This week’s column was submitted by Lynne Rubio of the Readers’ Services Department at the Des Plaines Public Library.
What comforting little habits create a really good read for you?
Like buffalo wings and a 50-inch plasma TV can rev up a ball game, or candles and salts can enhance a bath, so too can the right setting transform a simple read into one of life's sweetest pleasures.
In a staff meeting or online, or just across the cubicle divide, wherever and whenever two or more of my colleagues gather, the chief topic of conversation is our latest good read.
In my opinion, a candlelit bath is a darn great setting for a good book, but I usually catch my reading on the go, with one book tucked in my bag, an audiobook in the car and two more e-books downloaded to my phone. Going bookless makes me nervous.
I know, I know, my associates and I are book lovers whose livelihood is the library, so that's a natural question and a topic that never seems to get old with us. But we are not the only ones whose discussions revolve around the question, “Watcha reading?”
If people everywhere didn’t love to book talk 50 Shades of Grey would probably not be such a phenomenon today.
But the question I’ve been pondering lately, that we don’t often talk about, is this: how do you like to read? Take a moment, if you will, to think about a few of these questions:
- Where is your ideal reading spot? Do you curl up in your favorite chair or under a tree, or do you lounge in bed?
- When is the best time of day to read: morning, afternoon, or nighttime?
- Are your books' pages pristine and their spines lined up in alphabetical order, or do they overflow from every available surface, favorite passages marked and notes in the margins?
- Do you dog-ear or use a bookmark?
- When you're ready for a break, do you stop where you're at, or push on through to the chapter break?
- Do you prefer paperbacks or hardcover? (Is that the “paper or plastic” question of the book world?) How about audiobooks or e-books?
- Is it okay to flip to the end and peek at the last chapter or is that taboo?