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My Reading Routine 2021

Hello and welcome to post where I talk about what my reading looks like these days. A long time ago in 2017 I made a post called My Reading Routine. I feel like a lot has changed in the roughly 4 years since I have written that post. So, here is a little update!

When

This one actually has not changed too much. In my original post I mentioned that I mainly read on the weekends. This is still true, but that is because that is when I do my chores and listen to audiobooks. But, it is also when I have time to take a breath and set aside some me time. I have also started reading more at night, but it might not be a book. It could be articles, blog posts, or anything else. I just read what I feel like reading while I wind down for the day. I just need to make sure it isn’t too engaging because I will be up all night reading.

Where

In my original post I talked about how I like to read outside, which I still do. Nothing better than reading on a hammock when there is a light breeze in the air. I don’t so much go out in the summer time anymore though. I save outside reading for when it is cooler so I am not melting into a puddle.

Now, as far as reading inside I still read mainly in my room laying in bed. Like I mentioned earlier I have tried to make reading any form of media before bed. I don’t use my arm chair too much these days because my plant collection kind of gets in the way, but I forgive them because they are majestic and bring some beauty to my room. Since shifting away from using my chair, I now read quite often at my desk. I am not sure if it is because I have been working from home for so long or what, but I have found this space to break away from others and just focus. As for audiobooks, I listen to them while doing chores around the house so any and all rooms get utilized.

What I Need

When I first wrote this post I talked about wearing comfortable clothing, listening to classical or instrumental music, lighting a candle, and a comfortable blanket. A little has changed. I still love being comfortable when reading, especially if I plan on reading for quite some time. As far as background noise I have really taken to ambient ASMR, especially fire places and thunder storms. I don’t bother with candles in the same way that I did. I will light them from time to time, but it is few and far between. But, the thing I need the most and I can’t read without is a good book. Everything else I can do without.

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Let’s Talk | My Chaotic Reading Habits Tag

Hello and welcome to a bit of a tag post that I thought was really fun. I came across this tag a few months ago when it was posted by Noelle Gallagher, a booktuber. As soon as I watched I knew I would eventually get around to posting my own answers because I love learning about other reading habits as well as talking about them in general. I always found it kind of funny how so many people can love the same hobby, but engage in it so differently!

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I generally read in my room either in my bed or in my chair. If it is warmer out I will read outside and enjoy some fresh air.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Now, this one is interesting. I used to be someone who just used whatever was around me. But, as of late I have been using bookmarks more consistently. I am not sure when this shift started or what actually changed for me because I always had bookmarks on hand. lol.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

I need a natural break in a book to stop reading. I either will stop after a chapter or if there is a break in a chapter. If not I get a bit annoyed at having to find exactly where I put the book down. But, I will say there are times I just stop because something has to be addressed or comes up. This is a huge reason why I am not a fan of books that don’t have chapters or natural breaking points.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Yeah, I tent to have a drink of some sort when I am drinking. I don’t always have a snack, but not because I am against eating while reading. I just tend to read after a meal or before bed so I am not too hungry.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

I often have instrumental music playing in the background or an ambiance video playing. I actually did a post on some of my favorites a while ago, it is called Let’s Talk | Personal Reading Sprints with ASMR. I tend to use them as guidance for reading sprints and I listed a few of my favorite channels.

6. One book at a time or several at once?

I generally have 2 or more books going at once, but they tend to be two different formats. I will tend to read a physical book or ebook and then listen to an audiobook at the same time.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

I generally read at home, mainly because I don’t go many places these days with the world being what it is currently. I have in the past always brought a book with me on the go.

8. Reading out lout or silently in your head?

I really don’t enjoy reading aloud. I always read to myself in my head.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I have done this from time to time if a book is REALLY dragging or there is a POV in a book I loath and I will skip their chapter. I am reading for entertainment and if it is not entertaining me I am skipping it.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I am not someone who is like I NEED to break the spine or someone who will be upset if the spines are broken. I just kind of let happen what is going to happen. I will be very careful with a book though if I am borrowing it from a friend because it is not mine. Library books tend to be hard covers and tend to have some sort of protection so I don’t need to be as careful as if I am reading a friends copy.

11. Do you write in your books?

Yes, I will write in a book if I have strong reactions to something in it or I am reading it for a buddy read or review. That way I can find some things to discuss easily and not need to look from a note book then to a book and then try to find a line on a page. But, if I do not own the book I will not do this.

Tagging

The Glitter Bomb, Howling Libraries, What Vicky Read, BinxThinx

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Let’s Talk | The Currently Reading Tag

Let's Talk

Hello and welcome to a very delayed tag post. I am so bad with keeping up with these, I don’t know why. Anyway, I am excited to be doing The Currently Reading Tag and I was tagged by the wonderful Whitney from Whit Reads Lit.


My Current Read


The Questions

How many books do you usually read at once?

I usually read between 1 and 3 books. At one point I remember reading 5 at a time and I don’t recommend it. If we are talking about right now,  I have managed to keep it to 1!

How do you decide when to switch between multiple reads?

When I am jumping between multiple books it is usually because one is an audiobook and another is physical. I might also remember I have to return a book to the library and just start it so I don’t miss out on it as well.

Do you ever switch bookmarks partway through a book?

Usually I do this if I loose the bookmark, which I do quite frequently when I am on the go. The past few months of staying home I have managed to only loose 1 bookmark.

Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

I tend to keep the books I am currently reading either directly on my bed or on my nightstand. But, I will be honest, they are usually just sitting on my bed because I read before going to sleep.

What time of day do you read the most?

