My Reading Style

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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.


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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

Debbish

Jodi Gibson

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