1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I have a reading chair in the corner of my bedroom where I do a lot of my reading and blogging. It’s an old armchair that my parents didn’t want in the living room anymore, and I’ve covered it with a blanket to make it a little cosier. To be honest though, I’ve only been living back at home for a week, and prior to that I did most of my reading sitting on my bed.
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
There’s an unwritten third option here: dog earing the pages. Recently, I’ve been using bookmarks and I’ll often use train tickets, but honestly, I just fold over the corner a lot of the time. Sacrilege, I know.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?
I generally stop at the end of a chapter, or at least when there’s a break in the text, but I’m not that bothered by stopping at the end of any old paragraph if I get tired or my lunch break ends.
4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
I’ll generally have a cup of tea, yeah, and I’m not fussy about snacking while I read. When I was little, I would always try to read at the breakfast table, which would result in milk and cereal getting spilled all over the place because I was looking at the page instead of where my spoon was going.
5. Multitasking: do you listen to music or watch TV while reading?
I’m quite good at shutting out background noise, so I can sit in the room with my parents while they’re watching TV or my boyfriend while he’s playing a video game and read, but I wouldn’t choose to have background noise if I have the option. I can only really listen to music that doesn’t have any words, and mostly I prefer to read in silence.
6. One book at a time or several at once?
One at a time. If I try to read multiple books at the same time, I’ll just abandon them and focus on one, and if I stop reading a book, I find it very hard to start again. Every now and then I might read a bit of poetry while I’m officially reading something else, but I can only really focus on one piece of fiction at a time.
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
Everywhere. I carry a book with me pretty much wherever I go, which is part of why I prefer short books and paperbacks. I will read any chance I get, and I like to go to coffee shops for the sole purpose of sitting and reading.
8. Reading out lout or silently in your head?
Silently in my head, in general. I sometimes read poetry aloud, but generally I read silently. As I said, I read in public a lot, and I think reading Austen out loud while I’m waiting for my appointment at the hairdresser would look a little strange.
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
No, absolutely not.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
I literally don’t know how anyone can read without breaking the spine on a paperback, unless it’s one of those floppy American ones. I don’t think there’s a single paperback that’s been read in this room which doesn’t have a broken spine.
11. Do you write in your books?
I underline and highlight a lot, but I don’t tend to write a lot. I’m more likely to write in the margins of a book I don’t think is good, because I’ll scribble on the parts I think are bad and write snarky comments.
The unexpected theme of this post is I don’t take good care of my books.