Why am I obsessed with finding out other people’s reading habits and other reading activity particulars? I love this meme.
Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
I love to snack, but I hate getting the book I’m reading dirty. As a result, I’ll have the book propped up (so that crumbs won’t get stuck in it) and away from anything that splashes or leaves gross stains. I’m pretty good at it now. Reading and eating are two things that I love to do at the same time! Oh wait, I didn’t really answer the question. My favourite reading snack: apples and cheese. (I’ve become a careful eater – no apple juice spittle anymore).
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
I’m guilty! But I only do it for books I’m reading for Eng Lit. For example, all my copies of the Shakespeare plays are completely scribbled up. BUT, I DO NOT mark books otherwise. It distracts me if I ever want to read the book again. Now that I think of it though, it is kind of neat when you pick up a random library book and there, in some discrete corner of the book, is a little thoughtful comment… but, if the whole book is riddled with it, thoughtful becomes opinionated.
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?
I use tissue paper! I use one square of toilet paper. Yup. I have tons of bookmarks but I never use them. Instead, I covet them in my bookmark baggie (that’s pinned up on the wall by my bed, ready for me to use one). I don’t dog ear. The pages will get all bent and uneven, and, though I love that look for used books that I pick up, I don’t do it to my new, in-pristine-condition books.
Laying the book flat open?
Yup. Also been guilty of propping it up against things (hey, when you’re eating cereal in the morning, and the table’s full of crumbs, it’s nice to have something like cereal boxes or water bottles to prop it up). I’m lazy but obsessive for reading comforts.
Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
I prefer Fiction. I do love reading biographies/autobiographies but I live in fiction land primarily.
Hard copy or audiobooks?
I’ve been a hard copy person for ages, until recently, when I listened to John Lenahan read his book Shadowmagic. It was such a great experience that I’ll try another audio book one day.
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 read until there’s a natural break. Cliff-hangers result in extra accidents during the day. I’m too busy thinking about “What’s going to happen?” and I don’t watch where I put my feet. (Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating)
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
I’m a nerd. Yes I do. I used to even write out a whole list of new words, and I was getting pretty good at using them too. I don’t do it as often these days, but if a word’s meaning is particularly obscured, I’m forced to look it up. I’ve once had an experience of reading an entire passage and thinking I understood what was going on, but when I looked up one or two words, I realize I had the mood of that scene completely wrong!
What are you currently reading?
Demon’s Lexicon. I’m feeling like an ornery swordfighter who is angry at his brother and two annoying people who keep showing up for help.
Check out the first two lines: “The pipe under the sink was leaking again. It wouldn’t have been so bad, except that Nick kept his favourite sword under the sink.” This makes me LOVE urban fantasy. The contrast in the line made me instantly react with a grin and launch into obsessive reading (as a result, I’m halfway through the book by the end of my first day of reading it).
What is the last book you bought?
Uh, I bought a lot. Technically though, it was a textbook for chemistry.
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 can and I do. But if it’s a deeply riveting book, I don’t. Honest admittance: I only read two books at a time if either of them aren’t that compelling to me at the moment. If I get more into one of the books I’ll put the other aside for the time being.
Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
I like to read in the afternoon. I like to read right before or during lunchtime. My favourite place to read is in the kitchen. Actually, since I live at dorm right now, I like to read in my room. I have an excellent view of trees and mountains and some ocean bits here and there. It’s great. And I lay back and prop my feet over the heater, and lay my head on the cushiony part of my study chair and just read for hours. Then I get back pain. But it’s blissful for a few hours.
Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
Stand alones. Some series NEVER end. I like to have endings. I like to see, at least, that the author has planned something epic or great for an ending and isn’t just dragging things on because of fans or money. When the story feels like it should end, end it, or else it gets ruined.
Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
So far I know I’ve mentioned Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom Trilogy and Shade’s Children more than a few times. I cried for both works. I think the stories are just so great. I love all the characters; I love their crazy, difficult lives and their horrifying, dangerous worlds.
How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
Random! I like to tuck books into random places and then run into them again and reminisce about how great they were. I do have a to be read shelf/pile. But that’s about the only order I have.