Tag: Reading Habits

First tag after the relaunch and I thought this one about reading habits was a really good one, a little different from the usual book tags. I can’t remember where I originally saw it now so forgive me for not linking back!

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
My bed. It’s just the comfiest place ever to read. I have fairy lights around my headboard for when I just have my lamp on which creates the perfect light for reading whilst remaining cosy.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Bookmarks! Though I’m picky about them, they can’t be any of these page grabbing ones or really thick ones – I don’t want them damaging my books thank you very much! Also how hard is it to find nice bookmarks?! If I can’t find a bookmark then sure I’ll use a piece of paper or something.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or certain number of pages?
I’ll sometimes have a quick flick though to see how many pages until the end of the chapter I’m currently reading, if it’s not that many I’ll finish the chapter – if it’s a lot, I’ll finish the page or paragraph depending on which makes the most sense.
I don’t hold myself to a certain number of pages either – unless I have a deadline to meet, which isn’t that often.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
Yes, though I’m trying to stop the eating part because I read a lot, so it’s probably not the healthiest of combinations. So lately, just a drink most of the time. I’ll get snacks only if I’m having some serious “me time”.

5. Do you watch TV or listen to music while reading?
Nope, not unless I’m in a room with other people and they have the TV or music on. I do like to completely shut the world out though.

6. One book at a time or several at once?
I usually have at least on the go. One novel and a book with short stories in or some other kind of lighter reading. I do this because sometimes I find I want to read but I’m too tired and just don’t have the head space to take in a lot of detail, so I can just pick up my lighter reading on those days.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?
I mostly read at home apart from when I’m on holiday somewhere but even then I find it really hard to concentrate has my PTSD really gets in the way of being able to relax and absorb myself in a book. Though I did manage it quite easily when visiting Maaike. The combination of good friends and the comfiest sofa I’ve ever sat and slept on really helped!

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently in my head, unless I’m reading to my great nieces. Other than that I’ve not read out loud since high school – which I hated!

9. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?
Nope. Never. I can’t even grasp why one would do that!

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
I try to keep them new but I don’t ruin my reading experience trying to keep it that way. If the spine is looking well read then that’s fine, but there’s no way I’m bending my books all ways that would break the spine.

11. Do you write in your books?
No. Not unless I need to for education – which in the end adds to the charm but I still have to have a little battle with myself to be able to highlight and make notes in them!

If you want to do this tag, feel free! Leave me the link to yours in the comments below so I can check it out!

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