The Reading Habits Book Tag

No one ever tags me for anything, so I’ll tag myself! I hope I’m not breaking some unspoken social contract. Here goes.

 

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

On weekends, I wake up and immediately start reading in bed for a few hours. I’m simply too tired to go anywhere else. But on weekdays and in the evenings, I read in my home library. Below is my reading corner.

reading corner

2.) Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Always book marks. I’ve decided to start a bookmark collection and when I have accumulated enough of them, I will show them all to you. Here are a few of my current favorites.

bookmarks

3.) Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop at the end of a chapter/a certain amount of pages? 

I MUST finish a chapter before I end a reading session. This compulsion doesn’t always work in my favor, especially with books that have longer chapters or no chapters at all. The ones that are simply divided in “parts” drive me insane.

4.) Do you eat or drink while reading?

Eating is far too serious an activity; I cannot divide my attention between reading AND eating. However, I do like to drink tea, coffee, and my after-workout protein shakes while reading.

Tea

5.) Multitasking: music or TV while reading?

People who can genuinely read a book, and understand what they are reading, while watching television are clearly mutants with superpowers. To me reading and watching TV sounds impossible. I suppose some people can read to the sound of senseless TV in the background, but I couldn’t imagine being able to concentrate while voices blather in the background. This leads me to music. Music with lyrics is out of the question. I either need complete silence or the soothing sound of rain, waves, or waterfalls. Currently, I live in a home with 4 other people so silence is sometimes hard to come by, so I have grown very fond of the sound of rain.

6.) One book at a time or several at once?

I prefer one at a time. Perhaps 1 average or long book alongside a smaller eBook or novella. Any more than that will split my focus in ways that aren’t conducive to reading effectively. I admire those who can juggle 3 or more books at a time, but I will stick to my own comfortable pace even if it means I will only be able to publish a review two times a week. I’ll let book jugglers be book jugglers.

7.) Read at home or everywhere?

I TRY to read anywhere I can. My office job offers me plenty of downtime, so I sneak in 10-15 minutes of reading when I can. However, I don’t really enjoy reading in short bursts because I prefer longer reading periods to immerse myself in a book and appreciate it properly. Public places are out of the question, though rarely I will read at a bookstore. Generally, busy areas with too many people around prevent me from being productive in my reading. I really do wish I wasn’t so easy to distract.

8.) Read aloud or silently in your head?

Reading aloud helps me concentrate if I’m distracted or can’t get into a book. If my house is noisy and I need to get in my required two hours of reading for the day, I will read aloud so I can focus. If I’m alone and all is peaceful, I will read comfortably in my head. Though I must admit that I sub-vocalize far too often, which slows down my reading speed. I may not be a fast reader, but I do make reading a priority to make up for my speed.

9.) Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Is this a serious question?

Why would I ever do something like this? I wouldn’t be reading a book if I wasn’t genuinely interested in it, so reading ahead and skipping pages would defeat the purpose! I used to skim and skip pages for schoolbooks and textbooks, but that was during my naive and misguided youth.

10.) Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

I don’t go out of my way to break the spine of any of my books, but once I own a book I treat them how I please, which is rather casually. I often put a book in my messenger bag whenever I go to work or elsewhere. Usually I won’t get a chance to read it but I like the comfort of having a book near me at all times. This constant traveling with books may rough them up a little, especially the paperbacks, but I don’t lose any sleep over it.

11.) Do you write in books?

Generally, I don’t write in them but I do highlight important passages and mark noteworthy pages with small Post-it notes. If I want to write in a book, it’s my prerogative. I find it hilarious how some book lovers faint at the thought of people writing in new books.

 

Now you know me a little bit better. Feel free to tag yourself and let me know if you do so I can get to know you better!

23 thoughts on “The Reading Habits Book Tag

  1. Oh that reading nook looks super cozy! Currently all my books are in boxes because I have yet to pick out a bookshelf so no nook for me as such just my bed.
    I have a bazillion bookmarks (no joke!) but I tend to veer towards to receipts, my phone and all kinds of random crap. 😛

    ‘Eating is far too serious an activity’

    Haha, same! Food (and books!) deserves my undivided attention so no multi-taking for me.

    I don’t do audiobooks for the same reason that I don’t listen to music when I read. :/

    This was a super fun tag, Naz – Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. I can’t do audio books either. I tried very hard, but it’s just not for me. I’m coming around to accepting the idea that listening to audiobooks is considered “reading.” Do you consider it reading??

      P.S. I can’t seem to access your blog through Firefox, but it works on Chrome. Strange…

  2. I have a collection of bookmarks, but also use old football, theatre or cinema tickets to keep my place. I can read anywhere and tolerate background noise, I polyread out of necessity and, much as I’d like to, due to constant interruptions of children and pets I rarely get to finish at a chapter’s end. Oh, and yes, I do write in books. i have pencil scrawls in all the margins for blog post ideas or I’d never remember them! 🙂

  3. I love your bookmarks! I have quite a few, but they are mostly the freebies that people give out everywhere, or ones that my kids have made me (which are my favourites).
    I can’t imagine skipping pages, either. It does seem like a weird question.
    Unfortunately, I am able to both eat and drink while reading. This can become quite a bad habit…

  4. I’ve never made a big mess, no. The ‘bad’ part of the habit refers to the fact that most of what I eat when i read does not need to be eaten, such as cookies. 🙂

  5. You know, I have considered tagging you, but I don’t think I’ve seen any tags on your blog, so I assumed you didn’t like them. But I’ll be tagging you right now! Muahahaha!!

  6. Your reading corner is so nice! Hopefully when I move back home I’ll make myself one just as nice 🙂 I’m completely with you on no distractions while reading. I can’t concentrate with the tv or computer even just on in the background (even when it’s on mute) but ironically, I love reading on my commutes! I’m on the bus at least 1-2 hours daily and reading just helps me tune out all the nonsense that usually goes on on the bus lol.

  7. Before I had a car, I had to force myself to read during my bus commutes. It was out of necessity because I didn’t want to waste my time just sitting on a bus not being productive. Unfortunately, as soon as I bought my first car and started driving, my inability to read in public returned. :/

  8. Am I going crazy, or did your Sunday morning post (27 feb) disappear? It was a good post 🙁

    I try not to tag people because I can’t tell who likes it, who doesnt, etc. I’m just a wee self conscious. I think it’s awesome you tagged yourself though. 🙂 I love getting to know you more and, I swear, I don’t mean that to be as creepy as it sounds! I hate skipping ahead in books, but if I know reading the passage will cause me to dislike the book, I will. For example, I had one book that spent too much time on the bad guys’ sermons of hate/racism/etc. I got the point, but didn’t like the overkill..

    Happy reading!

    1. Thank you for noticing! But I live in America and I was editing the post to be ready to Publish on Sunday and it’s still Saturday as I write this. I published it by accident! Lol I felt really bad because I knew all my followers would get an emial. I try to plan my posts ahead so I have free time later.

      I’ll post again Sunday morning my time 🙂

  9. Hey Naz! First up, sweet book corner! Secondly, I found myself nodding to all of your answers XD how people read more than one book at a time is a mystery to me, and how they read while the tv / music is on I cannot even think of! I have failed miserably to both XD Also, writing in books isn’t THAT bad is it? I go ahead and write what I want if something speaks to me.

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