by Narelle Atkins
I love reading at home. In bed, on the sofa, outdoors on a deck chair in the sunshine. In recent years I’ve found my available reading time at home has shrunk significantly. As a result I’m just not reading as many books as I used to read. The list of books I want to read in my Kindle is growing longer and longer as the months pass by. Sound familiar?
I’ve become more intentional with my writing and reading time. I plan reading time on my phone when I’m out and about, snatching those precious minutes to read a little bit more of a great story that I don’t want to put down.
I was also the kid who reluctantly closed my book to go to the dinner table. Meal times interrupted the reading of many a great story. My parents weren’t big readers, and weren’t particularly sympathetic to my plight. “It’s just a story,” they’d tell me. “Your book isn’t going anywhere and you can finish it later.”
I travel with my part-time day job, driving around the city of Canberra where I live plus occasional interstate trips. Last week I was dining alone in a Sydney restaurant and pondering what I’d write for today’s post. I had my phone in one hand, the opening chapters of Christina Coryell’s book Simply Mad open in my Kindle app. My thumb scrolled through the pages, my lips twitching into a smile as I read a humourous scene where the heroine, Maddie, is chatting on the phone with her best friend. A fun story that kept me entertained while I enjoyed my dinner. I love eating out with my husband, but if I’m away from home and dining solo, a great story rates a close second.
Apparently I’m not the only person in Australia who is happy to dine with my reading device. Below is the opening paragraph from a recent newspaper article titled “Forget a table for two, solo diners on the rise.”
“The new preferred dining companion is not six foot four and handsome, it’s the iPad, as more solo diners hit Australian restaurants than ever before.” Lucille Keen, Australian Financial Review. You can read the full article here.
Do you take your ipad, tablet, phone, or a print book for company if you’re dining solo? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences.