When I was a kid, I could read practically anywhere. I would be too engrossed in my imaginary worlds to even notice what was happening in the classroom/waiting room/living room/car around me. These days not so much!
Don’t get me wrong, I still love reading (which is pretty good seen as you’re currently reading my book blog!). It’s just these days real life seems to be able to puncture my imagination more easily, what with the stresses of work, reality of paying bills and all those other boring adult things I now have to do. Plus reading in the car now makes me sick. And usually I’m driving!
Anyway, these are the five things that distract me from reading and therefore are a pretty big annoyance. What annoys you when you’re trying to read?
1. People talking to me.
Don’t talk to me when I’m reading. Just don’t. I’m liable to give you the evils. Or ignore you. Or simply not notice.
2. People asking ‘what are you reading?’
It’s nice to show an interest, but this question falls under the ‘talking to me when I’m reading’ offence. Plus if I’m in the early stages of the book I might not know yet. I could be reading ‘THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!’, a tolerable fantasy saga, or even a potential DNF, so you have to give me time to make an informed decision.
3. People questioning my love of reading.
All readers have heard it before: ‘why do you like reading? It’s so boring!’ Now you have not only flouted the ‘don’t talk to me when I’m reading’ rule, but you’ve also insulted me. If you like playing football I wouldn’t got to a match and stand at the sidelines shouting ‘why do you like football? It’s so boring!’, so don’t do it to me when I’m reading!
4. People reading over my shoulder.
Sitting next to another person when you’re reading can be annoying, simply because you can sense them next to you, and sometimes it can feel as if they are looking over your shoulder. Or maybe that’s just me?
Even if they aren’t (and I’m pretty sure most of the time they aren’t), it still feels as if they are. That’s why I hate reading on a train for example: not only do you feel like all the other passengers are judging you based on your reading taste, but the one sitting next to you who didn’t have the foresight to bring any entertainment is peering over your shoulder and breathing down your neck the whole time!
Oddly I can read with the TV on, but not with music playing. I think the problem with music is that, especially if I know and like the song, I find my mind automatically singing along, which understandably interferes with my reading. The words I want in my head when I’m reading are the ones on the page, not the ones in my ear!
So fellow bookworms, what annoys you when you read? I guess my list basically amounts to people and music!