Booking Through Thursday: Childhood vs. Adult, and Ideal


Wedding weekend was crazy times, so I never got down to blogging. It was fun times, though, and you know what I say when I’m “too busy to blog.”

May 23: Childhood vs. Adult

Have your reading habits changed since you were a child? (I mean, I’m assuming you have less time to read now, but …) Did you devour and absorb books when you were 10 and only just lightly read them now? Did you re-read frequently as a child but now only read new books? How about types of books? Do you find yourself still attracted to the kinds of books you read when you were a kid?

I read new books more frequently now, but I think that is more the result of my reviewing at Austin CNM than a shift from childhood reading to adult reading. I used to undertake a massive re-read every time a new Harry Potter book came out, but then they were all published, so that had to end out of necessity.

My pace and frequency have definitely shifted, though. My only downtime to read while I’m at work (when I have a job) is at lunchtime, so that limits how much I can read and how soon I can finish a book. Within books, I have always read slowly; that and missing symbolism are my most embarrassing “I swear I have an English degree!” moments.

I am delighted that I still like to read in the same genres. I don’t read as much realistic fiction anymore, but I still enjoy it, and I don’t think my love of fantasy will ever go away. I definitely didn’t read Catholic books when I was younger, but I loved my picture Bible (except the Revelation pages; too much fire).

May 30: Ideal

I want you to think about your ideal reading experience. Think about the location. (Your bed? Favorite chair? The beach? Indoors or outdoors?). Think about the sounds. (Is there music playing? Happy children playing in the background? Utter silence?) Is there a snack or beverage nearby? Are you alone or with friends/family (presumably being quiet enough for you to read in peace)? What kind of lighting is there? Are you dressed in something ultra-comfy? What’s your position? Curled up? Stretched out?

Now … describe it so that we can all feel exactly how perfect it is … and why.

I love sitting in an armchair while reading. I have never owned an armchair, but when I’ve lived with one, it has been my favorite reading spot. I have trouble with complete silence for everything but prayer, so I will sometimes play music without words. (The 99 Most Essential Wedding Classics is very good for this. Best $2 I ever spent on an Amazon MP3 sale.) I have a cup of English breakfast tea that stays at the perfect temperature, nice bright lighting, and I am sitting up against the back of the chair. Mmm. I wish I had that going on right now!

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