After 3 months of unseasonably cool weather in Florida, it seems the warm weather has finally arrived. I marked the occasion by reading by the pool yesterday afternoon. But whenever I bring my book down to the pool or to the beach, I always find myself reading slower. After an hour at the pool, I had only read 20 pages. I do get sucked into people watching a little so that distracts me, but I get distracted at home so I don’t think that accounts for all of it. The same thing happens when I take my book anywhere – the coffee shop, the park, a restaurant. I read faster when I am home.
I’m sure it is easier to get lost in a book when you don’t have to be too aware of your surroundings. When I’m on my couch, I can direct more of my senses to my book than I can at the beach or Starbucks. I don’t need to be worried about a rogue Frisbee or a fellow patron’s backpack hitting me. Aside from an incident with the cats, I can be pretty sure that nothing is going to happen while I’m reading at home that I need to worry about. I heard a story on NPR this week about how we really can’t multitask and it just makes all of the tasks we try to do take longer in the end than if we had done them separately. Is this what explains my reading speed yesterday? Perhaps I am simply unable to devote enough of myself to a book when I’m reading in public.
Does your location affect your reading?
I started doing this awhile ago and never kept it up. So here is a reprisal of what media I am currently consuming.
I am trying to finish up East of Eden. And by finish up, I mean read most of the book. I’m halfway now. Love the book but it’s just taking me a long time.
Aside from the shows that are currently on television, we have been watching old episodes of How I Met Your Mother (currently on season 2). It has lived up to my expectations and is my new favorite sitcom. I’ve also been watching Gilmore Girls for the thousandth time. I don’t think I will ever tire of this show.