Peace and quiet to read.

@megamatt (14327)
United States
January 2, 2011 8:30pm CST
I'll be honest, I do need peace and quiet to be able to read. With a few exceptions, like music, I have to be in a quiet place, at least when I start. After I'm into my book, World War 3 could break out and if I'm really into the book, then I can ignore a lot. How about you? Do you need complete peace and quiet to read or are you fine with the noise when reading?
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19 responses
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
5 Jan 11
I understand exactly how you feel. A lot of times it takes me awhile to really get into a book. In order to do that, I need peace and quiet too. After that I can read while my kids are in the same room with me watching TV.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
5 Jan 11
Yes it does take a bit to get going. However when I do get going, it is going to take a while to get me out of it. Especially when the book is really good. The type that you almost feel like it is real. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@SIMPLYD (85104)
• Philippines
4 Jan 11
Just like you , i need peace and quiet when i am to read a book. I don't even like music because it distracts me from my reading. When it's quiet, i can really absorb what i am reading. My bible reading and meditation, i do it in the morning, when my husband is still asleep. I just have the lamp shade light on. That way, i can really meditate on what i read from the bible, then pray for the day.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
5 Jan 11
Morning and evening seems to be the best two times of the day to read. It gets the best amount of quiet time. Elsewhere during the day does have the potential to be very hectic. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
3 Jan 11
Reading does take some concentration to make it worthwhile. If it is too noisy, it can take away the atmosphere you create when you are in the mood to read.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
3 Jan 11
It is best done a lot of the time in a much quieter environment. That is very true. It can ruin the atmosphere if there is more than too much noise. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
3 Jan 11
When i did read i always liked to be in either full quietness or just have some soft quiet background music. Nowadays i don't read, haven't for a very long time and i don't really have the spare time to do this. The only things i read now are the television magazines and the newspapers, when reading these i do have the tv on but it doesn't bother me as i am not reading for a long time.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
3 Jan 11
I hear you about the time thing. I have to be really creative with finding time to read. Which means that there are sometimes where I only read for a short bit before going to bed. Other days I am a bit more fortunate. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks,
@zaga_cleuth (1409)
• Philippines
3 Jan 11
I enjoy reading at peaceful and quiet place too. It helps me to easily understand what I'm reading. I'm so disturb when there's loud noise or music playing when I'm reading. Imagination is what I'm using whenever I'm reading that is why I really need a quite place.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
3 Jan 11
Indeed peace and quiet can help with a lot of understanding. Our brains need to comprehend what we are reading. Therefore the peace and quiet goes a long way towards doing this. Sometimes it takes our full concentration to get the full picture of what the author is trying to describe. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
3 Jan 11
it depends on the type of book i am reading. if i am really interested in it, then i dont get easily distracted, but if its not that great, anything can get my focus.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
3 Jan 11
Yeah I do agree with you one hundred percent. It does depend on the type of the book a lot of the time. Quieter environments are far more conductive to reading a lot more often for different books. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@meuji100 (198)
• Philippines
3 Jan 11
I usually read when its peace and quiet. I can concentrate more when surroundings are quiet. When there is noise that is disturbing, I can't concentrate on reading. But when I'm really focused, I can forget about the sound and noise in the surroundings.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
3 Jan 11
Quiet surroundings are the best situations. Still some noises are not really that bad and I can concentrate. Of course, it really does depend on the noise. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@devijay78 (1575)
• India
3 Jan 11
Hi megamatt. You sound just like me! I do need peace and quiet to read. But when I am very much absorbed in the story or the book, I would hardly notice what is going on around me. Even if there is an earthquake, I would not know about it. But, when I do sit down with a book, I like it to be noiseless.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
3 Jan 11
No earthquakes in this part. However there have been times where a tornado siren was going off, that I really did not pick up on the fact that there was a warning, until I heard it in the building. So there are times where when I'm into a book, I'm into a book and my own safety is kind of secondary. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
• Philippines
3 Jan 11
It depends on the book I'm reading. sometimes, if it is not as interesting as i had expected it to be i can easily be discouraged to continue even in a very quiet snd peaceful environment. Whereas, if the book exceeds or meets my expectations, i can go on reading even while my mom is calling out a war with me. hahahah...
