I saw this tag over on Rachel Ann Writes’ Blog and thought I’d give it a go too…
Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Nowhere specific, just as long as it’s somewhere warm and comfortable – usually the sofa, or propped up in bed with my bedside lamp on. In winter I love reading by the fire with cosy socks and a cup of tea.
Bookmark or a random piece of trash?
Ideally always a bookmark, never a dog-eared page. If I don’t have a bookmark to hand I’ll use a ticket or a receipt from my purse, but then will change it over when I get home.
Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop at a certain page, chapter, part, etc.?
As long as it’s at the end of a page, I can stop – I’ve got no qualms about finishing in the middle of a chapter or halfway through a section. Usually I’ll stop because I’m tired, or have to start doing something else, which means I end up putting my book down straight away.
Do you eat or drink while reading?
Yep, I particularly enjoy reading with a mug of coffee – I’m not so good with juggling snacking and reading though. I think my brain can only handle one or two things at once.
Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?
Not really, which is odd because I can happily read when commuting or on a train/plane etc. with background noise around me. I can read with classical music in the background (or any music with no lyrics), but definitely not TV – I would get too distracted and lose my place.
One book at a time or several at once?
Ideally one book at a time, the only time I veer from this is if I’m reading one fiction and one non-fiction. My brain can’t handle multiple fiction books at one time, particularly if they’re the same genre too (e.g. crime – the stories just get muddled in my brain…)
Reading at home or everywhere?
Everywhere, always! Without fail, I always have a book in my handbag and an audiobook downloaded on Audible on my phone. I get nervous when I don’t have a book with me – particularly if I’m travelling somewhere or know that I’ll be waiting somewhere. Every spare five minutes can be valuable reading time.
Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Always in my head, I find reading out loud a bit creepy… it reminds me of teenage poetry recitals.
Do you read ahead or skip pages?
Nope, unless it’s a non-fiction book with separate stand-alone chapters on specific things, I don’t understand why you’d want to do this. The author has written it in the way in which it is intended to be read – skipping ahead just ruins the storytelling IMO.
Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
I try and keep the spine looking new, but sometimes you just can’t read a book without breaking the spine (you know, the type of book which is bound super tight and you can’t quite read all the way to the far edge!). I look my books to look nice, but also well-loved and read, on my bookshelves, so either way is fine.
Do you write in books?
No, unless it is a special present and I’m writing the recipient a message. I never make notes or annotate my books – I’d rather write thoughts down on post it notes.
If you’d like to take part in this book tag, consider yourselves tagged!