For me, as long as I have a place to sit, stand, or lie down in, and some light, I can read anywhere, in any type of environment. The only thing I actually need is less things to do during the day so I have time to read, ha ha. But I know people who have to have things just so or else they can’t read a sentence. I find this strange on one hand, however on the other, I’m a bit envious because they have a reading ‘sweet spot’ and I don’t.
For instance, a friend of mine has to have a fan blowing on her and listening to loud music. The music she plays depends on the book she’s reading, by the way. Another friend has to be wrapped up in a blanket in a quiet, dimly lit room or else she can’t focus. So on and so forth, there are reading rules or reading spots galore among my reading friends. If they are missing anything in their list, they cannot connect to a story. I’m one of the few who can read anywhere with a thousand distractions.
A part of me is happy that I don’t need a spot or set environment to get lost in a favorite tome. I’m not tied down to anything, so I don’t have to worry about my spot being occupied or noises distracting me. All I really have to worry about is not getting pulled away so I can read a paragraph. This is something they rarely complain about, which bugs me to no end. They all read faster and remember more than I do, so maybe they are on to something. Makes me wonder if I had a spot or rules for my reading time, if I would get pulled away as much as I do? Would I read faster, remember things better and get more involved in the storyline? Or is this just hoopla because I’m frustrated by how busy I’ve become and can’t read as much as I want/need to?
What do you think? Does having a spot or certain things truly help you read better? If yes, what are some of your requirements that you can’t live without? Maybe that would help me find my own ‘sweet spot’.