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
3 Jan 11
You hit the nail right on the head. It can depend on the book that I am reading. The type, the length, and how long I have be reading. Also the mood that I am in as well. So there are a multitude of different things that really depend on how much quiet that I need. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@maean_19 (4662)
• Philippines
3 Jan 11
Same here. I cannot fully grasp and digest what I am reading when I hear noises. When I was in Law School, I really do need to isolate myself or have a private place where I won't be able to be disturbed with outside noise. That is why, there are times then that I have to wake in wee hours or after midnight when everyone is asleep.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
3 Jan 11
Reading for any kind of schooling, yeah that does need a lot of peace and quiet. Something like law school I would imagine much more. Still really when you think about it, anything would need a lot of peace and quiet. Yes, there are many times where I might have had to wait until everyone is asleep or get up earlier than everyone in the morning. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks
• United States
3 Jan 11
I can stand a small amount of noise but if the t.v is on too loud or if people are talking it is harder for me to concentrate on what I am reading. So when I read I like things to be quiet.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
3 Jan 11
Indeed a small amount of noise can go along way. It is more than fine and I can concentrate if I put enough effort. However, there are a lot of times where I do not want to put in the effort. So silence is often times golden. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
3 Jan 11
I could find a place to read in the middle of world war 3. I remember when my parents were remodeling our kitchen, eons ago. They would drag me from hardware store to kitchen center to god knows where. I could find a place to read even in a menards or Lowes. In fact, the bathroom section was great because they had big tubs you could sit in.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
3 Jan 11
I think that if someone really wants to read, they'll find a way. I think that I have read in some strange places in my day. Not any I recall but if I think about it, I could think of something. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@lady1993 (20427)
• Philippines
3 Jan 11
I also need peace and quiet when I read a book too- I get distracted very easily. Even if I'm really into a book I can't really concentrate in reading it when I am with my friends.. (They talk a lot). So I just read at home or in my bed before sleeping.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
3 Jan 11
Reading is just not an activity to be done around friends. Because friends like to socialize and talk. At least mine do. Therefore it is very hard to concentrate to say the very least. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
• China
3 Jan 11
When I wanna read , I will also find a quiet place . I usually go to the library,it is very quiet there. And when you find someone else reading around you, I think you can concentrate your attention on the book easily. But I know some people can also focus on the book he is reading when it is noisy around.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
3 Jan 11
A library would be the best place to the read. Or a bedroom with the door closed without anyone is around early in the morning. Still the focus can really depend on the people. Some people can focus through insane things, some people need complete quiet, and there is everything in between. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@fanzejian (372)
• China
3 Jan 11
I could read the books whenever the situation is peace or noisy.but i like to read the books about is the computer and arts ,novels about the lovery story .my favorite is do some programming .
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
3 Jan 11
I think for me most of the time if the book is good, then it does not matter the conditions. Of course, there are times where noise does frustrate me much more than it should. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
• United States
3 Jan 11
When it comes to reading I need complete silence as if not I would be concentrating way too much on the surrounding and not the reading. I also find that when into a really great book even the lightest music irritates me.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
3 Jan 11
Yeah it can be distracting. Some people just can focus on one thing. That is really understandable. I think that I am able to block things out easily. Which granted is not a skill that can easily be learned. But it is something that is useful all things considered. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
3 Jan 11
it depends on what I read if it's lighthearted, I can tolerate TV and other noisy activities if it requires concentration, something involving research, philosphy or history, I would need a complete silence or a music of nature is OK
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
3 Jan 11
Yeah it does in fact depend on the book. There are times where I can read in some insane situations, but be fine. Other times, there needs to be a book where I need peace, because it is hard to understand and I need brainpower to comprehend it, which requires silence. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks
@gaiza12 (4889)
• Philippines
3 Jan 11
I read anywhere i want but sometimes noise really distracts me. I keep on reading a single sentence again and again just to understand it whenever there is noise. So i end up reading a book for a very long period. I hate it when it happens, so now, i try to read in a quite and peaceful place. I prefer to read books before sleep for i know it will be very quite and no distractions.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
3 Jan 11
In certain circumstances it can be extremely distracting. It does depend on the noise and I guess in many cases, the mood of the person reading. If it is on a day that I am easily irritated, I might be more distracted by noises. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
• Philippines
3 Jan 11
I have the habit of being completely absorbed in my reading especially the good ones that I can ignore whatever surrounding I am in. But I pause every 2 chapters or so just to check if I haven't pass the station I'm supposed to drop off and things like that.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
3 Jan 11
Yes that can be a bit of a problem when you are traveling. You get into your book and then realize that you were kind of supposed to get off about ten minutes ago. Quite embarrassing and frustrating at the same time. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.