A bookish questionnaire I came across on Booktagger’s blog.
Do you snack while you read? If so, favourite reading snack? I don’t really snack. I have Type 1 diabetes so really only eat when it’s my meal times. Unless I have cravings for chocolate and then I’ll have a piece of dark Lindt chocolate, but that’s not usually when I’m reading. I like having a cuppa more when reading.
Do you tend to mark your books as you read them, or does the idea of writing on your books horrify you? Horrifies me! I could never mark a book like that, even if I planned on keeping that book or I’m researching. I have a huge pile of notes in a small filing cabinet for that. I also don’t agree with it because you never know what’s going to happen in the future and you may have to give up your books (and when you die what do you think is going to happen to your books?) and those books could end up in another person’s hands. I really don’t think they’d appreciate the books they’ve gotten being marked. I know I don’t.
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog ears? Leaving the book open flat? Bookmarks mostly, but if they aren’t available I will use whatever I can get my hands on as long as it’s flat such as receipts or even a clean tissue from the tissue box. I have been known to use other things to keep my place, such as a stapler, my glucometer, my phone, a pen, or a remote, another book, but those were just if I was leaving it for a few minutes. Don’t want to permanently mark my books!
Fiction, Non-Fiction or both? Both, but more fiction. I can only handle so much non fiction before I go mental.
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 prefer to finish the chapter, but if it’s a really long one and I have to do something else (like sleep) I will either wait for a space left between scenes or read to the end of the paragraph. Usually I end up reading far more than I planned because I’m waiting for the end of the chapter.
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away? It doesn’t really happen often to begin with. If I do and I really want to know what it is I will look it up (I’m addicted to my dictionary, words, and wordish origins), but after I have finished reading. I won’t put a book down just for a new word.
What are you currently reading? The Icebound Land by John Flanagan & The Heroes of Asgard.
What is the last book you bought? Well I have been even madder then usual with my books of late so I have bought more than usual. I think the most recent one was Glad Day Daily Affirmations for the BLGT community.
Are you the type of person who can only read one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time? It really depends on the books, the mood I’m in, and how much else I have on. Otherwise I prefer to read one book at a time. Just like with majority of other things in my life I like to give or dedicate my energy and attention to one thing at a time.
Do you prefer series or stand-alone books? I read a lot of series now so I guess I prefer them. I used to only prefer stand-alone and hated series (except for Anne Rice’s books), but now I really don’t mind if the story continues on as long as it doesn’t go for too long and doesn’t become a ridiculous story line.
Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over? Depends on who I’m talking to. I’ve recommended different books to different people. Some have been more spiritual to a select few people, young adult to a couple of other people, and then there’s one person I’ve recommended a couple of titles to, but really I don’t do it as a rule. The majority of people I know well enough to recommend books to don’t really read my type of books so it seems a bit silly recommending something like The Story of The Eye to someone who likes paranormal romance. That’s a bit of an extreme example, but you get the picture.
How do you organise your books (by genre, title, author’s last name, etc.)? I was really strict about my books and did them in order by the author’s last name, but now they’re kind of all over the place after I tried a few different ways such as by colour, by genre, by colour and author, by colour and read or not read, and by author first name. There is still some structure to it though. It’s more the read and not read section, but it’s set out in such a way it wouldn’t be apparent to anyone because it’s still a little haphazard. I find it easier because of how many books I have. I’m really sick of rearranging my shelves each time I get a new one.