The Reading Habits Book Tag

8 May 2015

I'm here today with a tag created by Youtube user The Book Jazz. This tag is all about our reading habits, and while I like to think that my habits are pretty normal, I know there are people out there who do some weird and wonderful things whilst reading. Please note that I have removed some of the questions for the sake of time management, so be sure to head on over to the creator's page for the full list of questions.

Do You Have A Preferred Reading Place At Home?

In all honesty, my absolute favourite place in the world to read is in bed. There's nothing like the feeling of curling up with a book and a nice cup of tea and forgetting about the world, and my bed is definitely the best place to do that. Quite often have I stayed awake while my other half is sleeping only for him to wake up the next morning to find me dog-tired and dying a slow death. He always asks why I'm so exhausted and then scoffs when I tell him I was up until the wee hours of the morning reading my book. He keeps telling me off for staying up later than I should, but he's not a reader. He just doesn't understand!

Can You Stop Reading In The Middle Of A Chapter?

I despise leaving things half finished, so I generally only stop when I hit the end of a chapter. Of course, life isn't always kind, and if I'm reading with a time crunch, I sometimes have to just stop wherever I am. It pains me, it really does. Hitting a scene break will quite often be my saving grace during long chapters, however. Occasionally, I'll stop when I see the little asterisks (or whatever else the author may use to indicate a scene break), but more often than not I will keep reading until I hit the new chapter heading.

Do You Eat Or Drink Whilst Reading?
There are only certain foods I can eat whilst reading (nothing that requires cutlery), but I generally try not to. I admire these people that can sit eating their dinner with a book propped up in front of them. How they manage to actually get their food into their mouths whilst absorbed in a story is beyond me. Drinking, however, is a necessity when it comes to reading. I get dehydrated very quickly and drinking is a conscious effort on my part, so when I'm into a story, I often forget. My other half will actually supply me with tea if I don't look to be drinking whilst I'm reading, so I thank him on a daily basis for saving my life... or at least saving me from feeling as though I've swallowed a cheese grater.

Can You Listen To Music Or Watch TV Whilst Reading?

I can't do either, in all honesty. I have a pretty short attention span when multiple things are happening around me, so I'll often find myself reading sentences several times as my brain tries to deal with all of the outside stimulus. Strangely enough, however, I can read perfectly fine if my other half is, say, playing a video game. That doesn't distract me, even if there's a lot of voice acting. I don't know, perhaps I'm weird, but music or the TV does stop me from reading, most of the time.

Do You Only Read At Home Or Do You Take Your Book Everywhere?

Generally speaking, I only read at home, though I can read anywhere, granted it's not a noisy area with a lot of distractions. Unfortunately, I drive my own car so I don't have time to kill on public transport, and while I would love to sit and read in a coffee shop, all of the cafĂ©s in my area are ridiculously busy and it can be very difficult to enjoy some down time with a book. 

Do You Read Ahead Or Skip Pages?

While I was growing up, I was absolutely terrible for reading the last page before I even started reading the novel, but I grew out of it. I think spoiling the end of Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows had a lot to do with that, but even though I knew how the book - and thus the entire story - would end, it was still a moment I will regret for the rest of my life. 15-year-old me was dumb. Since then, I have never read ahead, nor do I skip pages - what's the point? It's all in the details, folks.

Do You Write In Your Books?

If I had been asked this question a couple of years ago, I would have accused you of blasphemy. I like keeping my books in as pristine a condition as possible, so writing in them is a huge taboo for me. Nevertheless, I will admit that the idea has been looking more and more appealing lately. There's just something about personalizing a book that does speak to me, but I also don't want to spoil the lovely pages with my scrawl! I'll probably start highlighting favourite passages eventually, but I don't know how long it will take me to actually start writing in my books. I want to, but I'm scared that I'll ruin them.

Do you guys have any strange reading habits? If you want to do this tag, leave me the link to your post/video and I'll be sure to check it out!