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what conditions do you need in order to be able to enjoy reading?
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I just need a book and a room that has no irritating people in it who believe that a book is an open invitation to strike up a conversation
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If it is a textbook, then good lighting and a table, with hard chairs.

If it is a novel, then lying down, in any type of position. The problem is the lighting; it's difficult to get the right lighting for reading in that position.

For both, I need a good amount of noise.
Posted 9/16/13

minatothegreatjiraiya wrote:

If it is a textbook, then good lighting and a table, with hard chairs.

If it is a novel, then lying down, in any type of position. The problem is the lighting; it's difficult to get the right lighting for reading in that position.

For both, I need a good amount of noise.


A good lighting
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Basically, either complete quiet or complete noise. Quiet's pretty easy, but I might need to explain "complete noise." I'm fine if there's music, people talking, cars, or whatever. However, it needs to be "indistinguishable" noise. In other words, I'm fine reading in places with lots of people, because their voices sort of just cancel into a loud murmur -- I get used to it quickly. I'm even fine reading with a group of people talking right next to me, until the loud asshole of the group needs to make his voice heard above the others, which becomes distracting. Reading by a road is fine if it's a busy road, but one car every few minutes or so can get a bit distracting. Basically, I can tune out anything that doesn't suddenly get louder than the normal environment. Definitely prefer quiet though.

Specific environments or moods don't usually pose a problem, but they will dictate what I'm reading -- I'm usually reading different types of things on any given day. Usually, I'll have 3-5 books to choose from: 1-3 serious/technical/non-fiction/philosophical/etc., 1 poetry anthology, 1-2 novel(s), and sometimes a newspaper (The Economist usually, but The Smithsonian and The New Yorker have some good stuff too). If my brain is working particularly well and I'm in a quiet place, I'll read technical or poetry. "Normal" brain function gets novels or the simpler non-fictions. When I'm really tired or I know I'll get distracted easily, I'll read news. For reference, Anime usually fits in the "normal" category.
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I need some sort of device shaped to a humans body that allows them to rest in a position where they are bent slightly and their legs dangle off the edge of some soft surface. Perhaps even a device that reclines and has a soft back portion as well. Who shall ever invent such a miraculous device?
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Phersu wrote:

I need some sort of device shaped to a humans body that allows them to rest in a position where they are bent slightly and their legs dangle off the edge of some soft surface. Perhaps even a device that reclines and has a soft back portion as well. Who shall ever invent such a miraculous device?


I've had rather good results putting a number of pillows on top of my bed, and lying on that. It seems like a pretty good placeholder until they commercialize the idea, and we can pay thousands for it.
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A comfortable place.
Peace and quiet is preferable but I can handle a little background noise.
As for lighting, not too bright and not too dark.
But the most important thing is: A good book.


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Its not easy enjoying a book when you have terrible ADHD.
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I can enjoy reading anywhere at anytime under any conditions . I go like into my own dream world. Where I don't hear, see, or otherwise acknowledge anyone.

If you have ever seen Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, I can do the walking in a huge crowd while reading a book that Yuuto's friend,Nobunaga Asakura, can do. Goes without saying this skill is not for the weak of heart. An ounce of doubt could leave to your utter doom. Trust me. In the process of learning in my early days. I regret to say that I had bitten off a little to much to chew.

Posted 9/16/13
A quiet place where there are not too many people around, the library at UC Berkeley is in my opinion the best place to read....there are soo many area's where you can read alone and it quiet.
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I rarely read but when I do I've gotten be fiendin for a good story. Also...quiet, dark, cold, late before I go to bed. Reading makes me tired -.-
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I prefer dark and quiet for concentration.
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I need quiet or if I am in a public place I need music. any kind will do.
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I just need a flashlight.

I can say this having successfully managed to study, for two years, in a warzone.
Posted 9/17/13

AshRandom wrote:

I just need a flashlight.

I can say this having successfully managed to study, for two years, in a warzone.


hmmm....you have me curious, is that literal or figurative?
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