Currently Reading Book Tag

Thank you, Leah, for tagging me! It’s always nice to take a break from other blogging projects — in fact, September is a good time to take it easy with book tags while I finish reading for Halloween Month.

You may think this tag is about the specific titles I’m reading right now, but it’s actually more of a general look at my reading practices. You’ll have to wait a few weeks (or look back at my previous post) to see what Feel Good Frights I have planned… ๐Ÿ˜‰

So! Here we go!

Spurga, my one-year-old Bernedoodle.  She's a small tricolor dog with black-and-gray fur and a pale grey-beige face and paws.  She's standing up on her hind legs in front of my bookcase, sniffing at a shelf with perfume bottles and other knick knacks.  You can see a red collar around her neck.  You also see a small pillow with a protruding plush white seal to the left of the bookshelf, in a corner of the room.

How many books do you usually read at once?

It depends on three things: (1) how riveting the book is (i.e. if it makes me want to keep my butt in the seat until I’m finished) and/or (2) if it’s an audiobook, and/or (3) whether I have other reading projects at the same time. Around August, for example, I start to collect all the books I want to review in October and, depending on point one, I may switch back and forth between them.

And since I tend to only listen to audibooks while walking/biking/driving, I’ll spend my non-moving hours reading treebooks on the side.

How do you decide when to switch between multiple reads?

If I feel like I need a break from a long or heavy book, I’ll switch to something lighter for a while or, like I said above, I’ll switch between multiple reads for a particular project.

Do you ever switch bookmarks halfway through a book?

Only once, and it’s a hilaaaarious story. About a year ago, my Bernedoodle Spurga (see above) was obsessed with tearing up loose pieces of paper. One day, I inexplicably thought it was safe to leave a library book on the sofa for a moment, and when I came back…well, it was VERY lucky she only had eyes for the bookmark (I mean, it had a tassel. What was I thinking??). And that that poor unicorn had clones at the local Half-Price Books.

A sky-blue bookmark with a black unicorn in the foreground.  The unicorn is farting a rainbow that loops around to flow above his or her body, past his or her head.  At the to of the bookmark are the words I Smell Rainbow and a purple tassel.

What time of the day do you read the most?

Lately, the middle of the day. By nighttime, I start to lose focus. My head knows I should let it relax with non-LED-emitting reading material, but my heart just wants to scroll through #reallifemermaid photos on Instagram until the world gets blurry.

How long do you typically read in one session?

Usually about an hour, unless it’s a true binge read like Upright Women Wanted, which kept me going until past midnight.

GIF image of a deer munching on a bowl of popcorn, with the words Keep Goin above its head, in white.

Do you read hardcovers with the dust jacket off?

Not unless it’s a really loose jacket. Most of the hardcovers I read are from the library, so they’re taped on pretty securely.

What position do you mainly use to read

If it’s the middle of the day, I’ll sit on a recliner with my legs propped up, bent at the knee like an easel, or cross-legged. I’m a bit of a restless reader, though, so I tend to shift positions periodically.

GIF image of a person sitting on a green couch, reading.  The person changes positions in a counter-clockwise pattern, first sitting forward with legs in a right angle over the edge of the chair, then one leg over the arm of the couch, then the other leg straight up against the back of the chair, then both legs in a V against the back, and so on.

If I’m reading at night, I’ll lie on my stomach on my bed (though this does make my back ache after a while. Pro tip: it helps to do a child’s pose, downward dog, or forward bend every so often to give your back a break).

Do you take your current read with you everywhere you go?

Only if it’s small, thin, or an e-book.

How often do you update your Goodreads reading progress?

I haven’t used Goodreads in a long time, actually — especially since I started reviewing the Toby books here. And I was never really into posting my reading progress unless I had a particular point to make about it.

Tag! You’re it!

Join in if you so choose!

GIF image two small dogs, maybe Huskies, both light brown, both facing the camera.  The dog on the left moves right and puts one front paw on the other dog's shoulder.  The words You're It! flash in white at the bottom of the image.


“Popcorn Lurking” GIF from tenor.
Reading positions GIF from weheartit.
“You’re It!” GIF from tenor.


  1. Iโ€™m so glad you ended up doing this, especially because youโ€™re HILARIOUS, and I loved your answers! Also, that bookmark is awesome ๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿฆ„

    • Oh yes, anything paper…reminds me of an old Youtube video of a baby laughing hysterically when their dad rips a piece of paper. Simple joys, I guess? ๐Ÿ˜„

  2. Loved the tree book comment! You have way more exciting things to say about how you read and what you read. I’ve been stuck on the same two books for the past two months. And I usually only ever read laying down on a couch or in bed. I think the reading in bed is more of me trying to trick myself into reading all night, but lately it’s made me pass out before I get very far. Loved the tag! Thanks for sharing!

    • Youโ€™re welcome, and thank you! Itโ€™s totally understandable to be in a more low-key reading mode around this time. Sometimes the brain needs a break. When I canโ€™t focus on reading, I scroll through instagram I mean do yoga or play an old-school computer game on easy mode or even go for a walk so I can listen to a goofy podcast. Also, passing out from reading sounds way more impressive than passing out from too much Twitter ๐Ÿ˜…

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