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jester05jk
06-28-2011, 04:49 AM
Does anyone else have any peculiarities when it comes to reading? Like with me, I can go months without touching a book but then I'll turn around and binge for a month and read like 25 books. Plus, for me to ever really focus and give a book my attention for more than a few pages I have to have music playing. I don't know if it's an overactive mind or what but I always have to have multiple things going on.

srboone
06-28-2011, 05:22 AM
Well, I was sent to my room alot when I was a kid, and I spent the time reading. I can focus for hours on a book. I can't read in bed anymore tho, I'll nod off.

thelion
06-28-2011, 05:40 AM
I tend to read one primary book at a time that I focus most of my energy on while having a couple of secondary books that I read as time permits. I'm always reading something though, so I don't have any long lapses of time between books...

Tito_Villa
06-28-2011, 09:05 AM
I can't read with the TV on, its bloody distracting

Dave1442397
06-28-2011, 12:36 PM
I'm always reading. When I was single with no kids I read at least a book a day. My record was 28 books in one weekend (yeah, they were short - mostly old SF from the '50s) and best page count in a day was over 1500 when I read two Tom Clancy novels and started a third.

I read everything, which can be annoying when the only thing on the table is a cereal box...I really need a book or magazine if I'm sitting alone.

I can read with the TV on as long as I can't see it and it's not a 'news' show. I can't be in the same room as an American newsreader, it drives me nuts. I can have music on, but I won't hear a damn thing after the first few minutes, so there's no point.

I'm really happy about having the Kindle app. I can now load up on books when going on vacation without worrying about the weight or having my wife remind me that 1) She's coming on vacation too, and 2) I should really leave some room for clothes.

TerryE
06-28-2011, 02:57 PM
I usually have 2 books going at a time. One at home and one at work. My brother could never understand how I could read two different books at once. But back when I was reading comics regularly, I was following 40-50 different storylines a month, so that's no biggie. At this stage in my life, I usually need it to be pretty quiet when I read. Classical music would be okay, but no TV or music with lyrics. I get distracted too easy.

frik51
06-28-2011, 04:12 PM
No music, no television, no talking - nothing.
Just the book.
Heaven!

When i try to read in bed, I can only manage five minutes -tops.
The I fall asleep.

sk

hamount
06-28-2011, 04:33 PM
I can read with anything going. I live in a family of six, so it's never quiet. I can just tone everything out. I can read in bed, though I always stay up past 2:00 o'clock in the morning, no matter how tired I am, I just can't put the book down. I started reading Desperation by Stephen King last night and I ended up reading roughly 422 pages.

the_last_gunslinger
06-28-2011, 04:42 PM
I require perfect serenity in order to read properly. Music and television prove too great of a distraction, so they must be silent in order for me to give a book its well deserved attention.

And though I have the ability to read at a fast pace, I choose not to. I find it rather disconcerting to sit in one place too long and knock out one hundred pages in one sitting. I have this strange penchant for analysis and as such, I find myself often reading only a chapter or two, sitting the book aside for a bit and walk around a while as my mind processes what I just read.

But above all else, perhaps the one habit I have that really wears on the nerves of those around me, is my insistence on reading--particularly classic literature written in the old genteel tradition--out loud as I walk about the room. Some pieces of literature are so well constructed that I need to hear them spoken aloud.

C.W. LaSart
06-28-2011, 04:46 PM
I usually have several books going at one time, unless I'm REALLY hooked on one. I also read the last page first-which drives everyone I know crazy-it was a habit I started while reading the Necroscope series by Brian Lumley (My favorite Brit!) as he has a terrible habit of killing off the main characters. Of course, on my Nook, it's harder to read the last page first so I don't :)

Nik Houser
06-28-2011, 06:31 PM
I'm a really slow reader. People typically speak at 150 words per minute, and read at 250 words per minute. I'm the reverse. I intentionally read at the speed of speech so as to better absorb every nuance of language. As a writer, reading is a constant learning experience for me. Even when I'm reading something I don't like (or especially then). It teaches you what NOT to do.

frik51
06-28-2011, 06:56 PM
I'm a really slow reader. People typically speak at 150 words per minute, and read at 250 words per minute. I'm the reverse. I intentionally read at the speed of speech so as to better absorb every nuance of language.

+1

I love reading this way.
It's like tasting the words...savouring them...

sk

RJK1981
06-28-2011, 07:39 PM
I sometimes try to slow down with some of my reading as well, I try to really feel what I am reading, and when I actually do read slowly that seems to work quite a bit. I often do not succeed at reading that way though.

