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"When I'm reading a book, I always have..." --what?

Asked by Jeruba (51895points) July 15th, 2020

•  a glass of wine at your elbow?

•  a dictionary close by?

•  a hard time with the small print?

•  headphones on and music playing?

When I’m reading a book, I always have a pencil in my hand. It’s not one way with me. It’s a dialogue.

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jca2's avatar

I’ll usually have a cup of tea or a glass of Diet Coke or water on the table nearby.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

It depends on the book but usually tea/water, a notepad or a cat.

KNOWITALL's avatar

No distractions. If I have a book in my hand, everyone knows I’m tuned out.

canidmajor's avatar

Only the book is a constant, the rest is subject to change without notice.

LuckyGuy's avatar

… a light behind, a pillow under my neck, and a bed mattress beneath me. Sometimes I will place a pillow on my stomach and use it to elevate the book so I don’t have to crane my neck so much.
I enjoy falling asleep while reading.

raum's avatar

I used to always read with a small paperback dictionary. I replaced it once the first copy fell apart (some time in high school). But didn’t replace it after it fell apart the second time (some time in college).

Demosthenes's avatar

A good source of light, solitude, and my phone in case I need to look something up (but I have to try to not let my phone be a distraction).

canidmajor's avatar

@raum and @Demosthenes, that is one feature I like about my ereader, it has a built in dictionary.

raum's avatar

That was before smart phones and ereaders. Which ereader do you use?

Oh, I forgot. Also used to have a pencil to accompany the dictionary. My older sister taught me to put a little dot next to each word I looked up. That helped me keep track of which words were not sticking for some reason.

JLeslie's avatar

Nothing. I would use my phone for vocabulary, but I wouldn’t think to have it nearby ahead of time.

I like to read reclined with my feet up.

I’m not much of a reader though.

canidmajor's avatar

I did something like that, too. I’d mark page and line and write the word in the back.

I’ve been using a nook for the past 10 years, I hated it for six months, but now I prefer it to paper. Especially the part where I can embiggen the font when my eyes are tired.

raum's avatar

The word embiggen always makes me laugh. :P

I have a Kindle. But not sure if I will be able to stick to it for six months. Still in the “hating it” phase.

janbb's avatar

It used to be “I always have a red cocker spaniel lying at the foot of my chair.” But it’s been many years since my Prince has left me.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@raum Me, too. Sounds so peculiar!

raum's avatar

It’s from The Simpsons. :P

Inspired_2write's avatar

A cup of freshly brewed morning coffee.
No distractions, TV off, radio off, computer off, cellphone silent.
I have four books on the go:
1) The Room Where it Happened. ( Very dry and all about Politics of the last few years).

2) The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump:27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.

3) Norse Mythology.

4)The Classic Bestseller Mythology (Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes.

nightwolf5's avatar

If it’s at night, a cup of tea and tea biscuits, at my desk. If noonish or so, sitting outside, with an ice coffee, in the sun.

Jeruba's avatar

When I’m reading on my Kindle Paperwhite, I have a paper notebook and a pencil on hand. The Kindle is a good choice for weighty tomes as well as for reading-to-go. I can highlight the text on the device, but I prefer to keep my notes together in a reading journal.

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