What’s your Reading Style?

I’ve always been a keen reader, and have even worked in a library – which is probably where I developed a fascination with people’s reading styles.

Reading books Christmas morning

I participated in a “Reading Style” meme on my old blog some years ago and thought it was such fun, I’d dust it off and give it another go (just like some of my favourite books!) … while I’m at it, I thought I’d nominate a few other bloggers to take part too, because I’m kinda nosy like that ;-) .

My Reading Style:

  1. Do you snack while you read? If so, favourite reading snack? Nothing better than a good book and CHOCOLATE!
  2. Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you? As long as I own the book in question, I find it very helpful to underline passages and mark quotes that are important to me.
  3. Fiction, non-fiction, or both? Mostly fiction (chic lit!) though some non-fiction – autobiographies, blogging books, or whatever my current passion is!
  4. Hard copy or ebooks? Hard copy (the original question was for audio books – my how times change!)
  5. Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point? I can put a book down at any point and pick it back up again.
  6. What are you currently reading? “The Village Vet” by Cathy Woodman.
  7. What is the last book you bought? “Returning” by Francesca Suters (you may know her from the blog, Francesca Writes Here). I mostly use the library to support my reading habit, but like to support Aussie authors by buying their books when I can.
  8. Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time? Just one at a time. If I start reading another one it’s usually because the first one is boring and I don’t end up finishing it!
  9. Do you have a favourite time of day and/or place to read? Any time! Any where! I always keep a book handy for those spare moments.
  10. Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over? I’ve mentioned it before in my post “Five Books the Changed My Life“. It’s called “Stop Walking on Eggshells” by Paul T Mason & Randi Kreger, and is subtitled “taking your life back when someone you care about has borderline personality disorder (BPD)”. It really helped and comforted me because we suspect my mother had BPD, so I have recommended it to other family members.

Well that’s me … I’m going to nominate three other bloggers to share their reading style (hopefully I’ve picked people who love to read!), I imagine they will all be quite different!

Do you have any quirks when it comes to your reading style?!

18 Birthdays

Our girl turns 18 tomorrow – so for this Wordless Wednesday I’m sharing photos of birthdays past!

18 Birthdays - our girl turns 1

18 Birthdays - our girl turns 2

18 Birthdays - our girl turns 3

18 Birthdays - our girl turns 4

18 Birthdays - our girl turns 5

18 Birthdays - our girl turns 6

18 Birthdays - our girl turns 7

18 Birthdays - our girl turns 8

18 Birthdays - our girl turns 9

18 Birthdays - our girl turns 10

18 Birthdays - our girl turns 11

18 Birthdays - our girl turns 13

18 Birthdays - our girl turns 14

18 Birthdays - our girl turns 15

18 Birthdays - our girl turns 16

18 Birthdays - our girl turns 17

Sadly, there are no photos of her 12th birthday, thanks to the time I managed to delete a whole heap of photos off my computer, thinking I’d backed them up on CD … and it hadn’t worked.

Still, it’s fun to see the changes as our girl has grown into the beautiful young lady she is today!

Happy 18th Birthday to our darling daughter Julia!

Linking up with My Little Drummer Boys.

Middle Aged Woman without Makeup – Shock, Horror!

How important is makeup to the average middle aged woman?!

Well-known Aussie journalist and newsreader, Tracey Spicer, is asking middle aged women to reconsider their beauty regimes, and is bravely showing her face without makeup.

Middle aged woman without makeup

Bravely showing my bare face without makeup!

She hopes that women will realise they don’t HAVE to be fully made up all the time, arguing that it is a ridiculous expectation of society, and can even be a waste of valuable time which could be better spent doing other things.

Do I agree with Tracey?

Sort of.

The Case for No Makeup

I’ll be honest. I work from home, so most days I don’t wear makeup. At all.

Middle Aged Woman with no makeup!

L to R: no makeup; just a bit of lippy; Natural Glamour and lippy only.

As a middle aged woman, I’m comfortable in my own skin. I don’t have to impress anybody.

It’s true – years ago, I refused to leave the house without my war paint on (much like Miss-18-this-week!). The hubster tried to convince me I was beautiful just the way I was, but it took a long time before I believed it. These days, I’ve realised that actually, the natural look isn’t so bad (and I just can’t be bothered LOL).

If I have to pop out to the shops or run errands, I’ll likely put on a bit of Natural Glamour, and lipstick/lipliner which takes me all of one minute, max.

When More Makeup is Required

If I want to look a bit more polished, for example heading to a client meeting, I might start with BB cream (but not always), and I will add mascara and blush.

When I get dressed up – for an event or special occasion, I’ll wear all of the above, with the addition of eyebrow pencil. (That’s Miss-18-this-week’s influence – and I’m glad of it! She’s helped me keep interested in my appearance, and break out of my style rut.) Oh, and maybe some pressed powder.

I’m not really one for eyeliner or eyeshadow.

A Face full of Makeup when I'm going out

L to R: Wearing full makeup to a concert; at a recent high tea; and dressed up to the nines.

Time spent in front of the mirror for a totally made-up look? Five to ten minutes, tops.

And that’s it.

I  do enjoy getting dressed up AND made up but let’s face it, 90% of the time I’m makeup free.

So I really don’t feel it’s a waste of time, or getting in the way of doing other things.

I do applaud Tracey for going “au naturelle” and showing us that real middle aged women have uneven skin tone and fuzzy hair, but I think we all knew that anyways ;-) .

(In the interests of copyright I haven’t shared any of the images of Tracey here but if you Google “Tracey Spicer without makeup” you’ll find them easily.)

What do you think looks better on a middle aged woman – no makeup, a little makeup, or the works?!

Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT.