ThursTag: The Currently Reading Tag

I’ve been looking for some new and interesting tags to do and came across this one created by YouTuber Charly Reynhorse. Since I currently have an alarming number of books on the go, it seemed like a good one to tackle.

HOW MANY BOOKS DO YOU USUALLY READ AT ONCE?

Trust me to procrastinate from reading by answering a tag that calls me out for not currently reading any of the 9 books I’m currently reading. Yes, 9. Usually I have one physical book, one kindle book and one audiobook on the go. In my defence, two of these books are meant to be read a section per month and one is our family audiobook which we listen to when driving. So there’s only really six on there, which sounds much better.

IF YOU’RE READING MORE THAN ONE BOOK AT A TIME, HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHEN TO SWITCH TO READING THE OTHER BOOK? (DO YOU READ A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PAGES IN EACH?)

Excluding the family audiobook and the monthly reads from this. I listen to my audiobook when I am doing work tasks which don’t need my undivided attention, when I’m out for a run, or doing housework (currently I have two audiobooks – one needs a lot more concentration than the other). I always start off reading my physical book at bed time, and I take it on the metro or to any appointments. My kindle book is for when I’m ready to snuggle down at bedtime, but not ready to sleep (holding up a kindle takes less effort) or unexpected reading time (if I’m stuck in a queue or something like that). Also, it’s just vibes- some days I am more in the mood for a particular kind of book. I do always try to put them down at the end of a chapter though, I’m not a total monster.

DO YOU EVER SWITCH BOOKMARKS WHILE YOU’RE PART WAY THROUGH A BOOK?

It’s bold of you to assume I use bookmarks. Erm… sometimes I use a bookmark, sometimes it’s a metro ticket, a scrap of paper, a receipt or the book jacket on a hardback book. I generally use the same thing to mark my page throughout a book though as whatever I’ve been marking my page with is usually the closest thing to hand when I’m ready to put a book down again.

WHERE DO YOU KEEP THE BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?

On my bedside table or in my bag, depending on whether I’m at home or expecting to go out.

WHAT TIME OF DAY DO YOU SPEND THE MOST TIME READING?

At bedtime. That’s usually when I have the longest, undisturbed stretch of reading time.

HOW LONG DO YOU TYPICALLY READ FOR IN ONE GO?

It varies so much. If I have nothing pressing to do and I’m not too tired, I can easily read for an hour or two. It’s generally more like half an hour before I go to sleep though.

DO YOU READ HARD COVERS WITH THE DUST JACKET ON OR OFF?

I always take it off. I find the dust jackets ridiculously irritating to read with. They feel funny and I don’t like the noise they make when I move my fingers or the book (I am prepared to accept other people don’t have this issue with dust jackets, but it’s the main reason they give me the ick).

WHICH POSITION DO YOU MAINLY USE TO READ?

I honestly don’t know how to answer this question. It really depends. If I’m in bed, then I’m usually laying on my side. If I’m reading on the metro or train then sitting upright. I prefer to be scrunched up in a cosy chair but that’s not always practical.

DO YOU TAKE THE BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING WITH YOU EVERYWHERE YOU GO?

Absolutely. I always take at least one book with me. I had a work trip this week where I knew I would have 6+ hours of travel time so I took my current read and an extra one. Plus, I always have my kindle and audiobook apps available on my phone. I am never without a book.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU UPDATE YOUR PROGRESS IN THE BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING ON GOODREADS?

I don’t use Goodreads any more. I use StoryGraph because I find it so much better (more user friendly and the functionality is so much better, plus the recommendations are actually relevant to my tastes)! I try to update it whenever I put a book down, but if not, then I will update it every day. I like to know how I’m doing against my reading goals.

How many books do you read at once? Please tell me I’m not alone in having an unruly shelf of current reads?

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