Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: If you are at a really good point in a book and the phone rings or the door bell rings, do you stop reading or let the phone or door bell go unanswered?
I am not positive this has ever come up. I’m an introvert with largely introvert friends, so–no one ever rings my doorbell unexpectedly, and even phone calls are rare (texts are a different story, but they also come with a different expectation about urgency of responding). However! I think the real question here is how easy it is to interrupt my reading, and the answer is–extremely!
I’m used to reading in snatches. Ten minutes here, fifteen there, two minutes in line at the grocery store. So really, that means I’m used to putting books down. My brain stores where I was in the story quite effectively, and I can pick books up again and resume (I even have an instinct for where to look at the page to resume–if I fight it and try to consciously look for the spot where I stopped, I end up hunting around on the page only to finally realize it was very close to where my eyes initially landed. Truth!)
That doesn’t mean I’m always happy to set a book down, especially if things are getting intense, or something is about to be revealed. But generally I’ll do it if something comes up that means I need to stop reading for now.
Except for the last two hundred pages of almost any Juliet Marillier book. Those things are intense!!!
3 thoughts on “Blog Hop: Interruptions?”
I’m with Karen on that. If it’s the phone, I’ll let it go to voicemail. It’s probably just as well, since it would go to voicemail by the time I found it anyway.
I don’t read well in snatches – I need to sit down and read for at least 15 minutes at a time to get anything from a book. I can read news articles on my phone during shorter periods, but not books. If I’m interrupted, I would stop and go back to the story afterwards, if there’s still some time! I usually don’t get too many interruptions, though, which is good.
I have been known to stand up with my eyes glued to the page and keep reading as I make my way to the door…