Reading Habits Tag

Geoffrey at High Tea Dreams was kind enough to nominate me for this book tag, which I am very excited to do because the questions are right up my alley (at long last!!).
Go visit his blog and give him a follow, will ya?

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Yep, my bed! I don’t own a really comfy chair or have any other nook, and I absolutely love to read myself to sleep, so it all works well.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Always a bookmark. I have many and some are so cute!

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?
It usually depends on how tired I am and long the chapters are. Lately the books I have read have pretty long chapters, so I am unable to finish them when the letters start dancing around. I will however try to stop where I can easily get back on a track, like a clearly marked paragraph, especially if there is an empty line or some sort of a page break.

Do you eat or drink while reading?
You will catch me reading while having lunch and dinner fairly often, but if what I need is a quick snack then I will take a break from the book and resume when done, otherwise it’s just too distracting.
So I don’t really snack while reading or anything of the sort, just main meals.

Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
Nope, too distracting. I think just about the only sound I can tolerate is waves crashing on the beach :) Or maybe birds singing. So yes, nature!

One book at a time or several at once?
I very rarely read more than one book at a time, unless it’s a different genre and in a different format – audiobook and e-book are the most popular combo.

Reading at home or everywhere?
I will read anywhere I can catch a break, but I focus much better when I am home.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently, though I may make some funny faces when I am deeply engrossed – I really wouldn’t know, I have rarely caught myself doing it. I may read the odd sentence out loud, if it is not making sense to me or I am not quite there yet.

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Heck no. As a rule of thumb I don’t even skim passages. I think I can count by the fingers of one hand the amount of times I have done it, and only because I felt that, if I didn’t, then I would not be able to finish the book because I was just not being able to focus.
Other than that, I will take as long as I need to finish a book, because I feel that any book deserves my undivided attention if I am going to provide a fair review.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
I strive to keep my books as pristine as possible.
That said, I have been known to maybe be a bit forceful on the spine, so I can try and get the book not to close without me holding it because I need my hands to urgently do something else.

Do you write in your books?
Never. As I mentioned above, I want to keep every single one as pristine as possible. When I am reading a paperback, I usually have a separate piece of paper or even a notebook where I can jot down my notes.

And now I nominate…

Every single person who has not done this tag yet and wants to!
It’s getting hard keeping track of who’s done what and has not already being nominated!
So please post your link here if you do it, k?

Much love <3

How I Read Book Tag

I have seen this tag around, first at It’s All About Books and then at The Bookish Monsters’, and I thought it might be fun to do it here.
It’s a simple one, only 7 questions to answer, so that helped. Cause, you know, I am lazy.

Here are my answers:

1. How do you find out about new books to read?
These days it’s mostly a mixture of browsing GoodReads and other blog review posts.
Sometimes I also browse Netgalley’s catalogue, but I try hard to stay away from temptation because my TBR list is already too big!

2. How did you get into reading?
Unfortunately I cannot recall much of my childhood when it comes to reading. I have a vague recollection of reading adventure and horror books for kids and thoroughly enjoying them, but I cannot remember how I got into it per se or what my first book was.
Pretty sure my mother got me into reading.

3. How has your taste in books changed as you’ve gotten older?
Now that I think about it, probably not by much! I still enjoy horror, but I also got into fantasy, sci-fi, thrillers, mysteries… So I suppose I expanded my horizons a bit, but I still enjoy most of the things I used to read back then, only more adjusted to my current age group.

4. How often do you buy books?
Not nearly as often as I wish due to budget and space limitations; thankfully, I manage to exert quite a good amount of self-control when it comes to purchasing books, but probably only because I get so many free ones.

5. How did you get into book reviewing?
Well, this one is easy. I discovered GoodReads in August last year. Initially, I only used it to organize my books, through the shelves, but then I found the reviewing option and discovered that I enjoyed not only reading but also writing them! I love sharing my opinions; knowing people out there might actually enjoy reading them and getting to practice my English are welcome bonuses.

6. How do you react when you don’t like the end of a book?
I try to appreciate the journey and not focus on the ending so much. Generally speaking, it does not happen too often. If I am reading a book that is part of a series I will already be expecting a disappointing ending beforehand, since those usually end in cliffhangers.
If that is not the case, well then I will probably want to rant about it. In my blog, I will hide the rants in spoiler form (blue highlight) so I do not influence folks who have not read the book and still want to.
I will also post in my GR group Book Lair, opening a new topic in Book Discussions folder, asking if anyone has read it or and wait till someone does and posts their opinion. That folder is meant for those who have already read said book, so I openly rant in those topics ^_^

7. How often do you take a “sneak peak” at the end of a book to see if there is a happy ending?
To me, a book is about the whole journey, not the ending. I think I would be doing myself a disservice by reading something out of context. Not only will it not make much sense but it would severely impair my reading experience.
No, I have never felt that tempted to find out how a book ends.

Please feel free to do this tag in your own blog and don’t forget to come here and post a link to your post so I can check out your answers!