Sometime ago I read a tag post called The Reading Habits Tag (created by The Book Jazz), which I thought was fun, but I’ve decided to do my own little twist on it and rather than answering the questions, just going through and talking about some of my reading habits.
I guess this will be a little bit of a discussion post, as to what your reading habits are. If you like this idea, feel free to do one yourself, I’d love to see how we all differ when it comes to how we read!
P.S. sorry this is such a physically unappealing post!
I’m a lazy reader
You would think that as I have this blog and dedicate a lot of my time to blogging about books, that reading would take up my entire life, but it really doesn’t. The main times that I read are on the train and in my lunch break. When I actually have the time to read, after work and at the weekends, I find myself wanting to do other things, like watching YouTube… and not bookish YouTube either!
This is why you’ll see my Goodreads go so quiet on the weekends, because I’m barely paying attention to anything book related!
I dog-ear my pages
No, not these kinds of dog ears! (Sorry, I just wanted to show off how cute my pooches are).
I hate bookmarks of any kind. Now I know you won’t hear many readers say that, but it’s true, I hate them. I find that they get in the way all the time and if they stick out of the top of a book they then get bent in my bag. I’m constantly losing the things and although some of them are seriously pretty, I just don’t give a crap about them.
I like to dog-ear my pages because you can never lose a piece of folded paper. Even if the fold somehow unfolds itself, you can find the last crease in the book and know that’s where you were. They’re easy to do and you’re never stuck with a piece of extra faff the next time you open your book.
I love dog-earing my books, it’s the only “damage” I will allow when reading. I have done it even since I can remember and I will continue to, because it’s just so quick and easy.
I’ll stop reading anywhere on a page
I’m not one of these people who read chapter-to-chapter. When I’m on my train, I often times don’t get to finish a chapter before I pull in at my stop, so I find the end of the paragraph I’m reading and I put the book down at that point.
Yes, sometimes it takes a couple of seconds to find the right spot to pick the book back up again, but it’s never a hassle. It’s takes 2 seconds. Even when I’m at home and I have all the time in the world to finish a chapter, I’ll still very happily put the book down mid-page if I’ve decided I want to stop reading. I feel like if I force myself to get to the end of the chapter, most of the writing won’t go in, because I’ve already told my brain it’s time to stop.
I never eat food when I’m reading a physical book
God forbid I get food on the pages! Eugh, grease or oily stains on books aren’t cute… plus, how do you even keep the book open and manage to turn the pages without 2 hands free? It’s impossible! I will happily eat over my Kindle though.
I do tend to have a cup of tea with me, when reading either a physical book or from my Kindle, but each time I pick up the mug, I will put down the book and take a pause.
I find it really hard to read when I’m not in almost silence
If there are noises around me when I’m reading I get really distracted. No, I’m not like a dog, it’s just that other words float into my head and so the words I’m reading get pushed aside. My poor boyfriend has to turn down his YouTube video or put in headphones when I go to read, otherwise I snap at him lol.
I don’t understand how people can listen to music with lyrics while reading. I physically can’t stop myself from singing along to songs so I definitely couldn’t read and sing at the same time. Sometimes, when I’m on the train and there are a group of idiots talking as loud as they can, I listen to Ludovico Einaudi’s piano pieces, here’s a playlist, because it’s not got any words, but other than that I need quiet.
I can read a couple of books at a time
I find it very easy to read 2 books at a time, as long as one is a physical book and the other is an ebook. I couldn’t read two of the same format at the same time.
I’m partial to a bit of skim reading and page skipping
If I’m getting bored with a book, I have no guilt in skipping a few pages to try and find out if anything interesting happens, or just skimming a whole chapter that I’m finding tedious.
I never read ahead before it’s time to, unless of course, it’s skipping a couple of pages but I wouldn’t jump forward whole chapters without at least skimming them. I used to read the last sentence of a book before I began reading, but I ruined one too many books for myself so I stopped doing that haha.
Damaged books are unhappy books
Like I said earlier, the only sort of “damage” I’ll allow on my books is dog-earing (I don’t class it as damage but I know others do).
I will never crack a spine, I will never read in the bath (God forbid my pages go crinkly), and I will never write or highlight in a book. I even have myself a little “Book Buddy” with me at all times, so keep my book covers from get scratched up and dented in my handbag when I’m travelling.
So there you have it, these are some of my reading habits, inspiration taken from The Book Jazz’s tag (linked above).
I’d love to hear your reading habits in comparison to mine! Leave me a comment letting me know if you share any of the same habits as me, or thoroughly disagree with me!
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