Reading habits – Meme

Ok so I’m copying various people again who have been doing this meme!  Talk about sucker for peer pressure!  Think Woodsiegirl did it first, then JennieLaw and then InformationOverlord.  So here’s my version:

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

Not generally no.

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

Horrifies me to the very bone.

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

Bookmark, or any available scrap of paper.  Don’t even like those bookmarks you hook at the top of a page as they tend to damage the book – and that’s just sacrilige if you ask me.

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?

Fiction usually although with this baby thing I’ve been reading a few non fiction, is amazing what fear of the unknown will do to you!

Hard copy or audiobooks?

Never really got into audiobooks at all, not that I have really tried.  Think I had a brief flirtation with them when working in Alloa Public Library and having an hour drive to and from work but found it too distracting when driving.

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 off a chapter or at least get to a natural break in the text. Of course, sometimes this is not practicable so I just put it down whenever I have to.  (This is actually InformationOverlord’s answer but matches my thoughts exactly so I’ll be lazy and keep it!)

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

Only if the context doesn’t tell me what it means clearly enough.  Usually missing out one word does not ruin the flow or understanding of the paragraph.  I do have a wee dictionary by my bed just in case and the big Readers Digest Wordfinder in the lounge. 

What are you currently reading?

The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin is by my bed, Bryan read it and said I would like it.  I’m still not really sure about that but trying to give it a fair go.  I do hate giving up on a book.  Unusually I also have a book by the bath at the moment, partly due to lots of baths waiting for baby to come and partly because Radox were giving away free bath friendly copies of Kathy Lette’s All Steamed Up.  Actually that still seems to be available if you want a copy…!

What is the last book you bought?

Bought some Star Wars graphic novel for a friend’s birthday, not my choice or something I would read!  Can’t remember what was before that to be honest. 

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 be a 3 or 4 at a time person and pick up the one that suited my mood most but since university I’ve never read as much for pleasure as I used to.  Am getting back into it now I have less stressful/less book related job but expect that will change again with the arrival of baby so tend to only have 1 on the go nowadays.

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

Bed just before sleep is my favourite time and place, have been known to go to bed early just to curl up with book.  Also like reading in the bath, but hate getting wrinkled pages and usually have my baths very hot!

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?

Not really fussy on that one, both have their place.  I love Discworld but then Terry Pratchett’s other works are fab too.

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

TP is my usual main love but also have a huge book crush on Stuart MacBryde and he’s nice and local so I can even stalk him and have met him a few times which adds to the love of his books.   He also has a terribly amusing blog which I really enjoy and have been known to squeel when I see a new post appearing in my RSS feeds. 

My favourite book of all time is Miss Hendy’s House by Joan Drake.  She stayed at the hotel my parents worked at when I was wee and every visit she used to give me a different book.  Mr Bubbus was a character from some of her other titles that I remember.  Really hope I have them all somewhere safe so I can read them to my kiddie when its old enough!

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)

Oh dear, this is where I don’t look very “professional librarian” at all.  I do have my fiction and non fiction seperate, with all Bryan’s recipe books seperate from everything else.  My fiction is a shelf of Bryan’s, a shelf of mine to read, and a shelf of mine that I’ve read but want to keep.  I then have a seperate box upstairs of ones I want to read but don’t want displayed in my lounge!!  Other than that I have loads in boxes in my parents’ attic, will get to them one day maybe, poor unloved books…!  In an ideal world I would have a Neville Johnson library in my house with all our books in one place, but I just ain’t that rich!!

2 Responses to “Reading habits – Meme”

  1. An interesting read, for sure. Decided to fill one in myself on my blog, credit given of course. Certainly provided an (invalid >.

  2. stupidgirl says:

    Good sheep, well done! Don’t seem able to comment on your blog so saying it here! Hurrah for Douglas Adams love too, with you on that one!