Let me warn you, this post is not about any religion which will insist on any specific rituals on specific days. It is more about us readers who believe books are our religion. And anyone who will question that or say anything against that, will incur our wrath.
Before writing this, I was checking on Google for ‘Reading rituals of famous people’ if any, but all I got were results on Writing rituals. Apparently, there are none. But I am sure, some of us may be following some rituals before we sit down with that book in hand and go off into pleasurable stories of distant kingdoms and knights in shining armours. Do you stop reading at only certain page numbers? Do you scribble notes on the margins of the books? Do you dog-ear your books?
Before going into that, imagine if we had rituals for reading books like our religion. It could be like, on Mondays, read only religious or mythology books, on Thursdays, read about vegetarianism or the content should not have any non-vegetarian stuff. On Fridays, there is book fasting, means do not read anything, but you can read short comic strips once during the day. Then we can face only a particular direction when reading books, don’t lie down and read books, blah blah. Thankfully, we do not have these and don’t want anyone to get any bright ideas to impose reading rituals.
But I would love to impose some rituals like, 2 hours of undisturbed reading every afternoon and 1 hour of reading before going to sleep would be a good thing.
As for me personally, I do not follow any rituals. All I need is my book in hand, good lighting and a comfortable sitting or lying position. Oh! But there is one, if I am going to be reading during my commute, I like to cover my book with a newspaper. It has more to do with maintaining the books in good condition, and to avoid interruption of annoying enquiries about the book.
Do you have any reading rituals? Or any quirks you follow when reading?