The Art of Reading

There are many choices to make when reading. First our choices are about the book, topic, genre or author. These decisions are arguably the most important. I will blog about this in the future.

A good read is also about the setting. Is it possible to be fully immersed in a book if you are uncomfortable, there is too much background noise or the temperature isn’t right? Those who know me well know that I don’t like too much noise when I’m trying to concentrate, whether I’m reading or otherwise. Other really enjoy having music playing or background noise whilst concentrating. The environment is a key factor when it comes to reading.

My favourite places to read currently include the train (on my way to work) and the bathtub. I love to relax in the bath with candles burning and soapy suds. Its is heaven. Even if it is difficult to get out of the tub when the story gets exciting.

Lots of people like to read in bed and do I too, although I tend to relax a little too much and fall asleep much sooner than I would have liked. I love reading on the beach, with the sea air and sand all around me. Sand is probably a nightmare combination with a Kindle, but I just love laying on my back or tummy on a towel, with my feet burrowing into the sand. There is something sensory about the experience that adds to the reading.

Where do you like to read?

These days I read books on my kindle. I know some people will never enjoy reading books on a Kindle and more power to them for not conforming to technology. I have to say though, I really love my kindle. I love that it is easy to hold, convenient for travelling and if I’m bored with a book, there are many others in my library to choose from. People use different devices from Kobos to other readers. The one thing I miss about paperbacks is not seeing the blurb and the cover (in colour anyway). I used to spend hours in bookshops when I was younger just reading blurbs of books with interesting covers. I still do this, but now I spend more time online browsing the NY Times Best Seller List and  Goodreads for suggestions. It’s great, but it’s not quite the same.

How do you like to read?

There is also another part of reading which I enjoy immensely. I love to find out what great books my friends or family are reading. I like to discuss storylines, the author’s writing style and what I have or haven’t enjoyed about a particular book. For me, it’s not enough just to read a great book. I feel a strong urge to share it with others and discuss it.  I liken it to watching a great movie. I’ve never really been one to just passively watch a movie. I want to learn more about it. I find out who the director or writer is. I watch interviews with the cast members. I discuss the plot with others. There is something in the sharing of a great story that connects us with other people. I love that stories can connect us together that way.

Do you share your books with others? How?

I’d love to hear from you about how you read, where you like to read and how you share your reading with others. I always get great ideas from other people about books to read and how to read. I recently discovered digital libraries and I’m enjoying  a new way of borrowing books (another future post!) so all recommendations are fantastic.


3 thoughts on “The Art of Reading

  1. I love my Kindle too… but I agree, nothing beats bookshop browsing 😂

    I’m trying to split my reading between my kindle and physical books a bit more because I love the feel of books! I try to buy actual books that I think I’ll love and want to keep and re-read later.

    I certainly favour my Kindle though, it’s just so convenient!

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