How I Read Books Tag

Happy Friday, everyone! Since it’s Friday, I thought I would do something fun, like a book tag! Find out more about my lifelong reading habits, good and bad, as I answer questions from the How I Read Books Tag and go a little crazy with book memes.


I found this How I Read Books Tag on Zeezee with Books and a few other blogs with additional questions, which I have added to this post. Unfortunately, I am not sure who created the How I Read Books Tag to give them credit. If anyone knows, please let me know so I can credit 🙂 Without further ado, let’s get into the tag!

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?


I usually read in reclining chair in the living room or in bed, but I’ve also been known to read at the kitchen table when I can’t put a book down. The goal is to one day have a library/office and to read surrounded by my books!


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


I can stop reading whenever I feel like it…it’s just that I don’t always feel like stopping reading. If I am struggling to get through a book, I will force myself to sit down and make progress in reading it, but that’s about all the kind of parameters I put on myself.


Bookmark or random piece of paper?


Generally I use whatever is closest at hand–any scrap of paper. Since I generally always  lose whatever I am using as a bookmark, I don’t spend much on them.  I recently bought some magnetic bookmarks to see if they worked for me and I mostly have managed not to lose them.



Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?


Generally I prefer the dead quiet while reading, especially when reading a book I intend to review, but it doesn’t bother me if there’s background noise. During writing, I do enjoy listening to music. 


Do you eat or drink while reading?


Yes and yes. One of my favorite things to do is to have my morning coffee while reading a book or to read while eating lunch. If I’m especially unable to put a book down, I while even eat dinner while reading. But I do it as carefully as possible, because spilling anything on my book would be HORRENDOUS.

Reading at home or everywhere?


I used to take a book with me everywhere, but I realized I would always get interrupted, which frustrated me. Plus, the temptation to whip out a book during social gatherings is simply too strong and generally frowned upon. So I prefer reading at home, so I have the option of reading as long as I want. Also, I have a tendency to cry when reading…I definitely don’t want to do that in public.


One book at a time or several at once?

Generally, I only read one book at a time (though admittedly I have no qualms about purchasing several at once, ha, ha). Occasionally, if a book that I’m really excited to read comes out while I’m already reading a book, I will put that book on hold, and read the new one. Then I go back to the old one. This isn’t my favorite thing to do, however, as I feel like it takes me out of the book I was reading and hurls me into another one. 


Reading out loud or silently in your head?


Silently, unless I don’t understand a sentence and have to read it aloud for clarity.


Do you read ahead or even skip pages?


If a book is not my cup of tea, I will skim like a madwoman or even skip pages. If a book is really over the top descriptive or includes combat descriptions, I have more of a tendency to skip. 


Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?


I try to keep the spine and everything about the book as nice as possible. However, I also bitterly acknowledge that when one reads 800+ paperback fantasy books, it’s inevitable that the spine isn’t going to look new.


Do you write in your books?

I used to take notes in the margins in my textbooks in college, but not so much when reading for pleasure. I instead keep notes on my phone and highlight or underline like crazy.


What do you do first – read or watch?


I’m guessing this question means do I prefer to watch a movie or TV show adaptation of a novel or to read the novel first. I find that I enjoy watching the movie version first, otherwise I sit there and compare the two, and hate on the movie as the book inevitably did the content way better. It makes me a real gem to watch movies or TV shows with that are adapted from books. Plus, if I like the movie, I know that the book will be even better, and find that it is a more positive experience for me and everyone watching said show/movie with me if I do it in that order.


What form do you prefer – audiobook, E-reader, or physical book?


I used to really have trouble with e-readers, but now I love the ease of highlighting and referring back to those highlight, as well as not having the weight of my huge fantasy books in my hands and trying to get comfortable reading.  However, nothing is quite as exciting as a physical book to me, especially with the smell. Walking into a bookstore will always be heaven to me.

I tend to buy books I love in physical copies and stick with digital copies of ones that I didn’t like as much. Can honestly say that I have not listened to any audiobooks since I was a kid and couldn’t read myself. 


Do book series have to match?


God, I love it so much when they match–the size, the art, hardcover, the font being in the same position on the spines–it’s the little things. ? If I literally can’t get a matching copy to the versions I already I own, I usually buy the copy in the store (if I really want to read the book very badly) and trade it in later to get a matching one. 

I never said I didn’t have a problem.


When do you find yourself reading? Morning, afternoon, evening, whenever you get the chance, or all the time?

When you finally emerged after reading for hours


I pretty much read whenever I have the time or feel like it. It is certainly hard to balance reading and gaming sometimes. Reading before bed helps me to relax enough to sleep, unless I get too interested in the book and can’t put it down before I finish it.


Do you have a unique habit when you read?


I’d say I’m pretty anal retentive about how I highlight–it’s something that annoys me about myself to no end but that I can’t seem to stop doing. I hate leaving any space uncovered in a highlighted block of text. This is another reason why I enjoy reading on an e-reader, which highlights for me–this way I can’t obsess over my highlighting, which ruins the reading experience. Yes, I do hate myself. 


Who do you tag?

Anyone who reads this and wants to do The How I Read Books Tag, consider yourself tagged!

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Posted August 13, 2020 in Book Reviews, Tags

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2 responses to “How I Read Books Tag

  1. Glad you did the tag too. I also prefer to watch the movie/TV show first because I’m less likely to hate on it that way.

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one! ? I was going to read the rest of The Witcher books before the show came out and my boyfriend stopped me and warned that I wouldn’t enjoy the show then ? it’s gotten to that point

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