I have done the reading multiple books thing at times, though lately have been reading just one book at a time (along with reading school books and such) and will soon be to 40 books read since December of '10, though many have been shorter books.

I guess technically I am reading 3 books at a time lately since I have my entertainment reading, my one school book for college summer course (I get paid to go to school right now, so not going to take summer off from school), and another book for my pre-marriage classes.

I also will likely start reading 2 books at a time while the weather is nice and can justify going outside and relaxing while reading. That would likely have to be a PB book though as I don't want to take the chance of it raining on my nice hardcover books (especially the collectible ones) while I'm outside

RJK1981
06-28-2011, 07:41 PM
Oh, and I read while anything is going on sometimes, whether it's tv, music, or conversation. Sometimes I will even talk while reading, though I usually find a short stopping place and then talk

Dave1442397
06-29-2011, 12:51 PM
I'm a really slow reader. People typically speak at 150 words per minute, and read at 250 words per minute. I'm the reverse. I intentionally read at the speed of speech so as to better absorb every nuance of language. As a writer, reading is a constant learning experience for me. Even when I'm reading something I don't like (or especially then). It teaches you what NOT to do.

I'm the opposite - I read at approx 2,000 words per minute, or two pages a minute for most books. I thinks it's because there are so many books to read, and so little time!

peteOcha
07-02-2011, 08:19 PM
No music, no television, no talking - nothing.
Just the book.
Heaven!

sk

Same here!

I also always take the dust jacket off of a hardcover while reading. And I love to read outside, especially on a nice sunny day and in the tub as well.

C.W. LaSart
07-02-2011, 09:37 PM
Same here!

I also always take the dust jacket off of a hardcover while reading. And I love to read outside, especially on a nice sunny day and in the tub as well.

Reading in the tub is the best! Just one of the ways that e-readers are inferior! If I drop a hardcover in the tub, I am out 30 bucks-my nook? I would be out 300!

theenormityofitall
07-04-2011, 09:35 PM
Reading in the tub is the best! Just one of the ways that e-readers are inferior! If I drop a hardcover in the tub, I am out 30 bucks-my nook? I would be out 300!

LOL reading in the tub? Can't say I ever did that. But like other people here, I can only read and concentrate (especially when it concerns novels) when it's totaly silent except for my clock radio playing at a low volume. There's probably only been a a couple weeks in my life when I didn't feel like reading...mainly I do it every night, even as a little kid. Once again, it's mainy non-fiction, but I've been trying over the past few years, to really focus on novels. I've read all the "classics", ie, Dickens, James, some Hawthorne, Poe, etc, but that was many years ago, but still find it difficult to concentrate on modern day stuff, especially horror novels. I'll read 140 pages of a 200 page book, then quit because I get bored. I never do that with non-fiction. I even read about 80% of King's The Stand, then quit. It was too damn long. But I did eventually finish it. Since people here have recommended both Lisey's Story and Bag of Bones, I'm going to start those. I tried the other night then found myself going back to non-fiction. I'm pretty sure I already read Lisey's Story but don't remember it so I'll give it another try. I just wish King would write shorter stories.....but if anyone here hasn't read The Damnation Game by Clive Barker, I'd reccomend that along with Swan Song by McCammon...just a couple of horror type novels I didn't lose interest in, and if even I didn't lose interest, I don't think anyone would :) And another novel: Tobacco Road. Great book.
One more thing...I have a Nook too but never even messed with it. For 2 years it's been in its box; there's something about holding a REAL book that I love. I'm not sure what that "something" is, but it's there lol.

theenormityofitall
07-04-2011, 09:38 PM
I forgot to mention...does anyone "dogear" the pages of a book they're reading? That should be a crime!! I always use a bookmark, even on an old looking book with yellow pages.

the_last_gunslinger
07-04-2011, 10:09 PM
I forgot to mention...does anyone "dogear" the pages of a book they're reading? That should be a crime!! I always use a bookmark, even on an old looking book with yellow pages.

Folding the pages of books is akin to sacrilege, in my opinion. I am very particular with how my books are kept. I aim to keep my library in the most pristine condition possible. In fact, there are certain individuals that are forbidden to touch some of my most prized literary tomes. Honestly, I have a sister that somehow managed to bend the cover of a hardcover book in half. I don't even know how you can do that unless you're trying.

divemaster
07-06-2011, 06:24 PM
My main quirk I guess is that I only like to read a book. Not off a computer screen; not an audiotape; not a "device." But a real honest-to-goodness turn the paper page BOOK.

