Do you multi-task when you read? Do other things like stirring things on the stove, brushing your teeth, watching television, knitting, walking, et cetera?
Or is it just me, and you sit and do nothing but focus on what you’re reading?
I only engage in multi-tasking that doesn’t distract me from concentrating on my readings. TV is out of the question. Music is conditional, depending on the complexity of the the story-telling and the difficulty of the prose. Even the din of classical music would disturb the understanding of Virginia Woolf and Toni Morrison. Multi-tasking that is always welcome and that enhance the reading experience are a pot of tea (preferably Lady Grey), Danish butter biscuits (a thing of the past now that I’ve gone gluten-free), and light, easy-listening music. What about scratching the dog’s head? In summer, I sit in the pool with a book. In general, I’m an old-fashioned reader—one who enjoys sitting in the library, or a bookish setting, with complete quiet, to peruse his books. If there is a musical background, it’s most likely going to be one of Telemann’s flute/oboe concertos, Haydyn’s symphonies (No. 22), or a Sandy Lam ballad.