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Musing Mondays (July 12)

July 12, 2010

This week’s musing asks…

Can you read amidst distractions? (tv, others talking, sporting events, etc)

My mom was just marvelling, the other day, at how I could read with a bunch of people talking and playing around me. We’d gone over to her house to swim, and I chose not to get in the pool this time. Instead, I sat beside the pool and read my book. Meanwhile, hubby & kids — along with my mom and stepdad — were splashing around and chatting.

I told mom that I’ve had lots of practice in reading amidst distractions, as my house is generally pretty noisy. The kids are always talking, playing, etc, and the TV is almost always on when hubby & the kids are home. It’s ‘background noise’.

Sure, I tend to go off and hide myself in the bedroom in order to have a bit more quiet for my reading (I can’t read when the TV is in the background ’cause I’ll keep looking up to see what’s going on), but I can still read if it’s just people talking in the background.

In the wintertime, I often ferry my kids to their sporting events at the local arena. And, I’ve gotten pretty good at reading while sitting in the lobby, with people coming and going all around me. I’d rather read than just sit there the whole hour!

So, how about you? Can you read amidst distractions?

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

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40 Comments
  1. What do I prefer? The answer is here: http://annsreadingcorner.blogspot.com

  2. My answer is here

  3. My MM is here. Have a great Monday everyone.
    CMash

  4. Alleluialu permalink

    I just converted from “What Are You Reading Mondays” to “Musing Mondays”, so I hope that’s okay. Here is my post:

    http://bookendcrossing.blogspot.com/2010/07/its-monday-already.html

    Thanks for hosting.

  5. Funnily enough I write something near to this on sunday I believe. It is called Passions or Distraction. Check it out.

    I might even write a follow up ;3

    http://bittenbybooklust.blogspot.com/2010/07/passion-or-distraction-reading-journal.html

  6. Here’s mine.

  7. A timely question, since I have the TV on as I write this…lol
    HERE is my answer.

  8. I will often read around people or even in front of the TV because for me that background noise is important to my whole reading experience. In fact, without it, things always seem to be a little off kilter!

    You can check out my full response here:
    Reading Amidst the Chaos

  9. Good question.

    My answer is here.

  10. marshalslion permalink

    I can preety much tune out background noise.
    When i was in school i couldn’t concentrate in the student library as it was too quiet!
    blogger is playing up at the moment will post my musing monday later.

  11. My response is here.

  12. Mine is here.

  13. lostinmylibrary permalink

    If I like what I’m reading then the noise won’t distract me. Sometimes it is even better to have background noise. If I read in a quiet place the minimal sound will capture my attention and I will not be able to concentrate.

  14. Here’s my response for this week: http://www.rulethewaves.net/blog/?p=1675

  15. I think I’m going to join Musing Mondays. Thanks for your thoughts.

  16. I haven’t participated in this meme but I just wanted to comment that I’ve learned to read anytime, anyplace, anywhere! Except the car, but I’m trying to condition myself to that, as a passenger, of course!

  17. If I’m really involved in the book nothing short of an explosion will tear me away!

    http://undermyappletree.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/musing-monday/

  18. Music is fine, but no talking.

    My musing is finally up. :)

  19. I’m reading among distractions now. Echo-ee hall with a karate class going on!

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