Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Reading Habits

I've seen this survey floating around the blogosphere for a while, but didn't really think anything of it. Then, Jami posted it on her blog. I guess, after seeing it so many times, I finally decided I wanted to join in on the fun!

Do you snack while you read? If so, favourite reading snack:
My absolute favorite snack of all time is potato wedges. However, they're usually super greasy, so I try to avoid actually reading (I'll pause) while I eat and vise versa.

What is your favourite drink while reading?
Mmm ... Cherry Lemon Sundrop! But not the bottled kind, the fountain drink where they mix the cherry into the Sundrop. I seriously could drink that stuff all day long.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
I have a journal that I write in when I find something interesting in a book. The only books I've marked in were college texts and I felt horrible for doing that!

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
Bookmarks. I love bookmarks. The owner of the used bookstore always puts one in your bag with your purchases each visit, so I have a lot!

Fiction, non-fiction, or both?
Fiction! I love being swept away into magical lands. If I do read non-fiction, it's either on mythology, war, or the Salem Witch Trials. Oh, and Chelsea Handler's books. ;)

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
My habit has always been to stop at the end of the chapter. Sometimes, though, it's a little hard with the suspense.

Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?
I'll either throw it across the bed/couch/whatever furniture I'm reading it on, or I'll just throw my hands up in the air, release, and wish it a fond flight to where ever it may land.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?
I have a small steno pad I keep close that I'll write the words down in, along with book and page number, and go back to it when I'm finished reading for the day.

What are you currently reading?
I picked up Oh. My. Gods. this afternoon at the library and just finished it. I can't believe I didn't check it out before now ... it's so good!

What is the last book you bought?
I bought a few when I went to the used bookstore. You can read about them here.

Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?
I can read several at one time, but I prefer to read just one at a time. It's nice to just stay in one world until the end, then continue on to another besides skipping back and forth all the time. It's easier for characters and plots to be confused that way.

Do you have a favourite time/place to read?
Two times I prefer: In the afternoon when my husband has his video game time after work, and after he goes to bed. It's just easier when I'm not distracted by him.

Do you prefer series books or stand alones?
Series are more fun when it's a wonderful world and you can't quite let go of the characters yet. But stand alones are good for quick reads. I don't think I really have a preference, I love both.

Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?
I did nothing but sing the praises of Twilight for quite some time. I still do. Now, I find myself completely absorbed by Gena Showalter and all of her wonderful books, whether it's contemporary or paranormal.

How do you organize your books? (by genre, title, author's last name, etc.)
First, I have two places where my books go. In my office, where my writing materials are, I have all of my reference books ... this includes writing, recipes, hobbies - I guess you could call it my non-fiction area. Then, there's the fiction area - which is the bookcase in our game room. I organize the non-fiction by subject, then by author. With fiction, it's all by author ... and I always have a stack to the side of TBR books.


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