Book tags are one of my favorite things to blog about nowadays. It’s personal, organized and lazy xD The questions are already given, and all you have to do is answer them. I also like how they enable us to see the behind-the-scenes of every reader and blogger’s routines and habits.
1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
There’s no ‘my spot’ yet. I kind of read anywhere where it isn’t so hot (it’s summer here and it’s blazing). During daytime, I try to read on a couch or my desk (and avoid my bed for obvious reasons), and at night I try to read at bed before going to sleep.
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Bookmark. A piece of paper just looks tacky.
3. Can you just stop reading on do you have to stop at the end of a chapter/after a certain number of pages?
If I were reading peacefully, I would try to stop at the end of a chapter or section of a book. Or else I have to go back when I pick the book up again later.
4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
I usually have a bottle or cup of water nearby. Eating makes reading a bit uncomfortable, tbh.
5. Multitasking: music or TV whilst reading?
Multitasking just doesn’t work. However, I’m quite used to listening music while I do things and work (so it becomes a background noise, and not a distraction), so I’m quite used to having soft music in the background most of the time. But I would rather have no external sound when reading to maximize my concentration. TV would be just plain distracting.
6. One book at a time or several at once?
Several at once. Particularly because I read mostly on my Kindle, and I constantly browse new books. I usually try to read different genres at once, to keep things varied.
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
Everywhere. I find it hard to read when I’m at home, because my mind often wanders off to other more ‘productive’ things that I could be doing (so I have to remind myself that reading can be productive, depending on what I’m reading). When I read outside, I can actually concentrate quite easily and shut down any commotion going on around me, so it’s quite nice.
8. Reading aloud or silently in your head?
Silently in my head. When I first started learning English, I would read aloud to hear myself out and improve my pronunciation. But now I almost never do that. It slows down my reading speed too much. Well, unless I get overly attached with a character in a novel and trick myself into thinking that my actual life is in fact a cover-up of a much more fascinating world. Damn the voices in my head.
9. Do you read ahead or skip pages?
If it’s a novel, nope – unless it’s a sucky book and I just basically scan through the whole book to get to the gist and move on. But if it’s a worthwhile book, I’ll read it chronologically like a good girl 🙂
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
If I need to break the spine, I will. Books are a treasure, but they’re books for a reason. They are meant to be read and explored, not to be left on the bookshelf, immaculate, to collect dust.
11. Do you write in books?
No, not really. I usually highlight quotes to look back at them later, though. I feel like I’m too ‘shy’ with my physical books and try to leave them untouched so the next person that reads it won’t be disturbed by my handwriting. Even though I rarely lend out my books…
If you decide to do this tag, comment below so I can read them! <3