I really enjoyed reading Cleo’s answers to these questions a little while ago on her blog Cleopatra Loves Books – scarily, a lot of her answers were very similar to mine! The questions were originally answered by Marina at Finding Time to Write. I have finally found time to finish my post…
Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I like reading in bed but I can also be found on the sofa. I’d love to have my own reading room or conservatory with a comfy chaise, a blanket, integrated bookshelves and lovely bookish wall paper.
Bookmark or a random piece of paper?
Random piece of paper. Train tickets are good and last for ages but I travel around less now that I have a toddler. I collect free postcards that catch my eye and they are great too. I do have a few bookmarks but they are never around when I need them. I have a lovely one from Battle Abbey but it is just a bit too cumbersome to comfortably use in a paperback.
Can you stop reading any time, or do you have to stop in a certain place?
I would prefer to stop at the end of a chapter but now just keep reading until duty calls (ie. my toddler).
Do you eat or drink while reading?
No. Occasionally I’ll have a coffee with me when I settle down to read.
Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?
Definitely not although I am starting to be able to read lighter stuff on my kindle with some chaos around me. On the rare occasion I listen to music I put on classical so I don’t end up singing along and losing my place in the book.
One book at a time or several at once?
I would like to say one book but I usually have two, one on my kindle and one physical book. If one of the two is fantastic I will ignore the other one for a while.
Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Do you read ahead and skip pages?
Break the spine or keep it new?
Break the spine. I really like to feel I am ‘curling up’ with a paperback.
Do you write in books?
No. I did for a while after finishing uni but as I don’t reread or keep books when finished I don’t see the point. Life is too short.