I saw this reading tag done by Molly over at Silver Button Books last week and decided to accept her open invitation for others to do the tag as well. September has been a bit of a weird month for me in terms of getting posts written. I feel like I blinked and the month was already nearly over, having posted very little. This tag felt like a good opportunity to get me writing a little more before September ends.
Be sure to check out Molly’s post too to read her answers!
1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Not lately, no. A few times I’ve clocked a lot of hours on the reclining chair, but lately I want to be lying in bed or on the couch when I read at home. It’s weird, because away from home I can read at a desk or table no problem. At home I hate it.
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I will always use a bookmark. I have a pile of them, some from random bookstores and others with unique art on them, that I will regularly use. My two favourites are done by an artist who re-imagines local birds as dragons. I’ve got one of a red-winged blackbird and another of a cardinal.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
I can just stop, but I really hate doing it. If a chapter end is close I’ll push to reach that point before I stop. If that’s not feasible, a section break. If that’s not going to work out, then a page that starts with a new sentence. I might be a little weird about this.
4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
I won’t eat, but I may have a glass of water or something else that won’t cool handy if I want, but I don’t go out of my way to have a drink while reading.
5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
When reading on the bus was a regular thing for me I used to listen to music as well, but I haven’t had music on while reading in a very long time. TV is a definite no-go.
6. One book at a time or several at once?
Usually one book at a time, though I do sometimes have supplementary reads that can be easily read in chunks like short story collections. I will also go through comic book trades or graphic novels concurrently with a novel.
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
I try to read at home when I can, but I get distracted with other hobbies. My job allows for a lot of downtime between performing my duties, so I typically read at work.
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Always in my head, though years ago I did read the entirety of the Chronicles of Narnia series aloud over the phone to my partner. It helped to ease the stress our then long distance relationship was having on her. I wouldn’t ever do it just for myself.
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Never. I can’t stand the idea of skipping something in a novel.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
The spine must be preserved at all costs. I read through all of The Lord of the Rings during the first half of the year. It was a paperback copy of all three volumes in one, over 1,000 pages long. The spine is barely creased. I do not mess around. I also wrap books in a thick plastic bag before I take them anywhere.
11. Do you write in your books?
That’s it for this tag! Feel free to fill it out yourself.
Thank you for reading!