Hello friends, I’m still alive! I’m sure it has been a hectic week for everyone with everything that’s currently going on worldwide, so I hope you’re all well. Here in Greece, we’ve been in lockdown again since Saturday, so I’ve been busy transitioning to digital teaching and dealing with the stress that comes with that. On top of work, I’ve been trying to write every day for my NaNoWriMo project and failing horribly. I should have almost triple the words I have now according to the graph on the website, but most days I barely get in 200 words. I hope I’ll catch up soon, but even if I don’t, I’m happy to be writing daily!
Today, I’m doing a tag. I was tagged a couple of months ago to do the Currently Reading tag by Abby @Beyond the Read and, in typical me fashion, I kept putting it off. Thank you so much, Abby, for tagging me, and sorry it took me so long to do it! Everyone else, go check out Abby’s blog; it’s great and she’s even greater!
On to the questions before I start rambling again!
How many books do you usually read at once?
One. I had to read multiple books at once during my studies and I found the whole process too stressful and draining. Focusing on one book at a time is better for me, it allows me to enjoy the reading process more and fully appreciate each read. The only case I’ll choose to pick up two books simultaneously would be if one of them was a poetry book.
How do you decide when to switch between multiple reads?
I don’t, really. I pick up a new book right after I finish another one and that’s it. I don’t put that much thinking into it, reading is one of the few things I don’t have to overthink.
Do you ever switch bookmarks partway through the book?
No, not really. I pick the one that best fits the aesthetics of the book when I start reading and stick with it all the way through. There’s only one occasion where I’ve switched bookmarks in the middle of a reading session, though. I was about a hundred pages in My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman when I remembered that I had a bookmark matching it, which I had gotten at a book fair as promotional material for the book. Naturally, I got up in the middle of my reading to fetch it.
What time of day do you read the most?
Past midnight. I know it’s not healthy to stay up that late and I am trying to fix my sleeping schedule, but that’s the only time the house is completely quiet and I can fully immerse myself in reading. While the rest of my family is asleep I stay up a little bit more, snuggling in bed, and read a couple of chapters.
How long do you typically read in one session?
It usually depends on the book and the length of the chapters. If the book captures my attention, I will read at least 50 pages. If it’s a tougher read to get through, or if the chapters are too long, I’ll reach the end of a chapter and call it a day.
Do you read hardcovers with the dust jacket off?
I used to do read with the dust jackets on, but the books kept slipping out, so now I take them off. Also, if I really don’t like the design of a dust jacket I throw it away and keep the book naked on my shelf.
I feel like I just confessed to a bookish crime, oops
What position do you mainly use to read?
Either tucked in bed or in the most uncomfortable sitting position you’ve ever seen. No in-between. I wear my old pair of glasses when reading in bed, so I can lie on my side too and reach extreme comfort.
Do you take your current read with you everywhere you go?
Ha ha ha *cries because lockdown*. I used to do so when I was in university and had to ride the bus for at least four hours daily to get to and back from class. On normal, not quarantined days, I only have time to read at home so I don’t bring books with me, except for trips and holidays. Now, during the lockdown (and during the previous lockdown too), I just take my book from one room to the other.
How often do you update your Goodreads reading progress?
Twice for each book. First I put it on my currently reading shelf, and when I’m finished I log in my stars rating and sometimes a review. Then, I also like some quotes that stuck with me if I feel like it. The only case I update my reading progress more times is when I read collections or anthologies and I want to keep a record of my thoughts regarding each work.
I’m tagging everyone who reads this post and wants to answer the questions.
Tell me about your reading habits. Do we have any in common?