Hello again for Part 4 in the Behind the Blog series! In Part Three, we discussed how we decide to read next! Now that we have the book in hand (or in our ear), what bookish habits do we have when reading? Let’s dish!
I revolve most of my day around when I will be able to read! Even when I wake up in the morning, I think about reading during my lunch break or listening to an audiobook on my way to and from work. During those times when I’m at home reading, I have a particular couch I lay on that faces my fireplace and has ample light coming from 3 windows – perfection! Mostly, I am laying down but switch over to sitting in the corner of the couch when I have a nice cup of tea! I do choose to listen to music on my home speakers when I read – a specially created playlist I’ve named Royal Reading haha. It has mainly scores from Victoria, Outlander, and The Crown. Soft enough that I’m not distracted, but engaging enough that I feel inspired to keep reading and being in the zone.
When I am in a print reading sesh, I have two bookmarks – one that marks where I’ve left off and one that marks where I want to end up before I break or wrap up for the day. Whenever I come across a memorable passage or something I want to come back to, I do (eek) dog-ear the pages hahaha. Sometimes I have post-it flags nearby but for the most part, I gotta do what I gotta do. I aim for reading towards the end of a chapter/section or to a nice round number like 100 or 50. I always love updating my Goodreads reading progress as I finish a reading session. Such a satisfying feeling and accountability!
However, audiobooks are a different ballgame. The majority of the time I listen in the car on my commute. Recently, I have been listening to true crime or romance books, not the best to have my windows down haha! I thought at first that I wouldn’t be able to focus on the content and story as I, you know, should be paying attention to the road! However, the pacing is good and the tone is mostly neutral so that I am not distracted by sudden loud noises or anything of the like. When I cook at home, I like listening to something and a lighthearted story or a memoir is my go-to genre that I can multi-task and still get a good meal AND story in!
I believe the summary of this post is that I will always find a way to get some reading in and make the experience enjoyable, even with my potentially odd habits!
What are your reading habits?