Firstly I’d like to say thank you to Jody from A Spoonful of Happy Endings and Jenny from SmallGirlBigDreams1993 for tagging me in this! I love tag posts, they’re always a lot of fun to do and you can find out a lot about your online friends from them! This one is about my reading habits!
1) Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Not particularly but I have to read somewhere where I know I’ll be comfortable for a while. This sounds weird but it takes me a lot of preparation to just sit down and read because I hate it when you get comfortable then realise you’ve forgotten something or someone else in the house calls you and you have to get up again 30 seconds later. I try and get everything done that needs doing, assess where I’m going to be reading and then plan around it e.g. if I want to read in the garden I’ll need to make sure I have the right amount of layers on so I don’t get cold. That all sounds really lame now I’ve written it down but what the heck.
2) Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I was never usually that fussed and would often find the nearest piece of paper or God forbid, turn the corner over but now I have a nice little selection of bookmarks which have come from friends or giveaways or days out that I like to use because they’re all different and sometimes I chose the bookmark to fit in with whatever book I’m reading! (We’re only 2 questions in and already I sound like a complete nutcase…)
3) Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or certain amount of pages?
I prefer to stop after a chapter because it’s just easier when you next pick the book up, you know what’s happened and you’re starting on a new chapter. If I stop randomly halfway down a page I always get confused and don’t know what the heck’s been going on and end up re-reading the past 3 pages. If I’m reading at night or when I’m tired I like to plan ahead so I know I wont be stopping mid-chapter so I sometimes count the amount of pages in the next chapter to see if it’s do-able (Laura from She Loves To Read said the exact same thing about counting pages and it’s nice to know I’m not alone!)
4) Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
I always have a bottle of water with me for if I get thirsty but other than that, no. I’m not that talented and I can’t multi-task by concentrating on food and books at the same time – it’s one or the other!
5) Do you watch TV or listen to music whilst reading?
No because like I just said, I can’t multi-task! I even find it difficult to read if I’m sitting in the same room as people who are watching TV or talking because I just can’t concentrate with the background noise! A pair of ear-plugs might be in order…
6) One book at a time or several at once?
I sound like a broken record but I CAN’T MULTI-TASK! I’ve only ever read 2 books at the same time and that was a few months ago when I was really behind on my reviews. It went okay, but In the future I’d prefer to stick to just 1. It’s not that I get the plots or characters mixed up or anything, I just always favour one book over the other so that’s the one that gets read more. By the time I go back to the other one, I’ve forgotten what happened. I think I’d be alright if the two books were completely different genres, storylines and in different formats e.g. paperback/Kindle
7) Reading at home or everywhere?
Providing there’s not many distractions, everywhere. I love taking books on holiday with me, wherever I’m going. I got a lot of reading done in the car on the way to Wales on my Kindle (I always get sick if I read a book in a moving car but that didn’t happen with my Kindle – yay!) and you can’t beat laying on a gorgeous beach reading a book!
8) Reading out loud or silently in your head?
I’ve re-read this question because I didn’t understand at first. Unless I’m reading to someone, why would I read out loud to myself? Does anyone actually do that? Because I’m quite baffled by this. I’ve only ever read in my head to myself, I’d just feel like a pillock reading aloud. I might try it next time though…
9) Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?
I have skipped pages before, only if I can’t understand what’s going on and have no hope in understanding or if it’s really really boring. There’s been many occasions where I’ve wanted to read ahead and find out what happens in the later chapters but I’ve always somehow managed to restrain myself!
10) Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
Unpopular opinion time. Neither to be honest. I’m not one of these people that need to keep their books in pristine condition. I can understand why some people like to do that, especially book lovers, but I’m just not one of them. Nor do I purposely crack the spine of the book. I just read it. If the spine or pages get creased while I’m reading it then so be it. I have no trouble buying used books online instead of new ones because it doesn’t bother me that they turn up dog-eared with tea stains. I think it’s nice to see that they’ve been used before. Plus it’s cheaper, that’s always a bonus.
11) Do you write in your books?
Erm, no. Never. I don’t see the need to unless it’s a school textbook or a self-help book or something.