Book Lovers Tag | Lemon Shark

book lovers tag challenge


Here’s a fun post, it’s a Book Lovers Tag challenge. I came across this fun tag over at Sarah Brentyn’s blog, Lemon Shark, where she invited anyone to join in. I thought it would be fun to do so and share my own reading habits here with all of you.


Do you have a specific place for reading?

I sure do. It’s in bed. I wish I had the leisurely time to kick back and read whenever I want but my days and nights are full so bedtime is my usual reading time. Depending on how long I can stay awake determines how long I get to read. But, with that said if I can steal other moments like waiting in a doctor’s office, subway rides or on vacation, I’ll take whatever opportunity I get to escape into a book.


Bookmarks or random pieces of paper?

That’s a funny question. I have an assortment of bookmarks. Do I use them? Not. I have a bad habit of folding pages where I left off. Old habits die hard.


Can you just stop anywhere or must it be at the end of a chapter?

Noooooo, I could never leave off mid page, mid paragraph, or mid sentence. Usually I will try my best to finish a chapter. At the very least, I will always finish a page before destroying corners and putting the book down.


Do you eat or drink while reading?

No, because I’m reading in bed and nothing potentially that could spill or leave crumbs in my bed is allowed in there. My rules. But if I’m on vacation, say reading at a pool or beach, I may have been known to have a pina colada by my side along with bottled water.


Music or TV while reading?

Neither. I absolutely can’t concentrate on what I’m reading, or writing for that matter.


One book at a time or several?

Absolutely several. I will always have from 2 to 4 books I’m reading for variety. I’ll usually have a nonfiction book on the go as well as a good fiction book or two and possibly a memoir. That way I pick up whichever one I’m in the mood for at reading time. Variety is the spice of my reading life.


Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?

I love reading in bed, but I love reading while on vacation more because I can read more during the day. I’ve also been known to read in the car on longer drives to somewhere when my husband is the driver. If I can steal an opportunity to read I will.


Read out loud or silently?

I definitely am a silent reader unless I come across a sentence that doesn’t make sense and I have to reread it , . . more than once. That’s when I’ll remark something like “What was that?”


Do you read ahead or skip pages?

No, I don’t read ahead but I sometimes go back to the blurb or back cover of a paperback in the midst of reading if the book is heating up and I can’t wait to find what happens. I like to see if I can pick out any clues from the blurb. I’ll admit that sometimes I skim over too much description.


Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Lol that is so funny. I am THE worst destroyer of a book’s beauty. I like to read a book holding it one hand which has me folding it practically in half – book abuse.


Do you write in your books?

I don’t write in fiction books but in nonfiction reference books I go to town with highlighting, penned notes in margins, and my favorite, using post-it-notes as markers for passages of relevance to me to be picked up easily.


I invite you all to join the Book Lovers Tag challenge and share your reading habits. Feel free to link back to this post so I can visit and share yours too.


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44 thoughts on “Book Lovers Tag | Lemon Shark

  1. I am shocked . . . SHOCKED, I say . . . to know I have been hobnobbing with a serial book mutilator! OMG. Folding down corners????? Where to begin! I’d rather snip holes out of my favorite clothing. Harrruuummmmph. And yes, it’s hard to hold some books open without breaking the spine. That’s why I also have a Kindle. 😀 I can highlight to my heart’s content with the Kindle, too, without making (gasp) actual marks in an actual book! *Going off now to contemplate the vagaries of life which made me friends with your ol’ book-mutilating self.* It fairly boggles the mind. 😉 😀 ❤


    1. Lolllllllllllllllll Marsh, I’m literally busting a gut laughing at your comment. OUchee, soooo sorry, but you know me, I had to tell the truth. Slap my knuckles and take away my highlighters but I can’t stop, old habits die hard.
      I do read novels on my Kindle but get flustered with all that technical highlighting stuff so I save it for my nonfiction paperbacks. Rest assured my friend, your books on my Kindle will not be harmed! LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL So funny! 🙂 🙂 🙂 ❤


  2. You’ll have to slap my hand too because I’m a book mutilator. If I own the book, it’s highlighters, writing in margins and in the flyleaf. If it’s from the library, I go gentler: dog ears, a little dot where I want to quote. Generally, I review books I read, so I feel justified. (Another slap!)

    Book markers? I have a magnetic one I like, but it’s heavy, so I often resort to slivers of Post-It notes.

    Reading in bed usually results in a book-flop to the floor. (Never might, Debby, all your books are on my Kindle, so mutilation a non-issue.)


    1. Lol Marian! First of all nice to see you back. And second of all, whodathunk you have such malicious book reading habits as I do, lol. And yes, I forgot to mention that often I do fall asleep with glasses on and book fallen to the floor too. So funny! And nice to know you have my books safely stored on your Kindle, Marian. But even if they were paperbacks I wouldn’t be offended at the abuse. Glad to know there’s another writer in my abusive book club! LOL 🙂


  3. Oh my Debby I didn’t figure you for a book abuser 😉 Seriously though I’m the same with ending at least at the end of the page but will go to the end of chapter if I have the time. Loved learning more about your reading habits. I’m imagining you cozying up with a book now before nodding off to sleep. Hugs!


  4. Deb…you are a book Monster!! I have never folded the corners of a page…never ever when I was reading printed pages. Kindles are made for readers like you! You must buy one!!

