So as a disclaimer, I am a HUGE Booktuber fan. I watch videos from multiple Booktubers and Booktube is the reason why I got back into reading. I think it’s a great way for people to not only get recommendations, but its a great motivator to get you to read more.
With that being said, Tag videos are one of the great things Booktubers do in order to keep their channels interesting. It’s also a fantastic way to get to know the booktubers.
I want to start incorporating these Tags into my blog because I think it’s not only fun and exciting for me to do but I think it brings a refreshing aspect to blogs.
The Reading Habits Tag was created by the Booktuber The Book Jazz. It consists of eleven questions that explains a little bit more about the reader and what their reading habits are. Enjoy!
(1) Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
My favorite place to read in my home is in my Papasan Chair which has an extremely soft, fuzzy cushion. This is the only place that I can truly concentrate on my reading. It is currently by a large window in my bedroom that has great lighting throughout the day and it is very quiet and relaxing. I will also read on the couch or sometimes at night in bed but I often find that I fall asleep a lot easier in those spots rather than in my chair…
(2) Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Definitely a bookmark. I’m not obsessed with bookmarks and if there was a situation where I found that I didn’t have a bookmark, like on a plane or on vacation, I have no problem using a receipt or piece of scrap paper. But I definitely prefer to use a bookmark. It’s aesthetically pleasing and there are so many fun choices to choose from.
(3) Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain number of pages.
I try to stop at the end of the chapter but it’s not a necessity. If I have been reading for an extended period of time and feel burnt out I will stop in the middle of the chapter and it won’t bother me. I can read for ten minutes or two hours but when I know it’s time to stop I stop, I don’t force it.
(4) Do you eat or drink while reading?
If I am in the middle of a book and I know that I can’t put it down, I will read while I have a meal but that is the only time. I will keep a drink nearby at all times of the day, including when I read but usually no food. If I do need a break from reading, that is the time that I will have a snack before I pick up my book again.
(5) Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
NEITHER. I am so, so, SO bad at concentrating/zoning out other noises while I’m reading. If I am by myself I will have the house completely quiet. If my husband is home after work and is watching TV, I will sit in the same room with him but am constantly looking up at the TV. If I am completely invested in the book then it usually isn’t as big of a problem to concentrate but I prefer silence when I read.
(6) One book at a time or several at once?
I almost always read one book at a time. I don’t like to jump from story to story because what usually happens when I read multiple books at the same time is that I end up only concentrating on one book after a few chapters and then when I finish that book, I could care less about the other book I was reading. That or I forget information and have to read the book over again.
(7) Reading at home or everywhere?
I do carry books with me most places I go but I mostly just read at home. I don’t read at coffee shops or stores and when I’m at someone else’s house, like my parent’s, I only get a minimal amount read. I do enjoy reading on planes, by the pool and at the beach, not that that occurs a lot but when it does I do a good amount of reading.
(8) Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Ninety-nine percent of the time I read silently. I read a lot faster this way and seem to retain more information that way. Occasionally I will read out loud to try and switch it up but it never lasts more than a chapter or two.
(9) Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
I will never read ahead in a book. In the past few months I have talked to a few people and they have told me that they will skip to the end of the book to find out the ending and then go back to wherever they are in their book, whether it is page one or one hundred, and finish the book…………………….WHAT?!?! Seriously, wtf is that? OR they said that if the ending wasn’t worth it they just DNF’d the book (did not finish) and moved onto another book…I just cannot. CANNOT. This bothers me so much. While I will admit that I have read so many books with horrible endings I could not imagine ruining the surprise. For me, that’s a huge part of why I read. Figuring out what happens at the end of the book and staying along for the ride to find out if I was right or not. (I am usually dead wrong but not the point…)
I will sometimes skim over a few pages if the story is getting dull and if I feel like most of it is filler. Of course sometimes this backfires and I have to double back to pages I skimmed if I felt like I skipped something important but most of the time I don’t skip vital information.
(10) Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
As much as I would love to keep my books like new, that’s almost impossible. I would rather be comfortable holding it in my hands and breaking the spine slightly then try the whole time not to fully open the book.
(11) Do you write in your books?
I have never written in any of my books. I had started a few months ago tabbing my books if there was something funny or a quote I might want to look up again but I have never been one to annotate my books. I’m not saying that it will never happen but as of right now, I don’t write in my books.