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The Reading Habits Tag
Good ol’ Saturday tag posts. I was tagged by Summer @ XingSings to complete The Reading Habits Tag. While I feel like I’ve answered similar questions that are asked, I haven’t specifically done this exact tag (at least, the tag name doesn’t ring any bells). Onward!
Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Room-wise: bedroom, but it differs depending on the format I’m reading ebook (I sit at my desk because I don’t own an ebook) or paper-based (bed)…but we all know the bed is a trap. Without fail I will fall asleep unless the book is incredibly well paced and is gripping. Give or take 3-4 chapters and I’m out for a nap. So sometimes I do take a short break and refuel via. Buzzfeed articles or something of that level of thought-provoking mindlessness.
Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I use a square post-it that’s 2×2 inches. The colour swatch ranges from neon lime/white/neon blue/neon pink and the choice depends on the book cover (even if it’s perhaps limiting to begin with).
Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?
While I’m fine with both, I’d prefer to stop at the end of a chapter. Let’s say I was on commute and the subway is like, “here’s your damn stop, Joey” do I a) read till the chapter ends; or b) stop reading. Yeah, probably the former latter.
Do you eat or drink while reading?
Absolutely. For eBooks in particular, I have to read on my computer/laptop so it’s like any other day I’m usually eating at the desk. I’ll fire up some ramen, no biggie.
Now if I’m reading a physical copy [on my bed], that’s a little different. I’ll have a beverage going but food-wise? Probably not. Unless maybe it’s like a finger food…but that steps into dangerous territory. Plus, unless the book is like We Were Liars and there’s page-after-page of food (not to mention the snobbery of classy as shit edibles) then I’m not usually hungry/hangry when I read.
Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
People who read with background noise are wizards; especially when they’re studying for an exam with instrumental (or otherwise not) music playing in the background. Like, I don’t know how they/you do it. You’re weird. Stop it (or teach me your ways). This isn’t to be confused with the noise of people on commute—I can deal with that unless I’m actively ease dropping and throwing judgment…but that’s entirely different.
One book at a time or several at once?
Ideally, the process would go one book > review it to hell and back > start another book. Now I’m reading 3 books at once which is mainly because what I read at home (eARCS) is different than what I read on commute.
Reading at home or everywhere?
Everywhere—depending on if I actually want to read versus listening to music or conversing with the people I’m with. But I can turn on rude mode and read while having a conversation (it’s exactly as it sounds). Think people who look at their phones when you’re trying to have a conversation with them. #imahypocrite…only for reading.
Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently in my head. Reading out loud is a mystery to me but it might go back to the fact that they could be that they’re audio learners or something?
Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Nope. The only spoiler-y things I’d do is peruse some reviews but even that’s a rare thing to do. Unless it’s a scholastic textbook—then SKIP ALL IRRELEVANT PAGES. Otherwise I don’t understand why you would potentially spoil yourself.
Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
If it’s a paperback, I try to keep it new but it only lasts like a few seconds before boom—broken. There’s the adage that a broken spine and worn pages means the book has been lived in…yeah, no, I’ll just stop you right there. My heart can’t deal.
But I don’t gravitate towards paperbacks unless there’s no other option; it’s usually hardbacks for me. Yeah, I’ll take the usual permanent marker dot on the top/bottom of the book for a cheaper hardback.
Do you write in your books?
When I was in university, I did annotate my textbooks (with all the notes and smiley faces). But when reading fiction? Gosh no. If I need to remember a page (e.g. quote or important event), I’ll tab it with a post-it and come back to it if necessary.
I tag these individuals:
(I don’t know how many I’m supposed to tag, so I’ll do 11 because it’s the 11th of July.)
Overall, I’d think I’m an average reader…minus the fact that I do not prefer to read ebooks on my phone or own my own e-reader.
Also, major thanks for all the praise and support for the “What If Bloggers Had Blurbs” discussion. It really makes me want to open up a feature for it (which was my original intent).