- Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?
The living room couch is the most frequent place where I and others in my household read, though bed is a close second. (Although I’m surprised to see so few responses regarding reading in the loo).
- Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Home-made bookmarks. We have been getting a lot of junk mail made from heavy cardstock. I take them into work and slice them into bookmark sized pieces.
When I’m not near a bookmark, anything from clean tissues to random receipts will do in a pinch - though since I often like to back up a bit from where I stopped I don’t worry too much about marking my exact place.
- Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop reading after a chapter / certain number of pages?
Unless I’m interrupted, I end up stopping 2 chapters after I said I was going to stop.
- Do you eat or drink while you read?
This question is backwards. I don’t eat and drink while I read, I sneak in reading when the need to eat gives me a break in my other obligations.
During serious reading binges, I typically have a cup of tea.
- Multitasking: music or TV while reading?
I used to be able to do this, but not anymore. I can have music without lyrics in a language I understand in the background, but I can’t process two language streams at the same time.
- One book at a time or several at once?
I typically have 2-3 books going at any time:
1 fiction in print (or occasionally ebook)
1 audiobook in a different genre than my print book
And often 1 non-fiction that I am nibbling on very slowly
The key for me is to keep the genres different
- Reading at home or everywhere?
Everywhere. Audiobooks while driving have saved me quite a bit of boredom.
- Reading out loud or silently in your head?
I read silently.
- Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
I often find myself skimming ahead a chapter or two and then going back to savor it a second time around and pick up the details.
- Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
I try to be nice, but usually end up creasing though not breaking the spine. Then again, since 90% or more of what I read comes from the public library I have little control of the condition.
- Do you write in your books?
I almost never write in books because they belong to the library. Even when studying, I prefer to take notes on a separate piece of paper or a post-it rather than writing in the book itself.