I wasn’t tagged in this,
but I loved the questions asked at In a Messy World, and since so much of my blog is devoted to reading, I just had to share my own answers! I would love to hear yours in the comments or, for my fellow bloggers, on your page!
BOOKMARKS OR RANDOM PIECES OF PAPER?
Totally random pieces of paper. Usually. But my favorite bookstore in the world, Bienville Books, in Mobile, AL, dropped a free bookmark in my bag with my last purchase so I have been using it lately. I generally read most things on my Kindle these days, so having a bookmark or not isn’t usually an issue.
STOP READING RANDOMLY OR AFTER A CHAPTER/CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PAGES?
My perfectionist nature fights against it, but occasionally I will put down a book in the middle of a chapter. Usually this means that I got too sleepy to go on and the remaining chapter is just too long, or it’s the type of book where I can pick right back up without having to keep clear lines drawn between conversations/events.
There are times when a quote or something will so grab me in the middle of reading a chapter that I will have to just put the book down and ruminate on that quote or thought for a while. Experiences like that are what make reading such so rich for me, and therefore I try not to be too rigid about my actual reading process.
DO YOU HAVE A CERTAIN PLACE AT HOME FOR READING?
I usually read in bed, but I will occasionally kick up in the recliner or on the couch. My goal is to ultimately change out some furniture and buy me a big, comfy reading chair with matching ottoman and use that to curl up in and read. That’s the short term goal. The long term goal is to have my own library/study where I can read and write to my heart’s content.
DO YOU EAT OR DRINK WHILST READING?
Reading has always been as much a part of my life as eating or drinking, so yes – sometimes I combine the two. I’ve taken to reading on my lunch break several times a week here lately and I think it helps de-stress my mind a lot to enter into another reality for 45 minutes or so during the middle of a hard work day. And eating while reading? I call that “multitasking”.
MULTITASKING: MUSIC OR TV WHEN READING?
I don’t purposefully have either of these things on when I’m reading, but I can tune them out if they happen to be on for someone else. I prefer the quiet, but I’m good at focusing on what I’m reading. My parents and sister used to tease me because I’d get so “into” my books when I was a kid. They’d be talking about me to tease me and I wouldn’t catch on that they were doing it for quite some time. I can still do that.
ONE BOOK AT A TIME OR SEVERAL?
I admire people who can read several books simultaneously over a period of time. I have graduated from being a one-book-at-a-time gal to having a “lunch break book” and a “evening/weekend book”, and I still feel sort of unbalanced by it. But I don’t really think I could do more than 2. Maybe when I retire.
READING AT HOME OR EVERYWHERE?
I’ve pretty much already answered this, but I can read anywhere. However, I usually only read at home or at work, on my lunch break. Still, I have Kindle apps on my phone and iPad, so I’m never far away from reading material if the mood strikes.
READING OUT LOUD OR SILENTLY?
I love reading aloud and have relished it since my daughter was old enough to pay attention. We first bonded over me reading to her and it really solidified her early attachment, I think. I still read things to her sometimes, but I don’t have that daily reading time happening with her anymore. She’s outgrown me.
I think I’d be a kickass narrarater though, so if anybody has connections at Audible, give ’em my url, ‘kthanks!
BREAKING THE SPINE OR KEEPING IT LIKE NEW?
I think this is pretty stupid, and I know I’m probably horrifying some of my more hardcore reading friends, but dammit, some things are just NOT that big a deal. Breaking the spine or not is the very definition of “sweating the small stuff” – something I try never to do when I can help it.
DO YOU WRITE IN YOUR BOOKS?
No, and this is another reason I love reading on a Kindle. I can highlight parts that I love, quotes that speak to me, make notes, and then save them on that device and it hasn’t damaged a thing.
I love the written word. And noise or silence, snacks or no snacks, bed or couch or car, and digital, hardcover or paperback – reading, writing, books, words – these have been shaping and continue to shape me.