The Reading Habits Tag #amreading #amblogging

As y’all know, I’ve being quite the cheater with blog posts this month – which translates into me finding fun (but simple) tags. I found the Reading Habits Tag over at The Magic of Books blog – which is one of my favs. Make sure to head on over there and check it out!

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Two places actually. I’m either in my chair or outside on the balcony. It gets super duper hot in Turkey in the summer. You can usually find me on the balcony after lunch until the sun is high in the sky when I’ll slink back into the house to sit on my chair – after I kick the dog off of it, that is.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I hardly read any ‘real’ books at the moment – although I’m hoping that will change once I’m in a country with bookstores with books in languages I understand! If I am reading a ‘real’ book, I usually use a boarding pass as they are the perfect size for a bookmark.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

Ok. I admit it. I have a problem. I can hardly ever stop reading a book once a start – with the exception of non-fiction and literature (as in the classics). I plan my reading based on how long Amazon tells me it will take me to read a book. I literally can’t sleep if I’m in the middle of reading a book. I’m looking for a support group.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

I almost always have something near me to drink at all times. In the morning, it’s coffee (although I hardly ever read in the morning as I won’t get anything done all day – see point 3). In the afternoon, it’s usually soda or lemonade. And I won’t deny having a glass of wine or two while drinking – oops! reading – in the evening.

Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

I don’t mind music while reading but definitely no TV. TV is way too distracting. Well, it would be if there were more than three channels in English which seem to repeat CSI over and over. (As a former police officer, I can only roll my eyes and change the channel when CSI comes on.)

One book at a time or several at once?

Several. I usually have one non-fiction book I’m slowly making my way through as well as a book I’m reading for review and a book for my own pleasure.

Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere. I always have my kindle with me. On the rare occasions, I don’t have my kindle (or when standing in line at immigration for two hours to get into Istanbul), I’ll use the kindle app on my phone.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently. I wouldn’t have a voice left if I read out loud.

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Mostly not. Sometimes – rarely – I’ll be too tired to finish a book in the evening but, knowing that I can’t sleep without finishing, I’ll skip ahead and read the final chapters.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I am totally not one of those persons that believes books should stay pristine. Books are living, breathing things to me and are made to be used – not stay looking new. My only exception to this rule is signed books. I put those on a separate shelf and read a different copy (or ebook).

Do you write in your books?

Not usually. I’ll highlight and make notes in travel books but not in fiction books. I don’t have any idea what I would write in a book anyway.