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A bit about me and my books

Okay am starting afresh putting the negativity of last week behind me.  I spent most of yesterday catching up on reading blogs and at some point this week have another award to accept and a game of tag to play which I am quite looking forward to but for today I am stealing a post from the wonderful A Room of One’s Own who in turn pinched it from I Read that Once both sites you really should check out.

The post was about reading habits and I admit at did cringe at a couple of Jillian’s answers as you will see I am quite fussy about my precious books lol

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

Hmm occasionally but I try to avoid anything which might put marks on the books I once had a terrible experience where I was so engrossed in a book I did not notice the crisps I was eating were leaving horrible orange finger prints as I turned the pages

What is your favourite drink while reading?

Depends on the weather I do love reading in coffee shops with a huge vanilla latte in front of me the down side if it is a good book my coffee gets cold

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

I am almost anal when it comes to my books the idea of defacing them with my paltry thoughts makes me feel physically sick.  When I was at uni I actually bought second copies of books as we were expected to write in them so that I didn’t feel guilty about doing it.  I am so bad about this when my daughter was doing A-Levels she went and bought her own books to use rather than borrow mine.  Thankfully I found post-it notes are very useful for avoiding having to write on the book and do not mark or tear when you remove them.

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

I may occasionally be guilty of laying a book flat but most of the time I use book marks.  I have a huge range of bookmarks from the ornate jewelled metal type that slide clip like over a few pages (I do not use these very often as they sometime tear the page) to numerous leather ones which I prefer.  My favourites at the minute are some leather Jane Austen ones you can see them here I got mine in a pack with 6 different colours.

Fiction, non-fiction, or both? 

I prefer reading fiction although I do read quite a bit of non-fiction but it tends to be for research purposes

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?

I prefer to finish a chapter but as I quite often read on the bus or anywhere else I can I have got quite used to having to stop anywhere

Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?

Despite the fact I am quite protective of my books I have been known to throw the odd one.  The most thrown book ever in my house was Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Confessions when I was reading it for uni that guy really wound me up the other was Wordsworth’s Prelude it may be seen as blasphemous to say so I cannot stand the man.

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

If I am at home then yes but if I am out I will either try to look it up on my kindle or phone failing that I look the word up when I get home.

What are you currently reading?

I always have two books on the go at least. At the I am reading David McGowan’s The Hunter Inside on my kindle (I am nearly finished) and Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett is my paper copy book gracing my bathroom at the minute.

What is the last book you bought?

The last kindle book I bought was Justine by Marquis De Sade (for my 1001 books) The last hardback I bought was the Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

Do you have a favourite time/place to read?

I love sitting out in the open on hot sunny days to read preferably in the middle of a field or in the woods surrounded by nature.  On rainy days a coffee shop is favourite or if at home I read a lot in the bath it is one of the few places I get peace since having kids.

Do you prefer series books or stand alones?

Hmm tough one generally I like stand alone books but then very often find myself hoping for them to be made into a series if I really enjoyed it.  There are some series that I do love but I find with many that the author does not know when to quit and they keep going and spoil the experience the big exception to this is of course Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles my daughter would tell you I literally cried when she decided no more.

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

It has to be Jane Austen.  Do I really need to say anymore?

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

At various points I have organised them in every way imaginable  now it has become a case of squeezing them in where ever they will fitOne day in the future I will have enough space to arrange them alphabetically again.

If you decide to share your reading habits please let me know would love to know how you read yours….

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