I found this book tag at Anamika’s blog, The Bespectacled Mother. Do read her post here.
Here are my answers to the 13 questions in this tag. Enjoy!
1. Do you have a specific place for reading?
I can read anywhere. Like, literally anywhere. I begin my day with reading in the bathroom. And then I read as and when possible. At the study table. While commuting via train. Not bus, because the distance is too short and I reach my destination the minute I manage to get the book out of my bag and flip to the last page I read.
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
BOOKMARK! I’m crazy about bookmarks. When I was a kid, I used to make bookmarks at home using tracing paper. What I used to do is, take a nice cartoon that I liked from Reader’s Digest /Children’s Digest, trace out the cartoon, and then use it. I had made at least 5-6 bookmarks using tracing paper. Also, I find the fact that bookstores keep a box full of bookmarks at the checkout counter very interesting. Do they keep a set of bookmarks there, waiting to jump into my hands, just entice me into buying a book? What they don’t know is, I’m shameless enough to buy nothing and yet grab a bookmark from right under their noses!
3. Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
NOOOOOOOOO! I find that entirely disrespectful to the book and the author. I don’t even like drinking tea/coffee/Iced Tea while reading a book. Because I’m always afraid I’ll spill something on the book, and the book gods will be totally freaked out about that.
However, I eat and drink when reading textbooks, so…
4. Music or TV whilst reading?
Again, NOOOOOOOOO! I find that when I listen to music while reading, and if the book is very interesting, I forget to listen to the music. You can deduce what happens when the book is boring.
However, I do listen to music when reading textbooks, so…
5. One book at a time or several?
Several. I am a book Casanova, if there’s a term like that. I have to balance out the books I’m reading. For example, if I’m reading fiction, I have to read one non-fiction along with it. Or if I’m reading a boring book, I have to re-read my favourite book along with it. And if a book is too emotionally intense, something simple and fun jazzes up my mood, and ensures that I’m as balanced as my sun sign.
6. Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?
As I said in question 1, I can literally read anywhere. I prefer to read at home, because I don’t carry my Kindle around with me wherever I go. (I can hear those screams of protest- “But that’s the whole point of owning a Kindle! It gets easier to carry books around!”) My dear fellas, I have the Amazon Kindle app on my phone too.
7. Read out loud or silently?
I used to read my textbooks loudly till 9th grade. In 10th, I had to attend classes, and hence didn’t have enough time to read my textbooks out loud. That sort of broke that habit of reading out loud. I have never read novels out loud, unless I’m quoting a paragraph that I liked to someone sitting next to me.
8. Do you read ahead or skip pages?
Never. I may skim through lines/pages and still get the gist of the story. Trust me, I’m too good at it. But I never read the last line of the book or the middle pages. Unless you’re talking about the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy…
9. Break the spine or keep it like new?
I’m a neat freak about this. I can’t bear anyone breaking the spine of my books. That’s why, I mostly prefer reading on my Kindle even if I have the physical copy of the book. That’s how extreme this can get.
10. Do you write in books?
Naah. I prefer to highlight quotes on my Kindle and type Notes. Does that count?
11. What books are you reading now?
This post is a scheduled post, so I mostly likely don’t know what I’ll be reading then. Most probably I’ll be doing a few review copies, and checking out which book I want to pick up from the GoodReads 2017 Book Awards list. Follow me on Instagram to stay updated about what I’m reading! ID: @fabulus1710
12. What is your childhood favourite book?
The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton. The food, the magic, the wonderful characters just encouraged me to have totally high expectations about the friends I wanted to have in my life and the food I wanted to devour once I climbed atop the Faraway Tree.
13. What is your all-time favourite book?
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I can literally read it a thousand times and never be bored. It is one of the most underrated books in the series, and many people downright dislike this book. But I love it.
That’s it then. If you wish to participate in this book tag, please feel free to do so. You can share the links of your post in the comments below and I’ll be right there to learn more about your bookish self.