I love music. I may not have the best taste in music, but I always get excited when listening to a new song for the first time or belting out old classics (ie. 90s/early 2000s pop) when I think no one can hear me. But because of this love (of singing out loud, along to lyrics), I have never been able to listen to music while reading. Maybe this will change as I learn to be more focused, but I find that I need all of my concentration when I read, especially since I’m prone to skimming.
But, if I did start playing some tunes in the background while I read, here would be my picks:
1. “Ink” by Coldplay (Ghost Stories, 2014)
I actually spent a lot of my time on the greyhound from Toronto to Vancouver last year listening to Coldplay’s newest album, Ghost Stories, whenever I wasn’t reading. For that reason, this album (and for some reason this song in particular), reminds me of the breathtaking rockies as well as time spent on that cramped bus with an ebook and way too much excitement to handle.
2. “Holocene” by Bon Iver (Bon Iver, Bon Iver, 2011)
I actually wrote many of my university papers to this song. It’s so calming, and the words are juuust hard enough to hear that there’s no risk of being distracted by the lyrics.
3. “Wait” by M83 (Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, 2011)
This is another quiet song that I adore. The instrumentals are so gorgeous and atmospheric that I think it would be a great tune to read to.
What about you? Do you listen to music while you read? Do you have a reading playlist? Share your faves!