Heya, Earthlings! How’s it going?
I saw this tag over at Miscrawl, which is where Charl blogs about books and movies and such (go check her out, she’s really funny 😉 ) and it was a really fun post, so I thought I’d do one myself. I’ve been seeing tags on booktube and on book blogs, but have no idea how they work, so do let me know if I commit a faux pas or mistakenly kill someone by writing this, alright?
1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I live on the couch. Does that answer the question?
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Bookmark. One of the things my parents got right was to instill in us a sense of bookmarkery.
However, if I happen not to have a bookmark within reach, I usually insert a random pen between the pages while I rummage my rubbish pile of a table for one.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or certain amount of pages?
Okay. This is a very sensitive question. I used to have to stop after a chapter. If I’m so much as one paragraph gone from the start of the chapter, too bad, you’ll have to wait for me to finish… which usually takes a long while. I’d been threatened with book confiscations many times because of this.
However, something happened to me during the kid-adult transition (shortened attention span much?) that now allows me to put down the book at the end of sentences and go for snack breaks (oh wait, it’s the food…). I do have to reread as far back as the previous page to get back into the groove though.
4. Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
Well, I’m pretty much a disgrace to the women of the world because I can’t multitask. At all. I’ve tried drinking tea whilst reading (or working on the computer), but I’m afraid I always forget about my tea until it goes cold and eww-ish. Eating is just a no-no because it might dirty my precioussss books.
5. Do you watch TV or listen to music whilst reading?
Now this is when things get strange. I listen to music whilst reading. A lot. But only when I’m making the 50-minute commute to work. I can’t read on the bus/train without music on because the negative energy (anger, irritation, annoyance, fatigue, sadness) typical of a morning/night train ride apparently flows in through my ears and puts me in stoning mode. My brain can somehow focus on getting stories moving with the music on. It puts me in a world separate from the sluggish crowd.
However, watching TV or listening to music whilst reading at home just doesn’t work for me. I don’t know how people focus one eye to the TV and the other on the book. Wow. Just wow. Plus everything going on everywhere (maybe only because I watch Game of Thrones?). How do you handle that? I like the coolness and silence of the night (preferably after 12) at home.
6. One book at a time or several at once?
Did I tell you I can’t multitask to save my life somewhere above? Yeah, I think I did.
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
Quiet, at home. With music, everywhere. Not in public toilets. That’s disgusting.
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Both. I know it’s bad practice to read aloud because it apparently slows you down, but sometimes, forming the words in the back of my throat makes the story come alive. I mouth the words on public transport only because I don’t like people staring at me. Reading out loud does take up a lot of energy, however, so I usually stop after a few paragraphs, when I’ve firmly established myself in the fictional world.
9. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?
Ugh. I used to when I was little and ruined Harry Potter for myself. You see, I always had to read every single word on the page and make sense of them all, so it did get tiring after a few hours. The easiest thing to do then would be to just pretentiously fan through the pages to see how much was left, but there are usually words or sentences that hook you in to a later, more exciting part of the story and make the trek there ever more difficult. I’ve managed to overcome that ‘weakness’ and can now experience the shocks as they come.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
I’d much rather put up with palm cramps than create a permanent crease in the spine that reminds me of the pain I caused the book for as long as I live. Alright, I really want to break it, but just can’t bring myself to. I’m almost always grateful if a friend accidentally cracks it for me. Saves me the guilt and the trouble. Hence, my preference for flappy books. You know flappy books? If you do, we’re friends.
11. Do you write in your books?
Huh! No way! My handwriting would ruin everything. Unless it’s required for class/a textbook, then yes, I don’t have a choice. But it always pains me to leave that first mark on the pristine pages. I go slow and gentle to minimise the damage done.
So yeah, here are my reading habits for the world to see. I’m definitely getting into reading more seriously now and I don’t know whether I’ve been inspired to read more by book blogs and booktube (I might do a post on the channels I frequent). Nevertheless, I’m really enjoying myself a lot more whilst reading and knowing that others out there love books as much as or even more than I do does give me the comfort I can’t find in this fast-moving, hair-pulling ‘real’ world.
P.S. Tag! If you’re reading this post, you’re it! 😀