I am a former stay-at-home mom who has given up her hopes and dreams of becoming a professional reader. I now spend my days showing small children how to play games on computers. Right now I'm living vicariously through my 9 year-old who is reading everything she can get her hands on.
Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?
I have spent a great deal of time creating a home office/library for myself in my house. This was suppose to be my space for reading. The reality is, I have three small children. If I want to finish a book, I have to hide in the bathroom. It is the only interior door in my house with a working lock.
Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Both. The local library always has bookmarks available. My children seem to think they need a new bookmark every time they go to the library. We go to the library once a week. There's all kinds of bookmarks floating around my house. I also have these two four year olds who are learning to use a scissors in preschool. They come home every day with backpacks full of scrap paper they think I need to use for bookmarks.
Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop reading after a chapter/certain number of pages?
Nine times out of ten, I have to just stop reading because I'm interrupted. If I have control over the situation, I like to stop at the end of chapters.
Do you eat or drink while reading?
During the day I like a big, steaming mug of tea. At night, I like a big glass of red wine.
Multitasking: music or TV while reading?
There's always something going on in the background while I'm reading.
One book at a time or several at once?
It's rare for me to not be reading at least two books at a time. Usually I have a paper book and an e-book going.
Reading at home or everywhere?
Everywhere. My husband usually has to drive when we go places so I can read.
Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently for my books. My eight year old likes when I read out loud to her.
Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Rarely do I skip pages. I have to be pretty bored and desperate for a reason to continue reading if I'm skipping pages.
Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
Most of my owned books are hardcover so the spines are pretty hard to break. Cracks in paperback spines drive me crazy.
Do you write in your books?
In college, I highlighted the life out of my textbooks. If I am reading a non-fiction book from my personal library, I will take the occasional note in the book. If I need to take notes while I'm reading, I have a spare notebook close by.