emerald's questions in italic
Do you read books? In what formats?
I read books in paper, on Kindle, and listen to them on my i-pod.
How would you describe your relationship to reading?
It's all unsettled at the moment because the rhythm and pattern of my life has changed a lot recently, and I haven't adjusted to it. For example I used to listen to a lot of novels while I was walking to work and back. Working from home gives me opportunities to read but I haven't properly adjusted to them yet.
In the past reading has been my big thing, my solace and retreat. I read all through bringing up my kids. When I see people now that I used to know then they are all 'I remember how you would always be reading'.
When I was off sick with appendicitis and other stuff I found I couldn't read much then. It came back that time so I am confident it will come back this time.
How much do you read--hours per week, books per month, however you measure it?
It's just fallen off so much in the last couple of months that I can't even say any more. I read some of something every day.
When? Under what circumstances?
I read in the living room on the sofa. I read in the Supermarket waiting in the queue. I read in the bath. I read while I am doing the washing up with a book propped up. I read in a cafe. That kind of thing.
Is there something you specifically don't do to make time for reading?
No. I am weak and I just do what I feel like each moment. I do feel like reading quite a lot, generally.
Have you noticed a decline in attention--in the ability to sit and read? And if so, how do you deal with it?
I think the Kindle has exacerbated my magpie tendencies. Because I don't have to commit to taking a particular book with me when I go out, I have like a dozen on the go at once, which isn't very satisfactory. I think I may settle a bit with it when I get used to it.