It is no secret that, over here on Travelling Geek Show, we love books and tag posts. So when I stumbled upon this ‘Reading Habits Tag’, we couldn’t resist. I stumbled upon this very old tag somewhere in the depths of Youtube and was surprised at how much I enjoyed watching people talk about their reading habits. If you’re curious about our reading habits, then keep reading!
Reading Habits Tag
1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Alice: I love to read in bed, but also at my desk. I have a very comfortable IKEA chair that’s perfect to stay there for a long time.
Maria: It’s either my bed or my reading nook. I tend to read in the evenings, shorty before going to bed so most times I end up reading in bed. However, throughout 2017, I’ve lowly, but surely create a reading nook for myself. Well, actually it is a Tolkien reading nook.
Maria’s reading nook
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Alice: I prefer using bookmarks, but only if I’m reading for pleasure. I’m not sure why, but when I read books for University, I tend to sticky page flags rather than actual bookmarks.
Maria: I used to be a ‘random piece of paper’ – kinda gal, but over the years I’ve accumulated some beautiful bookmarks which I’m now using. Personally, I prefer bookmarks with elastics that keep the bookmark in place no matter how much the book gets thrown around
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
Alice: I usually tend to stop reading at the end of a chapter because it makes it easier to remember where I left for me.
Maria: Usually, I tend to stop reading after a chapter. Unless I’m very tired and that chapter is very long! In that case, I’ll just stop reading anywhere.
4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
Maria: Most of the time, yes I eat or drink while reading. Reading is a relaxing hobby to me so a good cup of tea alongside some biscuits is a must!
5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
Alice: Nope again. I hate listening to music or TV in the background. I don’t mind noises, but only if I can’t hear words, otherwise I would be completely distracted.
Maria: That depends. I can’t watch TV anymore while reading, but I can listen to a certain type of music while reading. In general, I can listen to any genre of music as long as there are no lyrics and singing involved. Having song in the background where a person sings is too distracting or me.
6. One book at a time or several at once?
Alice: I would always choose one book at a time, but sometimes I find myself reading more because I prefer carrying the Kindle in my bag during my commute rather than a bulkier physical book. However, I know for sure that I’m going to read one book at a time during the Holidays since I’ll be at home.
Maria: I wish I could say that I read only one book at a time, but I tend to read two or three at once. At the moment I’m reading China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station and are listening to Bram Stoker’s Dracula on audiobook on Youtube.
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
Alice: While I prefer reading at home, I also do it during my commute and everywhere I have the chance.
Maria: Mostly at home since I get too distracted outside. However, whenever I read outside, then it is either in a park or in a café.
8. Reading out lout or silently in your head?
Alice: Silently, hands down.
Maria: Reading silently. Reading out loud takes too much time and is too exhausting for my voice.
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Alice: I don’t like skipping pages, to be honest, I don’t see why I should do it.I don’t like skipping pages, to be honest, I don’t see why I should do it.
Maria: No, I don’t read ahead, nor am I skipping pages. When I want to know what is happening later on or want to know how a cliff-hanger is resolved, I simply check Wikipedia.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
Alice: I’m pretty proud of myself for taking so much care of my books. I love to keep them like new and I never enjoyed when my mom read my books because she always broke the spines, ugh. That’s probably the inner librarian in me.
Maria: I love breaking the spines and I’m not ashamed of it. If I’m about to disappear today, my books with broken spines will be a testament to what I loved. People can pick any random book of my shelf and tell which book I’ve read and how often. Which brings me to the next question…
11. Do you write in your books?
Alice: Only if they are books for school. One of the reasons why I love my Kindle is that I can highlight stuff without damaging my books.
Maria: Yes, I write in my paperbacks. Now, hardbacks, especially collector’s editions are somewhat tricky, but I love to highlight passages in books (with actual highlighters). I also love to annotate my books while reading them for the same reason I love breaking the spines of paperbacks: I want to engage with books to the extend that they become an extension of myself. So in decades to come, when I’m an old granny, my children or grandchildren can pick up my books and get an insight into the person I was.
12. Who do you tag?
Maria: I know I do this all the time, but I tag anyone who wants to do it. Whether you just want to answer one particular question or do the entire tag, go ahead. Either leave as a comment with your answers or leave a link to a post of yours with this tag!