RS (rainbowstevie) wrote,

Here, have more words about books.

I got excited about future Top Ten Tuesday posts and started browsing random blogs, and long story short I found a book survey that I would like to fill out, and I'm posting it here instead of letting it rot in a Notepad doc with the other 10,000 words I probably typed about books today.

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Nah. I read all over, including:
-The sofa
-The plush armchair (kinda fun because instead of legs it's mounted on a circular spring, so you can spin or gently rock back and forth)
-My desk chair
-A stool at the kitchen table
-A chair at the dining room table
-If the weather's nice, the Adirondack chair or the wooden porch swing outside or the rocking chair on the front porch

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
RANDOM PAPERS ALL THE WAY. I have so many pretty bookmarks, but they are cursed -- they become invisible to my memory when I need one.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?
I can stop in the middle of a page, baby. Sometimes I read while stopped at long traffic lights.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
I usually get too wrapped up in the story to remember to snack or sip a drink. However, I do love to read at the table while eating a meal. IDK why I can manage that and not the other two, even if the meal is handheld (like a sandwich), but that's how it is.

5. Reading at home or everywhere?
EV-ER-Y WHERE. I always bring a book, even if I don't plan on having time to read. At times my car resembles a traveling library when I'm between books and can't decide which option would be best for where I'm going, and just throw a bunch of 'em in the backseat. I love specifically planning to go to a pretty park, bench by a walking trail, or library for the express purpose of reading. Reading on breaks at work? What else are work breaks even for. Etc, etc.

6. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

7. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
I do skip pages if it starts going into Unexpected Sexy Detail, but otherwise, only rarely. If my anxiety about how a book might end is SUPER HIGH, though, I might peek ahead to see if I should quit where I'm at or if I can take a breath and enjoy getting there.

8. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
NEW. The book is gonna look pretty on the shelf for a LOT longer than I will be inconvenienced by reading it carefully. I hate to even slightly bump/bend a corner, which is basically inevitable. If I have the misfortune to be the first to check out a library paperback, I abide by the same rules. Once it's broken in by someone else, it's fine -- I'll happily buy used books that way, if necessary -- but I absolutely cannot scar the book myself.

EDIT: I found more questions/a longer version on another blog! So let's add some in.

9. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
Absolutely not on purpose, but I can read while the TV is on. Music is more distracting, actually, but I can still tolerate it.

10. What do you do first – Read or Watch?
If it's a movie, watch. That way I can more easily picture real faces for the characters, and I feel like I get "insider details" about their motivations/internal monologues when I read, instead of risking disappointment about something being cut or changed. It's also basically the Extended Edition.

If it's a TV show, read, so that I can get a sense of the characters and appreciate what the Very Elaborate Fanfiction does with its base.

11. When do you find yourself reading? Morning, afternoon, evening, whenever you get the chance or all the time?
Generally not in the morning, because that's my "scramble and panic to get work done before deadline!!" time 6-7 days a week...but basically all the other times.

12. One book at a time or several at once?
Usually I finish fast enough to just read one at a time. I will read up to 2 or 3 at once (or in very rare circumstances, even more) if:
-one book is slowing me down but I don't want to quit it
-a book gets me so emotionally invested that I need to take a break from it to process said emotions (see also: all my TV shows on self-imposed hiatus)
-the book I'm reading is too big/bulky to take on the go
-or I finally found a decent audiobook at the library, so I'm reserving it for driving, cleaning or lulling me to sleep

On a semi-related note, probably should get some additional book icons if this is all my blog is gonna be about these days...
Tags: books, surveys

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