I’ve read a bunch of reading habits tags and thought they were really fun so I decided to try one for myself. This one was created by TheBookJazz and you can find the video here.
- Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I think outside on the deck, there’s nothing better than sitting in the sun with my fingers curled around a book. If it’s not nice weather though, I like to snuggle on the couch with a soft blanket. So nothing super specific, as long I’m comfortable and warm.
- Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Umm… Neither… Ya, I know bad right? But for some reason, I always lose my bookmark or forget to actually put it where I stop, I guess I’m just not a bookmark person. I do occasionally get annoyed because I’m having a hard time finding where I stopped, but apparently not enough to actually use a bookmark.
- Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
I can stop anywhere, except for at a cliffhanger. A lot of chapters end with cliffhangers so it’s impossible to stop there. Thus it usually ends up being a boring middle part of the chapter.
- Do you eat or drink while reading?
Okay, wait a minute. Isn’t that a given? Tea/coffee + reading = complete bliss. I loooove my tea and coffee with reading (or writing), they just seem inexplicably entwined. Sometimes I eat, but that’s only when the book has me so captivated that I can’t take time away from it to eat my breakfast or dinner. Which I’m sure many of us have done 😉
- Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
Sometimes music, but not usually. Reading is actually one of the only things I find difficult to do while there is music playing. I can write, draw, bake, workout, clean, etc., while there is music playing, but reading… Not so much.
And TV… No, not at all. I can’t pay attention to two stories at once. When I read, I want to read with my entire mind, not only half of it because that kind of defeats the purpose, right?
- One book at a time or several at once?
Just one. But that’s mostly because once I start reading a book I can’t stop and I finish within a few days. Besides if I read more than one at once, then I liable to get the storylines mixed up. Plus I like focusing on one at time so I don’t have so many different stories running through my head. Simply my own stories rattling around in my brain is enough to drive a girl crazy.
- Reading at home or everywhere?
If a book is calling my name it doesn’t matter where I am, I have to read it. The only exceptions are really busy places where there are a lot of noises or people. Especially if there are a lot of people, I find myself constantly watching them (I know that sounds creepy, but I don’t mean it in a creepy way), I just wonder what their stories are – where they’re from and where they’re going. Please, don’t say I’m the only one who does that.
- Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently. Reading out loud seems to take so long and even if I try, I can’t do all the voices quite like I can do them in my head. I mean, come on, the voices sound amazing in your head, right? Plus, if I read out loud, people would think, “Who’s that crazy girl over there talking to herself.”
- Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Umm… I will confess, I have read ahead a few times. I know, I know, how could I do such a thing? Awful of me isn’t it? But in my defense, I haven’t done it in a long time. Now, I have a rule that I suppose is more of a guideline, that says that I will never experience the full impact of the ending if I skip ahead, the emotions won’t be the same, the relationship I have with the characters won’t be as strong.
- Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
I try to keep it new, but the key word is try. I drag my books with me everywhere so although I attempt to prevent it, there are at times casualties.
- Do you write in your books?
Never! That would be sacrilege. If there’s a quote I really like, then I’ll write it down in my notebook, but I won’t mark up the beautiful pages of a book.
Now I have to mention, though, textbooks are an entirely different story. At times it is crucial to write in textbooks, to underline and highlight important information.
- When do you find yourself reading? Morning, afternoon, evening, whenever you get the chance or all the time?
Whenever I get the chance! Which, now that school has started, I am forced to read in class is not that often, but I try really hard to always have a book around so that just in case my teachers don’t drown me in homework, I’ll have something nearby to read.
- What is your best setting to read in?
Sun. Lawnchair. Tanktop. An open view (like a cornfield). Birds singing. Trees rustling faintly in the breeze.
Cup of tea/coffee. Warm blanket. Soft couch. Comfy clothes. Smell of a lavender or vanilla candle.
- What do you do first – Read or Watch?
I try to read first because TBH, the book is usually better than the movie and I don’t want the adventure of reading the book to be ruined.
- What form do you prefer? Audiobook, E-book or physical book?
The physical book! But… I don’t mind audiobooks, although it depends on the book and as much as I hate to admit it, I do sometimes buy e-books because they are cheaper. However, those things aside, I would much, much rather hold a real book in my hands.
- Do you have a unique habit when you read?
No, I don’t think so. At least nothing that I am aware of.
- Do book series have to match?
They don’t have to have to, but I prefer it if they do. It just looks so much better on my shelf.
Okay well, that’s the end of the post. Thanks for reading! And I would love to hear your comments or what some of your reading habits are.
Ta ta for now!