Booking Through Thursday which is weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading. Here is this week’s question.
I want you to think about your ideal reading experience. Think about the location. (Your bed? Favorite chair? The beach? Indoors or outdoors?). Think about the sounds. (Is there music playing? Happy children playing in the background? Utter silence?) Is there a snack or beverage nearby? Are you alone or with friends/family (presumably being quiet enough for you to read in peace)? What kind of lighting is there? Are you dressed in something ultra-comfy? What’s your position? Curled up? Stretched out? Now … describe it so that we can all feel exactly how perfect it is … and why.
My favourite reading location would have to be my sofa. There is nothing better than snuggling with a crocheted rug and having one or two snoozing cats on your knees. It has to be absolutely silent apart from the odd bird calls, cats purring and the sound of the pages being turned. I must have a bag of M&Ms or packet of TimTams lying just within reach and a cold glass of water. The warm light of a lamp illuminates the page nicely. Heaven!
Unfortunately this is rarely the case. More often than not my kittens shove their face in my water, try to nick my M&Ms or chase each other madly around the house leaving terror in their wake. Even if inside the house is quiet there is always someone who feels the need to mow their lawns or use their electric drill. Kids usually play next door and after hearing a little ‘darling’ screaming “Mum, look at me, Mum” for the fiftieth time you begin to think tranquillity is impossible.
One of the few places I have actually been able to read in peace is the train. I used to travel on it quite regularly when I was working in the city and going to uni. No one is willing to make eye contact and if you sit in a silent carriage, they aren’t supposed to talk or play music loudly. You can get that smug sensation that you are reading a really great book while those around you are bored out of their brains or playing a mindless game on their phone. The gentle rocking of the train is soothing and the only real thing you have to worry about is if the conductor feels like shouting out the stations.