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!