(tagged by the ever-lovely @the-girl-that-no-one-ever-knows)
1) Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Just my bed, mostly.
2) Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I’m guilty of using receipts, clothing price tags, and the occasional movie ticket stub. I have about three actual bookmarks from when I was a kid and they are likely still holding the place of books I’ve yet to pick up again but fully intend on revisiting someday.
3) Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?
I try to stop at a chapter or a break, but it doesn’t bother me too much if I don’t. If I have a choice, I’ll stop at a clear stopping point, but I often read on the bus so I don’t always get to make that call.
4) Do you eat or drink while reading?
5) Music or TV while reading?
Neither, though white noise if anything.
6) Reading at home or everywhere?
Everywhere. Waiting for the bus, on the bus, in the park during my work break, in waiting rooms, and long train rides for the most part. And then, yes, my bed.
7) Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently for the most part. If I’m rereading something I wrote and am about to edit or continue, I tend to read everything up to that point out loud. I don’t usually do that for others’ work but sometimes I’ll mouth poetry to myself while I read to get a feel for the rhythm and sound of it.
8) Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Not usually at all but… I used to have this tradition with myself, at least with Harry Potter books, where upon each book’s release I would glance at the chapter names and illustrations before diving in. When reading Half-Blood Prince, I mistakenly saw a sentence with the phrase “Dumbledore’s funeral” on the opposite page when looking at a chapter title towards the end and vowed never to do that again. So yeah, I semi-spoiled Dumbledore’s death before the whole “Snape kills Dumbledore” joke was even a thing (I kept telling myself it could mean a number of things, even the phrase “It’s your funeral” is not literal, so… yeah -_-). I broke that promise when I read A Song of Ice and Fire though. I would often look ahead to see whose POV the upcoming chapters would be from, and while that in itself was not too spoilery (I would only look ahead one or two chapters at a time depending on who it was) but upon reading that Arya loses her sight in A Feast for Crows in her last chapter of the book, I skipped ahead to her chapters in A Dance with Dragons just to see what happened to her afterward. But other than that, no :)
9) Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
I’d like to keep books as new and pristine as possible, despite my answer for the following.
10) Do you write in your books?
Rarely, unless I’m studying and dissecting the text. I’ve written all over my copy of Paradise Lost and a few other books I wrote papers on for school (namely paperbacks of Shakespeare plays, Lolita, and some of my Gothic Lit books). I actually intend on doing the same when I reread A Song of Ice and Fire sometime next year and the idea has inspired me to start a “currently reading” journal dedicated solely to whatever I’m reading at the time, whether it be book, audiobook, fanfiction, or tumblr poetry.