I would love to read at home and some times I do so, but I can be easily distracted and dissuaded from my mission. So I decided to make some quality time for me and my books. I would set aside a day (MONDAY) and go and visit a different location in search of the "perfect" spot for me and my reads.
I began my quest by visiting the public libraries in my area believing that those would be the epitome of peaceful, quality reading time. Wrong Wrong WRONG!!! For the past six weeks I have been plagued by some of the most unusual and offensive characters around. For instance, when did the public library suddenly become the "in" spot for nappers, snorers and apnea afflicted people? I truly believe that they all wait for me to walk into the library just so that they can come in and sit by me. Honestly, I have yet to spend time at the Library and not have to vacate my spot because I am unable to concentrate on my book due to the noise that my sleepy neighbor is making. I have done all that I can do but walking away is always the best policy...believe me. I have tried it all and it is the best solution.
Then I have had people ask me about the book I am reading, which is great. I don't mind giving a quick synopsis about the book I have and then getting back to the task at hand. If only it would stop at that point..but no, never in my universe. Unfortunately the small verbal exchange seems to mean that I want to talk.....NO! I come to the library to read, sorry I know that may seem rude, but that is why I am there and not at the local coffeehouse. Besides I hate it when people question my reading choices and if I have read Twilight or if I know where the bathroom is or if I know how to spell "planned" (yes I was asked that) or if they could use my phone. See what I mean?
This last Monday adventure proved to be most difficult. I was seated in a new spot and after a bit I acquired a neighbor that decided to clear his throat for what seemed an eternity and then he proceeded to have a conversation with himself and then shouted at the load speaker announcement. That was my cue to get up at go. I somehow managed a nice spot only to find another snorer...so i vacated again and found a spot in the corner near the teen section to encounter a couple in make out mode that proceeded to give me the evil stink eye. Ok! I got up yet again and nearly am mowed down by two children chasing and screaming at each other. That! was my breaking point. I had spent an hour at the library and barely read a chapter. I had to move several times in order to find some peace that never came and was so frustrated I had to leave and decided to call my friend.
I asked her why does this kind of situation always happen to me. What is up with the library? She proceeded to tell me that it was the fact that I was a Freak Magnet. At first I denied this possibility but what other explanation could it be. I am almost afraid to try other public places to enjoy my reads but I am willing to try. I am asking. What other places do you go to for some good quiet reading time? I am begging for suggestions. HELP!