I am currently stuck in a couple of good books so reviews are proving scarce.

Also, I recently got engaged and am now planning a wedding so the blog has momentarily taken a backseat! 🙂

When I saw this blog post from one of my favourite book bloggers kenyanlibrary (who got the idea from BookTuber Helene Jeppesen) it immediately inspired me to have a go. I hope that you enjoy reading my answers to this interesting set of questions.

1) Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

My favourite reading spot is probably the amazing green reading chair that my mother snapped up for €70 a few years ago. I recently saw the same chair for €300 in a second hand store so I appreciate this chair even more! The best thing about this chair is that it is set at a very comfortable angle for reading and  relaxing  but  it also can stop me from falling asleep when I try to read after a busy day at work.

chair

2) Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I often use Christmas and birthday cards from friends and family as bookmarks. I find that this is a nice way to fully enjoy the nice messages written within. Sometimes I use photographs for the same reason. I also love the bookmarks that come with bookdepository.com and wordery.com deliveries.

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One of my favourite holiday photos. Exploring the Isle of Skye, Scotland last November.

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

My rule with most books is to flick to the back and see how many pages there are, then divide this by ten and try to read about 10% each time I sit down to read. Of course, I don’t stick rigidly to this but I use it as a rough guide to finish a book in about 10 days. If I am reading a particularly interesting non-fiction book, I will generally stick to one chapter at a time so I can fully digest the material.

4) Do you eat or drink while reading?

Sometimes I treat myself to a cup of tea to get myself started but I find that it can be hard to multitask while holding a book.

5) Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

I find reading with the TV on in the background impossible. I can also struggle to deal with background noise. I need total silence to get into the zone!

6) One book at a time or several at once?

I often read several books at once. I love my various page-a-day books and try to get to them at various times during the day. My main read then is usually a work of fiction that I will read in the evenings. If I am on holidays or particularly well organised, I read non-fiction in the mornings. I also use audiobooks to squeeze in some bonus time when driving.

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My current reading pile

7) Reading at home or everywhere?

I mainly read at home or when travelling. I love reading on holidays. Holidays are a chance to well and truly full-on binge read. Holidays involving plane journeys or interrailing are the best. Years ago, I bought a Philips GoGear mp3 player for about €20 and through listening to audiobooks while driving, I have listened to some amazing books during what would usually be ‘dead’ time. This mp3 players has to be the greatest investment that I have ever made.

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8) Reading out loud or silently in your head?

I am an out and out silent reader occasionally prone to bursts of laughter or random thought explosions. During the day, I work with children so now and again I get a chance to read to an audience. I love listening to stories being read aloud to me as I find that when it is done well it adds to the experience of the story.

9) Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I never read ahead. I have to do everything in order. I have even been known to get upset if someone skips ahead when listening to a CD! I fully trust that the artist has put his/her final product in a certain order for a reason and that needs to be respected.

10) Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I could never ever break the spine of a book. I find it hard enough to hold a book open as it is. When reading in bed my hands sometimes ‘go asleep’ and I have to go through the pain barrier to keep reading!

11) Do you write in your books?

Very rarely. It would have to be a life-changing work of non-fiction for me to even contemplate doing this. Reading a book is a very personal experience. I would not like to shape someone else’s experience by distracting them with my own random scribbles and notes.

12) Who do you tag?

I am still relatively new to blogging and interacting with others. Here are some of the blogs that I have interacted with so far:

https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/

https://gaskella.wordpress.com/

https://prettypurplepolkadots.wordpress.com/

https://whatsapiareading.wordpress.com/

http://www.rickoshea.ie/

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The questions:
1) Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
2) Bookmark or random piece of paper?
3) Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?
4) Do you eat or drink while reading?
5) Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
6) One book at a time or several at once?
7) Reading at home or everywhere?
8) Reading out loud or silently in your head?
9) Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
10) Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
11) Do you write in your books?
12) Who do you tag?

If you have a spare moment to complete this survey, please post a link to your blog post below so I can read and compare!