Sunday, 23 November 2014

My Reading Habits & My Reading Nook | Books

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I always seem to be discussing books over here at Vivatramp but I've yet to really touch upon my reading habits and the places that I read from. Luckily, I stumbled across a tag created by The Book Jazz that resolves that great oversight. Thank God, amirite?! If you'd like to get involved, just answer the questions that I've left at the bottom of this post! Feel free to share your very own habits in the comments below too!

i'm very much a reader of habit
I'm usually tucked away in bed underneath a blanket mountain when I read. My V-shaped pillow is one of my favourite reading tools - gotta respect dat lumbar support, guys. Comfort is hugely important for me and I usually find that at home so that's where I do most of my reading.

however, there are a couple of OTHER places that i love to read in
Firstly, reading a good book from the comfort of a sunbed is one of the greatest things in life - especially when accompanied by a parasol and ice cold Fanta Lemon. Secondly, I also like to read from the comfort of my new reading nook, as pictured at the bottom of this post. It's mismatched but it's seriously cosy and sat right next to my big windows so I can stare at all my neighbours...

i'll mark pages with whatever i can get my hands on
I've been known to rest limbs in between the pages if  there is nothing else in my immediate vicinity...I do have a nice little collection of postcards, page markers and Book Depository bookmarks that I use too but I'd quite like to make my own bookmarks at some point.

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i read chapter by chapter 
I don't like to just stop on pages or allot myself a certain amount to read. I find it harder to pick books back up if I haven't left them at a clear reference point y'see!

I'll have a drink by my side but i don't tend to eat
Heaven forbid I get any food on my books! I sip my drink every now and again because, as I've just said, I read chapter by chapter but otherwise I just wait. 

i like to have a little background noise whilst i read 

I'll maybe have some music on low in the background, like the Submarine soundtrack, or I'll have my window open to listen to the noise of the street and the fields that follow it. I don't like a lot of noise though so as soon as my family start coming home I'll put my book down for a few hours. 

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- book cover, Bagabook*
i usually stick to one book at a time
I seriously envy readers that can read a few things at a time but it just doesn't work for me.

i can read everywhere if i set my mind to it 
I got sent a Bagabook* book cover a while back, pictured above, and I use it to keep my books in good condition whilst I'm travelling about. It's actually pretty useful and I love how ridiculously bright it is. If  you're interested, you should check the website out because they have a few different ranges featuring book covers, tote bags, iPad covers and scarves. Swag.

i'm trying to improve my ability to read aloud 

I usually just stick to silently reading in my head but I've been trying to make more of an effort where reading aloud is concerned. I really struggle to enunciate properly when I'm reading aloud and since it's something that comes up in my day to day life at university, I've been really trying to improve upon my skill. I always read poetry aloud though - that stuff needs to be heard! 

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i don't like to read ahead, nor do i skip pages

I think it sort of defeats the purpose of reading for pleasure. If I'm not enjoying a book, I will just put it down. When I was younger, I did go through a phase of reading the ending first just so I could see how they got to that point though...I was a strange child.

i like to keep my books looking like new
I don't mind a second hand book with a slightly creased spine but you will never see me fold pages over or crazily break the spines or whatever. It's just a personal preference.   

I have been known to write in poetry books but not prose 

I only tend to write in books if they're old academic textbooks or shitty cheap editions that I don't mind messing up a little. I prefer to write all my notes down in my notebooks and use page markers to remind me of particular passages. 

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 -  throw, ikea. crochet blanket, made by my Grandma. cushion, ikea. vintage scarf, Paris. table, ikea. light, ikea. 

i tag... 
I'm going totag anyone who wants to do it! If it's something you're interested in doing, be sure to leave the link to your post below so I can have a nose at your reading habits. I love that whilst reading is quite a specific thing, it can be undertaken in a variety of different ways and it means different things to different people. Are your reading habits similar to mine? If not, how are they different? I'll be back soon but in the meantime have a lovely weekend!  

p.s If you'd like to do The Book Jazz' tag, all you have to do is answer the following: 
Do you have a certain place at home for reading? Where do you like to read? Bookmark or random piece of paper? | Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter / certain amount of pages? | Do you eat or drink while reading? | Music or TV while reading? One book at a time or several at once? Reading at home or everywhere? | Reading aloud or silently in your head? Do you read ahead or skip pages?  |  Break the spine or keep it like new? | Do you write in your books? Who do you tag? 


*I was sent the Bagabook cover to review but all opinions are my own.  

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Hello, November! | Monthly Goals

Hello, fellow planet dwellers. It's no longer the start of the month but, in the interests of consistency, I thought I would still share my goals for this month as they've been tucked away in my notebook for weeks. I'm not feeling too great at the moment, if I'm honest. I'm just constantly exhausted and feeling a bit run down which is making my Crohns play up a bit. My family are coming down to see me this weekend though so that gives me something to focus on! What have you guys been up to? Anyone else had any deadlines? Feel free to share your goals below and let me know what plans you have for the rest of this month.  

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I managed to create a little routine for myself! Whilst it could do with some tweaking, particularly where meal times and sleep times are concerned, it seems to be working out for me.  I just need to introduce set meal times and a vague bedtime and then I'm pretty much sorted!

Friday, 14 November 2014

Goodbye, October: Bee's Mini Book Reviews | Books

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As predicted, I didn't manage to read any books for pleasure last month due to university reading and deadlines. I just cannot mix study with pleasure it would seem! However, I asked you guys on Twitter as to whether or not I should post any reviews this month and you said I should go ahead and review my university reads so here I am! Who knows, it could be pretty interesting for those of you that are considering a degree in English and Creative Writing! If you've read these stories, let me know how you felt about them in the comments and feel free to leave me further recommendations below too!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Autumnal Comfort Food, Mismatched Crockery & Rumpuscosy | Adventures with Bee

Hello fellow planet dwellers! I took an impromptu two week break away from Vivatramp due to crazy university deadlines but, thankfully, all of my work is now handed in and I am back! In my first two years at university, I would let my assignments take over my life. I would sit and stare blankly at the screen until I came up with something vaguely alright. However, this time around I'm taking more frequent breaks away from my screen and away from my room in order to stay healthy. Last Sunday, I decided to take a few hours off for lunch and headed into town with my amigos, Claire and Joe, to check out a newish cafe. Needless to say, it was exactly what I needed and I had a really nice time eating good food and engaging in good conversation.

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We decided to head to Rumpuscosy, a new cafe that I had heard mutterings about through the grapevine. After nabbing a table, we ordered our drinks: chocolate flake tea for Claire, curiosity cola for me, a double black coffee and some cucumber infused water for Joe. Not only did the cafe look good and have a bustling atmosphere but it also had pretty frickin' good food to boot, all served up on mismatched crockery which I happen to bloody love.