We all have our quirks as readers, be it favorite genres or cover lovers (you know who you are 😉 ). Everyone has something that is a must to ensure the optimal reading experience (I think?). I definitely do…
suffer from have a reading ritual & it’s pretty serious.
noun – 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.
My reading ritual is a 4 step process where substitutes are unacceptable..
Step 1 – 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!).
Step 2 – 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.
Step 3 – 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.
Step 4 – Making 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.
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 😉 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..