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Postby Memo » Mon Jul 09, 2007 1:46 am UTC

I get annoyed by audiobooks as they are so sloooooooow.

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Postby the Cow » Mon Jul 09, 2007 1:47 am UTC

Memo wrote:I get annoyed by audiobooks as they are so sloooooooow.


They are indeed. But printed books are really fuzzy and make my head hurt.
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Postby Alisto » Mon Jul 09, 2007 2:01 am UTC

I could never listen to an audio book. If I listen to a new song in my car and really really try to pay attention to the lyrics, I end up having to restart the song a dozen times because my mind wanders. There's no way I'd be able to pay attention to a guy talking to me for hours.
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Postby the Cow » Mon Jul 09, 2007 2:06 am UTC

I didn't think I'd like them before I tried them. But now I really enjoy falling asleep to them every night. My mind does start to wander as I get close to sleep, and I'll reset to that point the next night.
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Postby Pebbles » Mon Jul 09, 2007 6:21 am UTC

hmmm book habits.. I used to read the last page of books when I just started them.. usually they dont give too much away.. pretty much just who lives to the end and if the goal of the story is eventually reached. I dont do that so much anymore though, only when a story starts getting boring.. to keep it exciting I read a bit from the end.

I dont really have any others.. Im quite rough with my books mainly because I carry my current book with me most places (when the current book is too heavy I throw a small paperback in my bag to reread instead).

I only ever read magazines in the bathroom.. if I try reading a book Ill sit there until my bum hurts so much Ive gotta stand up.*

As for marking pages, I turn the corner down or find a scrap of paper to mark it. I have no problem writing on books either.. I take to mine with a pencil when I have one handy and underline passages I like or quotes I like and in textbooks I have no problem highlighting all over them.. although I just cant make myself highlight or write on glossy paper... one of my textbooks last semester was on glossy paper.. and it was so clean and beautiful.. I just couldnt take a pen to it.. I marked things with little post it notes and wrote on them instead.

I believe books are meant to be loved.. and just like your best loved toys as a kid, they are gonna get a little raggedy and dirty.


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Postby Birdman » Mon Jul 09, 2007 6:31 am UTC

I read in the shower. It's relaxing and warm and means I don't have to put a good book down but can still stay clean (with the exception of my left, book-holding, hand and wrist).

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Postby Zohar » Mon Jul 09, 2007 6:47 am UTC

Rarely I read while taking a bath. Not a shower, though.

It actually ruins books, all those humid vapors. I don't do it much.

As for Wheel of Time (Wheel of morality turn turn turn...), never read it. As for Song of Ice and Fire, tried to read it and was instantly bored.

Regarding highlighting - I had a dream of getting all of the Discworld novels, reading them one by one and doing a webpage with all the cool sentences from each book.
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Postby Birdman » Mon Jul 09, 2007 7:03 am UTC

I'm pretty rough with my books. I used to be precious but I got over that. One of my favourite qualities in books is their durability: I can read them in the shower; rain; they can get singed (have you ever tried actually burning a book on its own? It's really hard), thrown around and crumpled; their spines can be broken, and they can get more dog-ears than a whole lot of dogs but they still work.

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Postby ShadeWolf » Mon Jul 09, 2007 8:45 am UTC

my habits are reading the last few lines in the book, and also seeing how many pages of reading there are.
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Postby Alisto » Mon Jul 09, 2007 8:45 pm UTC

I mentioned this in another thread, but I will NOT, under any circumstances, write in a book. I will not write my name in the cover, I will not highlight, etc. Autographs/signings/etc. are an exception, as are yearbooks.

I also will not dog-ear pages. Instead, I will use whatever is around as a bookmark. I frequently end up with envelopes and whatnot saving my page.

