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Old 08-24-04, 09:47 PM
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around you or do you have to have it very quiet to concentrate?
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It depends on how much I like the book. I'm re-reading the LOTR trilogy and I took it to the kids karate class. I got to a sad part and started to cry. The guy next to me asked if I was okay. I jumped a mile. Here was this really loud karate class going on, and I was so into the book, I forgot I was in public. My bet is that he won't sit any where near me next week!

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It totally depends on how into the book I am. I can read in quite a commotion if the storyline has pulled me in. But if it's all I can do to get into a book then having any thing around me that could distract me does just that- distracts me.

Cheryl,
Your story about reading at the kids' karate class reminded me of something that happened to me a couple of years ago. It was after 9/11 and I was reading a book written by one of the firemen, or somebody like that- can't remember now , about that day. Anyhow, I just gotten to a part where the author was talking about the emergency sirens going off, when our local tornado siren went off for it's weekly scheduled test. That scared me so bad because in the book it was signaling the 9/11 NYC attack, and I jumped probably a min of 3 feet off the couch!!! Once I realized what had happened I was cracking up, but boy was that a shake back to the here and now. hehe
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I've done that too. If I am totally into a book I can read it with other noises going on but normally I can comprehend what I am reading much better if it is really quiet. I prefer to read before going to bed after the kids are asleep.
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