Reading Habits Survey

This past weekend Julie @ Smiling Shelves did this survey, and I knew I had to do it. It’s been a while since I did a survey or tag, so I couldn’t resist.

I saw this poster at the high school library and had to get a picture. I love John Green!

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I have many favorite reading spots all over the house. I most frequently read on the TV room couch (see #5 below) or in my bed right before I go to sleep.

2. Do you use a bookmark or a random piece of paper?

I use a random piece of paper…most often my library receipt.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or a certain amount of pages?

I am interrupted A LOT while reading, so I’ve learned to stop anywhere (although I prefer to finish a chapter). When I put my bookmark in, I put the printed side of the receipt facing the page I left off on, so it helps me find my spot a little quicker.

When reading on my Kindle app on my phone, I try to at least finish at the end of the paragraph. And since there aren’t many paragraphs per “page” on my phone, it’s pretty easy to find my place when I come back to the book. When reading on my phone, I pretty much only ever read a few “pages” at a time.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Yes. I often drink tea (Tazo Wild Sweet Orange) and snack while reading. On nights where I’m trying to be especially good and not snack, I read in bed because I don’t allow myself to take food upstairs.

5. Do you watch TV or listen to music while reading?

Not intentionally. But I do spend a lot of time reading on the couch while Christopher is watching movies or playing video games, so I have gotten very good at tuning out the background noise.

My preference is to read in silence though, but it happens rarely.

6. Do you read one book at a time or several at once?

Many. I always have a book (or two) going in each format, so I always have a book to read not matter where I am or what I’m doing. I listen to CD audio in my car. I read Kindle books on my phone when I’m out and about. I listen to Audible when doing chores or working out. And I read library hardcovers while at home.

I try to read books of varying genres or at least different stories lines as much as possible, so I don’t get confused on the plots. And I take good notes in Trello for my reviews while I’m reading.

7. Do you prefer to read at home or anywhere?

I will read anywhere. Having a Kindle book on my phone makes this possible. I pull out my book anytime I have to wait more than 2 minutes somewhere. It definitely aids in finishing more books in a month.

But again my preference is to read at home somewhere quiet.

8. Do you read out loud or silently?

I read silently in my head unless I’m reading bedtime stories to Christopher. Although one time I did read my book out loud to him because we were snuggling in our recliner together and he asked and the book was appropriate enough for a young boy.

9. Do you read ahead or skip pages?

Never. Although I do sometimes flip ahead to count how many pages are left in a chapter.

10. Do you break the spine or keep it like new?

Keep it like new. Always.

11. Do you write in your books?

No. The only time I wrote in my books was when I was reading them for English classes in high school. Then I would take notes on important passages in the book to make it easier to study. It pained me to do so though. I don’t like marking up books.

Do we have similar reading habits? Or are you very different from me? I’d love to know. Please leave a comment.

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  1. We have fairly similar habits. I love the cute book marks out there but I always use something random that is around. I definitely drink and snack while reading too. Just this past year I got into reading more than one book at a time but like it. Fun tag/survey!

    1. Cool. Yeah, bookmarks are cute but they're never around when I need one. And my library receipt is in the book are checking it out, so it works well.

      Reading multiple books helps me get through them faster. I can read whichever book I want based on my mood or location. And of course snacks are key. šŸ™‚

    1. Trello is wonderful. We used it at work for Agile development for software, but it works for blogging as well. I have many columns (lists) for posts I have planned, books I'm going to read by month, reviews I've written and need to put out on Goodreads/Amazon/B&N once they publish. It's made it so much easier to keep myself organized. And it's free. šŸ™‚

      Reading multiple books at once helps me get through many more in a month.

    2. You can brag and drop tasks (cards) between columns and attach files or make notes. I'm using it to keep track of my homework for my online SEO class as well. One card per assignment.

      You can add due dates and even set it up to email you when something is getting closer to being due. When you finish something you can archive the card, but it's always searchable if you need to remember something.

  2. Fun post! Like you, I'm also reading many books at once. One or two audio books on Overdrive, Hoopla or OneClick digital via my library, a book on my kindle app on my phone, and then a bunch more on my kindle. And I read anywhere, too! I hate it when I'm stuck somewhere without a book, so now I make sure to buy purses that fit my kindle šŸ™‚

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