The spine, though, I have no problems bending. I won't abuse it and bend it past a certain point, but a well-worn spine is a book's badge of honor.
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Postby PictureSarah » Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:03 pm UTC

Generally I don't have any reading habits that I find very odd...although when I'm feeling self-indulgent, I have a plastic tray that is exactly made to fit the width of my bathtub, and it has a special slot for a propped-open book. I load up my tray with tea, cookies/muffins/tasty edibles, book, fancy bath oils or girly smelling bath condiments of another type, and go sit in a hot bath for an hour or two while I read, eat, and become wrinkly and good-smelling.
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Postby Ren » Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:08 pm UTC

That sounds fantastic. I wish my apartment had a bathtub...not only could I take relaxing/reading baths, I would have somewhere to put my feet when I shave my legs.

I tend to spread out all over the place when I read. A preferred position involves lying stomach down on the couch with my book on the floor and my head hanging over the edge.
After a few hours, though, this can give me a headache. *Sad*
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Postby kcr » Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:09 pm UTC

PS_Mouse wrote:I remember the page number instead of marking the page with a book mark or something.

Me too.

If I start a book, I will almost always finish it. I can only think of two that I didn't finish after starting (this isn't counting ones I've started and not finished, but intend to continue with).

I'm always in the process of reading more than one book at the same time.

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Postby Ended » Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:26 pm UTC

I don't use a bookmark, I don't remember the page number either; instead when I pick up a book I spend about 5 seconds flicking through it to find my page. I use an iterative method: start by opening a random page; if I've read it, skip forward, otherwise skip back. It usually converges pretty quickly on the right page.

This partly stems from the way I sometimes read in bed at night, which is to read until I literally cannot keep my eyes open, then close the book (often while in mid-sentence), drop the book on my bedside table and switch the light off.

Now that I think of it, this in turn stems from my insomnia if I go to bed too early. Oh me yarm, cause and effekt.
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Postby funkenregen » Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:51 pm UTC

i mostly remember the page number, if not, applying the method ended mentioned.

there are 3 books i haven't finished:

    *) don quijote (the long, 1100 pages version. i made it to 250)
    *) grimm's fairy tales (they are all the same, read 100 pages, you know the other 1000 one. nonetheless i got half-through)
    *) the bible (yeah, that's right, i attempted to read the bible. it was friday night, no tv or computer available, nor a good book anywhere. i think i completed exodus, it got monday [public library open!] before levitikus)


edit: bad english. probably still existant, but i'm from austria, i've got an excuse.

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Postby ghoti_styx8 » Tue Jul 17, 2007 5:34 am UTC

I always brushed the pages with my right index finger as I read
I don't know why
but I don't think it's made any difference to the books except to soften the harsh corner a bit
and I always enjoy a well worn book to one of the pristine, new feeling...those make me uncomfortable
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Postby H.H » Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:14 am UTC

Alpha Omicron wrote:I like to see what the first and last words. I don't look at the last until I get to it though, because I can't resist the temptation to look at the rest of the last page.


Do you know of any books that start and end with the same word?

My favourite novel does that, and I was wondering if there are others.
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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Tue Jul 17, 2007 12:07 pm UTC

Some books I read backwards. Mainly, any of my Calvin and Hobbes books. Those can be read backwards and forwards.

In the past with the Harry Potter books, whenever one of the movies or the next book in line was to be released, I'd reread the entire series. I didn't do it with the latest movie. Didn't have time, and didn't really think about it. Same thing with the last book due out this weekend. All I'm rereading right now is the sixth book. I'm sure there'll be references to the previous five, so I'd just have to quickly go back to look it up, if needed.

My mom doesn't do it anymore (not that I know of), but when I was younger, I remember her taking a book and just putting it face-down, opened to wherever she left off. Of course it fucked up the spine over time, especially the paperbacks.

Re: audio books. The audio books can be boring, but it depends on who the reader is. I had an audio book for the book "Midnight Bayou" by Nora Roberts. They had two readers, since the book took place in two different time periods, about 100 years apart. A woman read aloud the parts that took place in the late 19th/early 20th century, and a man read the parts (the main story) that took place in a more present time. To me, what really works is if they use a reader who is from the same country or region the book takes place. For example, for the Harry Potter audio books I think they used some British TV actor or announcer. For the Nora Roberts book, I think the actors were two people from the south, or were capable of imitating the southern, Cajun/Creole accent very well.