I tend to read a lot during the late morning and early afternoon, but that is if I don’t have any plans. If I have plans during that time I will read at night. I pretty much read when I have time to read.

How long do you typically read in one session?

I usually read for around an hour, but sometimes I will just binge a book and sit there for hours as well. If I pick up a book I make sure I have at least an hour to read.

Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket off?

Yeah, I always take the dust jackets off when I am reading because I am afraid of ruining them or bending them funny.

What position do you mainly use to read?

I mainly read sitting in my chair or laying down in bed. Since the weather is getting nice I am reading in my hammock more, which has been lovely!

Do you take your current read with you everywhere you go?

Well, since my area is still for the most part locked down I am not really going anywhere other than the supermarket. I am not really bringing anything extra with me to the supermarket.

How often do you update your Goodreads reading progress?

I update my good reads when I start a book, finish a reading season, and finish a book. I am pretty on top of goodreads. Updating my reading else where, well, not so good.


I Tag

Melinda

Evelyn

Destiny

You!


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Tags

Blogmas Tag Time | Naughty or Nice Tag

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Hello and welcome to another tag! I am so excited to be doing this tag for the second time this year. If you are curious to see how I did last year, you can check that out here: Tag Time | Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag. This tag was created by Jenn and I was tagged by Jenna and Leah, you should check them all out.


Rules

  • Tag & link the person who tagged you
  • Tag and link me/this post (if you would be so kind, I love reading your answers!)
  • Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
  • Tag another 10 people!

Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it

I currently have about 5 books waiting for review, I am hoping to get them done by January of next year. Fingers crossed.

2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley

I am actually happy to say that mine is currently at 86%

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) 

I have one that says it right now, but I am waiting for my review on my blog to go live first then I am going to add it to my goodreads. I have made it a goal this year to write even a sentence about a book.

4. Folded down the page of a book

Hope, I have not. I personally can’t do that, I normally just stick whatever is around me to hold my page. This could be a receipt, paper, my pen/pencil, another book.

5. Accidentally spilled on a book 

Thankfully, knock on wood, that has not happened to me this year!

6. DNF a book this year

Yes, I am pretty cut throat when it comes to DNFing a book I am not enjoying. There are too many books in the world to waste time on one I am not enjoying.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it 

A pretty cover might pull me in, but I need to like the description as well.

8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) 

Nope, I have to admit I get what I need to get done so I can relax while I am reading.

9. Skim read a book 

Nope, I have in the past, but I don’t remember doing this in 2019.

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal 

I set my goal at 50 every year, I figure a little under a book a week is a good goal to have incase life gets a little out of hand. I want to enjoy reading, not be stressed by it. At this point I have read 95 books and I am hoping to read a few more before the end of the year.

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library 

I have always returned the books I have borrowed, maybe a day late here and there, but I have always returned them.

12. Broke a book buying ban

Yeah, a few months ago my Read 5, Buy 1 went out the window, Read 5, Buy 1 | September 2019 Fail. I am going to be jumping back into it come December.

13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about 

Nope, I have not done this in 2019 as well. Any review I started to write I finished it.

14. Wrote in a book you were reading

I annotate the books I have for review, I notice I pay more attention and notice even more.

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads 

Nope, all the books I have read this year have been added to my goodreads account.

16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend

Just as earlier, I have returned everything I have borrowed.

17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book 

I think my friends and family know I don’t really let people borrow books, but I am always trying to pass on books for them to keep. It makes me so happy to be able to pass on great stories to others.

18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book

If someone lets me borrow a book, I sure as anything am not going to break the spine on them.

19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged 

Thankfully, I have not had any book jacket related incidents this year. I hope 2020 is just the same.

20. Sat on a book accidentally

Yeah, I have a habit of leaving my current read on my bed or on my reading chair and forget. Thankfully, no damage has been done!

Final Score: 5/20, down 2 from last year!


I Tag

Misty

Paige

Rae & Jen

Lauren

Adrianna

Evelyn

Meeghan

Sarah

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& anyone who wants to join in on the fun!


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Tag | My Good Reading Habits

TagTimel12:17If you have not noticed, I am finally catching up on a bunch of tags I have been slacking on. This weeks tag is a fun one and I was really happy to get tagged by Meeghan over at Meeghan Reads. I really love this tag because it is so different for each person who does it.

Rules:

  • Pingback to this post or the creator!
  • List some of your good reading habits, the things you think you do well.
  • Nominate some of your blogging friends

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My Good Reading Habits

DNFing Books

As I have learned that if I am not enjoying a book I need to put it aside. If I force myself to read something that is not my cup of tea I will either read it very slowly, get into a reading slump, or I will justify end up not liking everything. It kind of ruins my reading mood in general. So, I have realized it is okay to DNF a book, I can always try again in the future if I feel the need to.

Setting Realistic Reading Goals

While goals are important, I have to say that making them realistic is important. I try to make my reading goals difficult, but always achievable when I put in effort. You can see my most recent reading goals here: Reading & Blog Goals | 2019 First Quarter Check In.

Setting Reading Time Aside

I always my a point to set time aside almost every day if not every day to read. I know for me, making this a priority really helps me relax at the end of the day or after a really stressful event or day.

Using the Library

I use my local library at least a few times a month. I think it is really important to support them as well. Due to the fact that I read so much I support them by donating books when they accept them as well as buying books from the library sale. I also do my best to help them during fund raisers.


I Tag:

Read by Tiffany

Travel in Retrospect

Thrifty Bibliophile

Bookish Kimberly

Northern Plunder

And anyone who wants to jump in!

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