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11 Aug 2016

Tag: Reading Habits!

Recently I decided it'd be fun to participate in some bookish tags, I really haven't done many (if any) of them on this blog but I'm going to start now! Because I haven't been actually tagged in tag posts, I had a look on the internet and found a couple of ideas. After asking my Twitter followers what they'd be most interested in, this post was born! I originally found the tag on Dreamland Book Blog's page, but the tag was created by YouTuber TheBookJazz -- here goes! *Prepare for shockingly bad GIF use.

The Questions:

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
6. One book at a time or several at once?
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
8. Reading out lout or silently in your head?
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
11. Do you write in your books?

The Answers: 

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

I do! I have an armchair and footrest in my office that's incredibly cosy, I'll insert a photo below.  The pillow is from my wonderful friend Lauren's (FictionTea's) Society6 store. I also have a blanket from Disney World and has Mickey and Minnie Mouse sitting on a bench with Cinderella's castle behind the that sits on the back of my armchair making it even more warm and lovely to read in.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I try, try, and try to use a bookmark. I have a mug that's filled to the brim with them, whether they're promotional ones, the free ones from BD or bookmarks that I've purchased... But honestly I always end up with whatever is around me shoved into the pages...

Ps. I realise that the GIF below has a spelling error, but it was too good not to use!
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

I generally stop reading when I have to, I don't try and give myself a certain number of pages/chapters to read because then I just end up feeling pressure to read rather than just enjoying the story. I do like to finish my chapter before I'm interrupted though. I try not to read in bed because I'll literally never put the book down, then before I know it it's 3am and I'm sobbing into my pillow, stroking my book, and trying not to wake the whole house up...


4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

I can definitely drink while reading, usually tea or water, but I cannot read. I end up with crumbs everywhere or laughing at something with food in my mouth, it's just not a ladylike combination. I try to stay away from books + food whenever I can.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

I'm one of those absolutely annoying people who must have complete silence while reading (sorry if you're also one of those people and I just called you annoying, you're not annoying, it's just me), I'm honestly so easily distracted. I can get away with listening to a film score while writing a blog post or reading something that's not too intense, but if there's words to the song or people speaking I have to stop reading or I won't take in any information. I really envy people who can read while watching TV!

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

I used to be a person who could only read one story at a time, but this year I've started picking up and putting down books more often. I like that if something you something horrible has happened in the book you're reading, you can put it down and read something happy for a while instead, and then go back to whatever it was you were reading first! I think that audio books really got me into reading different books at once. It does make travelling difficult, though, you end up with so many different book choices!

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

I take a book with me everywhere, plus an eBook, plus an audio book... I can't read in a car, I get severe motion sickness, so I always have audiobooks. Whenever I'm stuck waiting for someone or don't know what to do with a few hours I have spare I'll find a local library or a park and just sit and read to pass the time, but I do prefer reading in my own home because... pajamas.

8. Reading out lout or silently in your head?

Definitely in my head!

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I hate to admit this but sometimes I'll skim long paragraphs if the author has been describing the same tree for a page and a half, I read down the middle of the page and get most of the information but will definitely half-skip sections (I don't do this often, maybe one book per 20 that I read, it usually happens if I don't enjoy the author's writing style).

I once, and I mean once, looked to the end of a book. I had never done it before but I was so wrapped up in a certain world that I just had to look and check to see if everything turns out okay, I was sO ASHAMED of myself! I totally spoiled it, haha!

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Personally, I like keeping books brand new. I don't like to break the spine or dog-ear pages and I believe that if a book has been loaned to you that it should be returned in the same state as when you got it. That being said, I love how books with broken spines look and how their pages fan out. All my Harry Potter books have broken spines because I read them so young, and they sit so beautifully on my shelves.

11. Do you write in your books?

A novel? No. Plays and poetry books? Yes. I absolutely love writing in the margins of plays and poetry books, I think there's so much inbetween the lines (plus I took drama all through school and the theory part was my favourite so it's a hard habit to shake!) My copy of A Streetcar Named Desire is packed to the brim with notes and highlights and it's one of my all time favourite books. I won't be writing in my copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, though.

I love the idea of those book exchanges, though, the ones where one book is sent to a bunch of different people and at the end you have a book with lots of different people's thoughts and feelings scribbled in, it sounds like a great idea and would be something that I would cherish.


That's it, guys! (Sorry, I couldn't go an entire post with gifs and not use one of Ariel...) I hope you enjoyed this post and that I get tagged in some different ones so I can do this again. Let me know in the comments if you have any quirky reading habits, I love to hear from you all!

I tag: FictionTea and Babbling Books (on Youtube) 


1 comment :

  1. Okay that book exchange where everyone makes notes of their thoughts and feelings sounds kinda cool!

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