How I Read Book Tag

It’s Monday…so I’m doing a book tag 😀

Ok, so…this is partially a joke. I saw that Zezee did this tag and after reading it, realized we pretty much have the same habits. We joked that I could just repost her response and say “ditto.”

So I’m kind of going to do that, only I’ve decided to chime in a little on Zezee’s responses. You should go check out Zezee’s blog, and especially this post because she uses GIFs and pictures I didn’t feel like copying over. You should check it out anyway because I enjoy her blog.

My comments on her responses are in blue italics.

+ Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Nope, I do not. I read every and anywhere, but I mostly read in bed during the day. I tried reading in bed at night, but I always fall asleep. I do love reading in the living room on the sofa because that area gets A LOT of natural light, but my family is noisy sometimes and my dad hogs the TV and loves to play it LOUD, so in my room on my bed is where I read.

My sleep schedule is horrible, so I can stay up late reading, but I enjoy reading right after I wake up as well. My family can also get loud and I don’t have a couch in my apartment, so I also do a lot of reading on my bed too!

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

I can stop anywhere and pick up at whatever point I stopped. If it’s a story that I’m REALLY hooked on, then it’s harder to stop because I want to know what happens next immediately. In that case, I don’t stop and end up doing everything one-handed with half my attention on it.

Same, same.

+ Bookmark or random piece of paper?

A bookmark… although I sometimes use a random piece of paper or other things (string, coin, paper money, plane ticket, pencil, pen, feather, leaf, comb).

Ok, so, I do sometimes use a piece of paper or just a sticky tab. I can’t say I’ve ever used any of the other items on Zezee’s list xD

+ Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

I prefer neither, but I can bear through TV if needed. Music is harder. It easily distracts me. Chances are I won’t retain much if music is on.

I’ve become accustomed to the TV being on in my apartment basically all the time (I blame the pandemic), but I agree, music is harder for me to tune out. I typically associate music with dancing or doing chores so it’s hard for me to just sit with it on, even if it’s chill.

+ Do you eat or drink while reading?

I don’t unless I happen to be reading at mealtimes. I hardly snack while reading.

I have coffee in the morning while I read, but that’s it.

+ Reading at home or everywhere?

I prefer to read everywhere else than at home. I don’t know why, but I realize that I get through a book faster if most of the reading is done outside my home. And I really love to read while in a moving vehicle. I think it makes me read faster. I used to get through books much quicker when I had to take the train to work everyday. These days I drive 😦 It’s no fun. I just get to work faster (before corona), which to me is not an improvement.

This is one answer where we differ a lot. I prefer reading at home, and these days I rarely leave it. Sadly, I can’t read in the car or I’ll get carsick. I can’t even check text messages! Long car rides are the bane of my existence. Pre-pandemic, if I was leaving the house it was for work, to run errands, or see friends, and I usually wouldn’t have many opportunities to read while out and about.

+ One book at a time or several at once?

Always several at once. I can’t even remember the last time I read one book at a time. I start a book and then I get interested in another one and start reading it too and then another and another until it becomes too much and I focus on only two or three of them at a time. Currently, I’m reading The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb, The Lost Book of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata, and will start Feed by Mira Grant soon.

I’m currently reading Record of A Spaceborn Few and Petals to the Metal (Adventure Zone vol 3). It won’t be long before I pick up a third book.

+ Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently in my head unless I come across a sentence or passage that forces me to read out loud either to hear the rhythm of it or because it’ll sound funny.

Same. Though I do enjoy being read to (if I like a person’s voice) and I also don’t mind reading out lout to others.

+ Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Depends on what I’m reading. If I’m reading a mystery or thriller or get too anxious and impatient about what’s going to happen next to wait until it happens, I’ll jump ahead (most likely to the end) and read it first then go back to my reading location. Basically, I get so impatient that I spoil myself. Sometimes I prevent myself from doing so, but if it’s a mystery, I’ll most likely spoil myself.

I try not to skip pages but if the story is REALLY boring or the character is REALLY stupid or I just can’t bother, then I’ll skim and maybe skip a few pages if I realize the boringness/stupidity continues for several pages. That’s an indication that I’ve given up on the book and most likely it will get a low rating or I might not finish it.

I don’t spoil myself if I’m into a story, but I definitely skim and skip if I’m friggen bored and just want to see what happens. But if I get too fed up, I’ll just DNF.

+ Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I like my books to look pristine for as long as I can. I don’t like to break the spine, and I don’t want any smudges or tears or bent pages, which is why I don’t lend them out.

Here’s a topic I’m rather weird about. I do have some books like I want to keep pristine – most of these are duplicate copies of books I hoard (P&P, Hobbit, Neverwhere, Alice, the Daw Tanith reprints, etc.) and likely not intended for reading. Others I will try to keep nice if I think they’re pretty (the Sailor Moon reprints, my Natasha Pulley books, my Cherie Priest collection) and in general, I’m gentle with my books. I don’t toss them about, I almost never dog-ear pages, and I take care that they don’t get dirty/damaged. I almost never lend books out unless someone lives with me – but even then it makes me uncomfortable because I don’t trust anyone to care for my books the way I do and I hate when they’re off my shelves for too long (which reminds me…my sister has one of my books….)

However! If I buy a book used and it looks used (versus one in very good condition), chances are I won’t mind further breaking the spine and I won’t be upset if the covers are a little bent (like where it starts to curl, not creased). Sometimes I really love a good spine crack. If a book is already in this condition, it doesn’t bother me, if I know that before buying. If I dislike a book and don’t intend to keep it then I might dog-ear pages occasionally.
So basically, it really depends and I’ll figure it out when I get the book.

+ Do you write in your books?

No. No. No. I’ve probably written in only one of my books and I regretted it. I don’t like writing in books and I don’t like getting books that have been written in. I just think the person’s words, even if it’s my own, interfere with the reading experience of the moment. I can’t see extra writing on the page and not read it. I’m way too nosy, lol.

I do highlight a lot, though. I think doing so is less intrusive than writing in the book.

I do write in books, but only if they’re reference/non-fiction books or I have a duplicate copy so that I can have an annotated copy and a clean copy. Then I can choose to reread my own thoughts or read a copy without whatever dumb commentary I’ve added. When I annotate, I underline and highlight, as well as write comments, and also tab or use washi tape.

+ Who do you tag?

Whoever sees this and would like to do this tag too. 🙂

Yes, this.

5 thoughts on “How I Read Book Tag”

  1. 🤣🤣
    Enjoyed reading this! Your answer on breaking the spine is like the rest of my thoughts, lol, because I hate lending my books out too and only do so to my bro because we live in the same house and even then I’m not too comfy with it and review the “rules” with him every time I lend a book. And same on if the spine is already cracked or if the book is used and looks so.
    I enjoy reading to others too but only if I know doing so will annoy them (i.e. my family) lol!

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    1. Haha I’m glad you liked it. Yeah my sister has one of my books and my mum two. I’m at my limit and getting close to asking my sis for the book back cuz I know she stopped reading it lol. I won’t even let my other sister borrow a book cuz she’s deff not careful enough!

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  2. Haha, it’s fun to have an (almost) reading twin. The washee tape thing is actually a really good tip for marking things in books – I had never thought of that! I always just use it to stick stuff on my walls.

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    1. I started using washi because I don’t like tabs sticking out. I only use sticky tabs for my review notes and then take them out after. I did find some flat metal tabs that also can be flush with the page, but I save those for my Austen editions now.

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