Do you have a specific place for reading? Nah, I can read anywhere, but I normally do it in my bedroom. It’s the best because I have...

The Book Lover’s Questionnaire!


Do you have a specific place for reading?

Nah, I can read anywhere, but I normally do it in my bedroom. It’s the best because I have these two perfect little reading nooks: a daybed in front of a huge window, which catches the light just right on a sunny day; and a leather couch, again in a front of a window. The window by the couch doesn’t catch the light so well, but I have this little box beside the couch that acts as a perfect little table for holding snacks or coffee while I read.

Bookmark or Random Piece of Paper?


Nuff said, right? Though I often use library receipts to mark parts I want to reread. Simply because, if I have a lot of reread-pages, all those bookmarks would be too bulky for the book.

Can you stop anywhere in a book or do you have to finish the chapter?

Meh, I can stop anywhere. But normally, I do try to finish the chapter, or at least get to a paragraph that seems like a good ending point.

Music or TV while reading?

TV WHILE READING??? WHAT SACRILEGE! HOW COULD YOU?!

In other words, no.

As for the music thing, when I was about ten, I had this tape with a bunch of songs I’d heard on the radio and I’d put it on every time I picked up a book. At some point though, I just stopped doing that and I have no idea where that tape is now.

And yes, it was a tape. An actual tape. Like this, if any of you are too young to know.

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Now, I almost never listen to music while reading, but it’s just because I don’t think to. *shrugs* Not because it’s SACRILEGE OR ANYTHING.

Ahem.
Do you eat or drink while reading?

(see the bit above about the nifty little box by the armchair)

Normally, I drink coffee. But I’ll often eat crackers, cookies, or any other snacks that happen to be available.

Ice cream is especially helpful during painful parts.
And I try so terribly hard not to get crumbs in the book, though I have found that if you stick the corner of a bookmark in and run it down the line between the pages, you’ll get most of those crumbs right out. So there’s your little tip for the day. ;)

One book at a time or several?

I try to do just one. But sometimes, it’s easier to do two because I know that if I don’t start the second one now, I never will, and, for whatever reason, I can’t wait till I finish the one I’m on. So yes, it depends, but I’d prefer not to have to.

Reading at home or elsewhere?
(again, see above answers)

Though, really, I can read anywhere. That’s why I take a book everywhere. You never know when you might have a convenient moment.

That said, besides my room, my favorite place to read is the car. I don’t know why, but I just love the feeling of travelling to another world (fantasy or contemporary) as I cruise on down the road. It’s just perfect, and part of the reason I’m not eager to get my driver’s license. Cuz, you know, reading and driving. Not really the best idea.

I also like eating in the car. Don’t know why, but I do.

Anywho.

Read out loud or silently?

Generally silently. Though if I’m having trouble concentrating (which can happen for various reasons: outside noises, inner confusion, and my possible-but-as-yet-undiagnosed ADD), I’ll often read out loud because actually hearing the words helps me to focus. Also, if I find something really deep or really funny, I read it a second time out loud. Don’t know why, but I like to.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?

Not really on the first one (who likes spoilers?) and never on the second one. However, I will scan pages if I’m getting bored and just want to get it overwith.

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At least I don't react like Captain Picard. 

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Oh the indecision! I don’t like to break the spine because somewhere in my strange, twisted, writer’s mind, I feel like I’m hurting the book. At the same time, it is SO DANG DIFFICULT TO READ WHEN IT KEEPS CLOSING ON YOU. So it’s either my comfort or the book’s, and, as the book is an inanimate object, mine takes precedence.

So yes, I suppose my answer is break the spine. Because, it would seem, I am a little bit selfish.

Do you write in your books?
AGAIN WITH THE SACRILEGE????? WHY?!!

In other words, nope and never.

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Well, that was amusing, lol. Thanks for tagging me, Heather! It was a ton of fun and as you said, reading is life! ;)

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Had to use this one somewhere ;)
So readers, tell me, what do you think of the booklover’s questionnaire? Pick one or two of the above questions and answer them for me in the comments!

Also, I tag Mariella @ Author Mariella Hunt, Emily @ DreamingHobbit, and Ally @ The Scribbling Spirte for this! Tell me about your reading quirks!




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8 comments:

  1. Ooh, I'm tagged! I'll try to do this...erm....next week? *Nods*

    I love your answers. Really, mine will probably be very similar. We have a lot of the same quirks, it seems. :)

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    1. Awesome, can't wait to see it!
      Thanks! And lol, well, great minds do think alike ;)

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  2. I tend to use library receipts a lot, too! I have no idea how you can read in the car, though. I always get hugely carsick. This doesn't bother me, though—I really love being able to drive! Also, I like spoilers. I don't understand why people don't like spoilers, but that is just me. (Also, that is not some guy, that is Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise—have some respect!) Writing in books is also something I do... But yeah. I like your answers, I think they say a lot about you, even if they don't always match with mine. XD

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    1. Haha, so maybe if we ever meet up, you can drive and I can read and we'll both be happy ;)
      IDK. I guess I just like to be surprised as I'm reading. *shrugs* Probably why I'm a pantser, too, haha.
      Sorry, lol, though I actually did know who he was! But just for you, I will edit that ;)
      Thanks so much! Diversity does add some flair to life. ;)

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  3. I actually love reading out loud, too! Complete with emotions and sometimes facial expressions, bahaha! Although I usually save that when the prose and writing are lovely... sometimes I feel a writing is just too good that I need to savor and imprint it in my mind via loud reading.

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. LOL, I don't do all of that most of the time, but it does sound like fun. :D
      Yes, that's exactly how I feel about it!

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  4. I bend spines like authors do to reality. Alexa, you're much kinder to books than I am in that you care.

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    1. Lol, that's an amusing way to put it. And haha, thanks. I still bend them in the end, though.

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