Musings From A Bookmammal

Musing Mondays–A Questionaire For Readers


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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!

Here’s my musing for this week–

I’ve seen this book lover’s quiz on a few blogs lately, so I thought I’d join in the fun! Ready? Here we go!


credit David Hettinger

credit David Hettinger

1. Do you have a specific place for reading?   I’ll read just about anywhere, but my very favorite spot is my big blue overstuffed chair in the corner of my library/office.

2. Book mark or random piece of paper?    I’ll use the freebie bookmarks that I get when I buy books if they’re handy—otherwise I’ll use a receipt or other piece of paper. If it’s a book that I own, I’ll dog-ear as a last resort.

3. Can you just stop anywhere in a book or do you have to stop at the end of a chapter?    I like to stop at the end of a chapter if possible, but sometimes when I read in bed at night I get so tired that I just stop wherever I am on the page.

4. Do you eat or drink when reading?   Often! I live alone, so it’s very rare that I eat a meal at home without a book in front of me. If it’s not mealtime, I’ll often be sipping or nibbling at something. These days it’s usually Crystal Lite Raspberry Lemonade and maybe some crackers or some chocolate candy—something that doesn’t drip or splash!

5. Music or TV on when reading?   I hardly ever just sit and watch TV without doing something else—folding clothes, doing paperwork, etc—and if I don’t have a chore to do, I’ll usually have a book in front of me when I’m watching. Music is OK, too. The only exception is if I’m reading something really involved for work—then I need as few distractions as possible.

6. One book at a time or several?   I am NOT into monogamy when it comes to books! I’m usually reading at least two books at once. Right now I’m reading an essay collection and a memoir, and I’m also listening to a novel during my daily commute.

7. Reading at home or elsewhere?    EVERYWHERE! I often read on my lunch break at work, and sometimes I’ll even read at long stop lights when I’m driving. I finished a book in my doctor’s waiting room last week.

8. Read out loud or silently?   Silently—although I do LOVE to read aloud to kids. When I was teaching I read aloud to my kids from a novel everyday—even when I was teaching high school. And when I was a bookseller I used to love running the weekly story times. 

9. Do you read ahead or skip pages?    I’ve never understood how some people can skip ahead and read the end of a book first–although I have been known to physically cover the facing page with my hand if I’m reading an especially suspenseful part–to keep myself from “accidently” reading ahead! The only time I’ll skip pages is if I’m reading something with a lot of description and I just can’t take it anymore.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?     I can read a paperback from cover to cover without breaking the spine, but I don’t mind books that are broken in—it just shows that they’ve been well read!

11. Do you write in your books?    Sometimes—I’ll underline passages I like or quotes I want to remember. Sometimes I jot down the page number inside the cover if I don’t want to underline. I only do this in my own books, of course!

12. Who are you tagging?   I don’t tag people, but if you want to play along, please leave your link in the comments so I can visit and read your answers!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

21 thoughts on “Musing Mondays–A Questionaire For Readers

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  2. Saving this for a rainy day because I don’t want my answers to duplicate yours (which they probably will anyhow). 🙂

    • HA! I wish I could trust myself not to inadvertently jump ahead, but sometimes the suspense is almost too much! Glad I’m not the only one with such a self-control problem! 🙂

  3. I have seen the quiz before and it looks like fun. I need to take the time to do it.

  4. Love this and think I will have to do it for my blog soon. I don’t know how you can eat meals while reading – I just don’t have enough hands and eyes to manage that.

  5. Thanks for this, it was fun!!! I did it for my monday musings – sorry to copy! 🙂

  6. I’ve never understood the skipping ahead reading method either – love reading this questionnaire.

    • I listened to an interview with author Lisa See recently–she said that when she reads a novel, she reads Chapter 1 first, then the last chapter, then Chapter 2, then the 2nd-to-last chapter, and so on–when she meets herself in the middle, if she likes the book she’ll then go on and read the rest again, but in proper sequence. Crazy, right???? I promise I’m not making it up!! 🙂

  7. This is an interesting tag! I might do it and save it to Drafts in case I get to my lazy days again lol.

  8. I’ll skip ahead if a book is going slowly to check if it’s worth continuing. If a book is clipping along, then I’m too absorbed to worry about jumping ahead.

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  10. Aaaaaand for some reason I forgot I already did this and did it AGAIN! Some of my answers may have changed though, haha.

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