Reading Habits – Book Tag

Hi! As is the case for most of you, I’m stuck at home at the moment – my workplace closed and I don’t have the option to work from home, so days have been… strange to say the least. I’ve taken a few days to clear my head and make a sort of an action plan and decided to take all of this free time to blog more often. So, today I’m easing myself in with a book tag. I found this tag on Ariel Bissett’s YouTube channel and as she hasn’t tagged a creator, I’m going to assume she came up with the questions.

Let’s go.

Do you have a a certain place at home for reading?

I do 90% of my reading in bed. It’s comfy, it’s warm, the lighting is good and I’m just incredibly lazy and don’t leave my bed if I don’t have to. Sometimes, though, I do read at the kitchen table or on the couch – I try to squeeze in some reading time while I’m fake socialising by having coffee or breakfast with my family (before ye all claim that’s rude – we tend to just be on our phones and show each other silly videos).

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Almost always a random piece of paper. Sometimes a ruler. Other times a pen. A LOT of the times I just leave the book open upside down on my bed. I’ve also used receipts, napkins and random pieces of string before. I don’t really own pretty bookmarks, I have plenty of the Book Depository ones or promotional ones for books, but they’re all in a box and almost never handy when I need them, so I make do with other objects.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?

In the past I used to try to always finish the chapter, and if the chapters were impossibly long, at least wait until the break in paragraphs. Nowadays I’m more about an amount of pages BUT I have this weird obsession where I have to finish on a 0 or 5 – I keep going until I read 10, 15, 20, 25 etc. pages. It’s super silly, but I can’t seem to stop it.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

No. I don’t like eating while reading, because my hands get filthy and I don’t want to dirty my book. DUH! If I’m eating breakfast/dinner I might read an ebook at the same time (very rarely), but I tend not to snack while reading. As for drinking – I wouldn’t be opposed to it but I forget about my tea or coffee 99% of the time and that’s a waste, so I stopped doing it altogether. Reading time is for reading and that’s what I focus on.

Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Impossible. I’m not great at multitasking, so I’m afraid I would end up focusing on the TV or music a lot more than reading. I like having peace and quiet – that’s when I can focus the most and keep my attention on the book. Again, reading time is for reading.

One book at a time or several at once?

At any given time I like to have a physical book, an e-book and an audiobook going. Since implementing that into my reading I find I get through a lot more books. If I’m not feeling a story or a format I can just switch to a different book and immerse myself in that instead. And though I’m terrible at multitasking, reading 3 different stories at the same time isn’t as difficult as I thought it would be – I tend to be able to immerse myself in all of the stories and not confuse them with each other, which I know it’s an issue many people have.

Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere. I read while walking and shopping, I read at work, I read when I’m visiting other people (again NOT in a rude way, I just mean I read at their houses when we’re not doing anything important). Outside of my house I mostly read e-books and audiobooks, though. I have stopped carrying physical books around as most of them just don’t fit in my bag.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Always silently. I hate reading out loud. I seem to always mispronounce words and stutter.

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I never skip pages, but I’m guilty of reading paragraphs out of order sometimes… For example, if there’s a dialogue on the page that’s broken up by a few random lines, I’ll read the dialogue first, then read the rest. I know, I’m a weirdo… I will still absolutely read everything on every page (unless the book is boring AF) and sometimes reread some things in order after I jumble them up.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

100% breaking the spine. I’m not a crazy person and don’t bend back the cover and crack the spine on purpose, but I also open my books flat so they’re more comfortable to read. The way I see it – if the spine is broken it means the book has been read and that’s what books are for, no? I buy some special editions of books I’m more careful with (mostly Harry Potter books) and those just sit on my shelf and look pretty. Everything else will probably have a cracked spine.

Do you write in your books?

No. I’d like to, I think, but I don’t have the balls to do it. Also, taking notes while reading just doesn’t work for me as I get too distracted. But I tab, and I think that’s similar enough. Maybe one day I’ll start writing in my books, it feels a lot more personal and probably makes for a great reread, but I tend to ramble a lot and I feel like I’d just word vomit on the page and not make any sense.

If at any point while reading this you though “hmm… this tag sounds interesting, I might do it” now you have to because I tag YOU! Yes, you. And if you do do it (do-do!), leave a link to your post down below, I’d love to know if more people are as weird as I am about some of those things.

I’ll talk to you all soon (most likely tomorrow). Until then!

Thanks for reading

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