My reading style [tagged]

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A couple of weeks ago the lovely Bec from The Plumbette tagged me in a little questionnaire about my reading style. Anything books, reading or writing I’m all for so I’m thrilled to join in.

I haven’t done a lot of reading in the past two months which frustrates me, so I’m really looking forward to the wind down after Christmas and getting stuck into some books on my (long) ‘To read’ list.

So here goes with the questions:

Do you snack while you read? 

Yes and no. It depends what time of day it is. Sometimes the only time I get to read is a quick 20 minutes over lunch, so I will eat and read at the same time. When I read at night time I’m partial to nibbling on a chocolate here or there too. But for the most part I enjoy just relaxing with a book in the sun or on the window seat of my office.

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

For a fiction novel – no way! I don’t even like it when people fold the corner of the page to mark where they are up to. That’s what book marks are for people!!! If it’s a non-fiction book, it’s a little different, although I would tend to use sticky post-it notes and write on those rather than the book itself.

Fiction, non-fiction or both? 

Both. I have a preference for fiction but I also love to read on-fiction such as a biography or a memoir. I love reading about others’ life experiences and what they learned along the way. Oh, and give me a psychology book any day and I’ll be a happy camper. (nerd!)

Hard copy or e-book?

There is nothing like holding a real book in your hand, although I have started to read a few books here or there on my iPad Kindle App. I can definitely see the benefit of being able to download many books and carry them on the one device, particularly for travelling. But nothing will ever be a special as a real book.

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

I certainly prefer to read to the end of the chapter, but sometimes, especially when reading during the day, interruptions are a plenty! The only problem with reading to the end of the chapter is if it’s a gripping book it’s hard not to read on to the next chapter!

What are you currently reading?

I have such a long ‘To read’ list at the moment that I don’t know where to start. I have downloaded Outback Ghost by Rachael Johns and have started reading that. It’s not my usual genre so I’m finding it interesting. My aim next year is to read often and widely. I have some great books on my list such as Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project & The Rosie Effect, All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Us by David Nicholls and Craven by Melanie Casey. And I have a few unread James Patterson books on my bookshelf that I bought second hand a couple of months ago. So lots to keep me going!

What was the last book you bought?

I tend to buy most of the books I read as I want to support the industry as much as possible. So the last book I bought was Outback Ghost by Rachael Johns.

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’ve never been able to understand people who can read two books at a time, I’m certainly not one of them! I usually get so engrossed with the characters that there is no way I could start reading another story before knowing what is going to happen in the first one.

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

Not really. I try and grab a few moments where ever I can through the day. I’m not much of a night reader as I tend to do my writing at night. I do enjoy reading in the sun when it’s not too hot, or curling up on my window seat in winter with the afternoon sun filtering through the window. And thinking of places people read, I’ve always wondered if people actually do read on the toilet?

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

Not particularly. Though I do love Jenn J McLeod’s writing and also Liane Moriarty. They are definitely authors that I would recommend. And also some of the classics and my favourite books of all time: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, The Outsiders and The Crucible (play). Funnily enough all books from my high school days that sparked my love of reading.


Now it’s my turn to tag a few people. There’s no pressure, just if you’d like to share (or need some ideas for a blog post!) Simply answer the same questions above! Easy!

Lucy Bowler

John Anthony James

Essentially Jess


Tell me about your reading style? And does anyone really read on the toilet?