    I try to inculcate good reading habits and when my grandchildren are in fun mood, I take the book away with a warning…books need to be respected 🙂 🙂

    I think this goes back into the environment I got or the beliefs I had heard about books. Let me share a few…When ever a book would fall down, we were expected to render a silent apology by holding it close to our forehead, a habit I too picked up from my peer group. Books could never be put on the ground as it was considered to be disrespect to them. we were told a book abuser could never become learned! Sorry for bringing in some seriousness to the fun topic. I too like to read in bed.


    1. I don’t know whether I should be LOLing or shaking in my booties Balroop. I may have to put myself in a corner for an hour’s punishment, lol.
      Seriously, gosh, I hope I’ve passed the ‘never be learned’ part. And yes, of course I have a Kindle. This tag was about paperbacks, and as always I’ve shared my truth, lol. But you made me laugh ‘book monster’. Come on B, I love the cozy, lived in look and feel. 🙂 🙂


      1. I appreciate your honesty and truthful confessions…it was fun too…love your expressions…”LOLing or shaking… 🙂 🙂 Have a wonderful cozy Sunday with your Kindle!


      2. As usual, my thinking will be divergent. To ME, it is disturbing to think that evidence of a well-loved book is regarded as “abuse” by so many.

        Whenever I come across a bookshelf of pristine volumes – especially if they are ordered by height (or even worse – color!), my first thought is that nobody in that house ever READS the darned things. I want to take them all home for some actual book-love, rescuing them from their sad role as decor. 🙂

        Like The Velveteen Rabbit, I can assure you that every one in my large personal library has been well-loved indeed!
        (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
        ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
        “It takes a village to transform a world!”


      3. I love this! That’s exactly how I feel, hence ‘the abuse’. To me the condition of a well-loved book tells a story itself. ‘Nuff said. 🙂 ❤


  5. I’m happy to hear you’re hard on your books, D.G. I am as well, and also appreciate well worn, used books. Sometimes I’ll use a pretty ribbon as a bookmark but I often lay it flat out wrecking the spine. I’m also a bed time reader. I don’t have a t.v. in my bedroom so my book is my entertainment before sleep. Nice to connect with you. I just popped over from Emotional Shadows, where I often see you 🙂


    1. Hi Lisa! Thanks so much for popping over, lovely to meet you. And so nice to learn there’s another ‘book abuser’ among us, lol. It seems by the comments here that we are either book abusers or against by the comments here. Lol, I’ve already been reprimanded by Balroop, LOL. 🙂


  6. I’m the same with bookmarks (as in not using the pretty ones I have) and used to be the same with not being able to leave off mid-page but, alas, life has changed me. I must say I am utterly shocked that you are a *gasp* page-folding, spine-breaking reader! Who are you? I’m speechless! No, really. I’m hardly every speechless. 😉 Geez, lady! Well, at least you don’t read ahead.


  7. So interesting to learn about how you like to read, Debby. I also fold down corners. Tee hee. You are lucky that you can read in the car, it makes me car sick so I sleep in the car – I have a fortunate habit of being able to sleep in any vehicle that moves, car, train or plane.


  8. This is a nice challenge to join. I’m glad to learn a bit more about you and your reading habits, Debby. Some I recognize (needing total focus to read) and some I am different with (I try to only read one book at a time, although, sometimes I have one fiction one and one non-fiction one going). Since I rarely have time to read, I often have to start over, since I have forgotten what I read months prior.


    1. Wow that’s a long time before you get back to a book Liesbet, no wonder you forget what you read. Reading is my relaxation. I do hope you get to find more time to read. 🙂


      1. Oh yes Diana, that’s the part about the ‘blogging break’ that overwhelms me, – the catching up! I’ve heard of many bloggers who return from a break just delete all their notifications and start fresh. I get over 100 a day! I don’t like to feel like I’m missing out on important info, so that’s why I at least skim through them while away before I delete, but it’s still a process. It never ends. 🙂 xx


      2. I get about 100 a day too, Debby. I deleted all but one from each blogger, which left me with about 500 to go through! It took 3 solid 12-hours days to respond to them all. I think the smarter thing to do would be to delete all (except new followers) and start fresh, and I’ll do that next time. Still figuring it out, obviously. 😀


      3. I can well imagine. That’s what I mean about ‘catch up’. It still took all those hours to go through them all and choose one right? There has got to be an easier way! OMG *tears hair out* LOL 🙂


  9. I like reading in bed also, Debby, but sometimes I get so sleepy…. You and I are also alike in that no TV or music is allowed, I absolutely can’t concentrate on my reading if there’s noise like that. I can also read four or five books at a time. Alas, I can’t read on car trips because my spouse is a chatterbox and never shuts up. He’s a great driver, but he never shuts up, which brings me to why I can’t write either…


    1. Lolllllllllll, sorry Lana, but I had to laugh at your comment about your chatterbox spouse. I know it sounds funny, but could only imagine how it may grate on my nerves. And I think you’re a beautiful writer, so you must be stealing some silent time to do that, LOL. 🙂 xx


      1. Oh, Debby, the only time it is quiet is when I get a break at school for an off period, ha ha. He is an extrovert where I am such an introvert. However….he is also a musician and is getting ready to head to California to perform in a few weeks so I will have some time to write after all! It sure is crazy around my place 😀


  10. I love having multiple books going at once, but for me it’s usually a non-fiction, a novel, and a book of poetry or short stories.
    Do I mutilate books? Nope, I prefer bookmarks and I never bend the spine.
    I never read in bed, but when my husband settles down to watch TV in the evening, I open my book. I seldom have time to read during the day, which is why I love vacations – I can read all day long.


    1. I sure understand no time for reading during the day. That’s when I have to sneak mine in, at night. And yes, vacations are for book lovers! 🙂 x


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