The Filipino Book Bloggers posted some really interesting set of questions down in their blog. So I thought this would be a proper venue to air of some my odd reading quirks — and to make way for my first Filipino Friday post! 😀
For this week’s Filipino Friday, I thought we could all answer some questions from the Reading Habits meme:
1. Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
Before anything else, I just want to let you know that I’m an OC book hoarder lover. As much as I can, I try to maintain the immaculate condition I’ve found a book, acquired either as new or used or borrowed from or given by a friend. Writing or highlighting books is a big NO NO for me. I would rather bother myself writing every beautiful passage from a book in a piece of paper than write in it. I know this is a tedious process, but yeah, it’s just me. That just goes to show how much I respect every book that I own. And know what, iIhave this funny notion that someday my collection will be a part of my inheritance to my children. Also, if ever I’m buying a previously loved book I would scrutinize it closely; spotting for (most specially!) creases and writings on the covers and/or the pages. If a second hand book fails to meet my standards, even if it’s a hard-to-find one, I will not buy it, thinking how despicable its previous owner was. Ahahaha! 😀
2. How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
I abhor any form of mutilating a book — dog-earing and laying it flat on the table or (worse!) on the floor included. Same thing goes for tabbing or putting Post-It on the book’s pages. As is the common custom I always use a bookmark to remember in what page I stopped. I’m always using my trusty bookmark which I’ve been using for two years now.
3. Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
If a book pretty much engrosses me, I’ll read it just a fast just to reach the end of a chapter and continue on matters that scream for my attention. On the contrary, if a book is common and not that impressing, I think it wouldn’t hurt if I come back to it later on. But, as I’ve vowed, I never let go of a book, no matter how tedious and bothersome of a read it is, unfinished. Well, because I want to have my money’s worth and as part of respect to the author who has painstakingly written it.
4. Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?
I’m a one-book-at-a-time kind of person. Reading multiple books isn’t really my thing since this makes me confuse and intermix about the particulars of the book(s) I read. Believe me, my sanity in hanging by a thread and a “book-orgy” isn’t a thing that would definitely help me. Ahaha! 😀
Hope my answers has given you gentle readers enough of an idea what kind of a reader I am. No need to say it. I know, I’m horrible! :p
Incidentally, I stumbled upon this informative and somewhat funny picture of things no to do with a book. See here.
As always, dark nights and creepy wonders! 😉