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.
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.