Lost In a Book

The lovely Louise whose blogs can be found here and here posted a brilliant entry the other day all about her reading habits, and left a list of questions for everyone else to answer. So I thought Sunday would be the perfect day to send this out, especially with all of the blustery weather we've been having courtesy of Abigail! There's even been some flooding in Kendal and Egremont here, so stay safe! It's perfect cosy, reading nook weather. 

Sage advice from the great Tyrion Lannister, from Game of Thrones.

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
The armchair downstairs is the comfiest place for reading, I find, though I'm fairly adaptable. I have to be comfy so I can completely lose myself in a good book, so a big, squishy chair is ideal, though my bed is a good place too.

Where do you like to read?
Anywhere that's quiet and comfy. It can be outside or indoors as long as there's somewhere I can properly lose myself. I find it hard to read if there's a lot of noise around as I find myself getting easily distracted and pulled away from a story and if it's something factual I'm reading I have to pay attention so noise is a no-no when the books are out! Ideally I'd like a vast, comfy, cosy library like the one at Hogwarts!

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Bookmarks, definitely! I always lose little bits of paper if they're tucked into books and I love collecting bookmarks, especially if there's a cute animal on it. My favourite one is my most recent addition - this pretty black and gold zebra bookmark which my wonderful friend bought me for my last birthday. 

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop at a chapter?
If I'm running late or really busy I can handle stopping mid-way but I do prefer stopping at a chapter - the only problem with that is that I end up sneaking a peek of the next few lines and end up reading another chapter - it's like falling down the rabbit hole - before I know it's 2am and I'm still wide awake and lost in a fictional world

Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
Tea while reading is always a good choice.

E-reader or real book?

I don't have an e-reader yet but I definitely see the appeal for holidays and travelling, but, I do love the feel of the paper and the smell of books, especially old ones! And the bonus of old books too are little hidden treasure. This one had a little pressed fern leaf inside it.

Music or TV while reading?
Both tend to distract me so it's just my imagination and me while I get lost in their world.

One book at a time or several at once?

I read several at once, usually, as it depends on my mind, especially if there's a non-fiction book I'm also interested in. It also means I can dip in and out of different worlds! Currently I'm delving in-between this stunning National Trust bird book I got for my 25th as well as Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan.

Reading at home or everywhere?
I can happily read everywhere!

Reading aloud or silently in your head?
I always read in my head as I feel I can properly lose myself that way.

Fiction or non-fiction?

I like both but I prefer fiction. I love getting lost in fantasy worlds and really gelling with different characters. One book that did that beautifully for me was Jennifer Donnelly's Deep Blue from the Waterfire Saga - mermaids and magic! And this stunning map opens the book, showing the different ocean worlds within the story.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?
I never read ahead or skip, otherwise I'm always worried I'll miss an important part of the story!

Break the spine or keep a book like new?
I will admit I am a spine breaker! But only if done nice and safely and I know it's a sin for all book lovers but I always struggle to read really stiff books - having said that, most of my spine breaking is accidental - I promise I'm not a monster! *runs away from book pelting* I promise I look after my books.

Do you write in your books?

I've never written in a book but I have found markings in some of the second hand ones I've picked up. My favourite being these little seahorse doodles!

Your favourite book?

Too hard of a question to pick just one, but my favourite recent book is definitely Fangirl. Cute, funny and sweet with lashings of fandom related goodness. If you were heavily into Harry Potter and the like, and even delved into the exciting world of fan-fiction, then you'd probably love this book - it wraps all of those things together and ties it all up with family and friends and a little bit of everyday magic.

If you want to answer these, feel free to and make sure to pop over to Louise's blog - she's another of my favourites!

Have an amazing rest of the weekend and hopefully an equally amazing start to the week too!



  1. Hi Natasha, like you I loooove reading, anytime, anywhere :) I too am always reading more than one book and usually in bed or on the couch, with a cup of tea/coffee. One of my fav books is The Shell Seekers' by Rosamund Pilcher.

  2. Hi Natasha, like you I loooove reading, anytime, anywhere :) I too am always reading more than one book and usually in bed or on the couch, with a cup of tea/coffee. One of my fav books is The Shell Seekers' by Rosamund Pilcher.

  3. Thank you for leaving me a comment and for answering the questions! You are the first person to do so (quite possible the only one that will!) and I do like to read about other people's reading habits!

    I find it hard to resist a peek at the next chapter and often end up reading it all, then the next one, like you! What a treat to find a fern leaf in an old book! I like finding old notes and whatever in old books too.

  4. I knew I'd love this post from the second I read the 'Sleep is good. And books are better' quote. I can't believe some people skip ahead or read the endings first - I honestly don't think I ever have, it just wouldn't feel right! Even if I'm not enjoying a book I'll either push through or stop reading altogether - reading the end seems so unsatisfying if you haven't read the story leading up to it!


    p.s. I love those little seahorse doodles!

    p.p.s. I'm a spinebreaker too, so we can be rebels together!

  5. 'Big squishy armchairs' are essential for reading and it's nice to know you also read in your head - I've always wondered how people can read aloud without feeling as though the whole world can hear haha!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  6. Some great questions and answers, its always great to learn of the reading habits of fellow bloggers.

  7. Nice read :)
    Your collection of book markers is impressive!

  8. Oh my gosh, where to start? I'll break a spine in before reading if needed so as not to break it badly. I'm a cover to cover girl before picking up the next but non-fiction doesn't count for that rule. I use my phone to read in bed, it provides it's on light and is easier to hold then a novel.

  9. Loved reading this and may bookmark (haha no pun intended) it to do at a later date.
    I'm the same with noise and don't know how some people manage to read on public transport etc!
    Oh and spine breaking - ahhh! I hate lending a book to my Mam as she always does it haha


  10. I love reading a head and looking at the end before I get there. I'm the same with TV and films, I love looking up the synopsis and the episode recaps - I have now started doing it with books too :)


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