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Do you read in silence or with music on in the background? Personally, I need music that I feel matches the tone of what I am reading. It helps me stay focused and aids my retention.

I am about to embark on quite the journey, as I feel ready to read War and Peace now. Any suggestions as to what might appropriate? Any genre, except perhaps rap.

Also, any tried and true literature/music matches you'd like to share?
 

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Do you read in silence or with music on in the background? Personally, I need music that I feel matches the tone of what I am reading. It helps me stay focused and aids my retention.

I am about to embark on quite the journey, as I feel ready to read War and Peace now. Any suggestions as to what might appropriate? Any genre, except perhaps rap.

Also, any tried and true literature/music matches you'd like to share?
This is going to sound like an advertisement, but I read mostly in the morning, and I have Sirius XM's 'The Loft' channel on. Mike Moran spins a really nice tapestry that compliments most of what I read. It can't be anything too jarring in my case, because if the tunes are all songs I know it is going to divert me away from the story.
 

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Whenever I am reading I tend to listen to some light ambient music at a low volume. My favorite album to have in the background while reading is Little Idiot by Moby, because it provides just enough of an ambiance to not let me get distracted, by all the things that are going on around me; there are no lyrics, so I do not get the words on the page confused with the words in the music; and it is so smooth that my brain doesn't get into a hyperactive state that would distract me from reading.

Another album, that I sometimes enjoy while reading, is Similes, by Eluvium. However, there are lyrics on Similes, which can get confusing while reading.
 

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Both. Although I don't like music playing in the room, if I'm listening to music it has to be through my earphones (this goes for most of the time actually, not just when reading).

I don't really have specific music for reading however if I feel like listening to music while reading any of Tolkien's works then I can only listen to the complete score from the LotR films interchanged with the LotR the musical soundtrack.
 

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I like listening to music with no lyrics, then it provides a nice soundtrack and makes the book more like a movie in my head. I usually like moodier sounding things, like the Inception soundtrack by Hans Zimmer, darker classical pieces, Unlaced by Emilie Autumn, or anything instrumental by Nine Inch Nails.
 
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