If you’re a regular reader of Legally Redhead, you may have noticed the layout of the blog changed today! As much as I loved the cute, olive green style I’ve had for the better part of a year and a half- I’m quite smitten with this new (but still easy to navigate) design and header, made possible by WordPress. I hope you all like it as much as I do!
This afternoon, the lovely Imogen linked me in “The Reading Habits Tag,” and I thought I’d unveil the new design of LR while answering the book/reading questions presented to me in her original post.
So without further delay:
1. Do you have a certain place for reading at home?
I usually read while I’m in bed, or curled up on my couch depending on how quiet it is in my living room. If it’s nice out, though, I like to sit out on my patio/deck with a good book!
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I do the unthinkable- I turn over the corner of the page I left off on. I know it’s awful but I have a tendency to misplace bookmarks or pieces of paper! They always fall out and I always lose my place. Dog-earing the page is so much more convenient for me.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or a certain number of pages?
I try to finish whatever chapter I’m on before I save my place and take a break from the book. There have been a couple of occasions where I’ve had to stop abruptly, sometimes mid-sentence- but I usually go back and re-read the chapter, or at least a few pages before where I left off- mostly to re-familiarize myself with what was happening in the story before I got sidetracked.
4. Do you eat or drink when reading?
It really depends on how I’m feeling at the time. If I’m hungry or thirsty, then obviously I’ll eat or drink while I read (I just have to be careful to not spill anything on the pages.)
Although I really do love a good cup of hot chocolate while I read by the fire during the winter.
5. Do you watch TV or listen to music whilst reading?
Not usually, since it can be a little distracting. If I’m reading during a flight, I tend to keep my headphones on just out of habit- and even then I’m usually listening to very soft jazz music so it won’t break my concentration.
6. One book at a time or several at once?
One book at a time! I like to focus on and finish one story before I begin another.
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
I prefer reading at home since it’s where I’m most comfortable, but I read a lot when I travel, too- in the airport, on the plane, in my hotel room, etc.
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently in my head, unless I’m reading something to someone. Otherwise, I feel like reading out loud is sort of like those people who listen to music through their headphones or ear buds but insist on singing along anyway. It’s distracting to other people!
9. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?
I try not to. There have been a couple of instances where I’ve been so frustrated with a book that I’ve skipped ahead to see if there’s any indication of it getting better/what happens to the character to determine if I want to keep reading- but I prefer to be surprised.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
I know that sometimes it can’t be helped, but I like to keep my books in good, new-ish condition as much I can for as long as possible. That way, if I decide to lend/give the book to someone else to read, I know it won’t be falling apart on them.
11. Do you write in your books?
I’ve highlighted stuff before, but I very rarely write in my books. Again, a lot of it has to do with potentially lending/giving the books to other people to read. I want them to be in good shape!
12. What are you currently reading?
This is going to sound ridiculous, but while helping with some Summer cleaning at my mom’s house, I recently came across a crate of my old collection of “The Baby-Sitters Club” books, as well as some other novels I absolutely adored as a kid. Nostalgia got the better of me, and I started re-reading some of them again. I’m currently in the middle of “Boy-Crazy Stacey,” which was always my favorite BSC book. When I’m done with that (which should be in no time at all,) I’m moving onto my other favorite childhood book I found- “The Silver Tree” by Ruth L. Williams. Memorieeeees!
Instead of tagging any specific person or people for this, I’m just going to tag anyone who is interested in participating in this fun little questionnaire!