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One of the things I like about this particular meme is that it gives us a chance to share our habits and learn a little more about what makes us tick.  In an online world where it would be so easy to define a person based on what they read and their reviews, Musing Mondays forces us to dig a little deeper and actually think about our reasons for certain behaviors.  Not every person will have the same answer, which is refreshing.  As always, Rebecca gives us another question worthy of some thought.

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about multitasking.

Do you – or are you even able – to do other things while you read? Do you knit, hold a conversation, keep an eye on the TV? Anything?

I normally do not hide myself away to read.  I prefer to sit in my living room, surrounded by the dogs, my husband, and my kids.  In so doing, my goal is to spend time doing two things I love the most – be with my family and read.  Unfortunately, this does not work so well.  Either I am so absorbed in my book that I do not hear anyone talking to me, or I am so caught up in the TV or what the kids are doing that I read the same page over and over again.  I want to multi-task but  cannot do it very well.

However, I usually can have music going in the background.  I have found that classical music works best to allow me to remain focused without distracting me completely.  I enjoy music too much for me to be able to drown it out entirely, so I need something quiet.  Complete silence when I read tends to cause problems because it makes me more conscious of passing time.  (This will be of vital importance during the read-a-thon.  In the wee hours of the morning, I will have to either have the TV on low or the radio on to help get me through the night.) 

I have no idea how one knits and reads at the same time.  When I cross-stitch, I can barely watch TV so that I do not miscount or drop a stitch somewhere.  Reading seems like it would be even more distracting, even via audiobook.  Like any good bibliophile, I have been known to cook and read, or fold laundry and read.  It is not the most efficient method of completing chores, and it can even lead to some horrific meals, but it does make chores more pleasurable. 

So, I am living proof that you can multi-task while reading.  Just do not ask me to be an expert at anything while reading!

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