The Book Lovers Tag

Hooray! Noelle over at the Banshee Irish Horror Blog has done the Book Lovers Tag, inspired by Ritu at butismileanyway. I have abandoned the thirteen drafts of potential blog posts on my desktop AND the book that I’m currently reading (The Kite Runner) to do this tag because it is impossible for me to resist a tag.


This is what happens to me when I see a tag.


Do you have a specific place for reading?

Not really. I read everywhere. I always try to have a paperback with me so that if I’m delayed in a waiting room, or on the rare occasion that I use public transportation, I can use that valuable time to read. Finding time to read is not easy and I promised myself that I’d read a book a month!

Bookmarks or random pieces of paper?

Bookmarks! My favourite is a beautifully cross-stitched, handmade one that I received as a birthday gift many moons ago from one of my high school besties. She made it herself!

Can you just stop anywhere or must it be at the end of the chapter?

Preferably at the end of a chapter, but when it’s 3.15 a.m. and my eyes are red and burning and I cannot stay awake a minute longer, I have to accept defeat and stop mid-sentence.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

If it’s early morning, I read while drinking my tea. If it’s during the day, I’ll snack on some potato chips or cookies. At night, when I read before bed, I don’t eat or drink. I don’t want crumbs or sticky juices getting on my bed sheets. That would be an open invitation to the many different kinds of ants that live in these parts to move into my bedroom.

Music or TV while reading?

When I’m at home, neither. Too distracting. If I’m out in public, doesn’t matter. I don’t hear the din of either.

One book at a time or several?

I have been known to juggle three books at a time. Some of the books I read are really emotional and it helps to intersect the heaviness with something funny and light-hearted.

Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?

Home. Nothing like snuggling up with my blankets for a cozy night time read.

Read out loudly or silently?


Do you read ahead or skip pages?

Sometimes, I fall desperately in love with a character, and I need to know that they make it to the end. Not that I’ll stop reading if s/he doesn’t… I just need to know.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Got to break the spine to really dive into a book.

Do you write in your books?

Absolutely not *shrieks in horror*! Writing in books is only permitted in text books. However, I always write my name and the date that I purchased the book.


I thoroughly enjoyed this tag. Everybody, do the tag! If you do, link back to me so that I can read your post. The only thing I love more than doing tags is reading what other people have to say.


p.s. I think I’m going to join Noelle’s book club (see her link above for details). I’ve never been in a book club before…



  1. 20th June 2017 / 3:18 pm

    I taught The Kite Runner in Leaving Cert 2010. Such an amazing book.

    • 20th June 2017 / 5:44 pm

      It is! I can’t imagine having to teach or study it. I probably won’t read it again. Pretty heavy stuff.

      • 21st June 2017 / 12:25 pm

        Really tough. I was surprised it was on the course

  2. 10th June 2017 / 12:17 pm

    Another wonderful tag post!! I haven’t read a book for far too long, and this makes me sad 🙁 I’ve heard great things about the Kite Runner too ❤

    • 10th June 2017 / 12:29 pm

      I imagine the little one keeps you too busy for reading? 🙂 It’s tough to really make time for reading when life is hectic and you’re exhausted at the end of the day. After my last degree, I didn’t even want to read a one-line sentence! Took some time to get my groove back.

  3. 28th May 2017 / 1:24 pm

    Wow; this tag is sure doing the rounds and well done to you for some great get to know you answers too 🙂

    • 28th May 2017 / 1:51 pm

      Thank you and thanks for reading! 🙂

  4. 28th May 2017 / 11:48 am

    Name and date of purchase is something I do as well 🙂 And you’re going to love Kite Runner

    • 28th May 2017 / 12:39 pm

      It’s a book I’d recommend to others. The world needs to read more books like these.

  5. 28th May 2017 / 10:18 am

    I almost wept when you said that you break the spines of books. According to Goodreads I’m currently reading 29 books. That can’t be a good thing.

    • 28th May 2017 / 12:38 pm

      Ha! You’d have to stop every other aspect of life to get through 29 books (which is why reading challenges scare me; how would I keep up?). Re the spines: when I’ve finished a book, it has to look as if it’s been “lived in”. That says we both went through the experience together.

  6. 28th May 2017 / 9:13 am

    Agree with so many of these Melissa. I would never write in a book either

    • 28th May 2017 / 9:35 am

      Great minds think alike. 🙂

  7. 28th May 2017 / 8:39 am

    I am always juggling 2-4 books! I leave my paperbacks at home (for some reason lately they seem to be substantial trade paperbacks) and have my e-reader with me for on the go moments. I can’t wait until our Canada Day long weekend so I can devote my entire day to reading again

    • 28th May 2017 / 8:49 am

      I am much too clumsy to walk around with my iPad mini. Ha! I do the same with long weekends. I avoid the crowds and stay in and read. Hope your weekend of reading comes off nicely.

  8. 28th May 2017 / 8:28 am

    Love the idea of writing the date in your books – I did this as a kid, but somewhere along the line fell out of the habit. Thanks for the reminder, Melissa! 🙂

    • 28th May 2017 / 8:40 am

      Glad my post was of some use. 🙂

  9. 28th May 2017 / 8:12 am

    I love The Kite Runner!

    • 28th May 2017 / 8:39 am

      It’s a great book!

  10. angelanoelauthor
    28th May 2017 / 8:08 am

    Book clubs are amazing. I’m sure you’ll love it. I read The Kite Runner while home on maternity leave. I’ve not been the same since. I also like to juggle books- I made up a term for reading more than a single book at a time- Polylego. I think the balancing act between the deep emotional resonance of some books with something either light-hearted or non-fiction helps to keep me from crying in my coffee. 🙂 Thanks for the post-loved it!

    • 28th May 2017 / 8:43 am

      Happy you enjoyed my post! I don’t have a less intense book at the moment so I skip a day of reading to absorb The Kite Runner and get past my feelings. I’ll definitely buy Mr. Hosseini’s other books though.

  11. noellekelly
    28th May 2017 / 6:04 am

    Yay! This is such a great tag! And definitely come join our little club! 🙂

    • 28th May 2017 / 7:28 am

      Thanks! Your book club is on my list this morning! Looking forward to it. 🙂

  12. 28th May 2017 / 3:37 am

    Great answers!!!!!!! I love a good Tag post too!!!

    • 28th May 2017 / 9:53 am

      Yay!!! Thanks for your seal of approval.

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