My Reading Style


Last week Janet from Middle Aged Mama tagged me to answer some questions about my reading style.

If I’m honest, I rarely read for myself these days. I read more books in a week than I did when I was at school because I am reading story books to my girls every day. While it can be monotonous reading Poo Bum and Where’s the green sheep all the time, I enjoy snuggling with my girls to read a book. I know I will get more time when they are older to read for myself again. Here are my answers to Janet’s questions.

Do you snack while you read?

No, because I don’t like to have sticky fingers when flicking pages to read a book. Having said that I do remember reading a book about the life of Mary Bryant (a female convict that escaped the colony) and the stories about the convicts starving sent me into snack overdrive. I couldn’t stop eating to counteract what I was reading. I may have gone through a whole packet of chips while reading one chapter!!

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

No I don’t mark my books. I used to fold over the corner of the page, but these days I use a bookmark or a random piece of paper to mark where I’m up to. Sometimes I memorise the page number.

As for writing in books, the only writing I like is a personal message and autograph on the inside cover from the author.

Fiction, non-fiction, or both?

Both. I like to mix up what I read. I love reading biographies and when it comes to fiction, I enjoy romance or drama. I also enjoy any children’s books that have adult humour in them.

Hard copy or ebooks?

Hard copies. Easier on the eyes and I love the smell of the pages. The only ebooks I like to read are compilations or recipes or cookbooks.

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?

If I’m really drawn into the story and really eager to know how the story is going to go, sometimes I will read the last chapter and then go back to reading where I was. Most days, I will finish where I can before I fall asleep.

What are you currently reading?

I have a few books that I am reading at the moment. Yes, I’m one of those people who has a few books going at once. The books I mainly do this to are the self-help type books.

Currently I am at page 40 on the book Sleep by Positive Parenting which gives the secret of problem-free nights with a baby. I borrowed the book from a friend because Phoebe has been waking more than usual at night and I’m a sucker for buying or borrowing baby sleep books.

The other book I’m halfway through is the one I was given at Problogger – Life in Half a second by Matthew Michalewicz.

What is the last book you bought?

The last books I bought were for my kids. A smurfs book and a Lazytown book because they were at one of those book stores where all the books at $5.

The next book I would like to get and will most likely wrap and place under the Christmas tree is Absolutely Beautiful Things by Anna Spiro.

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?

I have a pile of books I’m trying to read on my bedside. I will have a couple going at one time. 🙂

Do you have a favourite time of day and/or place to read?

At the moment there is no favourite time. I fit in reading when I can which is usually at night once my girls are in bed. I like to read in bed or on the couch.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?

For romance novels I recommend Nicholas Sparks. I came across him after watching The Notebook, A Walk to Remember and Dear John. I also like Paullina Simons and Jodi Picoult.

Three bloggers I would like to nominate are

Yin Yang Mother


Jodi Gibson

Are you like me and read more kids books than novels? I’m linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT.