The Blog challenge for day 3 is Reading Habits. So for today’s challenge I am to write about my reading habits. This includes things like where I like to read, whether I like to listen to music while I read or not, favourite genres and more. So for today I thought I do the Reading Habits Book Tag, as I wanted to do this anyway eventually. Also, I will be combining this with the Readabits Tag. Although I’m not sure who originally created these tags.
1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
My favourite place to read is my bed. I also enjoy sitting on the couch in the spare room, as we have a sort of entertainment room with a couch and it’s extremely cosy.
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I do have a lot of bookmarks, I love collecting them, I will use a bookmark if I have one available. If I don’t have a bookmark available or just can’t be bothered to get a bookmark, paper becomes more convenient. If it’s a library book I’ll usually use the receipts from the Library. By the way, I do not dog-ear my books.
I’ve used some crazy things as bookmarks: receipts, gum wrappers, scrap paper, hair ties, pencils, a Ruler or anything else I can find close by.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
If at all possible, I prefer to stop at the end of a chapter or at least at a natural break in the text. I hate stopping in the middle of the page since I can never find my place again, and end up re-reading the whole page anyway. Although If can’t finish that chapter, I still like to read till the end of the Page at least. I don’t like when I have to stop in the middle of a page, but as long as I can finish the page then I am good to go!
4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
I don’t usually eat while reading, Sometimes I’ll have a cup of Coffee whilst I’m reading. I usually have some sort of drink floating around but I will forget about it and it will go cold.
5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
Neither! I have trouble concentrating as it is and if there’s music playing or the TV is on in the background then it’s off I go! I’ll be reading, someone will turn the TV on and I abruptly get up and go to my room because the TV will just put me off instantly. I can listen to Music while reading but only if it’s Instrumental.
6. One book at a time or several at once?
I usually end up reading two or three at a time, I’d like to be able to read one book at a time but I can never focus on one book before I get bored and have to pick something else up. I have trouble focusing on only one book.
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
I can read anywhere. I get a lot more reading done on the train than I ever do at home. I can work through a book in a very small period of time without distractions, like my laptop or dogs. I do like the comfort of reading at home though where you can stay in your pyjamas.
8. Reading out lout or silently in your head?
I read out loud all the time when I’m home. It helps me memorise the content. I often need to do it to concentrate. For me, reading the stories out loud makes them seem more real. I find it hard to comprehend and focus on the story without reading it out loud to myself, or at least whisper read if I have to be quieter. I get easily distracted trying to read silently. I start skim reading, which doesn’t enable me to experience it as well. When I read in my head I tend to quickly scan over each word instead of fully taking them in, though in both cases I can get a full grasp of the events going on.
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
No, I don’t do that. I’ve skipped pages with some books, most recently Illumiae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff that I just wanted to finish and therefore skipped a lot of it. You can find out why if you read my review.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
I like to keep my books looking as new as possible. When I spill something on my book, or accidentally tear a page, I cringe and feel like sobbing. Although, I find it hard to keep books like new, especially lugging them around in my bag all day.
11. Do you write in your books?
Never! I hate when there is writing in the margins of my books. If there’s a quote or something that I like, I use Sticky Flags.
1. When do you find yourself reading? Morning, afternoon, evening, whenever you get the chance or all the time?
Anytime of the day! If I have any spare time I am always reading!
2. What is your best setting to read in?
In bed after a long day. I like reading outside, but if the wind is strong, if there are insects, or if the sun is in my eyes, I’m going to be bothered.
3. What do you do first – Read or Watch?
Watching the movie first spoils the ending of the book for me, but when I read the book first, I spend the enter movie frustrated about what they’ve changed. However, I still generally choose to read the book first.
4. What form do you prefer? Audiobook, E-book or physical book?
I don’t like reading eBooks because my eBook reader is on my phone and always end up getting distracted. Definitely physical books. I have trouble paying attention to audiobooks because I need to be doing something else while listening, but my mind tends to wander.
5. Do you have a unique habit when you read?
I don’t think so. I’m not really sure what would qualify as a unique habit.
6. Do book series have to match?
It annoys me if all of the copies I own don’t match. I’d prefer them to, or at least be somewhat alike.
That’s it for this post. Do we share any of the same reading habits? Or do you and I have a completely different opinions? Feel free to leave a comment below of your answers to any of these questions. I love reading everyone’s and seeing what their different quirks are!