Dirty Little Reading Habits


I have loved reading these posts from other bloggers so I will jump on the bandwagon as well.

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

There are at least two. The first one is a very simple IKEA chair right by the front window in the living room. I can lift my eyes from my book to watch neighbors walking their gorgeous, energetic dogs past my house. The chair also happens to be just the right height to rest my feet comfortably on the ground. I used to get somewhat frustrated to have to read somewhere else after sundown because we had no lamp in that corner of the living room but I eventually bought a floor lamp (at IKEA, where else…) and I can now read there any time.

My second favorite place to read is my bed where I like to read lying on my belly propped up on my elbows. No, it is not good for my back and shoulders. And they say you should only use your bed for sleep and sex and not for any other activity, if you happen to suffer from sleeping disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea, which I do, but being something of a rebel I don’t follow all the rules I am given.

I also have to admit I will pick vacation spots, or select a vacation home rental, based on whether I expect to enjoy reading there. On our last vacation, I rented a villa in Andalucía and it had a large covered terrace at the front so there was always a shady spot to read at any time of the day. I took the picture below on the single cloudy day we had over a nine-day stay… I spent hours and hours on that terrace.


Bookmark or a random piece of paper?

Anything that falls into my hands but I do have a folder full of cool bookmarks too. My sister has this habit of giving pig-shaped presents and I do have a lovely pale pink pig-shaped silicon bookmark. Postcards make really nice bookmarks as well.


Can you stop reading any time, or do you have to stop in a certain place?

I do a lot of my reading in public transit, so the reading has to stop when you have to get moving, as I don’t read while walking or going up and down stairs, for safety reasons.

Otherwise, I do prefer to stop at a logical place rather than mid-sentence or mid-paragraph, and I will often go back to the earliest logical starting point on a page rather than try to find exactly where I stopped reading.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

Nothing better than a quiet read with my morning coffee on the weekend, or a cool glass a white wine before dinner.

Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?

No, not really, I much prefer silence.

One book at a time or several at once?

Oh, always several! Several fiction books, some poetry, and some work-related non-fiction. I love reading but I will get bored by just about any book at some point so I like to be able to switch from one to the other as it fits my mood.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

I love to read poetry out loud. For other things, not really, unless I decide to read a passage of a book in some kind of strange made-up accent, which I will only do in English as there is no way I can imitate any accent other than my own in that language.

Do you read ahead and skip pages?

Hardly ever, I am a pretty compulsive cover-to-cover reader. Karen at BookerTalk calls it the “hairshirt approach”. That made me giggle. I will start jumping around when I fear I might just have to give up the book. I did that recently. The book had fifteen chapters. I read the first two. I read the last one. I picked one in the middle. Naw… that was not going to happen.

Break the spine or keep it new?

I don’t really think about that honestly.

Do you write in books?

Far more in non-fiction rather than fiction. When I bought my first e-reader and it has that annotation function I was all excited that I would be able to annotate books electronically. However, I soon found this function so unwieldy that I soon gave up using it.

I do a lot more highlighting than writing, but it has its drawbacks. I don’t always remember why I highlighted passages.

The last paperback I annotated is L’art du roman by Milan Kundera, but I am only about a quarter through. No matter how interesting I did find it, I ended up putting it aside. It is still lying on my desk though.

Those are my confessions and secrets. Now how about hearing from you. Any secrets you care to share?

From others:

Marina Sofia at finding time to write

Cleopatra at Cleopatra Loves Books


One response »

  1. Delighted to know I brought a smile into your day 🙂 Before the advent of mobile phones you’d have got some pretty odd looks if you did read while walking. But now with half the population it seems walking and staring into their screens, the sight of someone with head in a book might not raise an eyebrow. Both of course mean risk bumping into someone or tripping over….

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