I went in search of some interesting tags i could do and I thought this was an interesting getting to know me kind of tag that will let you know all the little reading quirks I have.
I found this tag on Dreamland book blog where she combined that reading habits tag created by TheBookJazz (channel is now down) with Readabits tag (creator unknown). So lets get going:
1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I have a reading chair that sits in my bay window. It was bought exclusively to be my little reading den and is covered with bookish quote pillows (mostly acquired from my fairyloot subscription) with a coffee table that is usually stacked with my current reads, books marks and bullet/reading journal paraphernalia
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Usually a bookmark, I mostly have them to hand in my reading chair and even carry some spare in my backpack I take to work, but in a hurry i will use train tickets, post-its, note-cards, whatever is close to hand.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
End of the chapter is usually where I need to stop unless it is a huge chapter then I will find the most appropriate paragraph break and stop there.
4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
All the time, coffee tends to be the drink of choice. A glass of wine on a Friday night is also a favourite. I read on my lunch breaks etc so I have no problem eating and reading.
5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
When I am reading at home my husband is most likely playing videogames or watching TV so I am used to there being background noise. If its just me I like putting on white noise videos, my favourite is the Harry Potter rooms from ASMR rooms, my favourite is the Hogwarts library room.
6. One book at a time or several at once?
I am guilty of reading several at once. I will switch moods so I will tend to have a Fantasy, a Sci-Fi and a Mystery/Thriller on the go, picking up the one I am most in the mood for. I find it quiet easy to keep the stories straight in my head if i pick from different genres.
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
Everywhere, I have a huge commute (90 minutes each way) by train so I will read on the train. I read on my lunch break in work, I will switch to audio-books for my walk to and from the train stations or when I am doing house work. I will read whenever I get five minutes so basically anywhere.
8. Reading out lout or silently in your head?
Silently, unless its a really funny bit which I will read aloud to my husband so he knows why i am chuckling away to myself.
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
No, I would be afraid to miss something important.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
I have to say it is probably unpopular but i like my book to look like they have been read so I don’t mind broken spines, well thumbed pages etc. A considerable amount of my books came to me second hand when I was a student so I could only afford to by a couple of new releases a year therefore most of my books have been pre-loved and I don’t mind that at all
11. Do you write in your books?
Yes I do. I tab and make notes in my books. I love them being annotated and when i lend my books to my family I encourage them to write comments too. It makes it fun when I re-read. My sister gave me an annotated copy of the Gunslinger by Stephan King for Christmas. I love it as it is the only copy like that in the world with my sisters amazing illustrations. (check out her Esty shop for awesome book based decor).
1. When do you find yourself reading? Morning, afternoon, evening, whenever you get the chance or all the time?
Whenever I get a chance. I read in the morning on the train, and then in the evening on the way home and I read before bed. I just fit in pages when I can.
2. What is your best setting to read in?
I prefer to be sat in my big comfy reading chair with a tall drink, while its raining out side so i can listen to the rain against the windows while I read.
3. What do you do first – Read or Watch?
4. What form do you prefer? Audiobook, E-book or physical book?
All of the above. While I prefer the physical copy each medium plays a role in my reading life. I will switch from reading a physical book on the train to an audio-book for my walk. If I am on vacation I will take my e-reader as that means I can carry hundreds of books with me. It also allows me to get all different mediums out of my library which has a good mixture of eBooks, audio-books and physical books to choose from.
5. Do you have a unique habit when you read?
Not that I know of.
6. Do book series have to match?
Yes I like them too. i do get upset if they change to covers mid series meaning that my collections don’t match. I don’t mind having a mix of paper and hardback though especially if i came late to a series and got the paperbacks and then need the new books in the series as soon as they come out so I am not overly fussy. I love the contents more than the covers when it comes down to it.
If you haven’t done this tag then you can consider yourself tagged.