Lost In a Book

lost in a bookThis week’s Friday Findings is brought to you by my search for new book blogs to read!

Over the weekend I stumbled upon Aisling’s Beauty Bytes, a lifestyle blog based out of Ireland. Aisling books, beauty, and her life as a college student studying freelance journalism.

Back in January, Aisling participated in a book blogging tag about reading habits. I’ve been able to trace this tag back to Underland to Wonderland via Shout John. Check out their answers if you’re curious.

Below you’ll find my answers about topics ranging from bookmarks to eating while reading. Take a gander and SHARE your responses.

Lost In A Book

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Not particularly. It usually depends on what type of reading I am doing. For school work I often sit at my kitchen table, desk, or on the couch. When I’m reading for fun I curly up with a blanket in this oversized chair I have near a window to get natural light. Or I am reading in bed.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Anything and everything! I’ve used train and plane tickets, parking garage stubs, the receipt from buying the book, and actual bookmarks. Frequently I use a pen or pencil as a bookmark, because I’m usually annotating books for class. The oddest object I’ve used to mark my place was probably either a my phone stuck in the book and tossed in my purse or a beer label I peeled off while reading at a bar.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop at a chapter?
That’s a tough one. I prefer to stop at a chapter, but that doesn’t always work so well when it ends with a big cliffhanger. More often than not I say I’ll stop at the next chapter, but then three chapters later I’m saying the same thing again. If only I had that kind of endurance when I run! A lot of times I’ll also just stop at a good pause in the book. Sometimes you just need to shut the book and go to sleep to function the next day.

Do you eat or drink while reading?
ALWAYS! Coffee, tea, wine, beer, and water are all beverages I enjoy while reading. I also eat a lot while reading. A lot of my fun-reading time can only occur while I’m eating meals, so I can often be found balancing a plate on my book to hold the pages while I feast. I also frequently snack while reading.

E-reader or real book?
I prefer a real book and will always choose a real book whenever possible. There are times though when an e-reader is more feasible. For example, I frequently travel and devour books while on vacation. Packing an e-reader is more economical than brining four books. Also, there are times when I just NEED to start a book ASAP and I cannot wait to go to the store or have it delivered. It’s at those times I’ve given into the e-reader temptation.

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Music or TV while reading?
Sometimes I’ll listen to really quiet and subtle music, but I like to read in peace. If it’s a book I love I can tune almost anything out, but if I’m reading for school/work I need to focus and can be easily distracted.

One book at a time or several at once?
I do my best to read no more than two books at a time — one fiction, one non-fiction. However, I always end up focusing on one book and forgetting about the others. I’ve gone through 3-4 fiction books in the course of trying to read the non-fiction book currently on the “reading” list.

Reading at home or everywhere?
Anywhere and everywhere! If I’m not at home I can be found reading on transportation (planes, trains, buses, cars, etc) or in a coffee shop.

Reading aloud or silently in your head?
Does anyone actually read aloud when reading a book?

Fiction or non-fiction?
Both! During the academic year I prefer to read fiction, since I’m consuming non-fiction texts en masse.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?
Depends on the book. If I’m really enjoying it I’ll read everything! If it’s not that great, lengthy descriptions that add nothing to the narrative, or I’m in a hurry — yes, I’ll skip pages. I’ve never read ahead though (at least not in a for-fun book)!

Break the spine or keep a book like new?
I do my very best to keep my books looking like new, but they do go through a lot. Bent pages and covers, coffee stains, food crumbs, curled covers, and annotations all give my books that loved look.

Do you write in your books?
I write in the books I read for research purposes. Annotating helps me keep track of arguments and key points I want to remember. In my for fun books I may use a pencil to underline a fabulous phrase, but I usually dog-ear a page that I want to return to.

Your favorite book?
It’d be far easier for me to list books I don’t like than one book that is my favorite. Pride and Prejudice may be the book I’ve re-read the most.

What are your reading habits? If you repost this tag with your responses, please share so I can check them out!

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