Tuesday, August 4, 2020

How I Read Book Tag

I saw this tag at The Once Lost Wanderer, and thought it'd be fun to do my own.

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I love reading in my bedroom, as it is the quietest place in my apartment. Plus the view is quite nice!

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain number of pages?
Oh I can stop reading anywhere I need to. You see, I don't have luxury to spend certain time for reading, thus I read whenever I have spare time: during lunch break at work, on the way to and from work, before sleep, etc. It means that I must stop when it's time to do something else, and I can go back to where I've left it very easily.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Bookmark. I always have several bookmarks (thanks to Book Depository!) in my bag, on my desk at work, and on my night table at home. Whenever I lost one (happens quite often) I can always find another.

Multitasking: music or TV while reading?
Neither. When I'm reading, it's a collaborated work of my brain, heart, and senses. I don't need any kind of distraction. And the music would be playing in vain anyway, since I would not be able to enjoy it. Better to play it when I can focus on the music while having something trifle to do.

Do you eat or drink while reading?
Not as a habit. I'd just eat or drink because I'm hungry/thirsty, or if I'm reading during the lunch break :)

Reading at home or everywhere?
Everywhere. Most often on the way to and from office. I take a grab car, so I have the luxury of sitting and reading (mostly) without interruptions for 15 to 20 minutes.

One book at a time or several at once?
Usually one at a time, if the book is engaging enough, but sometimes I'd need another for a change. Agatha Christie's are always perfect for this!

Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently, though sometimes I read some passages out loud just to know how it sounds.

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
With crimes or thrillers, I never read ahead, but with slow paced books such as Dickens, yeah.. sometimes when the story is dragging on, I read ahead some pages, just to know where it will lead me, or whether it relates to the main plot or not. There's nothing harmful in that; on the contrary it could encourage me to read on (or the skip it).

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
I don't really bother with the book's looks. Its value is in the passages it contains, and I keep it to read again in the future, not mainly for display. While I always keep my books as neatly as possible, I don't deliberately "keep it like new".

Do you write in your books?
Of course! Write, underline, dog-ear; though not in every book.

Whom do you tag?
Are you interested in doing this? Then consider yourself tagged!


  1. Enjoyed your answers. Like you, I have had an over abundance of book marks. They are all over my house. Recently, I had to throw away a stack bc it isn't necessary to have THAT many book marks!

    How do you determine which books to write in or not? I have decided to stop writing in my books, except I will only mark up books I use for study and interaction, question and answer.

    1. Thanks, Ruth!
      I never throw away bookmarks, yes.. I need that many, because I'm so clumsy when I'm deep in a book, that I often lose the bookmarks. So I always bring a pile of them, just in case! :P

      It's not a choice, really. I only write in a book when I need too. When I said "not all", I meant not all book need to be written in, for example crime/mystery, there's no need to write anything there. But with books like Moby Dick, well... I wrote all over the pages! But I might write a dedicated post on this subject later.

  2. I loved getting to know your reading habits!

    I had an hour commute by bus when I was working and read so many books during those two daily hours. I was so grateful I didn't have motion sickness and could read with no problems.

    And yay to marking up books?

    1. Oh thank God for that too... I can't imagine not be able to read during those hours, I might not finish a single book in a month! It's the only time I can read quietly, undisturbed, if only for 20 minutes. Sometimes I even wish the driver don't ride that fast! LOL

  3. Nice! It's fun to see similarities and differences. Just like our tastes in books.


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