I’ve developed a schedule of posting book related posts on Mondays, so when it got to Saturday night and I was deciding on this weeks post, I felt like I wanted to switch it up abit. I didn’t really feel like doing a review or a TBR post so I decided to hunt for a book tag I could complete. I came across Noelle Gallagher’s reading habits book tag video, which I hadn’t seen before, and I thought it was a great idea. I thought all the questions would be fun to answer and you may even want to answer them yourself! I believe the creator of this tag is Ariel Bissett though I’m not entirely sure. Wheather you’re an avid reader or not I’m sure you’ve developed certain habits and preferences so I’d love it if you answered these in the comments or did a post of your own!
Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Yes! Abit of a boring one but my bed is where I mostly read, as my favourite time of the day to read is in the morning! If I’m reading anytime that’s not the morning then I’ll sit in the corner of the sofa downstairs with a blanket- I have a specific corner I sit and curl up in. I love reading here during the winter when we have our fire on, because the corner of the sofa I sit in is right by our fire, so that’s super cozy! Very hygee you could say!Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Do you bookmark or use a random piece of paper?
Controversial for the sure but… I fold over my pages. I know how much this question divides the book community but for me it has never been an active choice, it’s just something I do. If I had a cute bookmark I would use it, I just don’t own one currently and it doesn’t really bother me. I’d love one of those stunning clear resin bookmarks with gold foil in, I just haven’t got around to buying one. Maybe I’ll invest in a few cute bookmarks to cute soon but for now I’m fine with dog earing my pages. It’s just easier alot of time and unless hugely folded, I don’t notice any lasting effects on the books so, I’m not too bothered.
Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
Depends on the type of book for sure. If it is a non-fiction book I don’t really have a problem stopping at the end of a page or a paragraph but with an engaging fiction, I do find it hard to just stop. I normally have to get to the end of a chapter, and if I’ve got to stop reading in a hurry I’ll do my best to skim read to the end of the chapter but if not it has to be the end of the page, it cannot be in the middle.
Do you eat or drink while reading?
This actually depends how I’m reading, food wise, if it’s on my kindle then I can eat, if it’s a paperback I won’t. I sometimes have breakfast whilst reading on my kindle but in general I don’t really like eating whilst reading. Drinking on the other hand is a different story. I love drinking coffee or tea whilst reading in the mornings, it’s one of my favourite parts of my routine. Nothing beats sipping a hot drink whilst reading on a winter afternoon, it’s just perfection, I’m sure any other book readers know what I’m on about!
Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
Once again, really depends on the type of book I’m reading. Something like a biography or self help book I’m ok with reading whilst my family are watching something in the background, but I’d never choose to watch/listen to something whilst reading alone, I just can’t concentrate! The only thing I’d make an exception for are those youtube videos with 8 hours of rainy jazzy cafe ambience- I literally have those videos on 24/7 I LOVE them. I’ll link a few of the ones I love the most here and here. Off topic but they are perfect background noise for revision, reading, writing and whatever else you like doing.
One book at a time or several at once?
One for sure. A few series at a time I can do, but multiple books at a time? Not for me. I don’t understand how people do it really, understandable if one is for college or something but two for pleasure at the same time? No.
Reading at home or everywhere?
Not like I’m leaving the house at the moment anyway but I would probably say at home. I just feel my most comfortable at home and when I’m out I do prefer to be aware of what’s going on around me so I’d usually go for a podcast whilst I’m out instead. That being said, I have tried reading on the bus to college before and I did enjoy it. When I got into the flow I really enjoyed it and it was a good way to spend the bus journey. However, I did keep getting distracted and because of this I would have to go with reading at home. Saying this, I would totally love the idea of sitting in a coffee shop and reading, or sitting on a bench somewhere, but realistically I do think I would get distracted.
Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Reading out loud just doesn’t happen for me. I wouldn’t say I’m very good at it, often in my old school when we’d be ask to read to the class, I’d stumble over my words and struggle to read. This could be an anxiety thing but weather it is or not I just don’t like reading out loud. Probably because I read at a very fast pace and I can’t keep up with it when reading out loud!
Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
I don’t read ahead or directly skip pages but like I mentioned earlier, if I’m in a rush I’ll skim read over pages to get to the end of the chapter or page. Sometimes, if the book is dragging, I will skim until I find a bit that seems to have picked up again. I actually find myself doing this towards the end of books when I’m so desperate to get to the end that the filler bits don’t matter to me. It’s so bad but I do find this in books with tense, unpredictable endings, less with those slower paced books.
Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
Looking over at my bookcase, almost all of my books are in fairly good condition, except a few of my comfort reads like The perks of being a wallflower and an abundance of Katherines. I’ve never picked up a new book and broken the spine, or even turned round the cover when reading ( I’m not sure if this makes sense but as in I don’t bend round the pages to hold it in one hand) but I’m not super set on keeping it new. I’ll highlight my books occasionally and dog ear my pages, and if you were to look you’d probably find a few coffee stains on certain pages, but I won’t deliberately break the spine or mess it up to look ‘loved’.
Do you write in your books?
Majority of the time, no. Sometimes if I’m in a mood to romantisise everything I will highlight a line or two but most of the time I can’t be bothered to get up out of whatever cozy location I’m reading in, to annotate or highlight. I don’t really know what I’d annotate either, especially in such a small space like margins, but annotating and highlighting does certainly give me academia or European girl vibes, so I am not opposed to it! I saw Noelle do a video on annotating but I haven’t watched it yet so maybe I’ll give that a watch ( I am not a Noelle fanpage I swear I know I’ve mentioned her alot this post aha).
So that was my reading habits tag, I’ll leave the prompts for you below if you want to copy and paste and do your own one!
- Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
- Bookmark or random piece of paper?
- Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
- Do you eat or drink while reading?
- Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
- One book at a time or several at once?
- Reading at home or everywhere?
- Reading out lout or silently in your head?
- Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
- Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
- Do you write in your books?
Also in other news I made an instagram for this blog! The username is just @growingincircless ( with an extra s at the end because someone has the normal name ffs) and I’ve just been posting daily updates on the stories and posting book content. I’m still figuring out the posts but I’m loving my highlights I feel like they have a very cohesive aesthetic/ vibe to them. I’ll link it right here ! If you guys have an IG for your blog lmk and we can support each other 🙂
Hope you guys have a good week!