I recently spotted this Reading Habits Book Tag on BookBoodle‘s blog and immediately felt compelled to ask if I could join in!
Here are my reading habits…
Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Not as such, I just read wherever I happen to be at the time. Having said that, we have also just re-organised the spare room so as you can see in the photo I have a very comfy recliner chair with a tall reading lamp behind and a window to the side, so it’s the perfect place to read. But I mostly read on my Kindle Voyage now (which is front lit) so I don’t necessarily need to be by a lamp anymore. I do like reading in bed before I go to sleep, I’ve done that ever since I was a small child and I can’t see that ever changing. The Kindle Voyage is perfect for reading in bed.
Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Random bits of paper! I love bookmarks and I have some gorgeous ones but usually they’re never to hand when I need a bookmark so I just grab any scrap of paper to hand! Often when I’ve finished reading a book I forget to remove the paper that I’ve used as a bookmark so whenever I have a clear out of books I always have to make sure there’s no scraps of paper left in. This can often be a wonderful trip down memory lane though as I discover old postcards, even a letter occasionally, that I’ve used as a bookmark.
Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop at the end of a chapter/a certain amount of pages?
I stop wherever I am at the time, I never feel that I need to read to a certain point before stopping. Although if a book is particularly gripping I will do the whole “I’ll just read one more chapter…” thing and before I know it it’s 4am!
Do you eat or drink while reading?
I do if I’m reading on my kindle as it’s easy to prop that up while I’m eating, it’s not so easy with a print book. After my spinal surgery a few months ago I found a device that attached to my kindle and made it hands-free, this was brilliant as it meant I could still read while lying down without causing harm to my neck. I still use that sometimes but usually I just keep my Kindle in its case which allows me to prop it up.
Multitasking: music or TV whilst reading?
It really depends on my mood. Sometimes I have to read with complete silence around me otherwise I get distracted but at other times I can actually watch TV and read at the same time while managing to follow both plots. I don’t tend to put music on while I read but if my husband is in the same room and wants music on it doesn’t affect my reading at all.
One book at a time or several at once?
I usually have four or five books on the go at once. I used to just read one at a time but then when I went to Uni a few years ago to do an English Lit degree I often had to read four novels a week, plus wider reading, so I quickly had to learn to hold multiple stories in my head at once. Since then I’ve always preferred to have lots of books on the go. I try to keep them to different genres so that I don’t get storylines confused. I think I read more books over the course of a year since I stopped reading one at once; I’m sure it’s because if one book isn’t quite holding my attention because I’m not in the right mindset then I can just pick up a different one that I’m already in to and carry on where I left off.
Read at home or everywhere?
I read anywhere and everywhere. I’m that person you see reading in the long queue at the Post Office! I hate to waste time when I could be reading. I think one of the things that helped convert me to Kindle was the fact that with the app on my phone it meant I always have a book with me and because it syncs with my Kindle my book is always in the right place. Before I got a Kindle I’d so often forget to pick my book up and then would get to, for example, a doctor’s appointment only for the doctor to run half an hour late and I’d be kicking myself for the time wasted when I could have been reading! I also read during the ad breaks while we’re watching live TV. Having said all of this, there is nothing quite like curling up with a book at home and knowing you have the whole afternoon ahead of you to just read.
Read aloud or silently in your head?
I read silently in my head.
Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
I never read ahead, why would I want to risk spoilers?!
Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
Ooh this is a tough question! I never, ever, ever used to break spines on books. For me, a book had to be treated well and kept in pristine condition – I’ve never turned a corner over on a page; if I was taking a book out with me I’d wrap it up in a separate bag before putting into my handbag to try and prevent the corners getting scuffed. I was obsessive about my books being kept like new. These days I mainly read on my Kindle as I have a disability which affects my dexterity but I do still read print books sometimes. I have to break spines now because I don’t have the strength to hold a book open otherwise and I have to admit that I’ve discovered that there is something really satisfying about quite literally cracking open a brand new book! (Eeeeeek! I can’t believe I just admitted to this!!)
Do you write in books?
The only time I’ve ever written in books is when I’ve bought a book for studying, I’d never write in any other book. If I want to note a favourite passage I use post-it notes or take a photo on my phone.
I’m not tagging anyone but if you’d like to join in please feel free to answer the questions on your blog and share your links in the comments below (or link back to my blog so I can read your answers). If you don’t have a blog feel free to chat to me about your reading habits in the comments. 🙂