BookBlogWriMo: Where I Read

Today’s topic for BookBlogWriMo is “Where You Read.”

I prefer to read curled up on the couch with a cup of coffee, but like I said in my How I Read post, I can pretty much read wherever I am. Standing up at the kitchen counter. Lying in bed. Sitting on the porch. I don’t really like reading in bed because it makes me too sleepy and I only really get a few pages in, but as of late, I’ve been using up that time as well, as it helps clear my mind and settle me.

If I’m really into a book, I could read in the middle of a crowded party or at a huge football game or alone in my living room. However, I find it difficult to concentrate on a book in public if I’m still trying to get into it.

Preferred places to read are my couch or on the porch early in the morning during a cool fall morning with a cup of coffee in my hand. I live on ten acres of land, so it’s nice and quiet and calm.

I’ll say that if I had all the money in the world, this is how I’d read (except I’d be next to a fireplace with a cup of coffee and a puppy in my lap):

90ad6cdc66f37ed217049f7a91acdb09Where do you like to read? Can you read anywhere like me? Link me up to your BookBlogWriMo post if you’re participating.

BookBlogWriMo: History of My Blog + How I Read

As you might’ve seen in my sign up post for BookBlogWriMo, I’m a day late with starting it. I figured instead of posting three different BookBlogWriMo posts in on day, I’d do my sign up and then combine the posts for 11/1 and 11/2 into one.

History of Caught Read Handed

My blog is less than a year old so it has a pretty short history. I’d been considering starting a book blog for a long time as I absolutely love talking to people about books and recommending the ones that I loved to people. In March of this year, I was home after living in Scotland for a year getting my Master’s, looking for a job, and in need of something to do that would both make me happy and keep me occupied. Caught Read Handed was born. That’s pretty much my whole history. I began with reviews and have expanded into memes like Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday. I do Bookish Talk when something inspires me to write and Quote Quoted when I just have to share a quote that I loved. I love my blog and talking to people who are just as passionate about books as I am.

How I Read

Let’s start with when: whenever I can, be it at the dentist, in the morning while I make breakfast, at work, in the car (audiobooks, of course), in bed. If I have a couple of minutes, chances are I’ve got my book out.

I will read books in pretty much any format, though if I had my choice, I’d always read floppy paperbacks. They’re my favorite. 🙂 But I read hardbacks, big paperbacks, mass market ones, audiobooks, e-books (though I mostly only read e-books for e-ARCs as I prefer physical books), and anything in between.

I take notes in a separate notebook, both for my reviews and to highlight sentences or passages that I really enjoy. I don’t like to write in my books. The only book I own that I have written in is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Every time I read that book (around ten times), I underline something else. Each time I read that book, some other quote or sentence means something to me, so I want to highlight it. I’ve got notes in the margins, sentences underlined or circled. That’s the only book I have like that though. I don’t dog-ear pages. I just read.

Are you participating in BookBlogWriMo? Link me up to your post! How do you like to read?

BookBlogWriMo 2014 Intro and Sign Up Post

Despite the fact that I am technically a writer in that I write for my blog and for WatchPlayRead, I am not much of a creative writer. I occasionally write short stories, but most of these are kept to myself. As much as I would like to participate in NaNoWriMo, I don’t think I could develop my stories into 45,000 words, nor would I really want to.

So when I came across BookBlogWriMo hosted by Book Bumblings, I was pretty excited. Of course, then life got a little crazy and I got a couple of days behind, but here’s my official sign up post. Basically, BookBlogWriMo is a version of NaNoWriMo for book bloggers who may not have the ability or want or whatever to participate in a month-long drive to write 45,000 words.

Here’s the schedule for anyone else who might want to sign up. Click on the picture for the official sign up page!

BookBlogWriMo Schedule

BookBlogWriMo Posts: 

Week 1

  • 11/1 – History of Your Blog Tell us how you got started! When did you start your blog? Why? What have been some of your trials and tribulations? How many pigs did you have to sacrifice to get people to see your Facebook posts?
  • 11/2 – How You Read Paperback? Hardcover? Ereader? Smartphone? Bookmarks, note taking in the margins, or highlighting? Tell us some of your reading rituals!
  • 11/3 – Where You Read Pretty self-explanatory. Bonus for a picture!
  • 11/4 – Why You Blog Again, self-explanatory.
  • 11/5 – Where You Blog Bonus for a picture!
  • 11/6 – #TBT – Favorite Childhood Books What were some of your favorite books way back when? This could be a read from before you could read, or what you spent summers by the pool with in high school.
  • 11/7 – #FlashbackFriday – Blog’s First Design – This one’s fun! Oh, how blogs evolve! Go to, enter your blog’s URL, and take a screenshot of what you used to look like!

Week 2

  • 11/8 – Your Blogging Toolkit – We could all blog smarter! Share some of the best tools in your blogging arsenal.
  • 11/9 – Your Blogging Workflow – Lifters can take their #gymflow and shove it. Share your blogging process and rituals using the hashtag #blogflow.
  • 11/10 – Memes You Meme – Do you #ThrowbackThursday or indulge in a little #ManCandyMonday? Share some of your favorite meme posts from your blog or social media pages.
  • 11/11 – #Top10Tuesday – Most Popular Posts Head on over to Google Analytics or wherever your stats are located and find the 10 most popular posts on your blog. Link to them, talk about them, tell us why we should love them.
  • 11/12 – Advice for Newbie Bloggers Be Yoda. Share your secrets. Do or do not, there is no try.
  • 11/13 – Your Review Process Do you write your review the second you finish the book? Months later? Take notes as you read?
  • 11/14 – Your Ratings System A lot of blogs have ratings policies or systems. Some don’t, but they really do. What makes you decide how many stars to give?

Week 3

  • 11/15 – Favorite Book Blogging Things – Feel free to talk about the wonderful host of BookBlogWriMo and how much you love her.
  • 11/16 – Least Favorite Book Blogging Things – Yeah, sometimes blogging is a pain in the ass. Tell us why.
  • 11/17 – Favorite Book Tropes Friends with benefits? Manic pixie dream girl? What cliche-type things do you never get sick of?
  • 11/18 – Favorite Subgenres – Self-explanatory.
  • 11/19 – #WaitingOnWednesday – TBR Books – Name some books on your TBR shelf and why you’re looking forward to reading them.
  • 11/20 – #TBT – Best Books of 2014 – Do a top 10, top 20, or hell, top 100 list of books you’ve enjoyed this year.
  • 11/21 – #FlashbackFriday – Your First Reviews – Link up to your some of your first reviews. Feel free to get reflective.