I saw this tag on Chelle’s Book Ramblings and immediately connected with the questions as they are things that have often come up when people ask me about my reading obsession.
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What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
Basically a day before I start to get twitchy and want to read. I read every day if I can manage it so it’s really ingrained in my routine and my habits.
How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?
I always have a book or my Kindle with me pretty much everywhere I go. You never know when you’ll have a few minutes to read. Or you know, get trapped on an elevator for hours with nothing to do (a legit concern of mine).
Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
I am very good at letting go of books I don’t want, whether they’re physical or digital. I only hold onto books that I love and would re-read again.
How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
I actually don’t go into book stores all that often now because I read so many ebooks and I’ve become addicted to Goodreads for finding new books so I do most of my “browsing” on there. However, if I do wander into a book store I’ll usually be there for about an hour.
How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
On a normal day, I would say I read about 4-5 hours; a bit in the morning, on my breaks at work, and after dinner or before bed. If it’s a weekend and I’ve got nothing to do I can read for 8-10 hours.
Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?
What else would you put on a to-do list? Just kidding, but pretty much any chance I get to read I’ll take it.
How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
Well I can tell you exactly because I track it on Goodreads and I have 412 books, though I’d say about 80% of those are on my Kindle.
Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
Well, this is a trick question for me because I work in a library so we’re always talking about books! Outside of that, it depends who I’m around but it comes up a lot in conversation.
What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
Well, Goodreads tells me that would be The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds i.e searching bookshops, online digging etc?
Back in my high school days when I started reading romance, I read one of the Wings in the Night vampire romances by Maggie Shayne. I fell in love and desperately wanted to read the first in the series, Born in Twilight, but this was before ebooks and the title was out of print. There was a used copy on Amazon but it was way overpriced for a paperback and my measly allowance budget. My mom ended up buying the book as a Christmas present and it was perfect.
A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?
I guess it would be Shadow Woman by Linda Howard which I managed to finish but just barely. I had never read anything by Howard and someone suggested this one because I love romantic suspense but it didn’t work for me in anyway.
What are 3 of your main book goals for 2018?
- Read more of the backlsit books on my TBR list
- Finally get to some of the series I’ve been meaning to read (2018 Series Goals)
- Get through all the free and discounted Kindle books I bought last year and never read
Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
Somewhat. My husband was the classic case of liking books until school required reading knocked it out of him. When we met, he would read online articles and forums but not books but I just kept suggesting things he might like. Finally after many years, he gave one a try and now he doesn’t read much but he’ll pick up a science fiction novel every once in a while. I’ll take that as a success.
Describe what books mean to you in five words.
Sanctuary, Relaxing, Comforting, Inspiring, Entertaining