I had the Nora Roberts audio book when I used to drive 80 or so miles one-way, and in some cases would be stuck in traffic for over an hour. Sometimes it took nearly three hours for me to get home. Once or twice it took me four.
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Postby rivenwanderer » Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:42 am UTC

Terry Pratchett books have a lot of footnotes. When I turn a page and notice it has a footnote at the bottom, I quickly glance over the entire page to figure out where it's referenced so I know when I get to read it.
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Postby Durinthal » Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:45 am UTC

I have a bad habit of reading the footnotes first when I turn the page, and then trying to find the paragraph that references them.

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Postby BiancaBlack » Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:37 pm UTC

If I start a book, I have to finish it, no matter how dreadful it is.

I keep reading until the book is finished no matter how late it gets. Actually, that's not entirely true, I occasionally fall asleep with the lights on and wake up with my glasses askew and ink smudged across my forehead.

Before I start reading, I check how many pages and chapters there are. Then, after reading the first chapter, I estimate how long it will take me to finish the book (and wonder for a moment whether I will fall asleep with the lights on before I can).

This thread made me remember one of our first IB English HL classes (we were studying "The Great Gatsby").

English teacher: So, what do you do when you read a book? Cathy?
Cathy: Uhm... You try to finish it...?
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Postby Æshættr » Tue Jul 31, 2007 12:03 am UTC

There was some WoT confusion earlier in this thread, so to clarify:
Book 8 was Path of Daggers
Book 9 was Winter's Heart
Book 10 was Crossroads of Twilight

8 and 10 were the boring ones, 9 and 11 were made of pure win and Mat goodness. 10 basically recapped what everyone other than Rand was doing in the last three chapters of book 9, which is why it was boring.

Speaking of habbits and WoT, I have to force myself to read Jordan's drawn-out prologues. It's nice that he touches on all (or at least most of) the storylines in the prologue to refresh your memory, but sometimes storylines (like Perrin's) can get really boring.

When reading WoT, I don't need a bookmark. The ink smears so much on those books that you can tell where you are just by looking at the closed book on the side opposite the spine.

Another WoT habbit I have is always thinking of how much better a solution balefire might have been to some situations.

As for non-WoT-specific habbits:
Usually after finishing a chapter (or if there are lots of short chapters, something around every hour) I stop reading for a minute or two and mentally go through the stuff I just read. Usually I mark my page (I never buy bookmarks, usually I just use the reciepts from the bookstore/library) and walk around my house while I'm doing this, and the walking usually brings me by the kitchen for something to eat or drink.

It absolutely pains me to see highlighted textbooks. So much that I usually will pay the premium of new textbooks to used ones if I can't avoid highlighting any other way. Pencil is fine, though, if it's in moderation. One of the few times I've written in a textbook was to keep a list of my homework assignments written on one of the blank pages near the back of my calc book.

I've only ever listened to one audiobook. That was because the book was far too boring for me to be bothered to actually read (back in highschool English class, reading The Kitchen God's Wife).

If I start a book, I will eventually finish it. The only exception that I've ever made for this is Tyrant's Test. Kitchen God's Wife would have been the second exception, but I needed to read that or I would fail the quizzes in class.

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Also, I always flip to the last page to get the page number, while simultaneously trying not to read anything on the page. This is so I can always know how far I have to go to finish the book.

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Postby rfliss » Wed Aug 01, 2007 3:55 am UTC

Whenever I start a book, if I don't finish it by the end of the day (which is quite often, considering my bad habit of beginning new books at 1 in the morning) I have to finish it the next day. If I don't it's a lost cause. Unless it's really good.

I usually listen to post-rock music or ambient music when I read, it helps me focus a lot more than I would with all the distractions of my life. My favorite being Sigur Ros. It's less distracting because I have no idea what they're saying.

