I was tagged by dreamingthroughliterature way back when and have been saving this post for a rainy day. I love filling these things out but usually wait to post them when I need a filler in my posting schedule. Thanks for the tag (and sorry it took so long)!!
1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Yes and no. I guess I just have multiple places. I can read on my couch if no one’s watching anything interesting on TV. I like to read on my bed or in my armchair in my room. I read a lot at the kitchen counter and I have no idea why because it’s not comfortable at all.
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Both! I try to remember my bookmarks but sometimes they just get left in books I’ve started but not finished so I then have a shortage so I’ll use a random piece of paper. It honestly just depends on what’s on hand.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?
It really just depends on why I’m stopping. If I’m reading before bed, I’ll typically end at a chapter end. However, if I’m reading to kill time and my name gets called or I have to go for whatever reason, I don’t mind just putting the book down.
4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
Yes, because I typically read on breaks from work so I have to multitask and eat my lunch or dinner. Also, if I’m having a leisurely breakfast by myself, I’ll read. I read a lot when drinking coffee (I spend a lot of time at Starbucks). But I try not to get food crumbs/stains on/in my books as much as possible.
5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
I’ll read during commercials if I’m watching live TV. I can read while the TV’s on and a show/movie I like isn’t on. But I tend to get sucked into what’s on TV if I like it even if I’ve seen it a million times.
6. One book at a time or several at once?
Several at once. I’ll put down a book immediately if I can’t get into it and pick up another one. Or I’ll switch books if I’m not in the mood for a certain topic, etc.
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
I take a book with me everywhere I go even if I know I’m not going to have time to read it because WHAT IF I DO? I do a lot of reading in cars and on my break at work. In the summer, I love to read on the beach.
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently in my head, of course. I don’t think I have the right voice for reading aloud. It’s just not a skill I developed. I try sometimes, but I end up stumbling over words trying to get them right. I want to do the voices and get the right tone. I should clarify, in class growing up, I do fine reading out loud when the teacher/professor calls on me. It’s only for stories not academic articles.
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
I really try not to read ahead but sometimes it just happens. I can’t help it. I’ll skim past an uncomfortable scene just to known it ends okay. I’m strange. I hate when characters get into awkward situations.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
Again, it depends on the edition of the book, where I got it, etc. It’s not a simple answer. I have books that I’ve broken the spine on but then I have others where I would never dare to do that.
11. Do you write in your books?
I used to write in my books for school to keep track of ideas/take notes. But then I stopped because I felt like I wasn’t contributing anything valuable to the book. I thought my ideas were silly so I stopped. Now I just don’t do it anymore. But I would high light my books for school once I stopped writing in them. They were a resource, a learning tool. But books for my personal collection, I tend to keep unmarked.
I tag all of you if you liked reading this and learning about my habits! Go forth and make your own Reading Habits post! Enjoy!