This is get-to-know-me, reading style. Reading is a very personal thing, so answering questions like this was fun for me, knowing every person will have different answers to these questions.
Do you have a specific place for reading?
Well, I’m currently in a new place, so I’m still figuring out where I’m most comfortable. But I do love reading in my bed. Or just somewhere with good natural light.
Bookmark or random pieces of paper?
Both. I’m not partial. But I NEVER dog-ear.
Can you stop anywhere or must it be at the end of a chapter?
I don’t like stopping in the middle of a chapter unless it’s at a break. Or I’m falling asleep and haven’t been able to register anything that has happened in the last few pages due to my own sleepiness. But that usually means I have to go back later and just re-read the chapter anyway.
Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
A cup of coffee, a blanket, and a book is all you need to have the perfect morning.
Music or TV whilst reading?
Nope. I can’t concentrate!
One book at a time or several?
Usually several — depends how I’m feeling. But I have to mix genres. For example, I’ll read a novel at the same time I’m reading an essay collection or a memoir because they’re easy to pick up after a long time away. If I tried to read two novels at once, I would inevitably get more engrossed in one over the other, and not pick up the other for a long time that I wouldn’t remember what happened before I took my hiatus. It’s just not fair to the books.
Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?
At home. Really, though, anywhere I can be alone. I can’t concentrate when there are other people around me. Plus, sometimes I read aloud, so that would get awkward if I wasn’t by myself.
Read out loud or silently?
Both — depends on how I’m feeling at the time.
Do you read ahead or skip pages?
NEVER. But I do like to flip through pages to see how many are left in a chapter. I avoid looking at the text though.
Break the spine or keep it like new?
DON’T BREAK THE SPINE. (Side note: I used to work in a bookstore and it’s amazing how many people would pick up a book to look at, break the spine right in front of me and then put it back on the shelf like it was nothing. DON’T EVER DO THIS, PLEASE.)
Do you write in your books?
It depends on what book. I often wrote in my books for school — I needed to in order to follow along in class and it made writing essays on the book much easier in the long run. However, when I’m reading for pleasure, I prefer not to write in them.
What books are you reading now?
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas and Comedy Writing Self-Taught by Gene Perret
Favorite childhood book?
We had the beautiful copy of The Velveteen Rabbit that I would look at constantly even before I could read it. I still have that copy to this day and will probably never get rid of it.
All-time favorite book?
I have to say Harry Potter. It’s the book I have read the most and have grown up with. I read it in times of emotional upheaval to bring me back to earth.
What is your favorite genre?
I have two: fantasy and magical realism.
What genre will you not read?
Westerns. It’s the country music of books.
What is the worst book you’ve ever read?
I don’t remember the title but I ended up not even finishing it. It was supposed to be about this guy who walks up to the roof of his building and is about to end his life when something life-changing happens. It sounded so promising. But that life-changing thing? A freaking pigeon starts talking to him about philosophy — like Plato and Socrates and shit — and I looked ahead to see how long it would last, and the conversation went on the entire book. I thought, No way in heck, and put it down immediately, never to return.
How many books have you read this year, and what’s your goal?
So far, I have read 19 and am hoping to read 50.
What’s the last book you bought?
I bought several at once: This is Water, The Shadow of the Wind, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, and Red Rising.
Do you smell your books?
When did you get into reading?
When I was but a wee child.
What is your favorite classic book?
I love anything Jane Austen, but Pride and Prejudice and Emma are my favorites. I also love Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Macbeth by William Shakespeare, and Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I could probably name more, but I’ll spare you.
Feel free to answer some of these questions in the comments below — I would love to see your responses!