The Picky Bookworm

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." –Stephen King

I was watching a video by Naomi Reads, and this tag sounded like so much fun! I wanted to participate, but since I don’t have a YouTube channel, you’re getting a post! Ready? Let’s go!

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I mainly read on my couch, or in bed before falling asleep. I take my Kindle anywhere I go, though, so I can read at the doctor’s office, or at work.

Do you use a bookmark or a random piece of paper?

Well, I own a bookmark shop on Etsy, so it would be unprofessional of me to say “random piece of paper,” huh? But seriously, I read on my Kindle mostly, so don’t usually use a bookmark, since my Kindle does that for me. when I read a hard copy book, however, I definitely use a bookmark.

Can you just stop reading, or do you have to stop after a certain chapter or number of pages?

I can pretty much stop anywhere, but I have to admit I sometimes have to back up a couple pages to remember what’s going on.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

Not usually. When I’m on lunch at work, I will eat, then read. I tend to lose my place pretty easily when I try to do both at once.

Multitasking: Music or TV while Reading? 

I like listening to music while I read, but it has to be stuff without lyrics, like electronic or classical. If I get too many words in my head, I get distracted. I can sometimes watch TV while I read, but it usually ends up being background noise for my book. Until my husband says, “hey baby, watch this!”

Do you read one book at a time, or several books at once?

Very rarely am I reading only one book at a time. I’m very much a mood reader, so I need a book for each mood. I’m almost always in the mood for a thriller or action book, though. They are my favorite genres. Give me a good spy or psychological thriller, and I’m home.

Do you read at home, or can you read anywhere?

I can read anywhere. My Kindle goes with me most places, so if I’m ever bored, like waiting at the doctor’s office, I have to have something to do. I’m either reading, or messing on Twitter.

Do you read out loud, or silently in your head?

The only time I read out loud is when I’m reading something funny to my husband. Silent is the way to go. When  was a kid, though, I would pick a character from a book, and mouth the dialogue to myself, so it felt like I was inside the story.

Do you read ahead, or skip pages?

Well, I’ve never been a “skip ahead” girl, but now that I review books, I would consider it unprofessional to skip pages I’m reviewing for an author or publisher. That would seem fair, and wouldn’t be giving an honest review.

Do you break the spine of a new book, or keep it like new?

I buy most of my books second-hand, so they usually already have a broken spine. Neither one bothers me, though, because regardless I want my books to look read and loved. Having a pristine library seems paradoxical to me. You can have pristine books, or you can have read books. For me, I can’t have both.

Do you write in your books?

NEVER! I might highlight stuff on my Kindle, but if I’m reading a hard copy book, writing in it seems like I’m questioning the author’s choices. I read to enjoy the author’s perspective on things, not to analyze it. I’m not in college anymore. Even my reviews are based on feelings, not analytical. I want a book to make me feel good, or sad, or something. I don’t want to walk away from a book feeling nothing.

I would like to tag Julia at One Book More for this tag. I’d love to see her answers! Anyone else who wants to, please feel free to participate! Until next time, bookworms!

2 thoughts on “Reading Habits Tag!

  1. I’ve been looking for this tag! I have come to realise that I can not read in my bed because I’ll just want to fall asleep! And if there is background noise, I tend to tune it out while reading! This is a cool tag!

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