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what conditions do you need in order to be able to enjoy reading?
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Posted 9/17/13

marcel20 wrote:


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?


Without metaphor, or allegory.
Posted 9/17/13

AshRandom wrote:


marcel20 wrote:


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?


Without metaphor, or allegory.


ahh... I see then in that respect you have my respect, because I couldn't imagine "reading" in any warzone.
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marcel20 wrote:


ahh... I see then in that respect you have my respect, because I couldn't imagine "reading" in any warzone.


War is months of boredom punctuated by -- long car rides -- and more boredom.

With associated loud booming noises.

And in respect to your respect, I respectfully respect it.
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I need a certain level of quiet, generally. I can deal with background noise as long as it's not too loud, but there is definitely a point at which it will bother me. Even worse than that is when it's decently quiet and then suddenly gets louder. That ruins my immersion completely. One of the reasons I'm trying to find a new place to live right now is because we have a pair of extremely loud dogs who get set off by anything moving outside the house. I've had my fair share of touching moments utterly ruined by them.

As for position, I like to read lying down, but have no problem sitting either. I tend to get restless and change position a lot; I'm not the type who can be comfortable staying still for long periods.

I've recently gotten into reading at the park about 20 minutes' drive from my place. There's a nice bench that I like right next to the duck pond, and on a day with nice weather, the atmosphere is very relaxing and easy to read in. I only do it when I plan on whiling away a nice chunk of time though, as a short trip isn't very gas-effective.
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Gentleman-style(one leg horizontally crossed over the other), complete silence, and heat. Having an extended video game ost really gets me hyped when reading too... Well, that hypes me for anything really.
Posted 9/18/13 , edited 9/18/13

theYchromosome wrote:

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.


I get what you mean, I don't like that background noise though, it's usually like that in a restaurant. I can't even dine enjoyably with that background noise, much less read

I enjoyed reading your answer, so much fine detail... I like detail.



Bavalt wrote:

I need a certain level of quiet, generally. I can deal with background noise as long as it's not too loud, but there is definitely a point at which it will bother me. Even worse than that is when it's decently quiet and then suddenly gets louder. That ruins my immersion completely. One of the reasons I'm trying to find a new place to live right now is because we have a pair of extremely loud dogs who get set off by anything moving outside the house. I've had my fair share of touching moments utterly ruined by them.

As for position, I like to read lying down, but have no problem sitting either. I tend to get restless and change position a lot; I'm not the type who can be comfortable staying still for long periods.

I've recently gotten into reading at the park about 20 minutes' drive from my place. There's a nice bench that I like right next to the duck pond, and on a day with nice weather, the atmosphere is very relaxing and easy to read in. I only do it when I plan on whiling away a nice chunk of time though, as a short trip isn't very gas-effective.


Sounds romantic... I've always loved the water and wish I could afford a house near a blue lake.
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When I have a lot of spare time in my hands
Extremely quiet
And when I'm in a very comfortable position
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If it's something to do with reading and not solving, I record it before sleep and listen to it as I sleep.
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I need complete silence to read... otherwise my ADD kicks in and I end up not being able to focus.
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well, I've always dreamed of having a reading corner in my bedroom... for example,
but sadly, I don't though... my bed is right beside the window...
so, whenever I'm going to reading I'd just get onto my bed and squeeze myself into the corner and half lean against the wall...
and then I'll surround myself with a tons of pillows... lol and listen to some classical music~
and I hate to be disturbed whenever I was reading or watching television...
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Step 1. Speech bubbles.
Step 2. Varied black and white drawings.
Step 3. Reading panels from right to left.
Step...wait, manga counts, right?
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Posted 4/26/14
All I need is a book and some sort of light source. Though even those aren't absolutely necessary; if I get desperate I'll start going through parts of books from memory.
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damn necromancers!

anyway, sounds like a trick question. reading? who does that?
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Just a quiet area
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I'll read anywhere, I've even been known to carry on conversations while reading. (freaks people out lol)
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