Let’s Talk with Karla Brandenburg

Do you have a favorite time to read? by Karla Brandenburg

In addition to my job as an author, I work a full-time job which has seasonal ebbs and flows. The spigot on that job is flowing full right now. As such, my reading time tends to become more limited. I do, however have mandatory quiet time – I ride the train into the Big City at least once a week, and during that train ride, I almost always spend the hour plus each way reading. If I find myself engrossed in the story, I continue reading after dinner, depending on whether or not I have to step back into the day job after dinner. The train is the only “structured” reading time I have, although when the day job ebbs, I’m more likely to pick up a book on any given evening or weekend.

One of my friends reads at bedtime. I’m not certain if she allots a couple of hours before “lights out” or a certain number of chapters, or if she reads until she falls asleep. Some people only read on the weekend, and then they power through an entire book or two.

Some people are “seasonal” readers. For instance, I enjoy Christmas stories, and generally stock up on those at the end of the year. The winter months make good “curl up with a good book” opportunities, or maybe the summer is more friendly for people who like beach reads.

Time also contributes to what medium I read. If I read on vacation, I take my Kindle along since I can take along several books without worrying about keeping track of them. If I plan to read at home, or I have a short window to read while I’m traveling, I like the feel of a paperback in my hand.

What about you? When (or where) do you read?

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Comments

  1. I’m an in bed reader. I like the feeling that I won’t be interrupted, or feel guilty that I should be doing “real” stuff. I often have several books going at once. A print book, my tablet, and then my little tiny Nook that I can set to a huge font, a black background, and curl up with for those insomnia sessions without waking my husband.

  2. I love to read anytime, any place. i have to discipline myself NOT to read. Sigh. I had more time for reading before I became an author, but I truly enjoy writing mysteries too. These days I read in the afternoon and at bedtime.

  3. tinawhittle says:

    I rarely get to luxuriate in reading (maybe that will change now that my husband and I are about to be empty nesters) but I always have a book around, so I grab moments whenever I can. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to treat reading like something to be savored, like a fine meal, not fast food to be grabbed, so I’m trying to make a pretty reading spot for myself in my office, TBR stack at the ready.

    • I’m more of a binge reader. Once I get going I can’t stop. That being said, I just read Maggie’s CONFOUND IT and didn’t want it to end, so I DID savor it much longer than I needed to.

  4. My two favorite times to read are late in the afternoon. When it’s warm enough I can take my book and a glass of wine down to the lake. I often read in the evening during a time others in the house are watching television.

    • Sounds very relaxing. I also read while others are watching television. Amazing how easy it is to tune it out!