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.
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.
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.
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.