The Reading Habits [Tag]

Sunday, 10 July 2016

 I outgrew the only climbable tree in our backyard a long time ago, but I still find peace beneath the cool shade it casts on the lawn. The sprinklers are going to start any second now, pouring life into the soil and cleansing what's above it. Let's see if I can finish this lil' tag, sent to me by the lovely Vanessa before I, myself, become soaked.

 In return, I would like to tag my magical Mi, the ever-cheerful Sunny, the unstoppable Ivy (even though she dislikes tags), and the little mermaid Zin.

 Отдавна надраснах единственото дърво в двора ни, по което можеше да се катери някой, но все още навирам спокойствие под сянката, която то хвърля върху поляната. Скоро ще се включят пръскачките, за да полеят почвата с живот и да пречистят всичко над нея. Да видим дали ще съумея да приключа с този кратичък таг, изпратен от прекрасната Ванеса, преди самата аз да подгизна.

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading? / Имаш ли място у дома, където обичаш да четеш?

 Actually, I do most of my reading at university, or in our house in the countryside. If the weather is nice, I'm lying out on the lawn. If not, I'm snuggled in the warmest corner possible.

 Всъщност, най-много чета или в университета, или на село. Ако времето е подходящо, лежа на поляната. Ако ли не, се гуша в най-топлото ъгълче.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper? / Книгоразделител или хвърчащи листчета ползваш?

 While I do have plenty of adorable bookmarks, the fairies simply love making off with them, so I am oft forced to improvise.

 Имам множество сладки книгоразделители у нас, но все ми ги свиват феите и често трябва да ползвам каквото ми е под ръка в момента.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages? / Можеш ли просто да  спреш да четеш или трябва да минеш главата/определен брой страници първо?

 I prefer to finish chapters before I stop, but if it gets to the point when it's 1 a.m. and I have to read a simple sentence ten times to understand it, I don't force myself to go further.

 Предпочитам да приключа с главата, преди да спра, но не се насилвам, ако стане един през нощта и вече трябва да чета по десет пъти едно просто изречение, за да го разбера.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading? / Ядеш ли и пиеш ли, четейки?
 Drinking only - eating tends to get a bit messy.

 Само пия - яденето често свършва зле.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading? / Няколко дейности наведнъж: пускаш ли си музика или телевизия, докато четеш?

 I have recently started playing music in the background whilst I'm reading or studying, purely so I can get used to noises. My concentration is overall atrocious, and the only way I used to be able to focus is in complete, untainted silence.

 Наскоро започнах да си пускам музика за фон, докато чета или уча, само за да свикна на шума. Способността ми да се концентрирам е ужасяваща и до този момент успявах да се съсредоточа само и единствено в пълна, непокътната тишина.

6. One book at a time or several at once? / Една по една ли изчиташ книгите, или по няколко наведнъж?

 Whether because I have a reading list from university, or I have forgotten my current read at home and have picked up another one on the go, I always seem to be multi-reading.

 Дали защото имам списък за четене от университета, или съм си забравила четивото у нас и съм купила ново по пътя, все някак се оказвам с няколко книги накуп.

7. Reading at home or everywhere? / Само у дома ли четеш, или навсякъде?

 Absolutely everywhere.

 Абсолютно навсякъде.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head? / На глас ли четеш, или наум?

 In my head when I'm reading to myself and out loud when I'm reading in the car whilst mi amore is driving.

 Ако чета на себе си, наум. Ако сме в колата с аморето и той шофира - на глас.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages? / Надничаш ли по-напред понякога? А пропускаш ли страници?

 Sometimes, on the second or third read.

 Понякога, на второ или трето прочитане.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new? / Прегъваш ли книгата, или си я пазиш като нова?

 Breaking the spine - as much as I like the crispy new book smell, it's going to wear off on its own eventually, the pages will become worn, cracks and nibbles will appear on the cover. Besides, part of the reason I often buy books second-hand (apart from financial) is because I like knowing that the life I will live through its characters was shared by another before me as well.

  Прегъвам гръбнака - колкото и да ми харесва аромата на нови книги, той ще изветрее рано или късно, страниците ще избледнеят, корицата ще се напука и накъса. А и част от причината да си купувам книги втора употреба толкова често (освен цената) е за да знам, че животът, който ще изживея чрез героите в нея, е бил споделен и от друг преди мен.

11. Do you write in your books? / Пишеш ли по книгите си?

 Only in copies meant for my studies.

 Само по тези с учебна цел.


  1. I had a friend who hated reading books. He wanted advice on how to get into the habit of reading. I offered him to start with the books of his interest and with a time limit, like 10 minutes everyday. I was hoping that he would get used to it. Things started pretty good, he would read 10 minutes everyday but one day I noticed something peciluar. He would set the alarm clock and stop whenever the alarm clock rang whether it was in the middle of the sentence or not. He never read more than 10 minutes for a month and then quit...

    1. Awww, shame. I actually wasn't an instant book lover when I was a kid - I spent more time watching television and playing video games until I was about... 10, maybe? I wouldn't have it any other way, though, because that's how I acquired both practical and literary language skills which people often struggle with even in their higher education... but I'm getting carried away.
      I think that your approach was good, and that maybe reading just isn't for this person, as odd as it is to imagine. I would try being even more specific when it comes to this person's interests - say, read the books that inspired or are the originals of some of his favourite films, or book adaptations of video games, etc. Somebody I know who is my age only recently started to like reading because he loves "Game of Thrones" and so wanted to read "A Song of Fire and Ice".
      Or start with short stories.Or even graphic novels, which I also love. The continuations of "Avatar: The Last Airbender", "Rat Queens", "Scott Pilgrim", etc.