Reading Habits Meme


This is my answer for the meme from Filipino Book Bloggers for this week's Friday Discussion.

1. Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

It doesn't horrify me at all as long as the writing is relevant and doesn't distract your eyes in reading a line or two. If I want to display them on the shelf, I don't mind if I scribbled some pointers on some pages. For the first place I bought them not to be displayed as trophies or eye candies to be admired from a distance but as mind and soul foods to be shared and touched by those who deserved it. And I can do whatever I want to do with my book archive and I'm planning to donate some of them in the future. Returning to our topic, I like to highlight my books 'coz it's a sign that I finished reading them. I write personal footnotes as impromptu reaction but I do it minimally and marginally using a pencil or a ballpen if I dislike the book. I usually do it with non-fiction books. Imagine Jose Rizal or Hitler, or just plain old Joe Shadow like me writing their personal footnotes on a specific book that they love to study or dispute. Historically, it will become relevant if you put your thoughts in those vacant areas. It's a proof that your thought existed and you're not just a blank reader.

The latest book that I was able to provide footnotes on its pages was a non fiction copy by Jeannie Javelosa. That was an exception to my rule in writing footnotes only for books I own because a friend wanted me to borrow and read her copy, and she actually gave me the green light that it's okay to highlight passages and write my thoughts on it and I, just fired away. I loved the book and in return, I wrote a review for her.

2. How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?

Nothing fancy for my reading place because I don't use bookmarks anymore and I just dog-ear the current page. Somebody always find a way to steal my bookmarks before. It's weird.

3. Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?

I can stop anywhere. But I love to stop at cliffhangers to suspend my hunger and anticipation for the next revelation, or momentary cul-de-sac or dead ends.

4. Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?

I can read more than one book. There's always a scenario when you encounter a difficult book and you don't want to throw it away by giving it a second chance and the only thing to do that is to read other easy books or a favorite book before returning to that difficult read. It works for me all the time.

Happy Friday Pay-out Day people!
You can drink. But reading a book is better.


  1. I like your answer to the first question...summing to "It's a proof that your thought existed and you're not just a blank reader."

    Jinky is reading

  2. I typed up a comment but it disappeared because I was playing with the fishes in your sidebar. :P

    Anyway, I liked your answer in the first question even though it's different from my answer (which is I never mark books). It's interesting because you get to leave a mark of your personality when you note down your thoughts in the book. If I ever decide to do that, I'd probably use post-its though.

  3. Hi chachic! It just became a habit of mine in writing side notes because majority of my books are second hands and in mass market paperback format. For my hardbound or trade paperbacks, I think twice before doing it... =P

    Thanks for dropping by!

  4. I recently find the habit of writing on books enjoyable. Now I even write the dates when my reading starts and ends aside from the reactions and definitions. A friend of mine writes where she got the book and when. ^_^

    Nice post, Narj!


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