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kal-el
02-11-2010, 06:03 AM
When I'm reading, I often have soft classical piano music playing in the background. Do any of you read to music, or do you prefer total silence when reading novels?

I must say, there has been quite a few times when the music has compounded certain scenes that provoke my emotions.

Shakesbear
02-11-2010, 06:06 AM
Total silence. When I read I am there in the action - images in my head of what I am reading. Music does nothing for me when reading.

scarletpeaches
02-11-2010, 06:15 AM
I prefer silence or white noise when I read. Anything else makes me want to bean someone in the face.

geardrops
02-11-2010, 06:19 AM
I'm almost always listening to music (even during lectures). Reading's no different.

Soothing Snow
02-11-2010, 06:26 AM
Sometimes. It depends on the time of day and what sort of mood I'm in.

BrooklynLee
02-11-2010, 06:44 AM
It depends on where I am. If I'm reading on a subway, or an airplane, I listen to music to block out the chatter from other people.

Snivscriv
02-11-2010, 06:45 AM
I used to listen to rock and roll, but I'm slowing down. Now I like New Age music in the background.

roonil_wazlib
02-11-2010, 06:53 AM
I can't listen to music when I read. When I was younger, it was easier, but now my mind wants to pay attention to EVERYTHING AROUND ME, so music tends to pull me out of the story.

Khimera9
02-11-2010, 07:44 AM
I used to, but getting through romantic scenes with iron maiden blasting through your ears is a bit of a contradictory moment. Now I just play mind music.

Caitlin Black
02-11-2010, 08:22 AM
I don't listen to music while I read. Never have. I've tried it, and I just couldn't focus.

Diver
02-11-2010, 08:27 AM
I read mostly fiction, and never listen to music. I get so immersed in the story that all sounds are drowned…

Chasing the Horizon
02-11-2010, 08:39 AM
No. When I read I tune out everything around me, so there's really no point in playing music.

Snowstorm
02-11-2010, 08:42 AM
I like quiet. If I do have tunes on and I need to concentrate (writing), it's usually a soft jazz or the songs of Robert Burns.

kaitie
02-11-2010, 08:54 AM
I can't listen to anything with words while I read, though sometimes I'll throw on a soundtrack. If the book is any good, though, usually the music ends and I realize I haven't actually listened to any of it.

Varthikes
02-11-2010, 10:00 AM
I'm another one that used to do it for a while, but no longer.

Wordwrestler
02-11-2010, 11:17 AM
Am I the only one who's almost always doing something else while reading? Eating, brushing my teeth, folding laundry, on the exercise machine, cooking. And there is enough background noise in my house without adding music.

If I'm just reading, then I'm either outdoors or in bed. In those cases I just enjoy the quiet.

sadron
02-11-2010, 11:54 AM
Listen to music while reading books, can't focus if not music on background.

shaldna
02-11-2010, 12:47 PM
Sometimes. It depends on my mood.

Rarri
02-11-2010, 02:36 PM
It's rare for me to read without any noise in the background, whether that be music, TV, radio, appliances, etc.

brainstorm77
02-11-2010, 03:06 PM
no

DragonHeart
02-11-2010, 04:43 PM
Very rarely. I don't like background noise, it's distracting. Makes it hard to focus. Honestly I just like the quiet, it's quite calming and allows me to stay focused.

JuRat
02-11-2010, 05:48 PM
I don't like listening to music while reading. Those two just don't work together.

ad_lucem
02-11-2010, 06:57 PM
No, and I try not to chew gum while walking, either, for the safety of others.

Yeshanu
02-11-2010, 07:22 PM
I listen, or read. I find it hard to do both at once, because I'm a very aural thinker, and it comes down to two sounds competing in my head for dominance.

Adam
02-11-2010, 08:06 PM
no

I agree with the cutie. ;)

I need near silence, or I get distracted. :)

tjwriter
02-11-2010, 08:25 PM
Somtimes. It just depends.

brainstorm77
02-13-2010, 03:40 PM
I agree with the cutie. ;)

I need near silence, or I get distracted. :):Hug2: