How do you read? A bookish meme

Ruth from A Great Book Study recently posted a survey I thought of interest, so I’m participating.  Feel free to join in!

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I favor a cozy chair in the living room late in the evening, once my roomates have gone to bed and it’s not as noisy. In the mornings and evenings when it’s cooler, I also enjoy sitting on the porch.   In college,  I had a ‘reading tree’ on the quad, where I’d sit in the mornings and evenings.


Every time I visit the Montevallo campus, I visit this tree. I like it more than most people!

Can you stop reading anywhere, or do you have to stop after a chapter or certain number of pages?

I usually try to end at a new chapter, or an easy-to-remember page number.

Bookmarks or random slips of paper?

I can never retain bookmarks, so it’s whatever I have on hand….or, if the book is mine, I DOG EAR THE PAGES! Mwah hah hah hah!

Multitasking: music or tv while reading?

Television and I are not  agreeable roommates.   I’ve been known to put on music while reading, usually something ambient like peaceful classical music or smooth jazz.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

Always on the drinking — usually water or coffee, but sometimes hot tea. I find that eating while reading leads to page stains and weight gain, so I usually resist the urge.

Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere.   In college I was known for always carrying a book with me to the dining hall,   and just last night I read while in the drive-through line of place offering carryout.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?

I skim through scenes that aren’t doing anything for me or the story — sex scenes, for instance.

Break the spine or keep it like new?

N/A, because what few physical books I do buy are usually used.  These days most of  my reading is via ebooks.  (Quite a change from nine years ago!)

Do you write in your books?

Very rarely.  If I’m feeling particularly combative I’ll scribble notes in a book I’m arguing with, but it’s rare. Marking a book up makes something inside me scream.

Whom do you tag?

I’m going to copy Ruth and leave it to whosoever!

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Citizen, librarian, reader with a boundless wonder for the world and a curiosity about all the beings inside it.
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6 Responses to How do you read? A bookish meme

  1. Marian says:

    I will pretend I didn’t read the dog-earring confession. 😆
    That tree is a picture-perfect reading spot!

    • It is! And it was right outside my residency hall, too, so I could go out there any time I wanted.

      BTW, I’m reading a book about the Nazi consolidation of power; the author translates their term for Nazifying society as “coordination”. I couldn’t help but think of the Chinese-harmonize connection.

      • Marian says:

        Very euphemistic. 😦
        Speaking of dystopia, have you ever watched an old British TV series called The Prisoner? I just finished watching it with my siblings. It reminds me of 1984 and Star Trek TOS. Some of the last episodes are super trippy but overall it was really good.

      • This is my first time hearing about, I think! I’m currently watching the first episode. The visual quality is impressive, as are the many odd details — the technology, the strange village, and so on. The only fly in the soup is the Balloon of Doom, which is about as terrifying as the Flying Electric Pancakes of TOS’s “Operation: Annihilate!”

      • Marian says:

        😀 Yeah we got some laughs out of that one!

  2. Tampa Spartan says:

    I’m with Marian and I’ll pretend the dog-ear comment was unintended 🙂
    However, the book-mark comment is exactly how I am! Have a great weekend!

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