Confessions of a Tea Sippin’ Blogger: I am a Ritual Reader..

We all have our quirks as readers, be it favorite genres or cover lovers (you know who you are πŸ˜‰ ). Everyone has something that is a must to ensure the optimal reading experience (I think?). I definitely do…confession1
Confession: I suffer from have a reading ritual & it’s pretty serious.

ritΒ·uΒ·al
noun –Β a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order.

Reading is a sacred event in my life that occurs in a very specific manner. And by specific, I mean I am compulsive and events must unfold in the correct sequence and in the proper setting every time. I have it down to a science. When I try to deviate, my reading efforts fail horrendously. And lack of sleep is also sure to ensue.. as I literally require at least an hour of reading to sleep well. Is that weird? They go hand in hand for me.

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My reading ritual is a 4 step process where substitutes are unacceptable..

Step 1 –Β  Creating the desired atmosphere. I am a bed reader. I (for obvious reasons spend a lot of time in bed) and my room is my sanctuary. I have an entire library and full control over the surroundings. THIS IS MY SPACE. I am very particular about my little sanctuary. I keep it just right! This includes multiple pillows, salt lamps, a lavender diffuser and nice collection of vinyls. All of which must be prepped and ready to go. We won’t even talk about the investment the nonhubs made in bedding since I have to spend so much time in it (what a swell guy he is!).

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Step 2 –Β  Allocating appropriate beverages. I absolutely must have a glass of ice water and cup of hot tea to accompany every book. ALWAYS! There are no exceptions to this. I will not sit/lay down to read without either. Doing so ensures failure and strikes me as utterly ridiculous.

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Step 3 –Β  Acquiring the appropriate background noise. I typically play vinyls (usually GoT soundtrack), ballet, sound machine or classic movies in the background while reading. I suffer continuous tinnitus that ranges from a mild ringing to loud swooshing at all times. Distraction that does not disrupt my concentration is a must.

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Step 4Making time to read! I am in bed by 8pm every weeknight to read. This is the embarrassing truth. I am scrambling to get there and do exactly that! Reading is my “me time” and an absolute must.tumblr_m91ver35hn1rrjkg1o1_500.gif

Now I label and confess that the above is a ritual because all requirements are, well requirements. Maybe I am a tad compulsive? Okay, I am completely, habitually compulsive.. but it is simply how it must be done. Weeknight or weekend.. you will find me in the same spot surrounded by the ever-present and same elements. This is my escape and has carried me through many flare ups and rough moments ❀

So are you are you a ritual reader? Or at least habitual in some manner? Go ahead, share some quirks with me so that I know I am not the only one πŸ˜‰ Are you able to read in any environment? My efforts seem fruitless although I am constantly struggling to squeeze pages in during appointments, commutes, etc. Let’s talk the various habits and quirks we each develop as readers!

Confess to me fellow readers..

Danielle ❀

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62 thoughts on “Confessions of a Tea Sippin’ Blogger: I am a Ritual Reader..

  1. I’m a creature of habit as well although I can read anywhere anytime :-). If I’m at home I like a cup of coffee but it almost always goes cold and I have barely touched it before I remind myself I need to drink up :-). My bed is my fav place as well, followed by the couch, with a fav blanket and a cat on top. If she’s not there it really feels like it’s not perfect. Luckily she likes these relaxing moments as much as I do :-). Now that I think of it, you should get a cat (or a dog)!

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  2. I’m not really a ritual reader. I tend to read when I can fit time in, either at my computer chair in the morning or in my bed at night. Sometimes the TV is on in the background, the odd time music or sometimes silence. It depends on my mood.

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    1. I think the need for specific background music or sound comes from all of the noise in my head now. It can be utterly distracting! I used to be able to read all day, any where. I still carry a book always and make the effort. But it is during the above time that I actually make any progress 😊

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  3. I can read anywhere, anytime. Long airplane and train rides are great for reading, but I’ll pull up an ebook if I’m in a long line or waiting for an appointment. I’ve started reading more often before bed, but it’s usually for only about 15 minutes, given that I go to bed between midnight and 12:30, and it’s hard to stay awake much longer!

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    1. I used to be able to read at the drop of a hat! I still always carry a book and try, but symptoms and all really limit me. I absolutely cannot read during commutes or movement any more or I am insta sick and the noise in my head annoys me to no end πŸ˜‚ So I have evolved into the serious creature of habit. But I won’t give up trying. If I went to bed so late, I would not last 5 minutes πŸ˜‚

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  4. I used to be a ritual reader – or there are certain periods of time when I have a ritual – but something always knocks my ritual off and then I’ll have to re-adjust. I think having a reading ritual is a good thing, especially so that you can make sure you get your reading done

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  5. Your ritual sounds so relaxing! I’m super habitual in the rest of my life, but not for reading. I generally try to read for an hour before bed, but it doesn’t always happen. During the day, I’ll just pull out my book whenever and start reading, no prep or anything needed, whenever I have enough free time for it to be worth it. Though maybe that in itself is a ritual?

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  6. I think you are very lucky to have established such a firm reading routine. I try to read for 30 minutes every night but if I have to work in the evenings that usually doesn’t happen. I do try and fit in blogging in the evenings and early mornings.

