Repurposed headboard made out of books

Reading Habits [tag]

Love BooksThis tag was created by TheBookJazz, originally a video (which you can watch here) and put as a written blog post on Dreamland Book Blog!

Reading Habits

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
6. One book at a time or several at once?
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
11. Do you write in your books?

 

Repurposed headboard made out of books

Sadly not mine, but I’d love to have somewhere like this to read!

Readabits

1. When do you find yourself reading? Morning, afternoon, evening, whenever you get the chance or all the time?
2. What is your best setting to read in?
3. What do you do first – Read or Watch?
4. What form do you prefer? Audiobook, E-book or physical book?
5. Do you have a unique habit when you read?
6. Do book series have to match?

 

My Answers

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Not really, I tend to switch between my sofa downstairs as long as there are no distractions, or in bed – sometimes it’s worth going to be mega early so I can sit and read a good book!

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I have a Norwich, the City of Stories bookmark that I usually use- if that’s not on me then I’ll grab a postcard, bit of paper or sometimes a receipt!

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
I can stop halfway through a chapter but I have to read to the end of the page. Ideally I finish the chapter too, but if it’s a really long one and I have to urgently go do something then I will stop at the end of any page!

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
I don’t tend to eat whilst reading because it’s hard to turn the pages/ touch the screen whilst I’ve got cutlery in my hands! However drinking wise I LOVE to read with a cup of tea or, sometimes, a gin & tonic!

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
I sometimes have music or the TV on if I’m reading and someone else is in the room and wants to watch TV, but if I’m on my own I’ll read when it’s completely quiet- I find it easier to concentrate that way!

6. One book at a time or several at once?
I rarely have more than one book on the go; I don’t know why but I just love completely finishing a book, and that feeling of satisfaction, before starting another one. I know lots of people that have tonnes on the go at a time, but I like just the one, mostly.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?
I’ll read anywhere and everywhere! I HATE sitting and doing nothing when I could be reading so I take my book/ ipad (using the Kindle app) pretty much everywhere so I’m never at a loss of what to do. I read whenever I’m on a journey (I look forward to long, could-be-boring journeys on buses or trains because then I can get through loads of my book and it’s lovely because there’s nothing else I feel I should be doing!), on my lunch break at work, waiting for something to cook, waiting for someone to arrive- any opportunity! But I do also read at home as well.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Definitely silently, in my head. I don’t ever really read out loud. I don’t have kids to read to and most of my friends like reading themselves so there’s no need to read out loud really!

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Never! I have a friend who always reads the last page of every book as she doesn’t like surprises (I’m looking at you Jumara!) and I cannot believe it! I never do myself, but each to their own I guess! 😉

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
I try not to break the spine with new books but not too precious about it. I do like keeping brand new books looking nice though- if I lend a book to someone I really hope they’ll keep it nice, especially if I haven’t yet read it myself!

11. Do you write in your books?
Very, very rarely! If I need to mark stuff in there to put in a review I’ll use a post it note or similar. If it’s on my Kindle then I can highlight stuff on there.

Readabits

1. When do you find yourself reading? Morning, afternoon, evening, whenever you get the chance or all the time?
Whenever I get the chance! As mentioned above, I’ll read at any free moment when I’ve got my book with me (and I try to have it with me in my bag most of the time!). I sometimes have trouble sleeping too so I’ll read a book then too.

2. What is your best setting to read in?
Somewhere quiet ideally, but I can read in most situations. My favourite time is when I’ve got back from work, or have a day off, and have nothing at all to do! Then I can just sit and read all evening and get completely lost in a book without having to worry that I’ll lose track of time and forget to do something or the other!

Book Club bag

Not really related to these Q’s, but how cool is this bag? I got it from Lisa Angel in Norwich 🙂

3. What do you do first – Read or Watch?
I always try and read first, as I do find books are 99% of the time better than the films. If I know a film is being made from a book soon I’ll try and read it before then, though if I don’t get around to it I’ll just watch the film and make a mental note to try and read the book at a later date, just to compare how it’s been adapted!

4. What form do you prefer? Audiobook, E-book or physical book?
I always prefer actually reading a physical book, every time. However they can be pretty bulky to carry around depending on size (and whether it’s a hardback or not), and sometimes it’s a struggle to fit in my handbag, so in those instances E-books are ideal. Either is great really!
I don’t really tend to listen to audiobooks; I have tried in the past but found it takes so much longer than it does for me to read, and I get a bit impatient. I also find with audiobooks I’m really bad at my mind wandering and I’ll realise I haven’t listened/ properly took in the last 10 minutes of the book!

5. Do you have a unique habit when you read?
I have a horrible habit of biting my fingers- not the nails, the actual skin on around my nails, on my fingers. I know, disgusting! It’s a horrible habit I have that I’m trying to break but I do tend to do it more when I’m really concentrating or racing through a book! Yuck.

6. Do book series have to match?
Yes… I don’t buy that many books as I get so many for review or out of the library, but if I do I would make sure that they all matched. I recently re-bought all the Harry Potters books that I’ll probably not get a chance to re-read for a while, but so that they were all matching covers.

So those are my answers! If you do it too, please let me know by leaving a comment or tweeting me @lauranazmdeh– I’d love to see your answers!

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2 thoughts on “Reading Habits [tag]

  1. Donna says:

    I bite my fingers too :-/ especially when I’m utterly bored or nervous about something. I totally agree on matching book series, they look so good when completed. I will never ever never skip a page or read the end, it takes away the entire journey with the book and the story.
    Great answers 🙂

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