Online or in a staff meeting, or just across the cubicle divide, where ever and whenever my colleagues and I get together, the favorite topic of conversation is "What are you reading right now?" I know, I know, I work in a library, so that's a natural question and a topic that never seems to get old with us bibliophiles. What we choose to read provides insight into who we are, how we think, what we fear, love, and dream.
But the question I'm pondering today is this: how do you like to read?
Take a moment, if you will, to think about a few of these questions, and please feel free to post your answers.
- Do you curl up in your favorite chair or under a tree? Where is your ideal reading spot?
- Are your books' pages pristine and their spines lined up in alphabetical order, or do you stack them on any available surface and mark favorite passages?
- When is the best time of day to read: morning, afternoon, or nighttime?
- What's your preference: hardcover books, trade paperbacks, or mass market paperbacks? How about audio books or e-books?
- Do you use a bookmark or do you dog-ear?
- When you're ready to take a break, do you stop where you're at, or push on through to the chapter break?
- Do you ever sneak a peek at the ending or is that taboo?
Like candles and bath salts can enhance the experience of a bath -- or buffalo wings and a 50" plasma TV can rev up a ball game, if you prefer a sports reference -- so too can the right setting transform a simple read into one of life's greatest pleasures. (In my opinion, a candlelit bath is a darn good setting for a quiet read!) What comforting little habits create a really good read for you? And what does the way we read tell us about ourselves and each other?