Let’s Talk Bookish: Book Stopping Places?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme that was originally created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books starting in August 2019, and was then cohosted with Dani @ Literary Lion from May 2020 to March 2022. Book Nook Bits has hosted since April 2022.

March 3: Book Stopping Places?
(Fives @ Down the Rabbit Hole)

Prompts: Are you the type of reader able to stop reading just anywhere? In the middle of a sentence? Paragraph? Or do you need to reach the end of a chapter before stopping? What do you do if you can’t stop at a good point – do you have to go back right away to stop at a better place? Do you use bookmarks in a special way to remember where exactly you are? How uncomfortable does it make you to stop in the middle of an exciting part of the book, and how do you deal with that?

When I started getting arcs, I realised I needed to increase the amount of time I was spending reading, especially as I no longer took public transport to work (as I walked), and when the lockdowns hit I was no longer spending my lunch break in work reading. So I added in reading time to my usual routine, giving myself five minutes here and there to read my ebooks. The ‘time left in chapter’ or ‘time left in book’ is very useful for this, though I do always ensure I finish at the top of a page or end of the chapter if I come to the end before my ‘time is up’.

I can’t just stop in the middle of a sentence or a paragraph, as I think I’d be more than likely to lose my place next time I pick up the book! I don’t need to read to the end of the chapter, however, often I prefer to at least – and it depends what I’m reading. With some non-fiction, the chapters might be quite long but with different sections under different headings, so I’ll try and stop at the end of a section instead.

It doesn’t happen often that I can’t find a good place to stop, but if I am struggling I’ll check the next couple of pages to at least see if there’s a decent paragraph break where I can pause. I don’t use bookmarks in a particular way to remember where I am, and if I’m in a particularly exciting part of the book, well, I’ll likely just keep reading a little rather than abruptly stopping, but sometimes during high tension scenes a break isn’t a bad idea, as it gives me a chance to think over what’s happened and catch my breath!

Do you always read to a certain point before stopping, or are you able to put down a book at any time and pick it back up with no problems?


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