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  • Writer's pictureKristina Elyse Butke

Reading Habits Tag

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Today's tag is all about my reading style and methods. The tag comes from Youtuber Andreya Klobucar and was a lot of fun (and nice and simple) to fill out. What about you? What are your reading habits?

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Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I most often read in my bed. I like stretching out and lying back against a bunch of pillows.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Both. I do have bookmarks, but sometimes I don't remember where I've put them, so I'll use something random as a placeholder instead.

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

I have to stop when there's a break in the text. This could be at the end of a chapter or one of those in-chapter breaks (in a manuscript, they're marked by the # symbol, but usually there's a pretty icon or a large space in the final version of the book).

Do you eat or drink while reading?

I can't remember--I think I tried it in the past, maybe. But I don't do it now because I worry about getting grease or crumbs or whatnot on the pages, or spilling things on the book.

Multitasking: music or TV while reading?

Cannot do it. Reading takes all of my concentration anyway; if there's TV or music, I'm a goner. I'll get too distracted.

Reading at home or everywhere?

I prefer reading at home. I've tried to bring my book to other places but I just get too distracted. Sometimes, though rarely, I can bring a book to a hotel and read some of it in the evening, but not always. Sometimes I get too excited from being in a new place and can't concentrate enough to read a book.

One book at a time or several?

When it comes to reading novels, I can only read one at a time, but for some reason, I can read many different comics, manga, and manhwa at the same time, even while reading a book. I'm not sure why this is, but I do it all the time.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

I like to read silently in my head because it's quiet, I can imagine things vividly in my mind as I read, and I don't always like the sound of my own voice. The voice in my head sounds different than my speaking voice. I can't explain it very well.

When it comes to my own manuscripts, I will turn on the text-to-speech function in Word and listen to the words out loud to catch any errors. Sometimes that's difficult to do if you write in a genre like fantasy, where names can get really creative and tricky for a machine to pronounce.

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I will flip to the end of a book or read a summary of it if I'm getting bored. Or else, I just DNF if I can't even be bothered to do that.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Nooo! Don't break the spine! If I have any broken spines it's because it happened on accident or else I got the book secondhand and it was already like that. But books are precious to me and I would never hurt a book like that. I want to keep it like new as much as possible.

Do you write in your books?

Depending on the type of book it is. If it's a workbook or a journal, I'll sometimes write in it. I have a bound copy of my graduate thesis and I've written faint notes in there before because I plan on rewriting it. Otherwise, I try to keep my books as clean as possible.

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Friends and readers! What are your habits when it comes to books and reading? Are they good? Are they bad? Let me know in the comments, and if you do this tag, be sure to link back to your answers so I can take a look. As always, thank you for reading!


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