It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a tag on amyjanealice, but after seeing Aisling’s post I just had to! Reading is one of my favourite things to do and it’s had the biggest influence on who I am today so I thought it’d be cool to talk about my reading habits a little.

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
My bed tends to be my favourite place to read, after propping myself up on a few cushions and getting cosy under a blanket. It’s super comfy and is nice and private for when I decide to bawl my eyes out at anything and everything. The only downside is that sometimes I can’t resist the temptation to close my eyes for just five minutes and zzzz…. (this could be a sign of a boring book, or the fact that I am ALWAYS tired).

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I would choose a bookmark over a piece of paper, but I tend to read until the end of a chapter or try and remember the page number. I always track my progress on Goodreads so I can always refer to that if I forget!

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop at a chapter?

I kind of answered this above – if I can make it to the end of a chapter or if I’m really invested in that part of the story I’ll keep going, but I don’t mind stopping part way through if need be.

Do you eat or drink whilst reading?

Neither really. I might snack in between bouts of reading and I’ll keep a drink handy but I just can’t coordinate eating/reading while flicking through my book!

E-reader or real book?

Real book, hands down. I went through a period of only reading e-books, and while it can be more convenient, especially if the physical copy is huge, I just don’t find that you get the same experience if you’re reading from a screen. Also, who doesn’t love a bursting to the seams bookcase?

Music or TV while reading?

I can read with either, but I’ve recently discovered reading while listening to intstrumental or jazz music. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long but I love it! The TV can be ok, I feel like silence can be too distracting, but only if I have it on a low volume otherwise I end up reading the same chapter five times.

One book at a time or several at once?

I’m part way through a couple of books at the moment and I hate doing that, but if I’m just not into it I’ll move it aside and pick something else up. If I’m invested in the story I can only read one at a time – my heart and head couldn’t deal with all the emotions of more than one book at a time!

Reading at home or everywhere?

I read at home/my boyfriend’s home the most, but I used to read on public transport quite often. I also take a book to work with me most days so I sometimes read at lunchtime. Home will always be my favourite place to read though.

Reading aloud or silently in your head?

In my head. I don’t think reading aloud would be much fun.

Fiction or non-fiction?

I love a bit of both. Fiction is my true reading love, though I do enjoy non fiction every now and again.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?

If I can see that something is about to happen my eyes do have a habit of drifting down the page a little but I have to be firm and say “NO” and keep the suspense built. I hate spoilers!

Break the spine or keep a book like new?

Aaarggh I hate breaking the spine of a book or creasing a page or bending a corner, but sometimes it just cannot be helped. I do my best to keep my books in a good condition, but at the end of the day, a well loved book will look like exactly that.

Do you write in your books? 

No no no. Aside from the fact that I have been known to rip pages out of notebooks if I don’t like the way my handwriting looks, I feel like writing in a book would be like violating or destroying it in some way.

Your favourite book?

A couple of days ago I would have said this was a hard question. But now? A Court of Mist and Fury. No doubt. It is honestly one of the best books I have read in a long time. I am getting around to writing a review but right now, I feel like I need to re-read it. It is just incredible.

So there we go, now you know all about my reading habits. Please let me know if you take part in the Lost in a Book tag , I’d love to read your answers!