My Reading Style

My Reading Style
My Reading Style

Back in December, JF Gibson posted that she had been tagged to share her reading style. You can read her blog post here. I wasn’t tagged, but asked if I could join in. It’s taken a bit of time, but here are my answers.

Do you snack while you read? 

Sometimes, but not usually. My reading time is often in small bits of time I can grab, so snacking isn’t something I think of.

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

For a novel, no way. Often these books have been borrowed from the library or friends, and I wouldn’t think of writing in them. Even books I own, the only marking is usually my name when I lend them to someone.

For non fiction books, it depends if I’m using them for study or just reading for interest, and if I own them or not.

Fiction, non-fiction or both? 

Both – I read fiction for relaxing, however I enjoy learning new things by reading non-fiction, as well as researching for my own books.

Hard copy or e-book?

I prefer a hard copy book, mostly because I’m on screens all day at my day job, and then on the computer at night writing. I like to get away from screens and relax in bed or on the couch with a book. Though I do read e-books, I’m more likely to pay for a hard copy book.

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of the chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?

While my preference is to read to the end of chapters, I often get interrupted and have to put a book down at any point. This is a skill I picked up at high school as I would read on the bus  to and from school as well as in class when I had finished my work and had nothing else to do but wait (I read Gone with the Wind this way!).

What are you currently reading?

I usually have a few books on the go. Right now I’m reading At Home with the Templetons by Monica McInerney. I read this today on the train to and from the city. There are others on the go too including a book about Bletchley Park, a novel set in the Australian Gold Rush era, and a book about the history of Australian cinema to 1978.

What was the last book you bought?

The last book I bought was for my 11 year old – Frankie Dupont And The Lemon Festival Fiasco (Frankie Dupont Mysteries Book 2) by Julie-Anne Grasso. He read it in a morning and LOVED it.

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

As I said above, I usually multiple books at a time. Often I start multiple books then one or another will get my full interest until it’s read, then I’ll turn to the next one on my pile. Different books suit my mood at different times.

Do you have a favourite place and/or time of day to read? 

Not really. I used to love reading in bed before I went to sleep, except I found I wasn’t getting enough sleep!! I usually have a book in the toilet so I can read there (or is that too much information?). I do like reading on holiday as I have more down time and more time to sit and read uninterrupted.

Is there a specific book/author that you find yourself recommending over and over? 

Not really, though I go through phases. At the moment, I’m enjoying Monica McInerney and other Irish authors who write in a similar genre. I’m always open to suggestions.


So there you go, a bit about my reading style. I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you want to join in, just answer the questions above, and let me know you’ve done it.

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
Melissa Gijsbers - Author, Speaker & Booklover