Tag, you’re it! A Reading Habits Tag

I read this tag in Winter Bayne, which referred me to Melissa Barker-Simpson’s and Callum Mc Laughlin’s. They were all great posts with fun answers and I decided to join in.

Question #1: Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Nope. I read anywhere and everywhere. Though there’s a particularly comfy couch that lays back where I love to read. But I have been found standing in the kitchen reading when I was supposed to be keeping an eye on pasta that was cooking.

Question #2: Bookmark or a random piece of paper?

I always forget my bookmarks. I get so excited with the book, I start and not even think. Then, when the phone rings or something stops me, I look around for anything to keep my place. So anything goes, from paper clips, to earrings, to a stir stick (clean)…anything.

Question #3: Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop at a certain page, chapter, part, etc.?

I hate stoping. I particularly hate stopping when things are intense or when there’s something good going on or when the characters are happy or when the villain is about to be revealed…but I am able to stop. I just don’t like it.

Question #4: Do you eat or drink while reading?

Not really. I’ve tried to bring a cup of coffee or tea but I get into the book and forget about them.

Question #5: Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?

I can but I prefer not to. I have read with music or with my very loud family around and I can tune them all out–they even call my name and I don’t hear them. But I prefer quiet.

Question #6: One book at a time, or several at once?

Oh. Several at once. I read for pleasure, then I re-read old favourites, then I have new ones that I’m trying, then there are those that are for research…I have little stacks of books on the go here and there.

Question #7: Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere except the car. I get sick.

Question #8: Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently. I don’t actually like reading out loud. It’s too slow.

Question #9: Do you read ahead or skip pages?

I have to admit it, I skip sometimes. When I get scared, I need to know that things are going to turn out okay.

Question #10: Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

Oh. I never, EVER hurt a book. And if I see someone doing so, I can’t help it, I flinch. It’s a thing.

Question #11: Do you write in books?

Nope. Not even in my university textbooks.

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Sneak a peek

I’ve done it. I’ve peeked ahead.

I really, really get into books. I love the characters like crazy and when things go wrong…well, I don’t handle that well.

It’s one of the reasons I don’t read mystery very often. I just can’t handle the stress. Recently, I read Hands of Evil and bit through all of my nails. Don’t get me wrong, the book was excellent…I was just worried–actually, terrified might be a better word. And don’t get me started on Darkness Concealed. Can someone get an ulcer from reading?

I don’t always read ahead. It depends on the book. I bet with Stephen King it wouldn’t help to peek ahead…I might see something worse! **Shudder**

It got me thinking though, do you sneak a peek? Ever? Does it depend on the type of book?

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Reading outside the box

I received a lot of comments the other day suggesting authors who don’t write in romance. It got me thinking…should I step outside my beloved genre? I know, I know. Shocking. Call it a sign of cabin fever or delirium from this never-ending winter we’ve been enjoying but I started to consider reading something other than romance.

The idea got me thinking, do readers ever read something other than their favourite genre? Do you ever read outside your genre? Does anyone? Is it a good idea? Do you go running back to the books you love with renewed appreciation or do you discover a new type of writing you love? Is it worth it or is it a terrible-experience-never-to-be-repeated?

Honestly, I feel a little scared about trying it.

Books here, there and everywhere

I read everywhere I go. If I’m eating, I probably have a paperback in one hand and a fork in the other. If my husband is watching TV, I’m probably sitting next to him, reading. I take my books to work (not a good idea) and even brought a book to work out (another bad idea).

So, when I stop eating, or watching TV or whatever it was that I was doing, I leave my book on the nearest flat surface…and promptly forget I did so. Now I don’t just read one book. I have one new book that I’m seriously reading (first time through it), one I’m rereading for fun (read that one when there’s distractions) and one I’m reading for inspiration (that one is in my office) and, well, you get the idea. I usually have 4 or 5 books on the go. That means I leave a trail of books pretty much wherever I go. Like little breadcrumbs.

Once done, the books do go back to their rightful place in my bookshelves but, until then, they live in far away places like shelves, tables and side tables, usually lying right on top of another book.

People who come over comment on the small stacks. They stare at the piles wondering who’s got the obvious addiction. My husband quickly clears any misconceptions by jabbing a finger in my direction. Its usually right around that moment that the newcomer looks around and realizes the stack isn’t an isolated event. There are more, here, there…

“How many books do you have?” they inevitably ask.

“Not enough,” I tell them. Do they think I actually count them?

By the way, does anyone know any romance authors they’d recommend? I’m heading to the used bookstore tomorrow. 🙂