“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.”George R.R. Martin
Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Yes! I am either curled up in bed (which is terrible for my back but it’s so cozy) or in my reading nook. I keep a comfy chair, a blanket, and a really bright lamp nearby for an optimal reading experience. If I’m lucky I got some snacks and my dogs nearby too .
Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Definitely bookmark! I have a few random ones I keep handy but my favorite one by far is my Gandalf bookmark I got almost a decade ago. How I haven’t lost it yet when I lose just about everything else, I will never understand. I also got a kindle from my boyfriend for Christmas so my reading experience is a little different with that now since it automatically saves your place in the book!
Can you stop reading at any point or does it have to be at a certain page, chapter, etc?
It is such a pet peeve of mine to have to stop anywhere in between chapters! Unless the chapters are incredibly long – in which case I’ll stop at the earliest page break. Otherwise I am a stickler for finishing a chapter once I’ve started. I don’t want to be taken out of how a scene makes me feel so I stand by this 100%.
Do you eat or drink while reading?
Preferably, yes. I know a lot of people don’t like to eat while they’re reading to avoid getting food or crumbs on their books but as long as it’s not something like spaghetti I am most likely munching away. As for drinks, I have a nasty soda habit I can’t seem to kick (2020 resolution perhaps?) so I always have a fizzy drink nearby.
Can you listen to music/watch TV while reading?
I used to despise any kind of noise in the background while I was reading but since moving in with my boyfriend I’ve gotten used to the constant background noise running through our house. I do mean constant too. While he’s making music he, for some reason, also needs a TV on in the background, and potentially something from his phone playing as well. It is actually insane.
One book at a time or multiple at once?
I am a firm believer in only reading one book at a time. A big part of reading for me is really becoming immersed in a characters story. I’m always trying to feel the things they feel and understand the actions they take so I find it super important to only be focusing on one at a time. I MIGHT be able to listen to an audio book while reading a book but they would have to be complete polar opposites with each other.
Reading at home or everywhere?
Gosh, I am guilty of bringing a book everywhere I go and then not touching it once until I’m back in the comfort of my home. I’m super envious of people who are able to fall into a story everywhere they go but I find that when I’m out in public it’s particularly hard to focus on a book.
Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Definitely in my head. I don’t know if this a result of me being out of shape but whenever I try to read aloud I find myself getting winded very quickly and then I’m sitting there like, “Am I seriously panting while I read aloud – I’m not even moving!” Its a bit embarrassing.
Do you read ahead or skip pages?
I will never ever skip ahead in a book. No matter how boring, gruesome, or tiresome a passage may be. I almost have gotten myself to believe it’s bad luck to do so – or that I’ll miss something really important if I skip ahead and I just can’t do that.
Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
I have to break the spine of a new book in at least three places before I can begin reading it. Do people actually like reading stiff books?
Do you write in books?
Nope, never. I will tab the heck out of pages and put post notes with thoughts inside of books I really like though! Especially if I’m rereading something.
What time of day do you find yourself reading?
I am a night owl and can stay up until the wee hours of the morning reading a good book. It is also probably the cause of my incredibly out of whack sleep schedule but I have no regrets.
Read the book or watch the film first?
I always seem to watch the movies first for some reason. I’ve never read the Harry Potter series (I know, who am I?) but I absolutely loved the movies. Same with It – I tried reading the book but could not get into it! Loved the film though.
Audio-book, E-book, or physical copy?
I used to say physical copies without a doubt but since I’ve gotten my kindle I absolutely love the convenience of having all of my books right there. Oh, and being able to purchase books whenever you want? *Chefs Kiss* So good.
Do you have any unique habits while reading?
I can’t think of anything other than my need to break the spine of a new book!
Do book series have to match?
No, but it is preferred for aesthetic purposes.
“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest (people) of the past centuries.”Descartes
Shout out to Flowers in the Brain who tagged me in this wonderful tag. It was so much fun. Go check out their blog to see their answers as well!