Reading habits (meme)

5 Oct

Fairy cakes! Sprinkles!

I saw this meme on Damyanti’s blog so I thought I’d join in as a bit of an ‘about me’.

Do you snack while you read? If so, favourite reading snack?

Probably not usually snack, but definitely drink many lots tea. Won’t say no to cake.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

My GCSE handiwork

My GCSE handiwork

Writing in books I own is acceptable, but I don’t usually do it. I think the only books I write in are philosophy books and language learning books. The idea of writing in library books horrifies me – I think it is really selfish. I know some people say they find it useful to see what others thought, but personally I find it distracting, especially if the scribbler is just dumb.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?

I will use any old bit of paper to mark my place. On occasion have been known to use my credit card, but that tends to lead rapidly to credit card loss and distress. I don’t like laying the book down open unless it is well worn-in, but I can’t help worry about spine damage. I usually only dog-ear bits I like, rather than use it for keeping my place.

Fiction, Non-fiction or both?

Both. At the same time. I always have a mixed bunch on the go and pick up what suits my mood.

Hard copy or audiobooks?

Hard copy always. I only listened to audiobooks as a child, on long car journeys, feeling carsick. High point – Kenneth Williams doing the Wind in the Willows. Low point – the Famous Five.

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 stop at the end of the chapter but if the writer works too hard at leaving the reader hanging and pushing on into the next chapter I will give in and stop in the middle.

If you come across an unfamiliar work, do you stop to look it up right away?

No, why interrupt the flow?

What are you currently reading?

It is a holder. For things.

It is a holder. For things.

At the moment I have Dannie Abse “The presence”, Barack Obama “The audacity of hope” and Vann “Saint Thomas Aquinas” slowly on the go, but I am spending more time on crochet – my latest hobby.

What is the last book you bought?

“But is it art?” Cynthia Freeland

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?

Lots on the go.

Do you have a favourite time of day and/or place to read?

I like to read at lunchtimes in the park and at night in bed. Will also read on the train on my long weekend journeys.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?

Never thought about the distinction. If I read a stand alone book I like, I tend to read back over their other works, so that feels like a series too.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?

“Fup” by Jim Dodge is a big favourite of mine. Full of character and originality (and quite a quick read). I also often recommend “Feet in the clouds” by Richard Askwith, for anyone who has ever got into running. My current favourite recommendation is “Bad science” by Ben Goldacre – a real eye-opener and impeccably written.

How do you organise your books? (By genre, title, authors last name etc)?

Primarily I organise by genre, then I will organise within that genre usually by associations. So in the history section I will group books on the seventeenth century, then put one that spans a couple of centuries phasing into the next period. Or within fiction I might put the thrillers together, and the classics together, with a classic thriller between. It makes sense to me and just feels right. Fortunately I claimed sole organising rights quite early into moving in with my friend – she originally shelved the books by height and colour, ye gods!


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