I’ve got a few posts I’d like to write, but somehow no energy for anything too in-depth. I just got home after being at work for 13 hours, which is kind of par for the course right now. Sigh. Anyway… A bunch of bloggers are answering these questions about reading, so I thought I’d chime in. If you’re interested in reading their posts too, check out:
And feel free to join in!
Do you have a specific place to read at home?
In the summer, I like to sit on the back patio with a glass of wine. As soon as the weather turns cold, though, my favourite reading spot is the armchair by the gas fireplace, where I sit with my legs curled under me.
Bookmark or any old piece of paper?
Every time I get a new bookmark I’m sure I’m going to use it. But in reality, I don’t even manage to use an old piece of paper. Instead I just flip through until I find where I left off.
Can you stop reading anywhere in a book?
Well, if it’s good or exciting I’d rather keep going as long as possible, but I usually finish a chapter before I stop, if time permits.
Do you eat or drink while reading?
All the time. My favourite thing is eating alone in a restaurant and reading. Of course, sometimes the books get a splash or two, but that’s the price I pay. That’s partly why I like to buy my own books, rather than leave a book I don’t own in less than pristine condition. I have really fond memories, too, of reading my book even at the dinner table when I was a teenager. My parents didn’t seem to mind.
Multi-tasking: Music or television while you read?
I prefer to just get lost in my own world without music or television, but sometimes that’s not possible. When my husband and I were first married, we used to sit together in the living room. I would read while he would play video games and I didn’t find it too distracting. He’s a reader, too, but for most of our married life I’ve had more books on the go than he’s had. (And I’m definitely not a video game player!)
One book, or several at the same time?
Years ago, it was only one. Now, though, my attention span seems to be much shorter and I switch between books. Plus there are so many choices of format. So, usually, I have a paper-based book on the go, plus an electronic book and/or fanfiction on my phone, plus an audiobook in the car. I like to read on my phone in bed, with night mode on, while my husband sleeps beside me.
Reading out loud or quietly in your head?
Quietly in my head. Funny how all the voices sound like me!
Do you skip passages from a book or even pages?
Not usually, although I’m less of a rule-follower about this now that I’m older. I really don’t like a lot of description of scenery, preferring dialogue, so sometimes I’ll skip over those boring bits. Loving dialogue is why I used to read a lot of plays when I was a teenager.
Break the binding or leave it so it looks as much as possible like new?
If the book belongs to someone else, I’ll try not to bend the binding. But if it’s my own, I don’t worry about it. It’s pretty hard to read a paperback one-handed if you have to worry about the binding.
Do you write in your books?
Never. I think that this rule must have been drilled into me by my parents and the librarians when I was a kid. Even in school, I was much more likely to take notes on separate paper than to write in a book.
Well, that was fun! Join in if you want, whether in the comments or on a blog. Happy reading!