Is this something that you’ve even thought about before? I’ve been reading for over 30 years, and I cannot even begin to guess how many books I’ve read in that time. Reading a book is just something that I do, most days, and have done for most of my life. So, I’d not really given much thought to ‘how’ I read, until recently, having had a few chats with the family, with them ably modelling their preferences…
My husband holds his book with both hands, and has to put it down at the end of a chapter. Before starting a new chapter, he’ll have a flick through to see how long it is to enable him to decide whether he has the time to read one more. His sister is similar, though she also tends to skip to the end of a book so that knows how it ends before reading it (my sister-in-law really hates surprises!). My brother holds his book with one hand, flipping the other pages back behind it (like the bottom right in the photo) and also likes to read to the end of a chapter. He turns the corners of a page down to mark where he is. His wife likes to read with the book laid out flat in front of her on her desk, though if she does hold it, it tends to be with two hands. My mum, well she reads like me, though now she’s retired, she probably gets through a few more books than me each month!
This is how I read:
– I hold my book with one hand
– I use a bookmark/postcard or some such, or occasionally leave the book lying splayed open to keep my page, but I never turn the corners down.
– I will stop reading in the middle of a page, let alone the middle of a chapter.
– I read sitting, lying, upright, on my side – doesn’t matter to me as long as I have some light!
– I will sometimes be reading a couple of books at a time. It’s rarely more than 2, and it is normally just the one, and in an average month, I read 3-4 books in total.
So, please do share now – how do you read yours?
Oh, and don’t miss this month’s book swap! Drop me an email at Jocelyn@thereadingresidence.com with your postal address to join in. Everyone welcome, you don’t need to be a blogger.