I was going through the several writer’s blogs I subscribe to on Saturday and in Marcia Meara’s blog she wrote of finding this game on Lemon Shark, the blog for Sarah Brentyn. When I hopped over to Sarah’s blog, I saw she had gotten the game from someone else’s blog! (See how this works?) I figured I was tagged next. So here goes!
Do you have a specific place for reading?
I read anywhere and anything. I just love to read. My favorite place to read these days is at restaurants. I often dine alone, so having a book with me is the perfect way to have a companion. I find my time for indulging in reading is limited, so that by reading and eating I can do two of my favorite things at once. I used to heft around heavy books, but now I just carry around my Kindle which is so convenient. I covet my lunchtime reading.
Bookmarks or random pieces of paper?
Before Kindles, I used to collect bookmarks – especially Harry Potter related ones. The problem was when I needed a bookmark I couldn’t find one! They were in some ‘special’ place that I kept my collections. Sigh, so I would often grab envelopes, random scraps of paper, or those annoying little cards you find stuffed in catalogs, to use as bookmarks. I have even been known to use my highlight marker to suffice as a bookmark. However, once I finally decided to get a Kindle – saving my place is much less of an issue as it opens right to the spot I was at when I closed it down. One problem with that is, if I switch between my two Kindles, it doesn’t always keep up where I left off in the other one.
Can you stop anywhere or must it be at the end of a chapter?
I’m not a fan of stopping just anywhere. I like to finish a scene but prefer to finish a chapter. However, when I read in doctor’s waiting rooms, that rule is often broken.
Do you eat or drink while reading?
See above about reading in restaurants. A hearty yes. Mostly I sip a Diet Coke or 7Up as I read. I try very hard not to snort when I read something funny though.
Music or TV while reading?
Music doesn’t bother me while reading: most background noise doesn’t bother me. (My imagination is pretty vivid)! However, if I am reading something more technical like Quantum Physics or Alchemy, I require a quieter setting. The TV? Mmm, not so much, unless I’m not really into what I am reading.
One book at a time or several?
I’ve been known to read two or three books at a time. One for each book club and one more for some technical stuff I like. It depends on my mood which I pick up. Lately, though, I rarely have more than two books going at a time.
Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?
Anywhere is fine with me – waiting rooms, restaurants, picnic tables, or a cozy chair. Have book/Kindle, will read.
Read out loud or silently?
Mostly I am a silent reader, but sometimes I will read aloud if a particular passage is not making sense. Reading out loud helps me to get the emphasis correct. On occasion, I have been known to read aloud to my dogs. They are by in large not that interested in what I read to them, so it’s an exercise in futility.
Do You prefer to read ahead or skip pages?
Oh, my! That is a no-no. I love seeing how the author unfolds the story.
Breaking a spine or keeping it like new?
I don’t knowingly break the spines of books. However, my well-studied books do get the spine broken from wear. I confess I do on occasion keep one copy for ‘show’ and another for deep studying! In fact, I have the whole set of pristine Harry Potter books that are the first editions, and then I have sets of the same books that are so well-worn they are falling apart!
Do you write in your books?
Oh dear, I have to confess again – yes, I do write notes in the margins and at the end of chapters in my paperbacks – not so much in hard copies. I guess it is a habit I started in college with textbooks. Highlighting is another one of my habits if I am studying a book. At least with the Kindle, you can do that without ruining the looks of the book!
And there you have it. That was fun. So now I am going to hand this over to you. If you’d like to play along, just leave me comments below. Tag, You’re It!