Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Not really, I’ll read almost anywhere in general! But I do prefer to read somewhere I can get comfortable, like my bed or on the sofa.
Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Both? Although I’m leaning more towards bookmark since I got one in one in an online order a little while ago. I’ve been using it ever since!
Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?
I will do everything I can to finish a chapter because I feel it’s easier to pick up again from the start of a chapter. But at a push, I will read to the end of a page as long as the sentence doesn’t continue to the next one.
Do you eat or drink while reading?
I love a good cup of tea while reading and sometimes if a book has really gripped me, I’ll read it while eating breakfast before work. But I try not to, purely because I’m so clumsy and would not doubt spill something.
Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
Ideally neither, I like reading in silence if possible. But I can read while either is on, it’ll take me a couple of pages to really tune the background noise out, but I can eventually.
One book at a time or several at once?
I used to be able to read a handful of books at a time, but now I get too mixed up too easily. So I tend to stick to one book at a time because it keeps things fresh and coherent in my head
Reading at home or everywhere?
Everywhere! The train, the bus, a car, walking home, at work, in bed. If I have time to scroll through Twitter, I have time to read a book!
Reading out loud or silently in your head?
I used to read out loud when I was studying a book for school because it helped cement specific scenes and quotes in my head, but now I read silently unless there’s a particularly great passage I feel the need to share.
Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Okay so, I always read the last paragraph of a book before I start reading a book. I’m not sure why I think it’s just habit at this point. But I don’t really skip pages, at most I’ll maybe skim read a few pages if I’m losing interest or the momentum of the book has slowed and I’ve tuned out a little, but I wouldn’t just skip a few pages and carry on, who knows what you’ll miss!
Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
If I can, I will keep it as new as possible! I love books to look fresh and new on my bookcase and very rarely do I crack the spine. If I do accidentally while I’m reading I always cringe a little bit.
Do you write in your books?
Never. Well, that’s a lie, I used to at school but that’s because we had to annotate them. I don’t think there’s a single book since I’ve left school that I’ve written in, it just feels so so wrong.
When do you find yourself reading?
I tend to read when I am calm and don’t have 100 things to do. I find it very easy to get caught up with the swirling thoughts in my head, and when that happens it’s very hard for me to concentrate on anything else.
What is your best setting to read in?
On the sofa, with a blanket, a very big cup of tea, while it’s raining outside.
What do you do first – read or watch?
I try to read first whenever I can. Because as soon as you watch something, it’s hard to imagine anything else when you’re reading it. I think you miss out a little by not having the chance to imagine the world and characters for yourself.
What form do you prefer? Audiobook, E-Book or physical book?
A physical book every time! I don’t mind an e-book, sometimes it’s more practical, but there’s just something about a book I will always prefer.
Do you have a unique habit when you read?
I don’t think so, I’m very good at having conversations while still reading. But I wouldn’t say that was unique or a talent!
Do book series have to match?
YES! It drives me absolutely mad if a book series doesn’t match. Everything, the height, the covers, paperback or hardback, everything has to match!