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My reading habits

Hello everyone! I thought I’d share my reading habits with you today. I’m thinking of revisiting this post in a year, and finding out if my habits have change and if yes, how.


Readwalking

I get a lot of readwalking done. I’d actually say that I get most of my reading done while walking. My walk to university is around 20 minutes long, and it takes me around 50 minutes to get to work. It’s the easiest way for me to pass my time while walking, be efficient, and not get bored while working – I get bored really easily if I’m just walking somewhere and not doing something else at the same time. However, at the moment, it’s just impossible for me to readwalk because it is too cold. I can’t read printed books, because the pages are so delicate, so I’m afraid I’ll tear them, and I can’t read e-books because the Kindle doesn’t register my tapping, when I’m wearing gloves.

Eating and reading at the same time

I’ve been doing this ever since I was little. Just give me a space, where I can sit comfortable, and have space to eat and read my book at the same time. It’s one of my favourite ways to eat food, because I’m a really slow eater, so I anyway always do something while eating – and it might as well be something that I enjoy doing!

Reading and cooking

I do this a lot. A lot! Cooking is something I don’t enjoy doing a lot, so I will usually read a book, just to have something fun to do while I have to cook.

Reading in bed

Sometimes, I will read in bed. This rarely happens at night, because if I’m reading an intriguing book, I just won’t stop reading until I finish it, and I so need my night’s sleep. Reading also makes me feel wide-awake. It’s just too counter-productive. However, I love waking up early and reading in the morning. It’s a wonderful way to start the day.


So, those are my reading habits at the moment. How do you do most of your reading?

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30 thoughts on “My reading habits

  1. Currently? On the floor while taking the time to read. πŸ˜€

    Would love to readwalk though! But then I’d walk rather slowly and would be late all the time (since I usually leave when I’m almost too late already).

    Eating and reading is something I’m trying to do more. I eat quickly and have realised that I cut my breaks short at work. But if I read some, I actually take a proper break, so that’s helping a lot too. I’d also love to read more in bed, but unfortunately my bed is rather uncomfortable (it’s a loft bunk and rather close to the ceiling) and in the morning … well, let’s say once I wake I really have to leave my bed. And once I’m up – I’m up.

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      1. It really does. Though I think what I personally need is a proper couch. I had a nice bed and a comfy chair before but I always prefered a couch. One day!

        I am taking breaks, no worries! Sometimes they just end up being a bit short. Or used to. These days, it’s rarely less than 40 minutes.

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      1. Alex is like the male version of Siri. He can read kindle books if you open your kindle book, and swipe down. Of course, you have to turn on this feature from settings.

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  2. I love to read while eating! Unless I’m eating with someone else, I either eat lunch and read or eat during work and then walk on my lunch break. I also read right before bed a lot, but have to be careful which books. I’m jealous of your ability to cook and read though – if I try that it becomes “read and burn dinner!”

    My kindle is an old one with buttons for turning the pages, so I could still read walk even when it’s cold, but where we’re currently living there are more cars so I worry about getting too distracted. Usually I knit while walking or if it’s nice out I have a botanical app on my phone to look up different plants. Or near home I’ll take one of the dogs or cats.

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      1. It might be worth trying to get an older kindle! I have no interest in upgrading mine. The only downsides are that it doesn’t work nicely with Google books or books with lots of pictures or unusual formatting, and it can take a little longer to load books on than the new models.

        I have a whole strategy for knit walking. Only small lightweight items like hats, socks, or mittens, only circular needles magic loop. A little pouch holds the yarn and notions, which goes in my pocket in winter or in a larger bag in summer. Always simple, repetitive patterns that don’t require notes or a lot of looking down. One time I did snag my yarn on a bush and walk over a block before noticing, so there are perils.

        If you learn how to knit without looking you can do it while reading as well. I knit about 5 pairs of socks and 3 hats per year and the only way I can is by knitting during other activities.

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  3. Wow! That’s amazing girl! 😁 i want to learn to walkread… I think i will listen to audiobooks when commuting, that’s as far as I can go with multitasking 😁

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  4. I’m so jealous that you can walk and read at the same time, I would get so much more reading done if I could so that! I also wish I could read sitting in the car or on the bus but it just makes me feel ill! In terms of places I actually do read, different to you I do most of my reading in bed before going to sleep because it settles me down. I also do a lot of reading on the train because it is about a four hour journey between my home and uni so I get lots of reading done whenever I go home! Cool post πŸ™‚

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  5. I’m so jealous, I’d LOVE to readwalk but I never managed to do it lmao. I love eating and reading at the same time though (especially at lunch because I eat alone in my classroom and what better pause than immersing yourself in another life?). Great post Sinead!!

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  6. yes it’s so dangerous to read in bed!!!! You codfuld just casually pick up a book to settle down, then WAIT it’s midnight and you have to get up at 5 am. but the temptation is too strong for me to resist, naturally ❀ I love this post very much!!! πŸ™‚

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  7. Reading and walking is reaaally interesting to me, because i’ve tried it and i get dizzy, so i assumed that’s how it was for everyone but i guess not haha!
    I read and eat when the book is really gripping and i can’t stop thinking about it, otherwise i use that time to catch up on a tv show or YouTube videos.
    Hmmm come to think of it I’m a boring reader haha. I do most my reading in bed at night or if I’m in a car not driving, in a waiting room, etc… basically anywhere i would be sitting doing nothing.

    Great post! πŸ’–

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