I am sharing a post from a blogger friend Cinda (C. C.) Yager. We have had some good discussions about writing, poetry, politics, and coffee. I have chosen to write a response to each of question asked on her post listed below:
“What are your reading habits?”
1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I used to be able to read in any room, but I find my bedroom the most comfortable and comforting. My favourite chair in the living room is possibly a close second. I tend to gravitate to a place where I my OCD will not have a breakdown. When visiting my parents spot is the right-most side of the chesterfield (sofa, couch) and in the bedrooom, the furthest right side of the out of mirror view. The stress of finding the right spot has its moments, but once found it is awesomeness from that point forward.
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I used to collect bookmarks as well. Now I use whatever piece of paper I find. I would like to find my collection again, as some of them mean a great deal to me. I have some bought for me by my cousin, some made for me, and some I bought for collecting only. Why have bookmarks if they are never used to mark pages? I really need to get back into the habit.
3. Can you stop reading any time, or do you have to stop in a certain place?
I try to stop at the end of a chapter, or if there are no chapters, a double-space between paragraphs (Terry Pratchett-style). I will occasionally stop in the middle of a page, but only if it to fall asleep with utter exhaustion or a wee break. Sometimes the wee break will turn into a stays update on Twitter or Facebook, which means the book will not be looked until another time. That is when it is a good time to break at a more efficient spot.
4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
I do both quite often. I read whilst eating my lunch at work, at home, and sometimes on the bus (for the one in a hundred times I take the bus). I do not like sitting at the lunch table at work with noting to do, as most time I am by myself. Reading at home during supper is a no-no, but I will eat my breakfast and read in the morning while waiting for the husband to finish his shower. I need to get some knowledge and culture in before I make myself physically clean to start the day.
5. Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?
It is easier for my to read while listening to music – any music – when reading, but in the last few years I have found it difficult to read with the television on. Now I find myself closeting myself away when Richard watches television in the livingroom. I will say it is more difficult to read with a panel show or BBC 3’s Music Matters playing in the background. Something by Haydn or Thomas Tallis will do just fine.
6. One book at a time or several at once?
Several. One at a time all at once. I am so guilty for starting something and not quite finishing it. I want to get the complete collection of Philip Larkin poems done, but first I have to read something by F Scott Fitzgerald. No! I need to start the collection of Spinoza before I even think about getting past page 27 of the book by that author. Oh, it is a terrible place to be in.
7. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
I do not think I have ever read out loud, not counting school. I try to keep the writings inside my head, as my Kindergarten teacher wrote my parents – I do not share well. Actually, I have a tendency to share too much, but these writings are mine for the moment and I would like to keep them to myself.
8. Do you read ahead and skip pages?
I am too afraid to miss something. I will be honest, I have on occasion skipped pages, and due to that I got put into the remedial reading class in Grade 6. I was so bored with what we were taking that I jumped to read the Norse tales of the reading textbook. I was labelled as “slow” because I refused to answer the questions listed at the end of the section we were studying. I still hold a grudge over this.
9. Break the spine or keep it new?
This is rather an interesting thing – I tend to break the spine. Oh, only on my own books! If I borrow a book, it is always returned the way it was borrowed, except read by one more person than it was before.
10. Do you write in books?
I think this counts as writing:
This is after three years of Music History (we used the same text for all three years). I do not write much in books anymore, as I rarely need to. I write what points I want from a book in notebook and store that in a place where I will never find it again. Either that or highlight the passage in my Kindle then delete the book after I am done reading it. Note to self: do not keep notes.
11. Electronic or print format?
I cannot answer this question without causing myself stress. I like the feel and the touch of the printed book. Paper books offer photographic offerings in better detail than you can find on the computer version, oddly enough. I do like to 968-book option available on the Kindle, though. Right now I am reading books on ly Kindle more often than paperback or hardcover. I spend, at times, 99¢ on a self-published book for Kindle that may not be available in printed form. Then again, I prefer some books to be in printed form, as the book itself is a work of art. I will not get into the carrying problem of paper books and the battery problem of e-readers.
There are so many more ways for me to answer these questions, but I open this up to you. Please leave me note here or on your own page with your own answers. I will challenge you with a twist: answer these questions with as much humour as possible. Canada is going through a horrible election campaign right now, and like most of us, I have become rather depressed with the whole thing. Photos would be even more awsomer!
I ask that you read Cinda’s complete blog collection here: Anatomy of Perceval. She is a fine writer and I want her to know what a great influence she has been on me.
Thanks Cinda, you’re awesome!!