If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you must know by now I am a bibliophile. A bookworm. I found this Q & A on reading and reading habits over at Vinay’s blog who borrowed it from Shilpa and it seemed like a lovely way to share some more about my reading habits.
Do you have a specific place for reading?
Not really. I can read on the couch, in bed, on public transport, at a restaurant, at the lunch table at work. My favourite place to read though would be at the beach.
Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Bookmarks all the way. This is more so since I started buying books on Book Depository; they provide bookmarks with most purchases and as a result, I have several bookmarks all waiting to be used.
Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
Yes, I do occasionally. If I’m reading at the lunch table at work, it’s usually while having lunch. Occasionally at home, I might have a cuppa or a snack while reading. Reading while eating is a habit I’ve had since I was a kid. Back then, I’d neglect the food and get told off for sitting at the lunch table for an hour while the food got cold.
Music or TV whilst reading?
Yes, occasionally. I don’t watch TV necessarily but if the cricket is on, for example, it might be in the background while I am reading and I’ll check the score. I also have had mellow music playing in the background while I read. I can focus quite well on the reading without being distracted too much by any noise around me.
One book at a time or several?
I’m a one book at a time person. I’ve tried, time and again, to read multiple books but all that ends up happening is I focus on one and the others I may have started, get left on the sidelines!
Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?
The beach is my preferred place because of the sun, the sand and the smell of the ocean. I can be surrounded by people and yet, find myself lost in the world I’m reading about. I do like reading at home too and in bed at night but the number one place would be the beach.
Read out loud or silently?
Silently. Unless it’s a section that grabs me or has beautiful writing, I may occasionally read it out loud in awe of how the author has lyrically put words together. Something I personally struggle with.
Do you read ahead or skip pages?
If the writing is verbose or if the book hasn’t grabbed me completely, I might skim read but not necessarily skip entire pages.
Break the spine or keep it like new?
I don’t deliberately break the spine but if it occurs in the process of reading, I’m not too fussed. After all, it means the book was really good and therefore, well-read.
Do you write in books?
Uh. No. Except for my psychology textbooks. But they don’t count.
What books are you reading now?
I’m currently reading Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman and am thoroughly enjoying it.
What is your childhood favourite book?
The Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton
What is your all-time favourite book?
I can’t select just one but I have narrowed down a top five list for a few years. They include the Harry Potter series, A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng, We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver and My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Most of these books have a significant emotional impact on me which is why even years later, they continue to feature on my list.
I thought I’d take the liberty to add a couple more questions to the mix.
Give-up or read on if you don’t enjoy the book?
In the past, I never gave up on books and I’d push myself to finish it no matter what. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realised that life is too short to read books that you just cannot get into! This doesn’t mean I don’t finish books I don’t like – I have done that. But if it’s just too hard to read, I will happily let it pass. Some examples of books I’ve not finished are Hidden Figures or Villette by Charlotte Bronte.
Would you lend your books?
I do lend my books but with the caveat that it’s precious to me. I have had experiences when younger, where people would read and return books with pages ripped out. I stopped lending books for a while. Now while I do lend them, I make sure people know if the book is a cherished one I hope to keep or if it’s one they can read and pass on.
There you have it. A bit about my bookish self.
What are your reading habits like?
Until next time,