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  7. I can totally relate. I’m a ritual writer/reader. If I’m not in bed (also my writing/reading sanctuary) writing from 8 or at the latest 9 to 11 and then reading from 11 to (well I won’t say), I’m a miserable human being! And I get the needing to read to fall asleep. I found if I don’t read before bed, my head just spins and spins with thoughts, even more than usual. There’s just something about reading! Loved this post! It’s fun to know about other people’s reading habits. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much! And it sounds like you totally get it haha πŸ’• I think it is that nightly escape with reading that allows our brains to actually turn off all of the real life stuff that would just be spinning around in our minds still. And reading is less stimulating than tv, so it eases us into a better sleep!

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  8. Danielle I am NOT a ritual reader. I read whenever and wherever I get the chance. (five minutes waiting for something to come out of the oven, waiting for an appointment at the doctors/dentists office, etc.) I really enjoyed reading about YOUR ritual though.

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    1. Thank you! I used to be very similar and still attempt it. I never leave without a book, but symptoms have limited my abilities to read during commute, seperate sounds, etc. So in a way it all forced me to become the creature of habit once I discovered how to facilitate my reading. But no complaints here, because I enjoy my nightly little ceremony πŸ˜˜πŸ’•

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  9. That sounds like such a wonderful ritual! I can pretty much read anywhere… Depending on the weather I love reading outside, although I love reading in bed or a comfy chair as well. And call me weird, but I actually get distracted with music or the TV on! Ok, not always as it depends on the story, but in general it’s just silence for me. No fixed beverage either, although either tea or coffee during the colder months is highly appreciated. πŸ˜‰ And a cat purring on my lap is a great bonus as well haha.

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    1. I can completely understand how music or tv would be distracting. I developed the habit when I had to find ways to drown out the tinnitus. But I favor mostly instrumental pieces such as classical. Singing can be soooo distracting πŸ˜‚ I do miss the days when I could read anymore. I feel I accomplished more that way. But I enjoy my ritual πŸ’•

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      1. Ah yes just instrumental is definitely a lot better… I could get used to that. And your ritual sounds really good, so definitely stick with what works!

        Ah also completely random, but I really liked your newsletter. πŸ™‚

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  10. Background noise *nods* I don’t need it to read necessarily, but I do sleep better with something in the background- white noise or whatever. And “appropriate beverages” lol. Love that one too. πŸ™‚

    So what do you think of salt lamps? Is that the same thing as those Himalayan salt things I see around? I’ve been curious about those. Ambience is good…

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    1. Haha yes! I have a sound machine I often set to thunder or rain. I also play my Game of Thrones soundtracks and classical on vinyl a lot.

      Yes, my salt lamps are the Himalayan ones you see. I keep them in the house. I enjoy the amount of light they emit and there are supposed to be many benefits to the negative salt ions releases. I honestly believe I sleep better with mine 😊

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  11. I always have a mug of Ear Grey when I read, unless I’m in a coffee shop and then it’s a cappuccino. If i’m at home it’s normally on the couch, but my feet have to be warm, so I’ll heat my wheatbag in the microwave and snuggle it in a blanklet and I’m set. I prefer quiet when I’m reading but can have classical music in the background with headphones if there’s noise disturbing me.

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  12. This is a nice post idea! I wish I was a ritual reader. I’m just not able to plan that way! Sometimes, I’ll be finished my work by 8 and I’ll begin reader or sometimes I don’t finish until 10:30 and by then I’m wrecked and just want to sleep. I like the idea though.

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  13. Wow, I feel like I know you so much better now! I also need to read before bed, but beyond that I don’t really have any rituals for reading. I think the movie would distract me, but probably not as much as the tinnitus. Sorry you have to deal with that!

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  14. Quite honestly- I love the sound of your reading ritual… it sounds like reading with the right atmosphere and additional ‘tools’ (tea, music, etc) makes it all the more enjoyable… and unfortunately, in my life it’s impossible- I just squeeze in reading time whenever I can … most evenings after work I am not finished with dinner/dishes housework until 930PM and then I am pretty much struggling to keep my eyes open to read πŸ˜€

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      1. Oh my goodness! You were some powerhouse- these long hours and two little ones! Jaysus, I feel bad for even complaining now πŸ˜€ It’s awe inspiring how much a human can manage, though… I need to pull my fnger out! πŸ˜€

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  15. I honestly wish that I could be a ritual reader too sometimes. The consistency and assured time to read and progress into a story sounds soooo reassuring and makes every day sound like heaven with knowing that you’ll almost always end the day with reading! However.. I’m more of someone who will read at EVERY little opportunity that opens up. Bus ride? Train ride? Waiting line? Break time during class? Finished supper and don’t want to do homework and need something in between? Yeh. That’s how I read. I plug reading time wherever I can in my day and make it a lil better throughout the whole day hahahah Awesome post, Danielle! This was fun to read! πŸ˜€

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    1. Haha. I used to be the same. But my symptoms have stripped my ability to read during travel without getting sick and I know longer have the ability to differentiate between sounds in my environment, so I find it hard to read in public. I become overwhelmed. I still pack a book always though, in my heart the intent and desire is there πŸ˜‰ But I do enjoy my reading nook and ritual!

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  16. Your reading ritual sounds so nice. I am lazy and I literally read a few pages when I have time. Even when I am scanning a bunch of invoices at work I can read a page or two while it’s scanning haha. The closest I come to a ritual is I read in bed as soon as the bf goes to sleep.

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