Well, I’ve had an interesting week. For several months, I’ve been bothered by knee pain. Finally got a referral to an orthopedic surgeon and surgery may be in my future. However, I woke up on Monday with pain in my right middle toe. (You might guess its on the same side as my bad knee.) As is typical with me, I tried to ignore it and treat it on my own.
Until Wednesday night when the pain was excruciating. Stayed home from work on Thursday and went to the doctor. Turns out I have a stress fracture, and I’m in a walking boot. Never had a broken bone (and I was an accident-prone child) until now.
But on to more pleasant topics. Fellow author Mae Clair posted a couple of days ago about her reading habits and invited bloggers to join along. If you’d like to write a post on your blog, I’m tagging you.
And now, here are my reading habits.
Do you have a specific place for reading? I prefer to sit on the sofa in my den (it’s nice and cozy there), but I’ll read almost anywhere. In my office during lunch, in the car on long trips, or sitting outdoors. When I was in my early twenties, I had a backyard hammock and every afternoon you could find me there reading the latest Harlequin Romance. (I don’t read those anymore.)
Bookmark or random piece of paper? If possible a bookmark but in a crunch, a piece of paper will do. So much of my reading now is on my Kindle, so bookmarks aren’t needed.
Do you eat or drink while reading? Sometimes I read while eating lunch or dinner.
Music or TV while reading? Not usually although I did listen to Spotify while reading a couple of nights ago. I almost never turn on the TV, but if my husband is home and turns it on, I tune it out to read.
One book at a time or several? Usually, one unless I’m having a hard time getting through a story and I’ll read another.
Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere? Preferably home, but I’ll read anywhere I can.
Read out loud or silently? Silently, unless I’m having a hard time with a passage and I might read out loud to get a better understanding of what’s being said.
Do you read ahead or skip pages? Not unless the book gets boring.
Break the spine or keep it like new? I don’t purposely bend the spine, but with paperbacks, it sometimes happens. I try to keep hardbacks like new and protect them.
Do you write in books? Fiction, never. Writing reference books, yes.
What books are you reading now? Just finished “Tempted by Mr. Wrong” by Jacquie Biggar. I’m reading the twelve other stories in “Quantum Wanderlust” (I never go back and read my own work because I’d want to change something.) I have a to read list that is too long, so I’m not sure what I’ll select next.
What is your favorite childhood book? That’s easy. “The Incredible Journey” by Sheila Burnford. I also loved “Charlotte’s Web” even though I’m terrified of spiders. As a teenager, I liked “The Outsiders” by S. E. Hinton.
What is your all-time favorite book? That’s tougher to answer. It’s hard to pick just one. I’m a fan of Tolkien, so I liked “Lord of the Rings.” I also like Agatha Christie mysteries and “Murder on The Orient Express” is one of my favorites.
What about you? I’d love to know about your favorite books!