The Reading Habits Tag

  Do you write in your books?    Definitely. It’s embarrassing that I can’t let people borrow books because I write so much in them. I even own a few books I can’t read anymore because the margins are so heavy with my notes.

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

Nope. I read all over. The couch...the floor...the bed...sometimes even standing up while stirring dinner. I have given up reading while walking, but only because of that puddle I slipped in the other day ;)


2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I have one special bookmark that I save for Harry Potter, but other than that, I tend to just grab an index card. I bought way too many of these when I was a teacher, so I might as well use them. And since I’ve been going to the library more often, I feel better knowing that if I leave a bookmark in a book, it’s just an index card.


3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

I prefer to stop at the end of a chapter unless I can see that chapter wanting to end on a cliffhanger. In that case, I’ll stop a few pages before the end of the chapter, so I’m stopping at a cliffhanger. That or I’ll read the first few pages of the next chapter...basically, I prefer to stop when there is a lull so can I walk away from the book without dying to know what happens next.


4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Definitely. One of my quiet times to read is during breakfast, and when I read before bed, I usually have a cup of cocoa or water.


5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Not anymore. I used to think I could multitask like this, but in truth, if I’m listening to music or watching TV, I’m not paying attention to the book and end up missing parts. So now when I read, my book gets my full attention.


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

I’m almost always reading at least three books at once: one fiction, one nonfiction, and one poetry. Sometimes I’ll read more than one nonfiction at a time, but will rarely read two fiction works at a time.



7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Reading at home is best because I can fall into the story, but the nice thing about the Kindle app is I have tons of books on me no matter where I go, and I’ll read at the dentist or doctor’s office or even while waiting in a long line at the post office.


8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

99% of the time, I read silently in my head. However, as a child learning to read, I always read out loud to my pets because it improved my comprehension and pronunciation. Reading out loud became a habit, so to this day, I will still read out loud to my dog every once in awhile and usually when I’m reading Harry Potter.


9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Not so much with ebooks, but with paperbacks, yes. It’s too tempting to want to glance a few pages ahead and make sure everything is going to work out okay. I sometimes even read the ending first (gasp!). And for nonfiction, if the book is dragging, I’ll definitely skip pages just to get to the end and move on.


10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

If I’m reading a physical book, there’s no way the spine isn’t getting broken. Heck, just last year Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire broke in three because I’ve read it so many times. (Note to self: get a new copy of HPGF)


11. Do you write in your books?

The picture below should be enough of an answer to this question. It’s embarrassing that I can’t let people borrow books because I write so much in them. It’s the one thing I miss the most when I read ebooks. I know I can highlight and take notes digitally, but it’s not the same. I was taught to annotate when I was sixteen, and I haven’t looked back. I even own a few books I can’t read anymore because the margins are so heavy with my notes.


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Orginal Tag Questions from Jasmine at The Book Jazz.