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Sara Edmonds | You Might Call Them Quirks But I Call Them Reading Rituals

September 19, 2009

Sara EdmondsWHAT I DID FOR LOVEI have always had a reading ritual- a couple actually. And I prefer to think of them as rituals and not quirks, although some would debate me on that.

When I am in the “reading mode” so to speak, I gather everything together- I get a pillow, light blanket and gather some snacks so that I don’t have to get up for a break. I then open the dog door so I don’t have to get up, get in my favorite chair and turn on some background noise (yes I am one of those people who can read with the tv on). I then settle down for a good few hours of uninterrupted reading time. And it goes without saying, the better the book the more I resent interruptions. Excuses are abound during a good reading session- dishes can wait until tomorrow and I don’t need to do laundry. Then there is my favorite thing to say to all who interrupt me-“you can get it yourself.” If only my lotto train could come in, I could even blow off actual work to read. I know I have a good book, when I deeply resent real life getting in they way of finishing a chapter. Even after I have procrastinated a day or two, I feel no guilt after, and that is the ultimate sign of a great book. Sometime the ritual varies slightly- I might stay in bed instead of sitting in my favorite chair, or I may only get in an hour or two of reading time if work gets in the way. But I always have the ritual, and I always look forward to it.

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One Comment

  • maryannelanders September 19, 2009 at 2:21 am

    Sara Edmonds: Thank you for your article. Now the rest of us with reading routines can come out of the closet.

    When I'm reading for pleasure, it's almost always late at night and I'm in bed. With me is usually at least one of my furry babies, aka cats.

    The TV is off. The computer is off or on standby. I adjust the light on my bed stand to just bright enough to see the print clearly and easily, but not bright enough to be glaring (I'm kind of photosensitive).

    I put on my reading glasses, place Spartacus, Lucretia, and/or Archimedes in my lap or along my side, pick up the book, and read. And I keep reading until I fall asleep.

    Usually there's more than one book I'm currently reading. Which one I actually pick up depends on what I'm in the mood for.

    Keep up the good work!

    —Mary Anne Landers