Tag It Thursdays: The Reading Habits Tag

Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

The Reading Habits Tag

I was tagged ages ago by super-wonderful Summer @ Xingsings to do this tag that was originally created by TheBookJazz. Everyone has their own reading habits so I thought it would be fun to share mine with you! Feel free to tag yourself!

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

I mostly read in my bed (I prefer to lay down when I read so the bed is the perfect place). But in the summer, I LOVE reading on my back deck!

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I select my bookmarks randomly when I read physical books. Most of them are random pieces of paper I have decorated and not bookmarks you would buy in the store. Sometimes, I use the library receipt or a post-it if I’m travelling or forgot to grab a bookmark. But I mostly eRead so I don’t have that problem too often.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?

The end of chapter! I hate stopping in the middle of one and I only do so when I have to (like I have to rejoin the real world because work/friend/family/I’m-going-to-be-late demands it). Page breaks (you know, scene changes) are also times when I stop if the book’s chapters are especially long (or there are no chapters). Even when I make myself read a certain # of pages in a sitting (I often do this with super long books or books I am having a hard time getting through), I count out the number of pages and then mark my stopping place at the closest chapter to that page location.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

At work, I read on my lunch break so while I’m eating my book is in front of me. If I’m outside, I have water with me while I read (it gets hot!). But otherwise, not really.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

I’m easily distracted when it comes to noise so most of the time I read in silence. But if I am on public transportation, I play music to help me concentrate on reading and not the conversations around me. I don’t really like reading in front of the TV because I think it is a waste of electricity (I’m so absorbed in the book I even forget the TV). BUT, I definitely blog/read blogs while watching TV.

6. One book at a time or several at once?

I’m a one book at a time type of person. I read books so fast and I alternate genres regularly that I don’t see the point of reading two simultaneously. However, if I have multiple books due at the library OR the book I am reading is really long and/or boring, OR is an anthology, I will start a second book. In the case of reading a second book because another is boring, this new book acts as a reward for reading a few pages of said boring book. I find it keeps me motivated to read. As for anthologies, I like taking them one story at a time.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

This question is a joke right? Obviously EVERYWHERE and that’s how I roll.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Um, I read some…ok, a LOT of books with steamy love scenes so I don’t read them out loud. I do read out loud though when I am studying for school; I find it helps me retain information better.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I’m definitely guilty of having eyes that jump to words when I change the page. It’s especially bad with hard copy books because you have TWO WHOLE PAGES before you that are tempting you to gaze upon them. I still do it with eBooks but not as much because you go one page at a time.

I wouldn’t say I “skip” pages but I do “skim” pages when I’m loosing interest in a book. And I only read ahead sometimes if I’m debating about enacting my 50-page rule to DNF a book.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I assume this question isn’t asking if I accidentally break the spine because that’s what happens to me. I HATE breaking the spine, I cringe when I realize I do it. And then I begin to comfort myself by saying it is a sign of a well-loved book…that doesn’t always work.

11. Do you write in your books?

For school I do–especially in English class! I also post-it note the sh*t out of my books when I’m writing essays so that they are twice the regular size. Otherwise, nope.

Thank you for the tag Summer!

I’m going to tag whoever decides to read this!

Or if you have already done it, please leave a link below!

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