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Postby marshlight » Mon Aug 13, 2007 4:43 pm UTC

I am impressed and baffled by people who mix literature and water.

ghoti_styx8 wrote:I always brushed the pages with my right index finger as I read


I have a habit of running my fingers over any indentations or bumpy places on a book while I read it... uneven spine glue, glossy covers, small rips on the bottoms, weird page edge textures, etc etc ... this has prompted me to try and buy books in the best condition possible, because otherwise I end up unconsciously stroking the book and I know it looks a bit strange.

Actually, now that I think about it, I do this with everything. Cell phones, cameras, keys, pens, you name it. But I think it started with books. As did many things.
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Postby notyouravgjoel » Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:36 pm UTC

I like to lay my books on the table, held open by a large pocketknife doubling as a paperweight.

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Postby Nimz » Wed Aug 15, 2007 9:11 am UTC

I typically cannot stand to write in books. I also typically don't write notes in class. However, I've made photocopies of a textbook (just the pages that were to be covered in class) and I found that I could write notes on the copies. Two birds with one stone :)

When I'm reading for leisure I usually have the book less than a foot away from my face. If I'm at a table I sit, slightly hunched over. In my bedroom I'll either be on my bed, propped up or I'll be on the floor on my side, shifting from one side to the other.

To mark what page I'm on, I usually use the dust-jacket. That was a bit tricky with Jules Verne (4 books in one) and the Hitchhiker "trilogy," but the latter wasn't a problem, as I finished it within a week... I can read regardless of my level of exhaustion.

Currently I'm in the middle of about half a dozen books. Sometimes I'll mark the page of one book with another book (and vice versa), but usually only if there aren't any scraps of paper around. Dogears aren't evil, I just don't do that.

Paper books >> e-books. I can read text on paper much faster than I can read the same text on a monitor. Not to mention scrolling.

One of the nice things about being a walk-in maths tutor is that when there aren't any students around I can get some reading done. However, it also means that if I'm near the end and a student walks in, I have to wait to find out the ending :lol:

Magazines are funny things. I usually start reading them from the back. I think that's because that's where the most interesting/amusing articles can usually be found. As I get towards the middle, I've usually taken off the mailing sticker and worried off most of its adhesive.

Sometimes I'll snack when I read. Most of the time I completely forget about the outside world, including food, so if I want to fast, grabbing a good book is a definite possibility.

I've never tried audio books, per se, but I can listen to recorded lectures without any problems, so I don't think audio books would be much of a problem, either.

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Postby sunkistbabe1 » Thu Aug 16, 2007 5:45 am UTC

Alisto wrote:The bad book in the WoT series was Path of Daggers. Book 9, I believe. The whole thing was politics and just boring. Even the biggest fans of the series say that Path of Daggers was a chore. But the books after that picked up the pace.

Ignoring arguments on the writing style (which I personally like) and the bad female characters, I absolutely love the world he's crafted. That's what keeps me so deeply invested in the books.


Oy, i hate books with a lot of heavy political things. My favorite mystery author had one book that was heavy into the politics and that felt like a chore to finish. But I had started it and I liked everything else she wrote (Mary Higgens Clark), so i pressed on.

Once i finish book 7 of WOT i'm switching over to some other authors (single books - no series) before I start up again. otherwise it'll be years before I get to anything else. I only read before bed, it's the only down time I seem to have. I can't read in the car like my hubby can, i get nauseous.
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Postby sunkistbabe1 » Thu Aug 16, 2007 5:49 am UTC

Memo wrote:I get annoyed by audiobooks as they are so sloooooooow.


Well, are they not reading the book? But i guess they talk slower than a lot of people can read.

We have a lot of family that is 6 and 8 hour drives away, so we will occasionally get an audio book to listen on the drive there and back.
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Postby Nimz » Thu Aug 16, 2007 8:16 am UTC

If I'm reading quickly without using any speedreading techniques, I can manage about 300 words per minute. With speedreading my rate is closer to 1000 words per minute, though it probably could be higher if I practiced more. I don't do much speedreading since it's much more leisurely to read words one at a time. I read more slowly through textbooks and chess literature so my brain has a chance to absorb what's being said. For instance, I can quickly read a series of moves, but if I want to visualise the moves on a board I have to take a few seconds for each move.

