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Okay, so the other day, a friend was commenting on my monthly reading list and asked when I found the time to read. In the ensuing discussion, she described herself as a “goldilocks” when it comes to reading–she needs to have everything juuuuuust right to be able to focus. This caught my attention because, first, I thought that was a charming way of describing the condition, but, two, while we’ve talked about our reading habits, this is an interesting wrinkle. I’d never really thought about it that way.

So, this is my question to you–are you a Goldilocks kind of reader?

Do you need the light just right, the background noise just so loud but not too loud, the chair just right, the distractions at a minimum?

Or can you open a book at any time and dip right in, whether it’s for twenty seconds, while waiting for the kettle to boil, or indefinitely, like while waiting interminably at the hospital–as long as the book is open in front of your nose, you’re happy to read?

Donโ€™t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the commentsโ€”or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

103 responses

  1. Mine’s posted! Just click on my name ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I am a non-Goldilocks kind of reader ๐Ÿ™‚
    Meaning I can delve in a book anywhere for no matter how long. Which is the reason why I always carry a book with me. I read on the tram on the way to work, at the gas station while my husband is filling the tank, while standing in queues, etc.

    My most frowned upon reading session was when I and a few friends went to take a hike and I read all the way to the cabin. And got involved in what I was reading too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also, I can read from anything. My favorites are of course the books but I have read whole novels not only on the computer screen but also on the screen of my video iPod ๐Ÿ˜› (I do plan to buy an ebook reader sometimes soon but they are not selling any where I live so oh well ๐Ÿ˜ )

  3. I like this one! I want to see if this matters to the rest of today’s participants! So here is mine:

  4. Happy BTT, all! Mine’s <a href=””<up…

  5. Sorry, something went wrong with the link. Here goes again: click here.

  6. Mine is up! Great theme!

  7. My answer’s up. I’m interested to find out how many Goldilocks answer this!

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  9. If this comment works: my post is up but I can’t seem to manage the link. Sorry.

  10. I’m apparently running late today. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s mine!

  11. I’m an anti-Goldilocks reader. Just read on the car on the way to work this morning – about 100 pages.—goldilocks.html

  12. Mine is up here. I’m more Goldilocks than I thought ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. My first BTT is up! Please note, English is not my mother tongue ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy Thursday everyone!

  14. I’m having difficulty posting this week. Let’s see if third time’s a charm.

    My responses are here:

  15. Mine’s up:

    Noise is my downfall but otherwise pretty much anything goes.

  16. Yeah!! I’m FINALLY up!! Check out my answer here:

  17. Happy Booking Through Thursday everyone – AND Deb! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Here is mine!

  18. Wow, I actually got this one up on a Thursday instead of Friday!

    Looks like I’m possibly a borderline Goldilocks: here’s mine.

  19. Excellent question.

    My response is here.

  20. Great question.
    Here’s my answer.

  21. Just FYI, folks . . . I don’t know why, but a LOT of comments today are getting caught in the spam filters. I’ve rescued all of them, but thought I’d mention that it seems to be happening to a lot of people. I’ll keep checking the filters to approve the “real” comments, but if your comment doesn’t get posted right away . . . there’s probably some reason for it somewhere, but I’ll make sure your comment makes it here eventually!


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  23. My answer’s up just click on my name.

  24. I can read anywhere, any time, including while walking quickly down the street.

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  26. Mine is up! I am also hosting 2 giveaways with at least 2 more coming…feel free to enter, the links are embedded in my post! Happy Thursday:-)

  27. I’m so sorry – I tried to post earlier and it seemed not to have worked, so I deleted by blog post. But it did actually work (number 40 above). Anyway – my answer is here now!

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  29. Always late but here it is! Happy BTT!

  30. I just found your site, and loved this question! Here’s my answer:

  31. i’m a day late, but mine is up here.

  32. Books, books, everywhere!

    I can read them on a plane.
    I can read them on a train.
    I can read them on a bus.
    I can read them and I must.
    Compulsive readers, know the game.
    In Seuss’s name we have no shame.

  33. I found this blog a bit late.

    Glad I did find it though:

    Here are my thoughts on the subject:

  34. Still catching up.

    I can read under most conditions as long as I’m not in a moving vehicle (other than a plane). I get motion sick if I try to read in a car, bus or train (don’t even mention boats!). Often read at bedtime with barely enough light to see the words. Don’t like reading with glaring sunlight, but usually easy enough to find a bit of shade, or turn my body so that I provide my own shade. Noise isn’t an issue. Comfort is only to the point that I don’t like to be uncomfortable under any conditions! So that last paragraph fits me pretty well.

  35. Anywhere, any time. While waiting for the spaghetti water to boil, waiting to pick up my daughter from school, etc.

  36. Oops! I forgot to leave my link last week. It’s

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  39. It all depends on the book for me. If I have to read it, then yes. But if I want to read it, I can read it anywhere.

    That IS an excellent way of describing it.

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