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1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Hmm this one is tough, because for me, it changes all the time. Right now, my two go-to’s are out on the balcony in my chair when the weather permits and the sun is out, OR in bed as soon as I start to feel that I am getting tired. I feel like unplugging and focusing on a book for a half hour before I go to bed feels so much better than getting lost in social media and screens for hours before I sleep. I love how it feels when you are making progress in a book and are able to get a better night sleep because you are truly exhausted and your eyes are tired.

Lately my favorite thing to do it get in bed, dim the lights, turn on the Reading Adventure playlist on Spotify, start my reading session on Bookly, and read to that until I have found a chapter to end at! Such great “me” time.

2. Use a bookmark, or use a random piece of paper?

I am definitely a bookmark person. I have a whole pouch of them sitting in my desk that I cycle through. I like to choose a new one every time I get a new book started so that the bookmark “matches,” which I know is silly, but if I didn’t do it, I would use the same every time and it wouldn’t make sense for me to have a thousand others. When I first met my fiancé, I always picked on him for using paper and receipts etc. I hated the way it looked and would always switch them out for something real when I could.

Tip: Don’t try to change your partner. You can’t. Four years later, Bry still uses paper, and I am done replacing them. Pick your battles, especially if they are that small and silly.

3. Can you stop reading anywhere, or do you need to end at the end of a chapter or after a certain amount of pages?

As mentioned above, I always try to get to the end of a chapter when I’m reading. I like a clean start for the next reading session, and I like to be able to have a coherent recollection of all that happened in that chapter; how the author structured it. Usually I find, it is ending there for a reason, which as a writer I am always interested in! It’s more satisfying to me altogether.

Photo by Will Wrobel - Downtown Brattleboro, VT

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Yes to drink. Usually no to eating. Where I can easily pick up my glass or water bottle and take a sip of a drink to stay refreshed or enjoy a coffee etc., committing to eating is just something that I find difficult, especially where it involves using my hands and putting the book down or trying to find a comfortable way of holding it. I would hate being constantly pulled out of the train of thought I am following while getting into a story.

5. Do you watch TV or listen to music while you read?

Music, yes. TV, no. For the same reasons as above. TV would take me right out of it, and extra words and conversation would make it hard for me to focus. Any music that I listen to is a score to a movie, or just overall orchestral or acoustic music. No lyrics; it’s more to just set the tone while I move through the book. Adds a cinematic element to the experience sometimes, and it’s a movie in my head all based on how I interpret the book, instead of someone telling or showing me what things look like.

6. Do you read one book at a time, or several?

Several. I am a mood reader one hundred (even though I try not to be), and for that reason, I always have a few that I like to jump around in. Usually I have one of both fiction and non-fiction

7. Do you read prefer to read at home or somewhere else?

Home for sure, but I love to read at the park or at the beach as well. Anywhere where there is a lot of distraction isn't for me though (malls, trains, etc.) In those moments I would rather be up and people watching, shopping, or being more active in general. There is a time and a place for everyone, and for me, home just works best!

8. Read out loud? Or to yourself silently?

Silently. I hate reading out loud unless I have to. Bryer get’s excited when I will agree to read out loud in the car on road trips, but even then, it is only something I like to do for him. I don’t enjoy hearing my own voice, and have never thought I had a great voice for reading either (especially children’s stories etc.). Others disagree with me!

Photos by Will Wrobel - Keene, NH

9. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?

Not anymore! And not many times in the past. I feel like every time I have done that, I have regretted it because it took away from the suspense of finding out what happens next. I feel like even when I was in college, with the large volume of reading I was doing, I always tried my hardest to read every page assigned to me so that I was getting the most out of studying the literature and enjoying the stories being told.

10. Break the spine? Or keep it new?

Softcover... break them all. Hardback... more for display and collecting - we don’t break those.

When shopping for books I always try to purchase soft cover if it is a book that I haven’t read yet. That allows me to get comfortable and really explore the book and do with it what I want without feeling guilty about its “looks” after. If I have read it and love it, I will eventually buy it in a hard cover to add to my collection and display them; I like the look of hardcover better. Not the functionality.

11. Do you write in your books?

I wish I did more! In college I tended to annotate more so that I could keep my thoughts together for papers and such. Now I don’t write in my books a lot, but instead dog ear pages that speak to me so that at the end of it all, I can go back and write down passages that I really loved.

12. Currently reading?

A couple. Naked by David Sedaris, The BookShop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson, and The Spark and the Grind by Erik Wahl.

13. Last completed read?

Shatter Me by Tehereh Mafi. Slow start, but the end packs a punch! A quick and enjoyable summer read; would recommend!