I first discovered Book Tags while watching some YouTube channels featuring book recommendations and reviews. I’ve always thought they seemed like a lot of fun, and have since participated in a few in one of my GoodReads groups. They are often a lot harder than they look!
Since my blog is still pretty new, I thought it would be good to start with the Reading Habits Tag to tell everyone a little more about myself. The tag was created by BookJazz, and the original video can be found here. As I’ve seen done on a few other blogs, I’m also going to include the Readabits tag. The original video seems to be unavailable, but as far as I can tell, it was created by Turning the Pages, whose channel can be found here.
The Reading Habits Tag
1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I mostly read in my room, either on my bed or sitting at my desk in front of the computer so I can control the music. I find the computer a bit distracting sometimes, but sitting on my bed can be too comfortable and make me sleepy!
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Definitely a proper bookmark if I have one available.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
If at all possible, I prefer to stop at the end of a chapter or at least at a natural break in the text. I hate stopping in the middle of the page since I can never find my place again, and end up re-reading the whole page anyway. In terms of number of pages, I tend to have an idea in mind of how much I would like to read in a day, but I always overestimate!
4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
Never. Ever since I smudged chocolate on the edge of my copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, I’ve never eaten or drank anything while reading except maybe having a water bottle on hand.
5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
I can’t watch TV and read at the same time. Sometimes I can listen to music, and sometimes I find it too distracting. It really depends on my mood, how tired I am, and how difficult the book is.
6. One book at a time or several at once?
Just one. I don’t see any advantage to reading multiple books at once. Even if they are very different, I think I’d get confused and it would just take me longer to read each of them.
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
Right now, the only place I can really read is at home. I don’t have time at work since I only get half an hour for lunch and there are always people around. When I was in university, I brought books to read between classes and I could read just about anywhere as long as I had a comfortable place to sit.
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently in my head. Why would I read out loud when I read to myself? I actually really don’t like reading out loud to a group, but I do it anyway at work.
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
I try not to read ahead, although I sometimes have a tendency to skim ahead when the book is getting very exciting. I hate doing it because it spoils what’s happening next, but it’s hard to resist sometimes. I never skip pages.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
Inevitably they end up breaking, but given the choice I would try to keep it looking as new as possible. I know that a broken spine at least shows that the book has been read and enjoyed, but it still bothers me when it looks cracked.
11. Do you write in your books?
Never! I hate when there is writing in the margins of my books. I was very upset the one time I ended up with a second-hand textbook for one of my classes, and it was already highlighted and had some notes in the margins. I find it so distracting.
The Readabits Tag
1. When do you find yourself reading? Morning, afternoon, evening, whenever you get the chance or all the time?
Currently I only have time to read in the evenings and on weekends, but I read every day. I work 8:30 – 4:30 every day, so I only have a few hours in the evening to read. On weekends, I read as much as I can after I’ve woken up enough to properly pay attention to what I’m reading.
2. What is your best setting to read in?
3. What do you do first – Read or Watch?
It’s hard to say. Watching the movie first spoils the ending of the book for me, but when I read the book first, I spend the enter movie frustrated about what they’ve changed. However, I still generally choose to read the book first, which seems a bit counter-productive since I’m more likely to enjoy a book, even if the end’s been spoiled, than I would enjoy a movie that got everything from the book “wrong.” Hopefully that made sense.
4. What form do you prefer? Audiobook, E-book or physical book?
Definitely physical books. I have trouble paying attention to audiobooks because I need to be doing something else while listening, but my mind tends to wander. I also have trouble reading for extended periods off a screen and tend to just scroll/skim and not read properly.
5. Do you have a unique habit when you read?
I don’t think so. I’m not really sure what would qualify as a unique habit.
6. Do book series have to match?
It annoys me if all of the copies I own don’t match, but it wouldn’t prevent me buying them. I’d rather have the content than not have it at all.