I was inspired by this blog post in feedly today and decided to play along while adding a few of my own additions... From High In the Sky.
Do you have a certain place at home to read?
Probably in bed, although if I am waiting for someone or just chilling, I have been known to seek out the lazyboy in Caleb's room to perch in the afternoon sun. My bed, winter sun soaking the blanket and a cat or two and it doesn't get much better than that.
A bookmark or a random piece of paper?
Both, I have a variety of bookmarks, from magnetic ones to cardboard ones with meaningful poems, but I have been known to just jam any random piece of paper in there, till slips to toilet paper. One thing I won't do is split the book open and damage it's spine. I have also turned down the corner of a book or two, if I am really stuck and if it is a disposable romance cheapie I picked up somewhere.
Can you stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or number of pages?
I can stop anywhere, anytime. However if the book is really riveting I will pick it up at any and all opportunities and things like making supper will just have to wait.
Do you eat or drink while reading?
I may settle with a cup of tea or have a glass of water nearby to drink after I have read and slept a little. Of course if I drink the water before I read and sleep the sleep time would be cut short. If I am home alone I might eat lunch while perusing a magazine.
Do you watch TV or listen to music while reading?
No, the sounds actually intrude and I won't be able to make sense of what I am reading or retain what I have read. I might browse online, blogs etc but again not if it was anything I needed to remember.
Reading at home or everywhere?
Mostly at home, although if I know that I am heading to a doctor that has mingy mags in their waiting room (like the gynae) I would take along something to read. The GP's mags are old and likely infected, the dermatologist has the best mags but also has a receptionist that likes to talk. I would take my ipad or magazine if I had a long wait in the car as well, but the battle between the sun and the sunglasses having a script for distance makes reading a challenge. Even though Andrew's family happily reads magazines and newspapers while visiting I would perceive it as being rude and uninterested in the ongoing conversation and unlikely to do it.
Reading aloud or silently in your head?
Silently 99% of the time. When I was in school and Varsity I would read out loud as that helped me study.
Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?
All the time! Is that guilty secret number one? I can't seem to stop myself. I can read the end, and then go back and read the rest if there was something I didn't understand, and not have my enjoyment of the whole spoiled in any way. If there is a lot of prose, flowing descriptions of places etc, I will jump to the dialogue and then carry on again.
Do you ever write in books?
Yes, my bibles and books that I am learning something from or have something that I want to share with Andrew later.
Do you belong to a bookclub or library?
Bookclub, that meets every second month at my house. We only have 5 members and all love the same type of English Christian fiction. I hardly ever read any of the books though, I have so many books that I have downloaded onto my ipad and still don;t get around to.
Dee Henderson, her O'Malley Series especially.
Angela Hunt, The Unspoken - my fav of all time
Tim Downs - the bug man series
Tracie Blackstock - the Predator also really great
I really love romantic suspense the best, with great characters.
I will not read fiction written in the first person if I don't identify with the person. I really hate when books are written in the first person and the person keeps changing from him to her and back again.
One book at a time or several at once?
Several, I will usually have a few non-fiction on the go and can easily be reading two fiction ones concurrently as well. Depending on where I am and where the book is.