Last week, Florinda (The 3R’s Blog) shared her responses to a survey about reading habits — not the kinds of books you like to read, but how you actually read them. I thought it was fun, so I’m taking the survey myself!
1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I typically read in two places, on my couch or in my favorite chair. They’re both upstairs in my living room, which is also the room with our main tv. In the summer that works great — the boyfriend spends a lot of time in the basement where it’s cooler — but in the winter we have some conflicts over reading versus watching. I’m hoping to find space for a reading nook in my office this winter.
2. Do you use a bookmark or a random piece of paper?
I usually use post-it notes for bookmarks. They’re convenient, cheap, and don’t fall out when I lug books all over in my purse. I have been using this cute mustache bookmark for 11/22/63, but that book doesn’t leave the house so I don’t worry about losing my place.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or a certain amount of pages?
I like to stop at a natural breaking point — the end of a chapter, or maybe a scene change in the middle of a chapter. But if it’s late at night and I’m falling asleep, I’ll stop at the bottom of a page or something less obvious.
4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
I drink a lot of tea and, more recently, a lot of water. I like to snack when I read, but I have a hard time reading while eating a meal.
5. Do you watch TV or listen to music while reading?
I can only listen to music that doesn’t have words or music that is new to me while reading. If I recognize a song I get distracted! I have a hard time reading when the tv is on, unless I put in headphones to block out the sound.
6. Do you read one book at a time or several at once?
I’m typically a one or two book reader. I like to have fiction and nonfiction going at the same time and often also have an audio book in progress (but I guess I don’t count that one since it’s a different format).
7. Do you prefer to read at home or anywhere?
I can read just about anywhere, but I’m a homebody. I don’t actively go other places to read, but will pick up a book if I’m out and have time to read.
8. Do you read out loud or silently?
Silently. I used to read out loud in the car when the boyfriend was driving, but now we use audio books or podcasts to keep us occupied.
9. Do you read ahead or skip pages?
I am not really concerned about spoilers, so I will sometimes skip ahead to answer a burning question (particularly if it’s a love triangle question, since I find those annoying but addicting). Most of the time, though, I don’t skip ahead.
10. Do you break the spine or keep it like new?
I don’t break spines very often, but I guess I never feel like I have to in order to enjoy a book. I try to keep my books in decent shape — no bent covers or pages falling out — but they’re certainly not perfect.
11. Do you write in your books?
Not anymore. If I want to make notes, I usually do it in a notebook or on my phone because it’s more convenient for looking at when I want to write a review. But I do love finding marginalia in old books — it’s super fun.