Bookish Rants or Raves: Bookish Distractions!

Filed in Bookish Rant or Raves , The Crazy Lover Posted on August 12, 2010 @ 11:01 am 13 comments

I have been thinking about things that distract and bother me when I’m reading. I’ve come to realize that there are two types of distractions that can get on my nerves:

1 – Environmental Distractions
2 – In-Book Distractions
1 – I really need silence when it comes to reading. i can’t have music on the TV on and if my dad is watching TV in the next room, I have to close my door to avoid the sound to bother me.
I also need to feel comfortable when reading. I read mostly laying down on my bed, but I can also deal with reading on my desk from time to time.
2 – Now, these are more subtle distractions. I’m talking about things in a book that just make you scratch your head and that most of the time you have to re-read it to figure out what’s going on.
Internal conversations that are just too random, continuity problems, characters behaving out-of-character and so on. Those are things can really annoy me when I’m reading and break into the flow that a story should have.
How about you guys?? Any Distractions that bother you??

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  • Autumn August 12, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Distractions that annoy me are usually my kids fighting over the Wii or something like that. Most other stuff I can block out. The ones I need to get under control are fooling around on Facebook, and Twitter and Google Reader. They're cutting into my reading time!

  • A Simple Love of Reading August 12, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I'm lucky in the sense that not much can distract me if I'm into a book, if I'm home alone with my boys then I'm constantly pulling myself out of the book to check on them, but if my hubby is home then the T.V., the kids, music…nothing distracts me! hehe!

    I completely agree with you about in-book distractions! There is nothing worse than having to go back and re-read a paragraph from the page before just to make sense of what you are reading on your current page!

  • Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} August 12, 2010 at 12:06 pm


    lol I can imagine! I need to work on those too, twitter, FB, etc… are very time consuming =)

    @A Simple…

    wow thats a great concentration you have! so awesome =)

    exactly!! it can be so annoying!

  • Sullivan McPig August 12, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I don't suffer from outside distractions. Once I'm reading I'm gone. I often get scolded for not replying to someone speaking to me while I'm reading.
    As for inside distractions: present tense! It feels very unnatural to me and constantly pushes me out of the story. There's only been one book in present tense sofar that didn't have that effect on me.

  • Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} August 12, 2010 at 12:51 pm


    ooooh thats a great one!!!

    I also hate when the change between POVs, specially in the third person is not clear!

    its so annoying! =/

  • okbolover August 12, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I don't like too much noise or distractions. Having to re-read a passage in a book is annoying too. The biggest distraction for me is FB though. Way too much fun with that 🙂

  • Emily August 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    My biggest in book distractions: lame characters or extremely slow pacing. I don't mind if characters are unconventional or if the pacing is leisurely because there are a lot of tasty details and interesting things about the story, but if it feels obvious to me that the book needed editing or more character development then it's hard for me to focus. In fact, I usually pan the book and move on to something else.

  • Jenny N. August 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I have pretty much the same distractions as you do. One of my distractions is that I can never do any reading while in a car or on the bus. I've tried reading on the bus but I always get distracted by the people coming on the bus or just always looking out of the window to see where I am.

  • draconismoi August 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I don't generally suffer from environmental distractions, but in-book issues can throw me right out of the story.

    Typos kill me. Every single time I find one I suffer from the urge to circle it in red, send the book back to the publisher and wait for them to correct it.

    The biggest one I had recently was some bizarre authorial racism. It was clear the character wasn't supposed to be racist, but apparently the author couldn't wrap her head around the idea. Every single time a minority character spoke or did something, whoever was narrating at that point commented upon their race. Drove me batty.

  • Scorpio M. August 12, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    It's funny but I read while commuting to & fro work via the subway so there is definitely lots of noise & chatter. No problem concentrating. But if I am home, I cannot have the radio/t.v. or any type of noise while reading. Very strange.

  • The Bookish Type August 12, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Yes! I totally agree on both counts – especially the environmental distractions! Any noise at ALL drives me MAD. Ticking clocks are my worst enemy. Sigh.

    The necklace that girl is wearing is awesome! Looks heavy though lol.

  • Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} August 12, 2010 at 9:58 pm


    LOL FB is very distracting hehe =)


    slow pacing is really annoying, I agree =/

    @Jenny N.

    I actually like reading the car, but it does leave me queasy sometimes =/


    Typos are a big pet peeve of mine too!!!

    damn, that's awful =( I really hate racism =/

    @Scorpio M.

    I dont mind reading in the train/bus either hehe

    and at home Im the same lOL

    @The Bookish Type

    oh my, ticking clocks are the worst! hehe

    Isn't it! hehe it might not be so heavy…

  • Jenna Rysanek August 15, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I have two distractions that drive me crazy.

    My sister loves to come and stand in my room and stare or talk to me til I answer.. and if that doesnt work she resorts to sticking her hand in the way of the page im reading. DRIVES ME INSANE LOL. so i usually read around her or tell her to go away.
    then she tells me how "boring I am" and finally after about 10-30 mins of this, FINALLY leaves me in peace.

    Other than that I cant stand not being comfortable when reading. I usually lay on my bed but get uncomfy fast so i end up moving around alot. ugh. I need to buy an amazing reading chair!

    I cant read in the car cuz I get car sick REALLY fast, but i wish i could that would make car rides wayyyy better.

    Environmental noise doesnt really bug me, thankfully! I can ignore clocks, tv's, and radios with the best of them.


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