Reading Habits Tag

Hi everyone,

Today’s post is going to be the reading habits tag. I’ve seen people doing this all over, from Youtube to on here. I’m not 100% sure who started this tag so if anyone does know, let me know in the comments and I will of course give them credit.

I actually found out about this tag through a Youtuber called Alice at The Book Castle.

So let’s get started with the questions…

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I don’t have a particular spot at home for reading though I do love to read in my bed and outside in the garden. I can pretty much read anywhere but of course it would be my absolute dream to have my own small library with a cute little reading nook (complete with blankets, cushions, candles, fairy lights…).

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

100% bookmark! I don’t think I’ve ever used a random piece of paper to mark my book. Not that there’s anything wrong with doing that, but I just absolutely love bookmarks and all the quirky and cute designs you can get on them. I’ve also started to make my own bookmarks which has been really fun.

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

I can’t just stop reading. I almost always have to stop at the end of a chapter as I don’t like to leave things hanging and risk forgetting where exactly I had read up to. This only really applies if I’m inside reading in my own time, if I’m outside waiting for someone then it doesn’t really work and I’ll just stop whenever. I also always try to read at least 100 pages a day (not always! Sometimes I’ll read way more and sometimes I’ll read less) so I tend to stop after I’ve done that amount. This isn’t really for any specific reason other than I like to make sure I read something every day and also it encourages me to dedicate some time solely focused on reading.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

I almost always drink whilst reading as I love the ritual I’ve created of making a cup of tea and settling down with my book. Sometimes I’ll eat a snack whilst reading but I find it too difficult to read whilst eating my breakfast or dinner and would prefer to put some TV or Youtube on whilst doing this.

Multitasking: music or TV whilst reading?

I wouldn’t have the TV on in the background whilst reading as I don’t think my brain is very good at concentrating on either/or. I used to able to do that as a child and would just sit in the living room while my family were watching TV and read my book.

In terms of music, it would have to be either instrumental/classical pieces or ASMR rooms. I find these really help me to focus on reading.

One book at a time or several at once?

I would like to be able to read several books at once but I’m a one book at a time kind of gal.

Reading at home or everywhere?

Most of my reading takes place at home as that’s where I feel I have most of the time to dedicate to reading. I take a book with me everywhere I go but, given the current circumstances, I’ve not been visiting many places. At the moment, most of my reading takes place at home, in my bedroom.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

For me, the answer is 50/50. There are certain things that I like to read out loud e.g. plays, poetry, lots of dialouge, certain authors… and there are certain things that I like to read in my head e.g. description. I could never read 100% of my reading out loud because my throat gets hoarse after a few chapters, and I could never read 100% of my reading in my head because I feel like there’s some authors and some styles of writing that deserve to be read out loud. I feel it definitely helps me to understand the flow of the text, and sometimes the meaning, more.

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Never! Even if I’m not particularly enjoying a book, I don’t think I would ever skip pages or read ahead. There are definitely some things that I read through that I don’t really take in because it doesn’t interest me (e.g. parts of a historical book) but I would never skip them.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I try my hardest to keep the spines in good condition. Sometimes you can’t really help it, particularly if the book is long, the spine will get broken.

Do you write in your books?

I have written in a couple of books I own but (hear me out!) these were poetry books where I analysed the poetry and wanted to jot down some notes on the meaning of the poem and what it made me think of. I don’t think I have ever written in any other books though I do think it can be useful if you’re studying the text or it’s a particularly difficult text.

Thanks for reading!

Love, Zoë xx

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