1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Usually that is my bed. I would love to have a big comfy armchair, but that’s going to have to wait. So for now I have my bed, and sometimes even my desk.
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I usually have sticky notes in my books. I like using them because I can jot down notes quickly if I want and don’t have my notebook with me. I also keep it inside the book so it doesn’t stick out, which keeps it from getting bent or ripped. It also sometimes serves as a goal marker, which means that I move it to the page I – at least – want to get to in case I feel like reading step-by-step. That often makes my reading for efficient – I can get terribly German about these things – and it keeps me going for longer usually.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
I have to either get to a page that you can divide by 5, so p. 25, 50,75, 100, etc… Or I stop at the end of a chapter. If I have to stop abruptly, I also stop in between, of course, but then I pick it up as soon as possible again to get to a place where I feel fine about stopping.
4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
I often like watching Football (or as US-Americans would say: soccer) while reading or doing homework. It’s nice white noise in the background and at the same time is interesting enough for small breaks. Otherwise I’d try to distract myself during breaks and never come back, lost on Facebook or YouTube. But for reading, I just enjoy the white noise of Football matches. I don’t really listen to music while reading, that would distract me too much to be honest.
6. One book at a time or several at once?
I used to stick with one book at a time and I still read one book primarily, but I do read multiple books at the time. I like switching stories depending on my mood, so I usually read different genres at a time, but genres may also overlap. As I said, however, I often read one book primarily which means others take a little longer to finish between first picking them up and eventually actually reading them.
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
I like reading anywhere, but most of all at home, because then I am most at ease.
8. Reading out lout or silently in your head?
I read silently unless it is busy around and my ears pick up different languages or even English. It immediately translates, but then I can’t focus on translating what I’m reading. That’s a subconscious process, but I do realise when it happens. If people are speaking German around me it screws with my brain even more. So in those cases I read out loud or whisper the words to myself. But I rarely read in such conditions.
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Only if I get anxious about what is going to happen. For some books I need some spoilers, need to know when what is coming up, just because it makes me feel anxious or really upsets me. Or if it’s a boring book or too much non-Dialogue writing or descriptions.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
I don’t really mind…
11. Do you write in your books?
No, I don’t write in them.
12. Who do you tag?
Anyone who wants to do it 🙂
Let me know if you do it, so I can check it out 🙂