I came across this tag over at Perfectly Tolerable, a book blog by a fellow Austen lover. It’s a fun blog with a lot of great content and reviews and you should definitely check it out if you’re not already following!
On to the tag, huzzah!
What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
There was a period in my life where I used to go a few months at a time without reading. I think I was just busy focusing on some other hobbies. For the last few years I think I probably haven’t gone more than four or five days without reading something. And actually I tend to get really agonized and dramatic about things when I’m in a reading slump, so probably not longer than a few days. 😀
How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?
I always have at least one in my purse. Or somewhere on me. One of my favorite stories to tell starts out ‘Well, I was at a friend’s house when a book fell out of my pocket, as they do’ because people always look at me like ‘yeah, no, I never have that problem’. 🙂 Now that I read a lot more ebooks and listen to audibooks I have dozens on me at all times because I have so many on my phone!
Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
For the most part I am a book hoarder. I love being surrounded by books! I sleep in a room full of books. Every room in my house has at least a few books. That being said, I do give away books now and then. Every once in a while I’ll go through and reorganize and get a small pile to give away. I also tend to pick up books I think some of my friends will like when I’m out at used book shops. I give first dibs to my friends in my book club and then the rest I donate to The Book Thing of Baltimore (a wonderful place that gives away books to the community for free).
How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
Maybe an hour? I think it really depends what kind of bookshop we’re talking about here. If it’s a used bookshop I could spend half a day browsing through things. If it’s something like Barnes and Noble then it’s a shorter visit usually.
How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
Print books/ebooks, 1-2 hours. Audiobooks, 2-5 hours depending. Although, obviously, I can go on a binge and sit and read a book for 10 hours straight every now and then too, but that’s not an average day at all.
Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?
Whenever I get time. Lunch break at work, listening during work and commuting, before bed. Weekend mornings sitting on my porch drinking tea and reading. 🙂
How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
I have over 2000 physical books (I think somewhere around 2100) and probably about 50 audiobooks, and around 150-200 ebooks? Something like that. I don’t really have an accurate count of the ebooks and audiobooks because I haven’t ever tracked them before.
Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
I’m lucky to have a lot of friends that are readers so fairly often. Even at work I have coworkers that I talk to about The Dresden Files or some other things. I usually talk to my husband as well because he’s interested in what I’m reading a lot of the times and likes me to tell him about the books I like.
What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
I believe it’s The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. The copy I read was 1038 pages. Kushiel’s Dart is a close second coming in at 1015 pages.
Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds i.e searching bookshops, online digging etc?
There are several books I’ve wanted to read that have been out of print and I’ve had to go looking online. Most of the time I don’t have any problems finding them. I’m sure there are a few I’ve searched for and couldn’t find at all but I can’t remember them now! One of the books that was out of print that I thoroughly enjoyed is The Gates of Ivory by Doris Egan. Actually, the entire trilogy is great fun. I’d love to read her book written under Jane Emerson – City of Diamond – but it may be one of those that I never seem to come across…
A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?
I know it’s wildly popular but The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The prose is lovely and poetic but I felt like it was almost all aesthetics and no substance. Where is the heart? I put it down for eight months before picking it back up and finishing it. In the end I did like it well enough but never fell in love, the characters just didn’t do anything for me.
What are 3 of your main book goals for 2018?
- Finish/get caught up on series
- Read 120 books (just passed 100 so I may have to bump this up again!)
- Complete r/fantasy book bingo
Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
Not really convert, but my brother isn’t a reader at all and I did get him to read a few books. I think he’s probably read twenty or thirty books in his life and those were for school. Managed to get him into Harry Potter. Win!
Describe what books mean to you in five words.
So, that’s it! I don’t particularly like tagging folks, but if you feel like doing this one please consider yourself tagged! Or you can answer in the comments, I’d love to hear your responses! Happy reading!