1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?
I read wherever. I don't have a specific place in my home for anything. In fact, while we're on the subject, I'll bring up the fact that I don't even sleep in the same place. Shameless couch thief. I've "crashed" at my own damn place.
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
See, I appreciate bookmarks. And I want to like bookmarks. And I have a shit ton of bookmarks. But unless it's a library copy, I dog-ear. Otherwise, there's always the classic 'straight up using U.S currency as a bookmark' option, which for some reason really confuses people.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages?
Ah, see, this is another one of those things where I seem like I'll be particular, but I'll stop feeln' it in the middle of a sentence and set that thing down for, like, a week.
4. Do you eat or drink while read?
Oh, all the time. I don't so much have meals as I do just constantly fill my body with a consistent amount of food. I'm always eating. Always.
5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading?
Nooooooooo. Well, at least not music. I read books with a cinematic-style vision in my head, and if I have the wrong music on, it ruins the whole scene. Yep, that's right: Perregrinne Hart, who has carried on entire conversations while in the thick of a literary climax, cannot stand listening to music while reading. Even if it's in the corresponding playlist.
But TV? Bring that shit on, man! This probably isn't good, but my television is basically always on while I filter through a cycle of Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC. Even while I'm engrossed in fantasy, the world of politics lies dormant, waiting...
6. One book at a time or several at once?
ONE. BOOK. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE. I write reviews. I cannot afford to mix that shit up.
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
Everywhere, man. You cannot go wrong by bringing a book somewhere. It's always a work in progress, something that you're at work on, something you have to do. I'm one of those people that doesn't mind reading in public, to the point at which I've openly sobbed in restaurants multiple times. Shamelessly. I'll just point and say, "book" in a shaky voice, and my kind will understand.
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
A mix. Back to the seeing things cinematically thing---I'm always imagining how someone would go about portraying the characters in a book. Sometimes, I'll latch onto one in particular, and I find myself reading out their thoughts and their words. It gets awkward sometimes.
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Yes, actually. I've even read a few books backwards by chapter, from last to first. (I did that with the first two books in the Chemical Garden trilogy, by example.) And I'll only ever skip pages when I'm bored, or there's something I'm really looking forward to. Like, with the Lunar Chronicles, I always read Cress' point of view first, then flipped back to read the others'.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
I don't mind roughing up my books a bit, but the spine? Oh no, pal. I'm terrified of pages falling out (probably because of my traumatic experiences with a fifty-year-old copy of The Hobbit), so I'll screw up the covers, bend the pages, cover them in pencil, but you will not find a single book of mine, not even a paperback, with creases on the spine. (Unless one of my friends has borrowed it first, the heathens.)
11. Do you write in your books?
Annotating 4eva, dude. Most often with a pen or a pencil, but I break out the highlighters and the gel pens for rereads of my favorites. My friends are all horrified; they're under the impression that books are sacred, but me? I'm 100% here for thoughts meaning more. You'll never catch me writing on the pages of a library book, though, but if I feel like it still really needs a piece of my mind, you bet the next patron's gonna find some intense frickin' sticky notes.