The Reading Habits [Tag]

by - July 10, 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.

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
 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.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
 While I do have plenty of adorable bookmarks, the fairies simply love making off with them, so I am oft forced to improvise.

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

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
 Drinking only - eating tends to get a bit messy.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
 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.

6. One book at a time or several at once?
 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.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?
 Absolutely everywhere.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
 In my head when I'm reading to myself and out loud when I'm reading in the car whilst mi amore is driving.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
 Sometimes, on the second or third read.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
 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.

11. Do you write in your books?
 Only in copies meant for my studies.

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  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.