since I moved to New York City, that has been the raw truth. I've never been one much to read in bed: I sort of have to ascribe to the school of thought that says bed is for sleeping-- nothing else. Otherwise you start getting Pavlovian about books-- they equal bed! So yeah, for me the train is where I get a lot of my reading done. Now, my commute isn't long-- maybe thirty minutes either way? Lucky for me I'm a quick study. I pour through those little wads of paper with a quickness! I knock out 25 to 50 pages a sitting. If a book catches me-- I mean, genuinely-- then it is on. I'll curl up on the couch usually, when I start machete-ing away at a book, or on the bed-- not before bed-- as I said. I used to enjoy music while I read, but I've gotten away from that. These are just my quirks, my idiosyncrasies-- mostly I want to know about other people's styles. How do you, the reader, read? What are your techniques? Seriously, I'm interested: leave a comment. Let me know. Drop me a line, a dime!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can only manage a book on my commute if it is digestible in tiny portions. It's too short a trip, really, unless I am ENGROSSED. These days, I read in bed or when company allows, at the dinner table.

mordicai said...

A lot of short stories seem like the rule of the day, then? Keep Borges handy at all times!

fayefaery said...

Well, I'm usually reading three books at a time:
I keep one in my bag to read on the train, and that's probably where I get most of my reading done (currently "The Female of the Species" by Joyce Carol Oates).
I also keep one on my nightstand and read for about half an hour before bed. I actually cannot get to sleep without reading at least a little bit every night (currently, "The Idiot" by Dostoevsky).
And thirdly, I keep a book in the bathroom, you know, for poopin' (that book, for the past two or so years, has been "Lasher" by Anne Rice. It is booooring, but good as a poopin' book).

Recently, also, I got an mp3 player, and I intend to use it solely for audiobooks, which I, at this point, listen to on my walk to/from the train. Right now, I'm listening to "On the Road."

mordicai said...

Most of my time "on the throne" is occupied by roleplaying game manuals!

I don't "get" audiobooks. Like-- I don't think they "don't count" or anything, but I'm utterly disinterested.

Dungeonmum said...

I have to read before I can sleep too. With 2 babies that's about my only reading refuge. For this reason I'm all for audiobooks, allows me to do something else at the same time, drive for example. In times past it was usual for someone to read aloud to others, newspapers for example (especially if literacy wasn't common I guess). Reading out loud and listening to someone read aloud are supposed to be a good mental workout - uses different neural pathways to when we read silently. Good stuff!

PS did you read an RPG manual in public recently?

mordicai said...

Ha! I don't think I DID read a RPG book in public, not ON that day, but I do read them in public all the time anyhow-- I ain't 'fraid of no ghost!

Realmcovet said...

I am pretty much in the same boat as you here; (except I don't catch the transit, I do it while waiting on my spawn to be released from their according academies) but I DO however, read in bed a lot ALOT. I am s'very conditioned.

mordicai said...

Doesn't it either a) make books linked to falling asleep or b) make it harder to fall asleep in bed? Pavlovian-like, even?

Realmcovet said...

I'd say yes on A! But at the same time, if a book is compelling enough for me, like you, I am all over the place with it, in the tub, curled up on the couch or even reading it while I cook dinner. I mean, if it's tickling my fancy enough I stay awake & don't stop til the break o' dawn.

Also, it don't take much at all for me to fall asleep these days.