The Reading Habits Tag

The first week of September is almost finished! I’m just sitting here shaking my head in amazement—time flies by so fast! I recently found this TBR calculator here that calculates how long it will take for you to read all of your TBR pile (that is, assuming you don’t add more books) and according to it, it will take me 6 years to read the books on my current TBR.

Anyways, I’m here today with this reading tag because rabbitearsblog tagged me to do it. You should go check out the blog, it really amazing and has great content! So let’s get on with the questions then 🙂

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I read in my room, but on sunny days I also read outside on my patio to take the full benefits of the the warm sun on back and the vitamin D coursing through my skin… you understand.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I have loads of bookmarks (like 15, not a lot) and so I try to make use of them. I do use random pieces of paper a lot too, but it doesn’t give the same feel as a proper bookmark, you know?

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

I prefer it if I’m able to stop after the chapter ends, but sometimes I have to stop between paragraphs. I really like to set a goal before reading, like 100 pages or so, because I know I won’t be able to finish the book without

Do you eat or drink while reading?

I don’t like my books to be ruined with the food or drink, but I can’t help myself. Reading makes me hungry, especially if the characters are having breakfast or eating scrumptious dishes! I like to connect with the characters on a whole new level 😛

Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Not TV, but sometimes I put instrumental music on low volume while I’m reading. At the end of the book, I also choose a song that I think goes along well with the book, like I chose Drag Me Down by One Direction for An Ember in the Ashes.

One book at a time or several at once?

I’m notorious for reading several books at once. Recently, in the readathons that I particpated in, I did read one book at a time, but most of the time I read many books together. I can’t decide which one to read first!

Reading at home or everywhere?

I read at home for the most part, but sometimes I take my iPad along to read some ebooks on the way to somewhere.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently in my head, mostly. I do read aloud sometimes when I need to imagine the character’s accent or way of speaking.

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

You’ve caught me here. I don’t really skip pages, but sometimes my eyes can travel to the later chapters in the book, and I get spoiled. Yes, I’m very ashamed of this, I’m really trying to improve.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Keeping it like new, definitely. I would never break the spine! *mimics horror face*

Do you write in your books?

No. I don’t like any marks, stains or writing on my books and like to keep them as pristine as possible.

And now I tag…

Aentee @Read at Midnight
Aria @Aria Stuck in Wonderland
Dee @The Bookish Khaleesi
Jessica @My Fantasy Escape
Prima @Panda Hearts Books
Sara @Freadom Library

Hopefully you guys learned a bit more about me and my reading habits 🙂 I really want to tag everyone who has not does this to do the tag because it’s really fun and a way for your followers and readers to know more about you! If you haven’t done it, I tag youSeriously, you can say I tagged you. It’s official.


My Dangerously Bad Reading Habits

I have mentioned before some of my bad habits as a reader. I realize now that I have many more of these. Do you have these habits too? We’ll see.

1. Judging a book by its cover. Very, very common reading mistake. I know in my heart that a book with a boring cover could be just as fun as a book with a pretty cover, but my brain thinks otherwise. It’s hard to defy your brain, you know.

2. Reading too many books at the same time. This is dangerous. As a result of this habit, Rebel by Amy Tintera and Matched by Ally Condie are on hold right now. I am in the middle of them both but can’t continue because I keep finding more books to read and start them as soon as I can get my hands on them. Which, if I try, is pretty fast.

3. Skimming over some sentences that I don’t understand. I tend to do this sometimes when I try a new author, which I do a lot. All authors have a different way of writing and it’s confusing when you can’t understand what they mean. I also tend to skim over parts that I don’t have interest in- politics, boring character talking, etc. I try not to, but it’s a habit.

4. Trying books in only tested-and-tried genres. I know, I know. I should go out and try it. But that’s the problem. I can’t get myself to pick up a book that is not contemporary, young adult or horror. And it took time for me to accept the horror books. I always like the visuals better.

5. Speaking in the voice of the character, to get a better understanding. Now, this isn’t really a bad habit but it’s one I’ve been trying to break. I feel that I can understand a character’s voice and way of speaking better if I try it out.

6. Skipping to the end of the book and/or chapter. Oh, this is a VERY bad one. I have spoiled so many books for myself this way. So many plot twists and sudden appearances have become useless.

If you read the title properly, you’re probably wondering how any of this is dangerous’. It is. All of these habits make me prone to insta-death. Yes, I die when I make stupid mistakes like turning the page and getting to know that William Herondale has a ***SPOILER***very nice heart. ***SPOILER*** It hurts to know that you missed it coming in the first place, and also destroyed the suspense. There are similar reasons for all them, but if I started discussing those too, we’d be here for a long time.

What are YOUR bad reading habits? Are they worse than mine? Tell me in the comments below.

– The Enchanted Book