Book Tag – Reading Habits:
I’ve not posted a tag on this blog before, however, I really enjoy reading other peoples so figured why wouldn’t I post my own? It can often be a bit of a surprise when you find out other peoples reading habits, so feel free to leave your own answers in the comments below!
- Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Typically, I’ll read on our sofa or in bed. I’d love to have a dedicated library at some point in the future; something that can double as a work-from-home office. But for now I’ll keep making use of any cosy corner that I find in the flat.
- Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Neither. I fold the corners of my pages!
- Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
It’s taken quite a lot of practice but I can now just stop reading. This has been helped by reading on the train and not being able to reach the end of a chapter, or certain number of pages before the journey finishes.
I also think non-fiction books lend themselves more to being able to stop mid-chapter, as often they’re not relying on pace or suspense to keep you reading.
- Do you eat or drink while reading?
Lots of coffee!
- Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
Classical music, but otherwise I find it too distracting – and I can’t concentrate on the topic in the book.
- One book at a time or several at once?
Quite often I will have more than one book on the go. They will be spread across topics and sub-genre, but I find keeping topics and type of narrative varied really helpful.
- Reading at home or everywhere?
Everywhere! My most frequent reading time is during my commute on the train. It’s been a bit odd recently as we’re all working from home at the moment, but I’m working on trying to build that time back into my routine.
- Reading out-loud or silently in your head?
Silently in my head. However, occasionally I will find myself repeating a particularly powerful phrase out-loud.
- Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Only very very occasionally. If it is a topic that I am familiar with I will skip some of the basic introductions, but most of the time I read a book cover-to-cover.
- Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
Breaking the spine, every time! I find books so much easier to hold with a broken spine, and I like the way they look on my bookshelf – to me they look well used, and loved.
- Do you write in your books?
Sometimes – I underline in most of my books, but only very rarely will I leave any notes in the spines. I keep a notepad with me to jot down ideas and sentences that I want to remember.
I would love to find out some more about your reading habits down below. Do you find them changing if you’re reading a fiction or non-fiction book? What if you’re revisiting an old favourite or reading a debut novel?