Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sunday Confessions

Sunday Confessions is hosted by Marcie at To Read or Not to Read. I always love answering questions so I thought I would join in the fun!

This week's confession question:

Do you need silence to read?

My (simplified) answer: it depends what I'm reading.

Here are some different scenarios:

1. Required reading. If I am reading something for class, it needs to be silent. If the TV is on, I'll watch it (no matter what my roommate may be watching). If there's music playing, I will listen and not comprehend what I'm reading. It must. be. silent.

2. The beginning of a book. Once again, I need silence. If it's not silent I will not understand what's going on and it's impossible to enjoy a book that way.

3. I'm in the middle of a book I like. If I like a book, and am genuinely interested in what I am reading, I can handle music or TV. Because the book is usually the top priority, and I am able to tune out the rest of it. Unless of course you've got a super awesome TV show on, in which case I will simply press record and then go back to my reading :)

4. I'm in the middle of a book that I am not terribly fond of. This is the time where I will make any excuse to NOT keep reading. So it has to be silent or I will get completely distracted and then I'll never finish it.

So that's my very complicated answer. Overall: silence is best. However, if I am in any sort of Reading Zone I can handle noise or music, and in fact I sometimes prefer it over the quiet. As Owen from Just Listen says... Silence is so freaking loud.


  1. I completely agree! Usually silence is best, unless I'm super into the book I can tune other stuff out.

  2. Thanks for participating in this weeks SC. If the tv is on I end up watching it too. I need limited distractions :D Thanks for stopping by To Read or Not To Read :D

  3. Awesome post, Jane! Stoppin by from teh SC :)

    Happy Sunday!

    ~the Decayed Fish
    Decayed Fish Devours Words