Musing Mondays #6: Weird reading habits

Posted December 16, 2013 in Discussion, Musing Mondays / 0 Comments

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
My Musings:
Today I’m taking inspiration for my post from Jasmine at Flip That Page. Her post is here. She talks about her weird bookish habits, and I decided those were topics I’d like to address also.

1)  On imagery in books

Jasmine reads paragraphs over and over until she sees in her head what she’s reading. I have to say, I am quite different. If there are descriptions of any kind- settings, characters, whatsoever (especially settings)- I tend to skip over them a bit. Or at least skim them. I just can’t bring myself to care that much about the details. I’m more a dialog and action kind of reader than visual imagery. If a certain scene speaks to me I will reread it and pay closer attention to the details, but most of the time I just gloss over that stuff. If I don’t understand something, I will reread it several times (my reading style is mostly quick reading, so if nothing interesting is happening I’ll skim it) until I get it completely, but other than that I just simply don’t care. I don’t like audiobooks either, because the person is not speaking nearly at the pace that I read. So how do you feel about details and audiobooks?

2) On reading with a certain accent

She reads everything in an American accent, no matter what. I do as well. I think it’s interesting that my reading-inside-my-head voice is so different from my talking voice, but there it is. Also all the characters in books have the same voice. Different tones, of course, and style, but same voice. How do you go about this?

3) On reading settings

She can read a book in pretty much every setting. I can also. I know a lot of people that can’t do that because they get distracted by loud noises and talking and having a TV on and things like that, but I can. I read in public a lot. In fact, this summer I went to an extremely loud concert and got bored so I started reading. It was not the easiest thing to do but it was preferable to participating in all the loud yelling and singing along. I read in nearly all my free time at school, even while teachers are talking (if I already know the subject, of course). I can read with music playing. I used to do it a lot more, but these days I find it a bit easier to read in silence than have TV or music on. However, if it is already on I will not have a problem reading. I used to read a lot in the car and on the plane, but I began to get carsick and stopped. I still do it sometimes, though, if it’s a particularly good book. But mostly I just listen to music in the car. I do still read on planes though. That’s not a problem. Where can you read?

So share your thoughts and preferences! People are so different.

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