Do you have a specific place for reading?
I prefer a couch or a cozy easy chair, but I’ll read anywhere. Except in a moving vehicle (planes included) because motion sickness usually comes before I can finish one sentence.
Bookmarks or random pieces of paper?
Both! I have some lovely bookmarks that I’ve purchased or been given as gifts, but I will never hesitate to grab the closest piece of junk mail, scrap piece of paper, receipt, or what have you to mark my place in a book.
Can you just stop anywhere or must it be at the end of the chapter?
The end of the chapter. Not to say that I have never “just stopped anywhere,” but I like completing a chapter so I don’t have to go back and refresh my memory in the middle of a paragraph or page.
Do you eat or drink while reading?
Drink, yes; eat, no. Coffee (tea on occasion) and wine are some of books’ best companions. But between a beverage, a book, a notebook, and writing utensils, adding food (and the inevitable napkin) is too disruptive to me. Plus, food breaks are a good excuse for getting up (moving around, stretching) and for checking in on #bookstagram.
Music or TV while reading?
Neither. Talking, singing, beats, and images are too distracting, so I usually just open a window or turn on a fan if I need a little background noise.
One book at a time or several?
Several, to my disdain. I wish I could read one book front to back without starting another book halfway through, but I’ve never been able to. I need options and variety!
Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?
At home. Living in a rural area means there aren’t too many close-by options for reading, so home is always the best bet (and most comfortable, of course).
Read out loud or silently?
Poetry: out loud.
Paragraphs or passages I love: out loud.
Everything else/the majority of the time: silently.
Do you read ahead or skip pages?
I’ll admit that I skipped some pages of the long end speech in Atlas Shrugged, and I have spoiled the endings of books for myself because I was either too anxious to wait or I wasn’t feeling the book. But it’s not a habitual behavior.
Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
These are extreme opposites, aren’t they? I’m not sure this necessarily means breaking the spine; maybe just opening/reading the book enough that the spine shows wear? I’ve never literally broken the spine of a book – the horror! But I don’t mind if the spines look like the books have been opened.
[Did you know there is a technical way to open a book? Click here to find out how to do it correctly. 😉]
Do you write in your books?
YES! I cannot believe some people are against this. Some of the editions I own will never have writing in them, but that’s why I buy mass market/multiple editions – so I can take notes! How do some readers not underline, or exclaim, or signal important lines alongside the text of their books?! I will never understand. My writing utensil of choice is a pencil and not a pen, to prevent ink bleeding and spotting of course, but in a pinch I’ll use a pen or even a highlighter.
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