Everyone’s doing this BBAW Reading Meme and as my life is dull now I’ve finished reading my review copy of Her Fearful Symmetry and I haven’t finished my current read, Little Boy Lost, I haven’t got anything interesting to blog about today. So this will have to do!!
Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
Do I snack while I read…interesting question. If I’m hungry, yes. Reading wouldn’t prevent me from eating at the same time, but I wouldn’t specifically say I set out to read a book and then make something in particular to eat while I’m doing so. However I do throughly enjoy having a nice cup of tea to sip while I read.
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
I wrote all over my university books, but that’s because I knew they would be so dogeared and disgusting by the time I’d finished with them that they’d be going straight into the recycling anyway. And don’t judge me for this, they were only Wordsworth Classics! Otherwise, no. I would jump in front of a bus to prevent a book from being defaced, and that is no exagerration. It would have to be a slow moving one though, writing in books isn’t worth dying over.
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?
Never dog ears! They ruin a book! When I read a Persephone I always use the matching book mark but otherwise it’s whatever is around…usually a receipt or a train ticket or a ripped bit of newspaper, anything I can find. I do have a few bookmarks but I tend to leave them inside the books I finish and then I can’t remember which book they’re in!
Laying the book flat open?
Heavens, no! A creased spine is a painful sight.
Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
A bit of both, really. I like a good biography, diaries, letters, etc, as well as general history books, but I don’t read nearly as much of them as I would like to as they take me a while to read and they also tend to be big unwieldy things that I can’t really take on the train. Fiction will always be my main material.
Hard copy or audiobooks?
I’ve tried and I just can’t get on with audiobooks. I drift off and before I know it I’ve missed a whole chapter. Hard copy suits me down to the ground, plus I love the look and smell and feel of books.
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?
Ideally I will read to the end of a chapter just because it gives a nice sense of roundness but most of the time I have to shut up shop wherever I am, even be it midsentence, as most of my reading is done on public transport and if I’m at my stop, I’ve got to stop reading and get off!
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
I’d like to say yes, but no. If I remember I’ll look it up later, but most of the time I just skip over it and guess what it means.
What are you currently reading?
What is the last book you bought?
I bought lots at the same time – see my post here.
Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?
I used to read several at a time but then it just got confusing so now I just stick to one. If a book is boring me enough to make me want to intersperse it with another then I’ll just stop reading it. Life’s too short to plough on with a dull book.
Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
I love to read in bed. My most indulgent reading times are on Saturday mornings when I don’t have to get up and can sit in my warm cosy bed with a cup of tea and some biscuits and read for a good hour uninterrupted. My other favourite reading time and place is in my mum’s living room on a Sunday afternoon, curled up on her comfy sofa with the fire on. Preferably in winter, preferably with Jane Eyre in my hands.
Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
Stand alone. There’s nothing worse than spending a week of your life reading a book that doesn’t have a conclusion. It makes me feel so cheated.
Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
I don’t! They go wherever they fit. It makes life interesting.