Can you stop anywhere?

September 29, 2016 Fun Questions 14

Fun Questions LogoJoin me as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…

Can you stop anywhere?

This question came to me the other day when I picked up my phone to take Buffy for a walk and started my audio book. It picked up, right in the middle of a sex scene. Which means I had stopped in the middle of a sex scene. Wow! How my reading rules have changed!!

Once upon a time, I would not set down a book unless I was at the end of a chapter or one of those built in breaking points mid chapter. But now, I find myself stopping whenever, regardless of what’s going on. I was trying to figure out what brought about this change in me and I think it’s a combination of factors, but mostly I blame audiobooks. But in a good way. Really.

Before I audiobooks, I only read when I had a lot of time to sit down and focus on a book. But with audiobooks, I’ve started reading ALL THE TIME. I read while walking the dog, while taking a shower, while getting dressed, while cooking, while cleaning, while driving. The trick is, a lot of these activities are not things that I can just keep doing until I get to a good stopping point. I mean, when I get to work, I can’t tell my principal, “sorry I didn’t pick the kids up from the gym on time, I had to finish the chapter and there was 15 minutes left.” So I stop reading when the activity I’m doing is over. Regardless of where I’m at.

Now there are times where a book is so damn good that I find ways to extend the activity, IF I CAN. But, like I mentioned above, I can’t always do that.

But what’s funny is that this has extended to my physical reads as well. I think audibooks taught me to be able to stop in the middle of things and pick up where I left off, but it’s definitely transferred. I read until I fall asleep many nights. And many nights that’s mid sentence. Not just mid chapter. Sometimes I read until my husband comes to bed. And I used to try and dim the light on my kindle or put my head under the covers with a flashlight so he could sleep and I could get to my end point. Now, I just close the book. And I’m thinking doing that has been really good for getting a full night’s sleep. But still, big change!

As this dawned on me, I found myself wondering, as I often do – is this just me? Or are other book lovers similar? And have they gone through a similar change?

So tell me, has this happened to you? Can you stop anywhere?

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14 Responses to “Can you stop anywhere?”

  1. Stormi Johnson

    I don’t like stopping just anywhere when reading so I try and finish a chapter but when a chapter is longer than I have time to read I must stop. Though when listening it seems there is never really a good place to stop so I just stop it whenever I have too. 🙂

  2. Laura

    I don’t think I’ve ever actually thought about this before really! If I’m close to the end of a book (think 88% onwards) then I often find myself determined to finish it before I stop reading (this has been really detrimental to my sleep before!) but other than that I pretty much can stop anywhere, though if it’s before bed then I finish a chapter unless I’m super tired!
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    • Berls

      Lol I used to be fairly anal about it, which is why it shocked me when I realized what I was doing. But I think I like this approach, I can read more often since I’m not worried about if I’ll make it to a “good” stopping point.

  3. Melanie Simmons

    I’m very much the same. When I used to read, I had to stop pretty much where there was a break in the story. Then I got to where DH would want to go somewhere and I would be like, “can I at least finish this page?” With audiobooks, I stop and start wherever. I will say that my house tends to be cleaner if I have really great audiobook, so I can keep listening. LOL
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    • Berls

      Lol ditto! Or I find myself in less of a hurry to get through traffic, more willing to run errands, etc 🙂

  4. anna @ herding cats & burning soup

    I flit. With everything. So stopping mid chapter is normal for me. I rarely read more than 20 minutes at a time. I try for a chapter each time I sit down but usually i’m up and doing something else before that. It’s part of why it takes me SO long on house projects. Instead of doing one start to finish I’ll usually have 8 or 9 going at the same time and bop around. lol
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  5. Jen Twimom

    OMG… this just happened to me yesterday! I kid you not!! And I thought the same thing!! But seriously… it is due to audiobooks. When I started listening to audiobooks, my OCD went nuts that I couldn’t visually see a place to stop and put my bookmark in, so to say. But as I became a more involved listener, I learned to get over that. I think the audiobooks PLUS having kids that limit my reading time, both contribute to my ability to just stop where ever. Although I still TRY to find a good break in by ebooks, I’ll stop on a dime if needed. Nice!
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  6. Greg

    I can stop in the middle of a chapter if I HAVE to, but I prefer not to. I like to get to a chapter end or a natural feeling stop point, so I’m with ya there. And if I do stop in a bad spot it irritates me until I can get back to it lol. But I don’t listen to audio (I get too distracted) and if I did I’m sure I would get better at it, since yeah you can’t always just keep going due to real life nonsense. 🙂

    And I like to have time with a book too. I’m not so good at stealing 5 mins here and there to read, I want a chunk of time preferably although it doesn’t always work out that way…
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  7. Bookworm Brandee

    I still do my very best to finish a chapter before stopping, Berls…in both reading and listening. But I get what you’re saying in that sometimes I just can’t continue because it’s just not possible. (although I do ask my kids to let me finish my chapter even when I’m listening) And lately, if I can’t keep my eyes open I’m not forcing myself to stay up to get to the end of the chapter. I won’t remember what I read anyway so I just turn off the ereader and go to sleep. I don’t know if it’s audiobooks that have made the difference for me but I guess it might be since I’ve listened to so many in the last year and a half. Audio rather forces some habit changes and it seems natural they’d carry over into reading. Now you have me thinking… LOL
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  8. Katherine

    That’s funny! I’ve never really thought about how I stop with audiobooks versus regular books. I’m definitely more okay with stopping audiobooks when I finish whatever I’m doing but I don’t think I’ve transferred it to regular books yet. Partly I think it’s because I tend to read at night and try and squeeze as much in before I pass out so I’m always thinking that I can just finish this chapter before I really let myself close my eyes. Now that you mention it though the times I have put a book down in the middle of a section picking up where I left off is easier than it used to be. I’ll have to think about this!
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  9. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

    I was caught off guard when I read your post because I’d recently recognized I now do the same thing. I wondered why my behavior had changed but didn’t fully explore the reasons. Audiobooks may just might be the reason for my change, too.

    The most remarkable evidence of this is the same as yours…resuming an audiobook in the middle of a sex scene. I definitely can remember when I would never have done that. Maybe that’s just a natural evolution in the course of so much reading. But, I do believe my audiobook listening, which has increased substantially over the past year, may be the underlying reason for the change. I’ve just gotten used to stopping and starting abruptly when listening because of the nature of the beast (reached my destination in the car, at the checkout line in a store, etc.).

    Thanks for possibly resolving my own question!
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  10. Lola

    This is so interesting! I don’t listen to audiobooks and I find myself usually stopping at those build in breaks or end of the chapter sonly But I think how you read really plays a role. Years ago when I was going to university I stopped in the middle of scenes all the time. Because then i read in the train or during a break and often you can’t keep reading any longer then. Nowadays I usually read at home, usually during breakfast/ lunch/ dinner or before bed and most books have short enough chapters that I can finish up the chapter or read till a build in break when I have to stop reading. And all of those times are moments where I can keep reading for a bit longer without trouble. Although sometimes I do find myself pausing in the middle of a chapter.

    Stopping in the middle of a sex scene must be a weird experience, especially when you pick up the book again and realize that’s were you stopped, lol. I can see how with audiobooks you often have to stop reading at the end of a activity and you would be more likely to stop anywhere. and it probably also takes longer if you have to finish a chapter. I do miss with ebooks that I can’t as easily skip ahead to see where the next break is, as I do with physical copies.

    So I can stop anywhere, but I don’t like doing that and rather finish the chapter or find a good place to stop.
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