21/06/2016

Lost In A Book Tag

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Reed by surname, read by nature. I love to read. I've loved to read ever since I can remember. One of my first memories is me being the narrator of the school nativity play when I was about 3 or 4. Not to brag but I always had a better reading age than most my actual age. I skipped the first few levels in primary school because I'd been reading so much at home.

Now I don't get to read as much. Life gets in the way sometimes and on a night, I just want to crash out in bed after a long day. When I do get time to myself, there's nothing more I love than wasting an hour or two sat in bed reading. It keeps your brain ticking and keeps your imagination alive.

I came across this tag on Emmie's blog (see the post here) and immediately just knew it was a tag I had to do!

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I mostly like to read in bed; it helps me sleep usually and it's nice to have a bit of me time.

Where do you like to read?
I used to read on the tram to college but now I'm back at home and drive, I read mostly on my work breaks or at home.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Bookmark always. I have a penguin one that I got from The Deep, a local attraction in Hull.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop at a chapter?
I have to stop at the end of a chapter; I have very mild OCD so it's a must for me!

Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
Depends where I am, I guess. If I'm at work, I'll be eating my lunch at the same time; if I'm at home, I'll probably be having a hot chocolate or a huge glass of water next to me.

E-reader or real book?
Real books. I have an E-reader that my dad gave to me when he bought a Kindle but I haven't used it in a while. I love the smell of new books and old books! I have all the classics on the E-reader but I have to be in the right mood for them.

Music or TV while reading?
Usually nothing. I try to focus on what I'm reading so I can make it into a film in my head! Sometimes I'll have music on but if I do, it will be something quiet like ballads or country music.

One book at a time or several at once?
One book at a time. I don't get as much time to read as I used to so I try to finish a book. Unless it's dreadful.

Reading at home or everywhere?
Everywhere. If I know I'll be out of the house for a while, I will take a book along with me: appointments, social gatherings (just in case I'm early!), work, visits to family. I love reading at home but I'm not really fussy!

Reading aloud or silently in your head?
Silently. Why would you want to read out loud unless it's to a child?

Fiction or non-fiction?
A mix of both. I love fiction as it's what I first fell in love with but I buy a lot of self-help type books about fashion and organisation. I have a few celeb-type non-fiction books too.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?
Never! What's the point in reading the book if you know what happens in the end?

Break the spine or keep a book like new?
I try to keep them like new but if you love a book that much and read it over and over again, the spine is bound to get worn and break.

Do you write in your books?
Never. I hate it when people write in books of any type. If I want to remember a quote or a section, I'll use a Post-it note that sticks out like a bookmark.

Your favourite book?
Catcher in the Rye: J.D. Salinger
Perks of Being a Wallflower: Stephen Chbosky
All the Harry Potter books
Anything by Lindsey Kelk.

How many books are you trying to read this year? 
Getting into double figures would be amazing. I've spent more time reading textbooks this year rather than fun reading so it would be nice to get back into reading because I want to, not because I have to.
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