I have never done a book tag on here yet, and I found this one on Melting Pages. It seemed like a good one to start out with considering it’s basically just answering questions about my reading habits.
Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I tend to read a lot in my room. My bed is the most comfortable place in my room where I love to read since I have a bunch of pillows and blankets. And since it’s the winter, I love to wrap myself up in a warm, fuzzy blanket and lay on my bed to read.
Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I am obsessed with bookmarks. I have more than I could possibly use at once. I like to switch back and forth among them whenever I read something new.
Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?
Usually, I just stop whenever, no matter where I am in the chapter. But ideally, I like to stop at the end of a chapter, or at least at a break in the chapter. When it comes to a certain amount of pages, I like to stop after 50 or so pages, mainly because I tend to get really distracted while I’m reading.
Do you eat or drink while reading?
Sometimes. I have trouble keeping the book open (if it’s a physical book) while I’m eating something, especially if it’s something that requires my full attention. I like to snack a lot when I read, though. But I always have a water bottle near me while I read just to keep hydrated.
Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
I used to be able to read while listening to music, but lately, I need it to be almost completely silent. As I mentioned, I get really distracted when I read. So if the TV is on while I’m reading, I wouldn’t be able to focus on what I’m reading. I would constantly stop to see what was going on in the show or movie. Music isn’t as distracting, but I still have some trouble tuning everything out.
One book at a time or several at once?
It depends on the format of the book I’m reading. I like to only read one physical book at a time. However, I can read a physical book and listen to an audiobook, and alternate between them. Or if I pick up a novel, I may also read a manga or graphic novel or book of poetry at the same time.
Reading at home or everywhere?
I read mainly at home. Sometimes I may feel stir-crazy and go to the library or Starbucks to read, but mainly I’m at home. I don’t tend to go many places, though whenever I do go somewhere, I do try to take my book with me to get some reading done. I do this a lot when I listen to audiobooks.
Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Definitely in my head. I don’t think I’d be able to read as fast if I read out loud.
Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Never. I try really hard not to look at the next page, especially if something really suspenseful is about to happen.
Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
It depends on the book, to be honest. I don’t like breaking the spines of hardcovers, though most of the time, they lay flat pretty well without having to. When it comes to paperbacks, it depends on how floppy they are. If they are floppy to the point that they lay flat when opened, I don’t break the spine. If they aren’t, then I might have to. In most cases, I like to keep them like new if possible.
Do you write in your books?
I don’t normally write in my books, unless it’s for school. I try to keep my books as pristine as possible, unless they’re secondhand. Some of the classics I own are secondhand, and with those, I don’t feel too bad annotating in them. But the ones I buy new, I like to try to keep new.
I don’t know anyone to tag to do this tag, so if you’re interested, have a go at it! What are some reading habits you have? I’d love to know!