I was tagged by Amanda. Whoops. Let’s go!
Q: Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
A: There are books floating all over my house, but the place I do the most reading is on the porch when I take the dog outside. She likes to spend anywhere between a half-hour to an hour out on the leash, so I perch my butt on the bench and read while she runs circles.
Q: Bookmark or random piece of paper?
A: I don’t think I could use a “random piece of paper” for a bookmark. Which isn’t to say I haven’t used pieces of paper, they’re just deliberately chosen, that’s all. My grandfather used to use $100 bills, but I make bookmarks out of whatever is appropriate when I don’t have bookmarks to use. My current set is made out of those little card-stock paint swatches you find at Walmart? They work great.
Q: Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
A: Depends on the book, and what time I have allotted to me? If I get really engrossed I can power a book in just a few hours, provided I have literally nothing else to do and no one comes over to shake me out of my reading stupor. If I’m on the porch with Dish, then I have a limited measure of time/have to stop when she comes inside. I try not to take books out I’m too engrossed in for that. Books I read upstairs in the safety of my room I attempt to power through, despite it being late at night.
Q: Do you eat or drink while reading?
A: Sometimes! Like stopping, it depends on the book. If I get a really good book I can’t draw myself away from, it turns out I don’t get hungry or thirsty either. Hrm. Digital books I read on my computer, so it’s easy to eat and drink when reading those, and physical books I have to put down to eat and drink, even if I’m going to pick it back up as soon as I put the food or glass down.
Q: Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
A: Music, sometimes. TV never. Music serves two purposes. One is that it drowns out background noise and helps me focus. The other is that if I’ve got music playing, then people register that I’m incapable of hearing them and they come shake my shoulder or throw a bottle of water at me or something. For some reason, though, if I turn on the TV while reading, I have to watch it. I’m not good enough to input two visual mediums at once.
Q: One book at a time or several at once?
A: This also depends. If a book sinks it’s claws into me, I can’t put it down until it’s done. Some books are harder to engross myself in– various fiction or factual books on my shelves count this way. For example: I had to break up my reading of the Lord of the Rings books with something else until I made it through the dry “About Hobbits” section. Which took me a while. I did manage to slough through it and get to the more interesting things, but any book that drives you tears needs to be broken up with children’s books.
Q: Reading at home or everywhere?
A: This one’s easy! It’s everywhere! In the house, in the yard, in the car, truck, at other people’s houses.. I love reading, and a good book doesn’t care where you are.
Q: Reading out loud or silently in your head?
A: Silently, nine times out of ten. Unless I find a passage I have to share, or I’m reading to my mother or a friend. I don’t do well with the spoken word. I trip over pronunciations and stuff. There is a reason that I’m a writer instead of a public speaker.
Q: Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
A: Not unless I’ve already read the book and I’m hunting for something specific? Skipping pages or reading out of order is something of a tragedy for me. The trip through the book is important to me.
Q: Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
A: I don’t understand this question. Keeping it like new, I guess? Wear and tear on a book happens, there’s no helping that. I think I have had one book separate the bound pages from the cardboard backing.. it was a cookbook, and it’s not very thick, so I might be able to fix it when I get more knowledge/practice for paper and book binding.
Q: Do you write in your books?
A: What? No! Scandal! What I do do, though, is I get a notebook or something and write as I read. Note pages and lines that are interesting, quotes that I want to remember, list characters and make biographies of longer books so I can keep track.. If I write in my books, when I pass them on to my children or nieces and nephews, they wont be able to read them fresh without seeing my perceptions of it, to draw their own conclusions. I’ve had books where my mother and I have both guessed the endings not even halfway through. Can you imagine what that would do to a new reader that hasn’t figured it out yet? Not cool.
Now. Let’s tag some people, yeah? How about everybody that’s got a few minutes to try! I’m super curious to learn some of your reading habits. I know everyone does things differently, and this knowledge only serves to make me more curious.
For an easy copy-paste of these questions, Amanda’s got you covered. I didn’t use it because the format makes my hackles rise, and I like Q/A better then numerals. Plus I really like typing out my questions. It’s something of a personal quirk that I can’t shake, and I’ve been looking forward to doing Q/As anyway.