Why the Millions of Bookmarks I Own Remain Unused

I quite like bookish tags.

And by ‘quite like‘ I mean I love them. So, without further ado, here is a bookish tag about bookish things. (Feel free to answer these questions on your own blog – I’ve left them at the bottom of this post, and linked The Book Jazz original video.) 

DO YOU HAVE A CERTAIN PLACE AT HOME FOR READING?

I love snuggling up in bed,and hardly ever read at a desk. reading in bed

This way, when a book breaks my heart I can just roll over and lose myself in pillows, blankets and cat cuddles for a little while… 

But I also like couches quite a bit and (wait for it) aeroplanes!

I did a lot of travelling growing up (I’m still growing up, and still travel a ton – but you know what I mean) and overtime it became a tradition of sorts that I’d buy a book or two (or five) at the airport for the flight. 

BOOKMARK OR RANDOM PIECE OF PAPER?

I’d like to say bookmark (because I have about a million) but the truth is: more often or not, I use a random piece of paper or, just remember what page I’m on.

CAN YOU JUST STOP READING OR, DO YOU HAVE TO STOP AFTER A CHAPTER/CERTAIN NUMBERS OF PAGES? 

I can never ‘just’ anything.

I ALWAYS have to end at the bottom of the page so that when I return there’s a brand new one waiting for me. Like, if there is a comma right at the bottom of a page and the thought ends on the next one – guess who’s reading that page too? (Me. In case you were wondering.)

DO YOU EAT OR DRINK WHILE READING? 

gif - drinking tea

Drink? Yes. Tea (give me all the tea, all the time!!)

Eat? No.

NO!

HOW IS THIS EVEN A QUESTION? WHO EATS AND READS?

WHAT ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF A FALLING CRUMBS LANDING ON YOUR BOOK AND BRANDING THE PAGES FOREVER?

I could go on about this (I won’t). The answer is no, to eating. I don’t eat while reading, ever.

MUSIC OR TV WHILE READING?

Fact: I barely watch TV. But when I do, I like to be completely focused on what I’m watching. It’s the same with reading, really. I like staying immersed in the story.

Music however, never really distracts me. It kind of becomes a background noise (??) so I don’t mind if music is on but I won’t purposefully listen – unless both my brothers are running through the house and yelling at the top of their lungs then, I mean, bring on the music to block them out by all means.

 ONE BOOK AT A TIME OR, SEVERAL AT ONCE? 

I used to be really strict about this (like with eating while reading) and believed that reading more than one book at a time was simply unacceptable…But then I became a reviewer for publishing houses and a proof-reader for authors and suddenly I was reading up to four books AT THE SAME TIMEI tried (desperately) to stop but gave after many failed attempts – now I just deal with the fact that I’ll always have a million books on the go.

READING AT HOME OR EVERYWHERE? 

I always have a book with me, if that’s anything to go by. I hardly read when I’m away from home but that’s only because when I leave the house I have a game plan. I’m on a mission to do certain things and try getting them all done as quickly as possible.

DO YOU READ AHEAD OR SKIP PAGES? 

I have peeked – BUT ONLY ONCE, I SWEAR. I was reading a book (no spoilers I promise) and the main character was DYING.

I WAS ALL LIKE, WHAT? NO! THIS CAN’T HAPPEN and I stopped reading. When I went back, the following day, I…may have opened the novel about 100 pages ahead from where I was and…may have seen that she was still alive. Okay – fine, I downright looked because come on, I THOUGHT SHE WAS GOING TO DIE and panicked. (Just so you know, she ended up dying anyway needless to say, I won’t  peek again. #Karma)

BREAK THE SPINE OR KEEP IT NEW?

KEEP IT NEW. I deeply despise cracking of spines and I don’t care what you say about ‘loving books’ if you love someone you’re not going to break their spine – are you? No you aren’t (!) because you’ll be sent to jail. Beyond that though you don’t want to hurt the person you love. I’m exactly the same; I don’t want to hurt books.

DO YOU WRITE IN YOUR BOOKS?

NO WAY.

Well…I mean, I don’t usually write in books. I prefer not to but when I read books for school the reading rules go out of the window. Not because I don’t like the books schools make us read but rather, I WANT TO PASS AND GET GOOD GRADES

Here are the questions for the The Book Jazz tag:

If you’d like to do the tag all you have to do is answer the following: Do you have a certain place at home for reading? | Where do you like to read? | Bookmark or random piece of paper? | Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter / certain amount of pages? | Do you eat or drink while reading? | Music or TV while reading? | One book at a time or several at once? | Reading at home or everywhere? | Reading aloud or silently in your head? | Do you read ahead or skip pages?  | Break the spine or keep it like new? | Do you write in your books? | Who do you tag? 

7 Responses

  1. AHHHH *hides away from dog-eared pages*
    I TOTALLY understand what you mean about convenience though!
    If I wasn’t such a weirdo who believed that dog-earing pages was harming the books I’d DEFINITELY do it.
    Convenience is partly the reason I choose to remember page numbers rather than find a bookmarks.
    Have a lovely day and thank you for reading! *gives you a cupcake and begs you to stay*

  2. I actually dog-ear my pages! *cringes in shame and waits for tomatoes to land on her* I KNOW. It’s horrible! But it’s actually ridiculously convenient, even if I feel ridiculously guilty when I do it on a brand new book!

  3. CAIT! YOU’RE HERE? WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? *throws confetti* *offers you a cupcakes and begs you to stay*
    Eating-while-reading is THE worst (!) and I totally agree to the eating around a kindle. (I hope the lasgana was good at least?)

    Book polygamy is THE best and OH MY GOSH IS THAT HOW YOU DO SO MUCH?!?! I don’t know how you do all the things all the time *applause*

    Thank you for reading, Cait! Have a wondrous day.

  4. AHH I LOVE THIS. YOU ARE SO WONDERFUL. <3 And omg I am with you on no-eating-while-reading. I once at lasgana while reading…um, least to say it did NOT end well and I officially am sworn off. Unless I'm reading on my kindle? Which is delightfully easy to wipe clean of any mishaps. xD
    And I admire you for being able to remember what page you're on! I CAN NEVER DO THAT.
    Also I'm definitely a book polygamist! No regrets ;D I actually feel like I get more done if I read several books at once?! IDEK WHAT WEIRDNESS THAT IS BUT IT'S TRUE.

  5. Thank you for the comment!*gives you cupcake in thanks*
    SHE CROSSED OUT THE SWEAR WORDS IN LIBRARY BOOKS?! That is horrifying, but quite funny nonetheless.

  6. I read in bed as long as the book is not too heavy. I know someone who uses a sock as a bookmark. I can always just stop, usually when my eyes close and the book falls out of my hands. That’s why it can’t be heavy, can you imagine War and Peace landing on your head whilst dropping off? Drink tea definitely, eating? Um Not really, the cupcake may become a bookmark. Several books at a time, it’s such fun to read a paragraph of one book thinking you’re reading another, confusing and terrifying. Oh yes, now I know. I don’t write in books. I knew an old lady who used to cross out all the swear words in LIBRARY books, horrifying to say the least. I would never watch tv and read, it’s an insult to the author, like listening to someone else when he is talking to you. That’s just rude.
    Ok, most questions answered, thanks for great blog Kat.

  7. Keep It New? really? how can you not love a book to bits? strange child, but that is what makes this such an awesome read. Love it.

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