Hello and welcome to the March edition of Not Just a Mom Link Up! If you are blogging about your reading habits, please link up below! And then check out the other posts.
First of all I love reading, I have always loved it and consider reading to be the best route to being a good human (if I do say so myself). You have one story for your own life, but to be able to peek into the lives and experiences of others (through fiction and non-fiction) gives you an opportunity to learn, have empathy, understand others' motivations, process your own stuff, and feel your feelings. Movies and other media are fine, but books are superior in my opinion since you're forced to take in all of the nuances that go with the words used.
So without further ado, my reading habits:
When & Where - Mostly on the subway back and forth to work. If the book is really good I'll find times at home to read too. I like to take a book on trips to read while on the plane or sitting on the beach/by the pool. I cannot read in the car!
What - I have a running list of books on my phone from various sources of recommendations and each year I put together my own reading list but will pick up other books. My favourites tend to have one of the three characteristics (or a combination) - Canadian, war themed, or heartbreaking. I also like thrillers and some lighter reads (aka Chick-Lit), or the odd autobiography, but I don't like self-help books.
Who - Some authors I've read more than one of their books - Liane Moriarty, Fredrik Backman, Clare Mackintosh, Ruth Ware, Jill Santopolo
Why - See above.
How - Paper books only for me. I mostly get library books but will buy the odd book or ask for them as gifts. I also read fast. I can usually get through 70 pages in a day when travelling to and from work (just over an hour of travel time)
Some reading notes:
I read Gone with the Wind (and its sequel Scarlett) a lot as a teenager, like probably more than 10 times. I definitely romanticized that time in history and I feel a little guilty about that now. I don't know if I will read it again.
I have cried out loud while reading in public, a few times on the subway (Nine Perfect Strangers and After the End) and once on a plane (The Shock of the Fall) incidentally they were all about children being sick or harmed.
I like when books I've read are made into movies or TV shows, but the book is always better.
I used to belong to two different book clubs but I prefer choosing my own books now and reading them when I want to.
I really hate being interrupted in the last 50 or so pages of a book.
I have an English degree so I did read a lot in university.
I have a million bookmarks and I usually end up using a post-it or library receipt to mark my page.
Check back next month when we talk about another of my favourite things, lunch!