Reading Habits

Posted September 26, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments


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Another meme I’ve sort-of nicked from The Bibliophibian. (But Nikki finds such fun things!)

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

Not really. I tend to curl up on my bed, but that’s because my bed is wonderfully comfortable. I’m as happy curling up on a chair or a couch. So… I suppose it’s not so much that I have a certain place for reading as I do a certain way of reading. I like curling up with whatever I’m reading or have the space to sprawl, so any place that lets me do that comfortably is good for me. ^_^

(2) Do you use a bookmark or a random piece of paper?

Usually, when I’m reading a paper book I use two bookmarks. They tend to be the small magnetic kind since they stay put. I know not everyone likes them, but I find them quite handy. They do need to have small magnets, though! Ones where the whole bookmark is magnet I dislike.

Anyway, I do use just paper if, for example, I’ve just bought a book and started reading it with no bookmark at hand. I just don’t like it. I’m a bookmark person and may have started the tiniest collection of them. Pretty things.

I have two bookmarks because I tend to prefer breaking things down. I use the first bookmark to mark my place and the second to mark where I’d ideally like to get to in a reading session. I’m not sure how much sense that makes, but it gives me a reason to get up and walk a bit or get something to eat.

(3) Can you just stop reading or does it need to be at the end of a chapter or a certain number of pages?

This ties in so nicely with the previous question for me! I don’t actually need to stop at the bookmark, though I prefer it. And I prefer to use my second bookmark to note the nearest chapter (or scene) break after 100 pages. I can stop anywhere I like, even in the middle of a sentence, but I really really don’t like doing it. I prefer ending things on a chapter, or at least the ending of a paragraph. Just a period will do. But I vastly prefer to read about 100 pages per reading session.

(4) Do you eat or drink while reading?

I’l drink while reading, but not eating. I’m not sure why. It’s as easy to put a sandwich down as it is a mug, after all. I do need both hands to read paper books usually, though, so maybe that has something to do with it?

(5) Do you read one book at a time or several at once?

It depends. I vastly prefer to read only one book at a time, but I frequently find myself reading two. It’s actually one of the things I like about ereaders. They make me read just one book on them because I hate the effort of switching between them. With paper books I’m much more likely to be reading several at once. Never more than four or five, though, and it’s usually because one book is proving a particularly slow read that I don’t touch all that often. It took me about a year to read The Tale of Genji, for example, because I needed so much time away to read something else. Right now, the book that’s taking a long time is Forests of the Heart by Charles de Lint. I’m not settling into it just yet, so I tend to be slower and read other books in between. Once I hit my stride, it’ll default to The Book I’m Reading properly.

(6) Do you read out loud or silently in your head?

In my head.

(7) Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?

Very, very rarely. I don’t mind spoilers, but if I’m reading ahead or skipping pages it usually means I’m looking for something to convince me to keep reading or to be proven wrong in an assumption I’d really like to be wrong about. The latter isn’t always negative, though.

(8) Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

Keeping it new. Actually, I’m not too fussed about it either way, but I seem to have a knack for reading with little damage to the spine. (It can be very useful for bookish presents I also want to read.)

(9) Do you write in your books?

Of course not! I use those little adhesive papers that don’t damage the pages if I use anything at all.

(10) What are you currently reading?

Forests of the Heart by Charles de Lint and Earthise by M.C.A. Hogarth. It isn’t a reading month apparently.

Tagging: Anyone who wants to play along!