I couldn’t resist Lady Lizelle’s invitation to the Reading Habits tag (thank you, Lizelle!).
I’m a voracious reader and there’s pretty much nothing else in the entire world I like to talk about as much as I like to talk about books or reading or characters I’ve loved from books I’ve read or…well….you get it…
The tag questions:
Do you have a certain place at home to read?
I pretty much read anywhere and everywhere that’s comfortable. Comfortable means that I won’t be needing to get up for a good long while. I love reading in my hammock on our balcony (Saturday afternoons/Sunday mornings) or on the settee (sneaky short reading whilst I’m having a break from work) or in bed (although I’m finding I’m not enjoying this as much recently; I’ve reached that age where my neck doesn’t forgive me for the work it has to do and my eyes are not what they once were, unfortunately). [My Mum will tell you that I ruined my eyes by reading, by torchlight, late in to the night as a child; I blame her, actually, for not letting me just put the big light on! After all I wasn’t ever, as a child, going to stop reading late at night!]
Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Oh goodness…definitely random bits of paper. I must have hundreds of proper bookmarks (literally!) but they never seem to find themselves in my books. I think it’s because I actually secretly love it when I pick a book up a few years after reading it and I find some random bit of paper in there and a) the book transports me back to that time and b) the bit of paper somehow makes that time even more vivid (adding extra memories in to the flashback). Love it. [I recently found a love letter from an admirer from some years ago; it was too wonderful to read it again all these years later!]
Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or number of pages?
I like to aim for finishing a Chapter but I know that when I do this, I won’t be able to finish just one Chapter so I tend to just stop where I am when I need to stop….in a sort of ‘should have been doing something else ages ago’ type manner….(!)
Do you eat or drink while reading?
Absolutely not. What heresy.
Do you watch TV or listen to music while reading?
Goodness me, of course not. What a silly question (!!) Although, having said this, I’ve recently discovered, after all these years, why tiny white earphones are so popular: they block out all the crap happening around you so if you’re on public transport, you can pop on some classical music and read to your heart’s content without having to read through ‘My boyfriend left me last night’ or ‘What do want for dinner?’ or ‘I can’t believe it!’ (all good story starters, for a budding writer, but not conducive to being able to read as reading should be done: attentively and thoroughly!).
One book at a time or several at once?
Oh goodness, always and forever absolutely more than one book at once. I’m incapable of reading just one book at a time. I’m a schizophrenic reader: I need ‘something’ for each and every reading need as and when that might arise. I have my ‘informative’ books by my bedside, my fiction by the settee, work books on my desk (piled scarily high), my academic books on the bookshelf in the corridor, my ‘just arrived and can’t wait to read’ books under the stereo on the bookshelf in the living room. I think I probably read about six books simultaneously, although usually only one of them (the fiction one) will take up permanent residency in my brain until it’s finished (the others will be a quick ‘in and out’ to gather the information I need).
Reading at home or everywhere?
Everywhere. I always have a book with me just in case. You never know when you might find yourself with a spare few minutes to fill.
Reading aloud or silently in your head?
Silently. Unless it’s to the littles in which case my ‘out loud’ funny voices would put Monty Python to shame.
Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?
If it’s non-fiction, or for work, I always skip bits to find the information I need quickly. Fiction books: I never skip ahead no matter how tempting this would be (er-ghhm The Goldfinch).
Do you ever write in books?
Goodness, yes. All the time. I know, I’m the very definition of terrible, but I have to write in my ‘for work’ books, to remember things I want to quote/ponder in the article. For my fiction books (or other non-work/informational books), I write in the margins when something has resonated with me. I kind of like the idea of these notes being a sort of archaeology of my thoughts.
Thanks Lizelle so much. I really enjoyed joining in!
I think I’m supposed to tag other people? [I’m a tag novice]…if so, then I tag:
Julie from Notes on Paper
Sian from From High in the Sky
Alexa from Trimming the Sails
Gabriele from Back on the Floor Again…and…
Heather from Icing on the Cake
[Ladies…feel free to join in or not, as you’re able…I will most definitely not be offended if you don’t join in!]