No matter what, there is ALWAYS something that is of dire importance happening on my phone. Even right now, as I'm typing this, I'm refreshing my email and Twitter and monitoring for an alert telling me it's my move in Words with Friends (totally dominating, btw.) Whether it's a word in a book of which I need the meaning (GOOGLE!) or I need to update my page number (GOODREADS!) or ask someone's opinion about a book (TWITTER!) Not to mention I have 3 or 4 bloggers that I am incessantly texting day in and day out. I try to throw it across the room, but IT DOESN'T WORK.
I have the two neediest cats of all time. They love to lie right on top of me when I'm reading and shoot me looks like I am putting them through absolute TORTURE by not paying attention to or petting them at this very second continuously until they're no longer purring and asleep. But seriously, could ANYONE say no to this face?
I don't know what it is, but I am always hungry when I'm sitting still. And if I'm not reading something on my Nook, then it's impossible to hold a book and devour a Jimmy John's sandwich using one hand for the book and one hand for the sandwich. Plus, the chewing? I CANNOT CONCENTRATE.
4. My Husband
Bless this man's heart (AND it's his birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. JEN!) but GOODNESS GRACIOUS, he is always talking to me when I'm reading. He himself is not an avid reader. More of a sports guy. Mostly a Michigan football guy. And I love when he is nicely occupied by the television and turns the volume down low to be considerate to me so we can both partake in the hobbies we enjoy and still be sitting on the same couch. But then he talks to me. I am not one who is able to hold a conversation and read at the same time. Eventually I just put down my book. (Or put in ear plugs.)
Piggybacking on what I just said, I cannot read unless it's in absolute silence or it's a fairly constant sound (like the heat blasting or the humidifier pumping out static-demolishing vapors). The television? OFF. Music? HELL NO. Not to mention the song will be stuck in my head and I'll end up reading the same sentence over & over until I just put it down because IT'S KILLING ME.
So what about you? What shiny and intriguing things in your life distract you from reading? How do you guys handle the daily distractions and attention whores that DEMAND that you do anything other than read? Or are you able to shut it out and focus on the more important task at hand? (And if so, PLEASE TEACH ME.)