Randy D. Rubin
07-07-2011, 08:13 AM
I wholeheartedly concur, Divemaster. Give me a real book with a hardcover, no paperbacks for me. Pages, pages, its all about the turning of the pages.

Dave1442397
07-07-2011, 02:52 PM
My main quirk I guess is that I only like to read a book. Not off a computer screen; not an audiotape; not a "device." But a real honest-to-goodness turn the paper page BOOK.

What I love about the Kindle, iPad, etc is that I can now bring a couple of weeks worth of books on vacation without paying extra fees for luggage. I also like that I can get books just seconds after placing the order.

I'll still get all my specialty press limited editions in dead tree format, but ebooks definitely work for me too.

theenormityofitall
07-07-2011, 09:01 PM
I wholeheartedly concur, Divemaster. Give me a real book with a hardcover, no paperbacks for me. Pages, pages, its all about the turning of the pages.
You're like me...turning the actual pages instead of swiping your finger across an e-reader. I just enjoy doing that. And just holding it in you hand, is so Sweeeet. There are a lot of people, my remaining family members as an example, who could care less about books so I'm not sure why I've always loved them. But my big problem is not being able to throw away books even non -fiction, that I haven't read in 20 years. Can't expain it really. Maybe I have OCD lol. But everyone does to a certain extent. And maybe I''m also a "hoarder". Even my bedroom is full of hundreds of books on the bookshelf and some just in two stacks by my bed, those are the ones I haven't read yet.

EricTheRed
07-15-2011, 02:58 PM
Same here, real paper books only! I work in IT so I spend all my time in front of a computer screen, don't need another electronic device to spend my precious reading time with.

I seem to have developed the bad habit of starting a new book, reading the first 100 or so pages and then grabbing the next new book that catches my interest. I'll eventually get around to finishing some of them off, but now I've got a shelf full of books that I've started and then got sidetracked from. Appears my reading habits have developed ADD!

theenormityofitall
07-16-2011, 03:34 AM
Same here, real paper books only! I work in IT so I spend all my time in front of a computer screen, don't need another electronic device to spend my precious reading time with.

I seem to have developed the bad habit of starting a new book, reading the first 100 or so pages and then grabbing the next new book that catches my interest. I'll eventually get around to finishing some of them off, but now I've got a shelf full of books that I've started and then got sidetracked from. Appears my reading habits have developed ADD!

I do that all the time...read books up to the mid-way point or even to virtually the end, and then when a new book arrives I'm really interested in, I start that one. I actually am reading 3 non-fiction books at the present time lol.
As for novels, I quit them all the time even when I read a couple hundred pages. I can't explain it, but I will always finish the non-fiction but rarely the novels, except for The Stand and perhaps a couple others.

Still trying to get through Triage as well, so I actually I'm reading 4 books at the same time :)

gcgirl
07-22-2011, 07:46 AM
I don't know that it's a peculiarity, but I'm one of those who has books in every room of the house, plus the car. And when I was working, in the office. And they are all in various stages of completion. I might have thirteen or so books going at once.

I'm not the most focused individual, obviously.

theenormityofitall
07-28-2011, 11:05 PM
LOL I could never do that! Not just have books laying everywhere (I'd forget where I put them), but reading 13 books at a time?? My limit is about 4.
Actually, I do have books downstairs, upstairs and in the basement as well, but in my mind I know that's just 3 places, so I can handle that...having them lay elsewhere would drive me totally nuts.. I think everyone has OCD to some point, but if I had a dozen books here and fifty there and so on, I'd end up being committed.

hamount
08-15-2011, 11:40 PM
I usually read one at a time, and manage to read a lot faster for that particular reason. As soon as I read a book I start on another.

Dan Hocker
08-15-2011, 11:42 PM
Wow, I can only read one at a time as well. Depending on the book and if it's part of an ongoing series I'm reading it my be done in a day or so as well.

JJ Holden
08-16-2011, 02:17 AM
I read one at a time. If it turns out to be a really good book I'll put everything aside and read until it's done. Otherwise it's a few pages here, a few pages there.

frik51
08-16-2011, 05:30 AM
I can only read one book at a time. The only in-betweens would be some comics on my bedside table.

sk

Endless Horror Tale
08-16-2011, 05:39 PM
The only exception to the one-book-at-a-time rule that I have is this:

I can read one fiction book and one non-fiction book concurrently. Anything more than that and I just lose track. (Often the nonfiction is work-, study-, or research-related, so I'll complete the reading I needed to do for the day prior to "rewarding" myself with what I really wanted to read.)

theenormityofitall
08-16-2011, 08:01 PM
The only exception to the one-book-at-a-time rule that I have is this:

I can read one fiction book and one non-fiction book concurrently. Anything more than that and I just lose track. (Often the nonfiction is work-, study-, or research-related, so I'll complete the reading I needed to do for the day prior to "rewarding" myself with what I really wanted to read.)
That's what I do lol. I can't read several novels at one time, but I can do it with non-fiction easily. The reason for that is, it's hard for me to get into something I know isn't real, while non-fiction is easier to remember because it's so interesting (at least to me).

