A while ago, I wrote a discussion post about reading at bedtime and asked what time of day you guys usually read. Some of you responded to say that they eat during their lunchtime at work…and this got me thinking.
I’m not a read-while-I’m-eating type of girl. It’s not that I’m worried about spilling food on my books (although I probably would be kind of upset if that happened), it’s just that I’m not very good at multitasking. I think it has something to do with the fact that I like to hold my books with two hands. But I don’t like eating while reading if I’m using my Kindle, either. Mostly it’s probably because I hate being distracted while I read…by anything.
Brent will tell you…he gets chewed out if he tries to interrupt me while I’m reading. I like to be in my own little world, completely immersed in whatever book I’m in the middle of. So if I’m jarred out of that state of mind with a question or comment, it’s hard for me to get back into the book again.
I also can’t read if music is playing or the TV is on. The TV is the worst, though…I just can’t deal with words coming at me from two different directions. Occasionally I’ll be able to block out a video game if Brent’s playing one, even if it has music, but I can’t do words. I’m physically not capable of being able to focus on a story if there’s talking going on around me.
But, for some reason, I’m pretty good at being able to multitask while listening to an audiobook. I can drive, work, clean, cook, you name it! I’ve noticed that some people, like Cee from The Novel Hermit (as she discusses in her post “How Do You Audiobook?“), can’t do that at all because they have trouble concentrating on the words while they’re doing something else. I think it’s so weird that I’m actually kind of okay at multitasking while listening to an audiobook, yet I’m completely hopeless when it comes to reading a physical book.
So what about you? Can you multitask while reading? While listening to an audiobook? Do you ever read while eating?