Hurrah! *cue the cheering*
I decided, however, to keep it simple and talk about something everyone can join in on no matter what type of books you read or what you like/dislike when it comes to reading. And really, what is more universally loved than music?
I love pairing books and music and think music is great at setting the right mood, but I know some people can't listen to music while reading or writing, other people can only listen to certain types, etc., so let's discuss!
What I Listen to While Reading
I love using music to enhance the mood, and 8tracks is my go-to website. All the playlists have tags, so you can combine numerous tags to find exactly what you’re looking for (e.g. haunting + mermaids, if you’re reading a creepy Little Mermaid retelling). Then, when one playlists finishes, it flows right into the next similar one, and the only time I ever recall there being ads is right when you start the first playlist. So it’s music without interruption for every possible mood.
I also make my own playlists, but I make those after finishing the books, so I don’t get to enjoy them while reading.
What I Listen to While Studying/Researching/Reading Textbook Type Information
I don’t read textbooks anymore since I’m no longer in school, but I focus best with background chatter, like in a coffeehouse or food court. With silence, I get too easily distracted by my own thoughts. This site is amazing if you’re like me and need background noise. It has all sorts of scenes, and you can customize the sounds for each. (I swear I’m not getting anything for these links, people, I just really like these websites lol.)
What I Listen to While Writing
It depends. For poetry, I need complete silence. For stories, I usually use playlists that get me in the right mood and mindframe for what I’m writing, but I can also work with silence.
What I Listen to While Blogging
I listen to whatever the hell I feel like at the moment because I don’t need to be in any certain mood :-)
What I Listen to While Coding or Doing Tedious Things
This is my weird quirk. The music that keeps me the most focused is The Sims 1 original build/buy mode soundtrack. I feel like it was probably designed to help you focus since it’s the music that played while you were creating things, so maybe it’s not that weird? (“I’m not crazy, I promise!” I shout as I sing along in Simlish to the song at 1:51:10.) At any rate, I’m also just so used to hearing it from when I was younger that it fades to the background and never gets distracting.
What I’m Listening to Right Now
Oddly enough, a random workout playlist I have even though it’s 1 in the morning and I am most decidedly not working out. Uptown Funk is appropriate at all times of day :-P