A series of questions relating to books has been circulating around blogs lately. Here are the questions and my responses:
Do you snack while you read? If so, favourite reading snack? Often, yes, unless reading on the train. Usually fruit or dark chocolate, but currently Christmas fruit mince pies.
Do you tend to mark your books as you read them, or does the idea of writing on your books horrify you? Almost never. Once I bought a book that was edited extremely badly and I had to make corrections as I went, like an assignment or else I felt I was condoning all the mistakes. I never even wrote in my textbooks at university, which I encourage all my students to do now.
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog ears? Leaving the book open flat? I never turn over the page. I want to use book marks, but it never seems to work out. I just always memorise the page number.
Fiction, Non-Fiction or both? Both.
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 always seem to finish a chapter just as I reach my train station. Maybe I subconsciously pace myself? However, it wouldn't bother me if I didn't, I can put a book down and pick one up at any place.
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away? This is uncommon, but if I can't determine it from the context, there is always a dictionary online. I went to school with a girl that always carried a dictionary with her when she was reading and I was very impressed.
What are you currently reading? Stillwater Creek by Alison Booth
What is the last book you bought? Four books from The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith.
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? More than one, but usually only 2-4. At least a paper-bound and an e-book.
Do you prefer series or stand alone books? Typically stand alone. I will often read subsequent books by the same author if I really enjoyed something. Lately, I have decided to finish The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and The Sunday Philosophy Club series by Alexander McCall Smith though.
Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over? No.
How do you organize your books (by genre, title, author’s last name, etc.)? Colour.