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September 5, 2007

no goldilocks am i
posted by soe 11:49 pm

This week’s Booking Through Thursday question (posted early on Deb’s blog) is one that interests me, so I thought I’d take a crack at it:

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?

Ha! I’m anything but a Goldilocks reader. While I sometimes can’t read a particular book at a certain moment, there’s rarely a moment when I can’t read at all.

And I’m a fully absorbed reader. Mum used to ask me to do chores and would come back an hour later to yell at me for leaving them undone. “When did you ask me to do that?” I’d complain. “I never heard you.” But, she’d point out, I’d replied, so clearly I had. Since then I’ve discovered the part of me that will talk to you while I’m reading is the same part of me that will pick up the phone in the middle of the night and converse logically and lucidly with you while the conscious part of my brain is still occupied with the task at hand (in that case, sleeping).

I read while I eat. I’m learning to read while I knit. Hell, I even read while I walk home from work. There is always a book in my bag and piles around the Burrow, just waiting for me to decide I cannot wait a second longer before opening it up and diving in.

So, no Goldilocks reading for me, thank you very much. I’m an all books all the time kind of girl.

Category: books. There is/are 5 Comments.

I am just like you – I can and do read anywhere, any time. I have books in every room so there’s always something to grab if I have even a minute to read while waiting for DH to put on his shoes. I have entire conversations that I don’t remember at all because they happened when I was reading – DH has finally learned to not ask me anything important if I have a book open.

I have a couple of friends who love t read, but _won’t_ read unless hey have a few open hours ahead of them – I don’t get that at all. All I need is a few open seconds and a book at hand.

No Goldilocks here either.

Comment by Jenn 09.06.07 @ 5:23 am

My mum had the same problem with me! I did hear – sometimes – but would forget that I’d heard or replied immediately afterward. She’s learnt now to make absolutely certain that what she’s said has registered.

Comment by CoversGirl 09.06.07 @ 8:20 am

You know, I’m glad I’m not the only one who has had conversations in their sleep…

Comment by heather (errantdreams) 09.06.07 @ 9:41 am

I think you’ve hit upon a key human condition, responding while reading – or “book blab.” The discussion never really enters your core, but you do make a conditioned response; you cannot subsequently remember. Wow.

Comment by DOD, 09.06.07 @ 9:54 am

I think I’m pretty much like you!! And my husband tells me the same thing. “Didn’t I ask you that already?” If you asked while I was reading….Forget it!!

Comment by Stephanie 09.06.07 @ 11:36 am