Posted by: Judy | April 11, 2018

Reading Habits Tag

Expressions of Me shared this post:

As I answered them in my head, I decided to share:

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

No. Anyplace I have a book and time is where I read.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I prefer a bookmark, but a random piece of paper will do until I find a bookmark. More than 10 years ago, I bought 500 Frodo bookmarks from ALA, American Library Association. Despite ruining some and giving away others, I still have bookmarks. There’s no excuse to not have one in the book.

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

Only if I’m interrupted to the first part. My preference is the second. As to the third, that certain amount of pages generally means to the end of the book. I haven’t read all night in a while. My body thanks me for that.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Not often. I don’t want food stains or crumbs on the pages. Reading is one of those things that makes me forget everything else.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Yes and no. If I’m reading, I often do it in silence. If I’m listening to music or watching television, I’ll often read at the same time. If the television show is a little “too much,” I use reading to help me dial down the stress.

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

I’ve done both. In fact, I’m doing a couple right now. If I’m reading more than one book, they’ll be in different genres, romance and non-fiction.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?


8. Reading out lout or silently in your head?

If there’s an audience, I read out loud. 🙂 I used to go to L.A., to visit friends, for Tolkien Reading Day. I would read two scenes, the flight to the ford and the destruction of the Ring. Otherwise, it’s in my head, though I enjoy a book that makes me laugh out loud.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I have, on occasion, skipped to the back to make sure everything turns out all right. That’s when my stress is skyrocketing. Knowing the end does not spoil it for me. In some ways, I enjoy the book more because I stop worrying. If I skip pages, it’s because I’m hoping the book will improve. Never, in all my experience, as a book improved if I felt the need to skip pages.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

No broken spines! Broken spines mean lost pages. Keeping it like new means I’m able to read it again and again more often.

11. Do you write in your books?

Notes in my nonfiction, sometimes all over the place. Stars in my fiction, if something particularly inspiring. The last is a relatively new habit, since I discovered how much I enjoyed making notes in my favorite nonfiction books.

Aerykah didn’t tag anybody, simply suggested anyone who wanted to participate to jump in. Passing it along.


  1. I’m glad you decided to share, Judy! And I’m glad I’m not the only one admitting to writing in books. 😉

    • I didn’t used to write in my books, then I discovered I got more out of them when I did. 🙂

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