If I'm in a playful mood, I'll turn my book upside-down and read it that way. I can't read quite as quickly that way, but it's still faster than I normally speak. Of course, as a walk-in math tutor I've had plenty of practice writing upside-down, so there's probably a correlation there. Sideways is the most challenging orientation for me for reading or writing. Backwards is at least twice as easy as sideways, but I digress.

If I'm reading while prone to be distracted I move my thumb down the page, pointing from above at the line I'm on. Of course if I do get distracted for more than a few seconds my hand usually moves. :? I never said it was a perfect system :roll:
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Postby marshlight » Thu Aug 16, 2007 5:11 pm UTC

sunkistbabe1 wrote:I only read before bed, it's the only down time I seem to have. I can't read in the car like my hubby can, i get nauseous.


I think I figured this out the last time I went on a 6-hr trip. When I was little I read in the car almost always, but as I grew I started feeling really bad after only a few pages unless I was on a big bus. On said recent car trip, I was in the middle of a Really Good book and I didn't want to wait for the end. I figured it had something to do with the motion of the car, so I sat in the backseat and blocked the window closest to me from view with my hand (also supporting my head). For the first time in years I was able to read for a good 4 hours in the car, and I only stopped because it was getting dark. I was very pleased with myself.
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Re: Book habits

Postby Prika » Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:20 pm UTC

I'm not sure if this counts as a book habit, but if I've read a book that is made into a movie, I refuse to watch said movie. I believe they rarely live up to the original written story. On the other hand, if I watch a movie based on a book and I like the story, I try to get the book, and after reading it, will relentlessly rant to anyone who will listen about why the book is a million times better.

I also try to impose this habit on my family members (which sometimes gets on their nerves). Because of this, we have banned "The Da Vinci Code", all three "Lord of the Rings", "Eragon" and the last few "Harry Potter" movies from the house. But these books have been worn through after being read so many times =)
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Re: Book habits

Postby CogDissident » Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:55 pm UTC

I always place books face down. Compulsively. Every book on my headboard is face down, and any book on the bookshelf is either standing up normally, or piled face-down.

I was always creeped out by the people on covers of books, which is why I started the habit. Books with people on the cover, and artist pictures on the back, force me to put another book ontop of them.

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Re: Book habits

Postby 1hitcombo » Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:48 pm UTC

I've never really done the showering/bathing while reading. Always been too afraid that I might clumsily drop the book or get it wet, and I hate getting books wet.

When I read I usually slowly shift from more comfortable seatings to less comfortable ones. It always seems like a good idea to read a book in bed until I start dozing off. I usually end up in my wooden arm restless chair. I can't read with armrests. It's not comfortable for me. Maybe they're just not the right height though. Who knows.

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Re: Book habits

Postby Kendra » Sat Aug 16, 2008 12:24 am UTC

I love well-worn books. I throw mine around, carry them with me all the time, lay them open and face-down on tables. My favorite books have soft pages and broken spines from handling. But I hate it when people dog-ear books, and refuse to do it myself.

I had a copy of Pride & Prejudice that was absolutely perfect it was worn out so much. Taped together, a complete mess (it was my mom's before it was mine), but it was wonderful. Sadly, when moving from my dorm back to the house the summer after freshman year of college, it got wet, and by the time I unpacked it, it was mildewed beyond all hope. It was quite a tragedy for me. I did, however, manage to rescue a few pages as a memento.

It irritates me to no end when people read the last page of the book first. I'm not entirely sure why.

I have to read to the end of a chapter before I'll stop. If a book has footnotes, I usually will ignore them until I finish the page (or get to a stopping point on the next page), and then I'll read them all at once. I can't stay in one position while I'm reading--I move around constantly.
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