Have you ever watched a woman reading a book? I’m not talking in a stalker-like way, but just an observation?
If the book is particularly good, she will scrunch up her legs in that “I have my legs under me” way that women sit that is almost impossible for a man to replicate. I’ve tried. I think I hurt myself the last time I tried it.
When The Wife Unit gets going into a book, I’ll sometimes watch her because it’s one of the few times I can stare at her and she won’t notice. And she’s totally stare worthy.
I have it in my mind that the novels I write are “scrunch worthy.” I simply want more than engrossment, I’m after that feminine contortionist book sit.
There’s another effect I’m going for, the “I must finish this chapter before I pee” effect.
Not too sure that is woman specific. But I have observed several women bouncing in their chairs while reading a book, only to set it down and go running.
Scrunched legs and hold the pee. I’m a male novelist with ambition.