This week’s musing asks:
Other than working at a job, what is your biggest interruption to reading? What takes you away from your book(s)?
Internet in general for me. Book blogging is a catch-22. I want to make the round of the book blogs that give me reading ideas, and to drop a few comments along the way. But I can be so carried away with web surfing that I end up sacrificing my reading time at lunch. Facebook is another distraction, since it’s the best way to keep in touch with friends and family. I try not to check my Facebook during lunch in order to have time to eat and to read. You know that antsy and itchy feeling about checking to see if friends “like” your updates!
I’m a fairly good, concentrated reader when it comes with noise. As long as people keep their voices down in the public, it doesn’t bother me at all. But a personal interruption is not as easy to shove off. I would appreciate if this woman at the coffee shop in the morning would stop trying to convert me to a Paulo Coelho fan. She keeps saying how she checked out all of his books from the library and reads out loud to me passages from By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept. Oui. Does she not get it when I said I am more interested in literary fiction?