So, I was tagged by the wonderful Hayley to take part in this literary tag. It’s so refreshing from the ones you see floating around so I thought I would give it a go! In the spirit of literary love and the tagging spiring, I tag A Cup of T , A Spoonful of Sugars, Permanent Procrastination and The Achromat. I hope you enjoy this tag!
Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
To be honest, not really. However, I tend to gravitate towards my couch, or towards my high breakfast table by the window. It’s bright, cooling and relaxes me every time.
Where do you like to read?
I like to read at home or at work. Sometimes I have down time, or especially during my lunch break, I like to take thirty minutes to just read and get lost in a book. I find it really helps relax me at work and helps me get back on task with more energy than I previously had. Sometimes the brain just needs to chill, ya’know.
Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Well, I usually read on my kindle, so a digital bookmark? When I do get a chance to read a paper book, however, I tend to find anything I can to use as a makeshift bookmark. My current fad is using post it notes. They’re just so readily available and you can doodle or write cute things on them.
Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop at a chapter?
I’ve learned to just stop reading when I have to, but I hate not completing a chapter, or at least a scene. I loath stopping mid-scene.
Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
Oh god yes! I find it helps me concentrate. You will never see me reading without a cup of tea. Tea, tea and more tea! If I’m being naughty (which I pretty much usually am,) I’ll also have a snack too
E-reader or real book?
While I do love real books and would want to own more, living in a foreign country where books in your own language are not readily available means ebooks are a savior. That and I get a book a month free from kindle so, yeah! Despite the easiness and efficiency of an e-book, however, there is nothing quite like the smell of pages, or how they feel under your fingers as you turn the page. Closing the last page of a book will always, to me, be a treasured moment. I always feel so accomplished, and I find it somewhat cathartic.
Music or TV while reading?
Preferably nothing, But I can deal with music and sometimes chatter around me. Tv, however, draws me in a little too much and I find my concentration waving and attention lacking.
One book at a time or several at once?
Several for sure! I love bouncing between words and often find myself growing bored of one book and need to disappear into another before I can go back and appreciate it. At the moment, for example, I’m reading perhaps six book. However, the one I recently started has really captured my attention so I will probably read this one through without bouncing to another.
Reading at home or everywhere?
As stated above, anywhere will do really. My all time favourite place to read, however, is on holidays. Laying on the beach, lounging around the pool, or even relaxing in a hotel bed as the sun streams through the windows. I always remember those books the most. I just love the state of relaxation I am transported too. I have no other engagements, the time is mine to enjoy and with a clear head I just loose myself willingly in the world I am delving into.
Reading aloud or silently in your head?
Silently. If there is a section I love, however, and I am at home, then maybe I will read it to myself.
Fiction or non-fiction?
Either is fine with me! Sometimes I love to immerse myself in a world I am familiar with, while other times I just need to escape for a while and slip into worlds of magical powers, talking trees and of kings and queens.
Do you read ahead or skip pages?
I am a skip-ahead fiend! If I feel like a book may take a turn I don’t like, or if I think a character may die, I skip ahead and search for their name. It’s an awful habit, but sometimes the stress is almost too much to take. I don’t seek out spoilers, I just need a little reassurance every now and again.
Break the spine or keep a book like new?
For the longest time I did my best to keep books like new. It was then that I realised that the most worn books are the ones most loved.
Do you write in your books?
I never used to unless it was for school, and even then I was really reluctant and would only use pencil, but recently I’m trying to learn to enjoy my books, and marking the bits I like.
Your favourite book?
Favourite book….oh gosh, I really have no idea. I’ve read so many books I love! Each book has affected me at a different point in my life and for a different reason. Let me just give you my Favourite BookS
- Hows Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
- Asking For It by Louise O’Neill
- Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
- Frankenstien by Mary Shelley
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
- #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
- The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver
Which Author Inspires you?
So, I had to add this question on myself. As of late, Louise O’Neill, author of Asking for it and Only Ever Yours is a big inspiration for me. She is open about her opinions and beliefs and unapologetic in the face of sexism and anger. She is a strong women who is open about her issues and all of this and more appears in her books. I honestly love not only reading her work, but also listening to her in interviews and on podcasts! If you guys don’t know who she is, you gotta go check her out!