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  Darth Skuldren
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This idea came to me yesterday. I was wondering, do you utilize any tricks to help you enjoy a book more?

For instance, I tend to associate characters with actors which helps me visualize what's going on in the book and also adds a little extra character to each character Cool Typically I'll try to get a handle on each character's physical description and disposition before I assign an actor to them, but once I pick one, I stick with it. I find it makes the book a lot more enjoyable for me.
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One word: tea. Tea makes every book better. Cool

I also like to read out loud if I'm able to. Unless I can find someone willing to listen (which is rare), I normally do this when I'm home alone.
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I usually put an instrumental score of some sort in the background, and Reep's tea idea is one I also utilize. But nothing works better than a blanket and a warm as heck fire!

But nothing fixes bad writing, so sometimes nothing helps lol.
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I had to read your first post to figure out what you meant, because my first instinct based on the subject header was "You need other things to enjoy books? I find books enjoyable in their own right." And then was reminded of an 11-year-old I overheard at the movie theatre telling her sister that she preferred the movie because "reading takes two weeks and only uses one sense and makes my head hurt."

Then I read your first post, and saw that you meant "enjoying books MORE." Smile

I'm a fan of a comfy chair and a blanket, with a liquid appropriate for the day and time (coffee, water, juice, pop, or ethanol, as appropriate), a box of tissues (I'm congested about 330/365 days a year), and a cat within reach.

Thankfully, most of my Sunday mornings are exactly like that, with my living room reading chair and ottoman, the soft blanket that has a foot-pocket, a cup of coffee or water, a book or several comic books, and my cat sleeping at my feet.
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I prefer to read when things are quite. I am a student so in most classes reading is mandatory, but i also enjoy reading on my own. Reading is a great way to escape to new worlds. Also, when you read make sure you are not distracted. if you are trying to get a big chuck of a book read do not look at your phone or get up and walk around. Sit down in a quite tech free room and read a book.
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Quiet*
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I don't have a specific trick, but snaking is always good. Eating a normal meal, though, is tricky, especially with a knife and fork. I usually lay down with the book propped up on my knees and the plate on my chest. You can run into some problems with a bowl of soup that way.
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Wow, how come I haven't seen this topic before?
Anyways! What I always do (apart from the actor thing, which I also do Wink) is to read when I'm home alone. That is when my weird fun begins. When I find a particular scene in the book which really had me laughing or touched or something, I act it out (in a way reading aloud). I mimic hand movements and/or facial expressions (although the facial expressions are kind of instinctive which I do regardless of my surroundings eg. "He raised his eyebrow in confusion" *raises eyebrow*). It makes the book feel more alive to me! Smile
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 PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:59 pm Reply with quote  
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that's really funny.
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Someone I know happened across this technique while doing a chapter by chapter recap of a particularly terrible book, and I've 'borrowed' it, for my reading. That is to read the book, and pretend that some other characters from a certain TV show are commenting while you read. Like Jack and Karen from Will & Grace.
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Zak Arranda wrote:
I prefer to read when things are quite. I am a student so in most classes reading is mandatory, but i also enjoy reading on my own. Reading is a great way to escape to new worlds. Also, when you read make sure you are not distracted. if you are trying to get a big chuck of a book read do not look at your phone or get up and walk around. Sit down in a quite tech free room and read a book.


I get most of my reading in while commuting to work; I have an hour train ride each way, so it's a great way to kill time. However, I'm a visual person, thus the reason it took me years before I got into reading, so I wind up trying to visualize the locations in my mind. I guess that's why I liked the PT so much: great visualizations with regards to Coruscant and other worlds. I also try to get an mental image of what the characters look like.


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