Join 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?
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