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How We Read (Reader Answers)

October 7, 2011 by Kiersi

Young Girl Reading by Jean Honore Fragonard

Young Girl Reading by Jean Honoré Fragonard

Earlier this week I asked folks to tell me how they read. Here are some answers I received! All of your comments were a delight, and many were also quite hilarious.

Styles:

“Let’s just say that if the book isn’t half-mangled with stains, smears, crumpled pages and plain awful looking, then that means I haven’t read it.”

“I read obsessively. I will read anything and everything and read it as quickly as possible.”

Positions:

“On the floor next to my couch, cross-legged with book in my lap and some soft trance music playing. Armin Van Buuren is one of my favorite artists to read to.”

“Sometimes I curl up in my huge armchair—the one that dwarfs anyone who sits in it like a throne.”

“Sprawled on the bed.”

Locations:

“One of my favorite sunny day activities is walking to a park and finding a warm, grassy spot where I can lay down for a good read and soak up some vitamin D.”

“I absolutely love reading in my car. Behind the wheel, windows rolled down.”

“When I’m camping, reading is how I pass the time after ‘lights out.’ Just curled up in my one-person tent with my trusty lantern by my side.”

“Drying my nails.”

“I like to read at night, in bed, and I’ll almost always stay up until it’s done.”

Bookmarks:

“Unopened tea bags.”

“Bus transfers.”

“No bookmarks or dog-ears; I just remember where I left off.”

Preferences:

Never hardcover books if I can help it, since I like to fold my books in half and hold them in one hand.”

“I never read in bed because one can’t sit up in a waterbed. Yes, I have one of the few surviving waterbeds. Perfect for sleeping but not much else.”

Memorable:

“I enjoy reading to others. Since my daughter is now grown up, I have no one to read to anymore. I miss that.”

“Sometimes I disappear because books give me super powers to jump inside the story while it’s happening!”

“I read out loud to my pup Clover when I’m trying to get a really difficult concept to stick.”


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