I felt like doing a tag for today’s post as I wanted to break up the reviews I’ve been posting with something fun! I’m quite proud of myself for being able to schedule something for everyday over the past week as well so I thought I’d reward myself by doing something a bit different from usual.
I got the idea to do this tag from Jessica over at readingwithjessica! The Reading Habits Tag involves answering 11 reading-related questions & then tagging some other bloggers to take part.
1. Bookmarks or random pieces of paper?
These days I’m a huge bookmark fan! When I first started reading I used to dog-ear my books, but now I definitely try to avoid this; I have a beautiful mermaid bookmark that I’m obsessed with but I also use some of the cute ones I’ve received with orders from Book Depository! I also have some magnetic animal book marks but I don’t tend to use these at the moment as I lost the fox one 😭
2. Stop reading randomly or after a chapter/certain amount of pages?
I’m pretty consistent in stopping at the end of chapters or “parts” – the only time I don’t tend to do this is when I’m reading whilst waiting for something (like a hospital appointment) or when I’m travelling. I get soooo frustrated with those books you get that don’t have chapters!! I read one of those recently & I always tried to finish in a place that I would have put a chapter.
3. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I think I must mainly read in bed (something which I need to stop doing because it’s not so great for my already-not-so-great back) but I also read on the sofa – with my gorgeous Elsa lying across me & we also have a super comfortable rocking chair that I go through stages of using as my reading chair. I’ve told my mum that when I move into a house which I can have my own library in, the chair is coming with me!
4. Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
Yes & no. Sometimes. I pretty much always have a glass of water or Ribena next to me when I read, but I go through phases of snacking whilst I read; a lot of the time I just end up forgetting about my snack though, which is why I don’t eat whilst reading very often.
5. Multitasking: music or TV when reading?
Music is a big no-no for me, even music without lyrics (like Helen Jane Long’s stuff) manages to distract me whilst I read… TV I can cope with though. I’m not able to pay attention to both a book & the TV; one will always end up stealing my attention, but I am able to read whilst my mum or boyfriend watch TV – whether they’re in the same room as me or if I can just hear it from wherever I am. I actually really enjoy reading whist my boyfriend is with me, watching football or playing on his xBox.
6. One book at a time or several?
Once upon a time I would have said one book at a time, but I don’t really read like that anymore. For a while I was reading the A Song of Ice & Fire books on Mondays, & reading something else for the rest of the time – I’ve finished that series now though (although I’m trying to read A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms [the prequel stories of A Song of Ice & Fire] on Mondays, but I’ve been super distracted the past couple of weeks by other reads so that hasn’t been going very well, lol).
Last night I finished a book, but before that I had 6 on my currently reading list on GoodReads – oops… but that’s only because I was really struggling to get into anything earlier this week & I have two books that I can pick up whenever I want as they don’t tell long stories, that have been on that list for months. One of these books is full of short stories & poems, whilst the other is full of Doctor Who quotes, so both can be picked up & put down whenever I feel like it. I’m hoping to get rid of the other half-read books on that list over the next couple of days.
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
I tend to take a book, or my kindle, with me whenever I leave the house but that doesn’t mean I always pick them up – sometimes when I’m in waiting rooms for appointments I’ll feel too anxious to read or I’ll be distracted by people-watching… sometimes it’s also nice to just sit & do nothing. I occasionally read at my boyfriend’s, depending on what we’re doing & I usually read if I’m travelling somewhere on a train or bus.
8. Reading out loud or silently?
Like Jessica, I usually read silently but if I don’t understand something I’ll read it out-loud until I do. I’m also guilty of reading out-loud to Elsa sometimes though; usually if she’s pacing the house waiting for my mum to get home from work, & sometimes just because I feel like it, although she has been known to leave the room a few times…
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
I never read ahead – ever. It’s just not something I’m comfortable with… I have been known to skip lines though (but not pages). Occasionally I’ll skim lines that are full of pointless dialogue or fighting scenes (for example, in the A Song of Ice & Fire books I skim-read a lot of battle scenes because yawn) & sometimes this skimming turns into skipping. I also do it when something really exciting is happening so I just lose control & have to know what is going to happen next.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
As long as it’s me that breaks the spine I don’t really mind – although with certain books I do wish they’d stay looking perfect! When I buy second-hand books from charity shops I’m quite conscious of the state of the book I’m buying & if it looks a total wreck then I probably won’t buy it (unless I need it). I like my books to look nice, neat & tidy, but sometimes books just end up looking a bit worn & that’s okay too.
11. Do you write in your books?
Okay, this isn’t strictly true – when I was at university I would write in my textbooks (but that doesn’t really count) & in my hardback copies of The House of Night books I’ve crossed out a lot of the recap lines because I know the series so well & it’s just a waste of time for me to reread them.
12. Who do you tag?