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Reading In Bed [Nov. 4th, 2017|09:29 am]
Tony Grist
 Howard Jacobson says he doesn't read books in bed any more- and wonders how many do. Well, me for one. It's a habit I've reverted to in old age.  I read during the day too, but I've established it as a rule or discipline that the books I keep on my bedside table are not the books I pick up in an afternoon. If I were to keep the same book on the go continuously it would make the chapter at bedtime less special. It would be like bingeing on a box set instead of having to wait a week for the scheduled appearance of the next episode of a favourite show. As it stands I have to wait a full 24 hours to find out what Alan Quatermain did next or how the trial of Queenie Philips is going to turn out- and that somehow intensifies the pleasure.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2017-11-04 11:00 am (UTC)
I always read in bed, but not for long as I usually can't stay awake above five minutes by that point in the day.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-11-04 11:58 am (UTC)
I don't sleep so well these days. Reading doesn't send me to sleep any longer. I sort of wish it did.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-11-04 03:08 pm (UTC)
Yes. I have daytime books and bedside books as well. I love that distinction.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-11-04 04:34 pm (UTC)
It's something I've recently slipped into. In the past I took books one at a time.

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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2017-11-04 04:19 pm (UTC)
I read in bed and, like you, I have my before sleep books as well.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-11-04 04:35 pm (UTC)
The books I read in the afternoon are more likely to send me to sleep than those I read in bed.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2017-11-04 04:54 pm (UTC)
I tend to keep fiction or "history light" for bedtime, otherwise the mind gets going too fast again and I am up all night pondering theories.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-11-04 05:47 pm (UTC)
I find that having something to think about helps me get to sleep.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2017-11-05 12:10 am (UTC)
I have a Very Uncomfortable Living Room Chair so I go to bed and read, as well. I'm not as disciplined as you are, though...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-11-05 09:05 am (UTC)
Ailz does much the same.
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