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Booking Through Thursday – Multi-tasking

Btt2 This week's question from BTT: Do you multi-task when you read? Do other things like stirring things on the stove, brushing your teeth, watching television, knitting, walking, et cetera? Or do you sit and do nothing but focus on what you’re reading? (Or, if you do both, why, when, and which do you prefer?)

I have been known to read while cooking, but that usually leads to burnt food and splattered books; and I have read while eating by myself for many years. My father and I walked around a lake near Berlin when I was about 14 – he conversed with his friend, I followed about 20 steps behind, totally engrossed in my novel. I have read while watching cricket matches, both live and on TV (cricket fans will know that this is not difficult – I can usually read a 5-6 sentence passage between the ball landing in the keeper's gloves and the bowler being about to bowl the next ball).

Apart from that I tend to read mono-taskingly – although in my "About Me" on my blog I make the questionable claim that reading and drinking tea simultaneously is multitasking. I struggle to read when at home because there is always something else to be doing and it is really only when commuting on the underground or when in bed that I have the quiet time to read. 

I hope to be able to knit and read one day – that requires being able to knit first!


9 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday – Multi-tasking”

  1. Drinking while reading is definitely multitasking … I’ve been known to be fully engrossed in what I’ve been reading and missed the table when I went to set the cup back down.
    I’m still wondering how you can knit and read without someone else holding the book up for you? Not that I wouldn’t mind that hobby myself once I learn to knit as well.

  2. Reading while eating/drinking is about all the multi-tasking I can do. I need it quiet when I read so I can concentrate. My husband and I usually read over meals, and that’s nice. We do talk to each other sometimes too 🙂

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