TerryE
08-17-2011, 04:37 PM
"I was kidnapped once. I was standing in front of my schoolyard, and a black sedan pulls up. And two guys get out, and they say to me, do I wanna go away with them to a land, where everybody is fairies and elves, and I can have all the comic books I want and chocolate and wax lips, you know. And I said "yes", y'know, and I got into the car with them, 'cause I figured, y'know, "What the hell", I was home that week-end from college anyhow, y'know. They drive me off, and they sent a ransom note to my parents. And my father has bad reading habits, so he gets into bed at night with the ransom note, and he read half of it, y'know, and he got drowsy and fell asleep, then he lent it out, y'know." - Woody Allen

HorrorScribe
08-18-2011, 12:45 PM
Like most of you, I can only read one book at a time. And I also have refused to get into ebooks, despite the huge temptation of Stephen King's "Ur" and his forthcoming "Mile 81." As far as quirky reading habits, I get very distracted by typos to the point where no matter how sucked into a story I am, one misspelling or other minor error will force me to put the book down and return to it later. I guess I'm much too detail-oriented. :)

theenormityofitall
08-18-2011, 08:52 PM
Like most of you, I can only read one book at a time. And I also have refused to get into ebooks, despite the huge temptation of Stephen King's "Ur" and his forthcoming "Mile 81." As far as quirky reading habits, I get very distracted by typos to the point where no matter how sucked into a story I am, one misspelling or other minor error will force me to put the book down and return to it later. I guess I'm much too detail-oriented. :)
I bought a Nook about a year ago and have never used it one time. It's just been sitting in its box near the fireplace. I don't even know if it actually works lol. I have listened to several audiobooks but that too, is hard because it requires so much concentration. I'd rather just have a physical book I can grab at anytime.

HorrorScribe
08-19-2011, 01:05 PM
I bought a Nook about a year ago and have never used it one time. It's just been sitting in its box near the fireplace. I don't even know if it actually works lol. I have listened to several audiobooks but that too, is hard because it requires so much concentration. I'd rather just have a physical book I can grab at anytime.

As long as there are still people around like us, we'll do everything in our power to keep the physical book alive. So much of the reading experience is lost or not present at all with ebooks. Time to begin a new revolution toward physical books once again reigning supreme. I'd like to personally submit my undying gratitude to CD and other specialty presses who have maintained a physical book line because my reading habits are inextricably linked to actual books. None of those ethereal megabytes for me.

srboone
08-19-2011, 02:12 PM
As long as there are still people around like us, we'll do everything in our power to keep the physical book alive. So much of the reading experience is lost or not present at all with ebooks. Time to begin a new revolution toward physical books once again reigning supreme. I'd like to personally submit my undying gratitude to CD and other specialty presses who have maintained a physical book line because my reading habits are inextricably linked to actual books. None of those ethereal megabytes for me.

Amen, brother! And can I get a Hallelujah and a GAWD, I said GAWD-bomb with that!!!

Somewhere, deep within the bowels of those infernal machines, you'll find the names Positronics and Sombra Corporation, I'm sure.

HorrorScribe
08-19-2011, 05:32 PM
Amen, brother. And can I get a Hallelujah and a GAWD, I said GAWD-bomb with that!!!

Somewhere, deep within the bowels of those infernal machines, you'll find the name Positronics and Sombra Corporation.

:D Thankee-sai!! :D

Mac Campbell
08-19-2011, 06:06 PM
:D Thankee-sai!! :D

I have an old Sony reader, no wireless. I have 22 books on it (I keep the ones I like). It's nice to carry around 22 books without breaking your back.

My wife's parents are lifelong book people. Their house is a dusty fire-hazard full of powdery books. Som of these books are so compressed in the shelves that they appear to be becoming wood again. They have every book they've ever read and some of those books are awful and dated. Readers are a pretty good way of keeping back that tide of old books.

I'm fine with physical books as long as they're good. But a subsidized history book of your local park, or a guide to all the ministers of the Unitarian church down the street? Those can be electronic.

saginawhorror
08-21-2011, 08:04 AM
only one book at a time. only exception would probably be a magazine.