This week’s prompt is a free for all. Tell us ten things about you and books! The Quirky Girls have quite a few things to say on the subject.
1. I usually have three books going at once. One in my car (audio), one on my Nook, which I generally keep with me at all times just in case a reading opportunity should suddenly present itself, and one on my nightstand for reading before I go to sleep.
2. I have a very strict 100-page rule. If a book has not grabbed me by 100 pages, I’m done.
3. If a book I’m reading has terrible grammatical and spelling errors, I won’t be able to finish it even if I do happen to find the subject matter interesting. This is because I spend half the time I could be spending sucked into the story mentally correcting the errors. If I’m really interested but can’t finish the book due to errors, I will google the book and spoil the ending so I know what happened.
4. If I like a book, I will re-read it A LOT. I almost always find something I missed on the first, second, or even third go-round.
5. I re-read Pride and Prejudice, the Harry Potter Series, all of L.M. Montgomery’s books, and Agatha Christie’s “The Man In the Brown Suit” at least once a year, every year.
6. The only thing I don’t like about my Nook is how time-consuming it is to look ahead a couple of chapters to see if my favorite character is doing okay. This is why I do not read mysteries or suspense on the Nook. I realize this makes me a great big cheating cheater who cheats too much.
7. I love audio books. I “read” them during my work commute and they make me way less grumpy when I’m stuck in traffic. Audio books also make some books easier to read. For example, I finally made it through the LotR trilogy on audiobook. All those parts that were long and wordy and annoying when I was trying to read them (I’m looking at you, Tom Bombadil) were actually quite interesting when performed by a competent actor. But I will only “read” unabridged editions. Abridged audio books are just a dumb waste of money.
8. I like to mentally cast books as I read them. I usually picture actors in the role, but recently a character made me think of one of my close friends and then I couldn’t not think of her every time she showed up in the story. It made the story more interesting in a way, as I know that friend pretty well-suddenly the character was quite well-rounded!!
9. I will absolutely read a book based on a recommendation from one of my booky friends, even if previously I’d already decided to give that one a pass.
10. I spend more money on books than I do on clothes, CDs, and movies combined. 🙂
1. My favorite reading position is on my back, but it becomes a dangerous practice when I’m reading a hardback when I’m sleepy.
2. I usually read five or six books at a time and that’s just on my Kindle. It makes me feel rich.
3. An afternoon at the library is one of my favorite treats.
4. I can be easily seduced by colorful book covers and the summary inside the jacket.
5. I love audiobooks, but I miss the old books on tape – the old cassette tape type. On those I could make it go super fast and still listen to the book.
6. The big test for me on fiction is the characters. They have to be believable.
7. My Kindle is a my favorite toy. I love ordering books on my laptop and timing how fast it shows up on my Kindle.
8. The book I’ve read and reread the most since I was nine or ten is Little Women.
9. I honestly love to give away books, primarily because I love to share the experience.
10. When I travel, I consider local bookstores one of the tourist attractions.
1. Spoilers should never be found on the book’s jacket flap.
2. My To Read list is compiled almost exclusively from book blogger suggestions and reviews.
3. 90% of what I read is borrowed from the library or someone I know.
4. When I do buy something it is almost always used.
5. I always finish what I’ve started.
6. Except for On The Road. I despised the first half of that book.
7. I read about 5 hours a week.
8. Most of that reading takes place at the gym.
9. I need to read printed words. It is hard for me to stay focused with audio books.
10. I believe everyone should try one Classic each year to keep ties to today’s writers’ roots.
1. I always have a book with me. That way if I happen to have a free moment, I can squeeze in another moment of reading. If for some reason I don’t have one on me, I feel a little naked. And a bit panicky.
2. When I was a kid, I would sneak-read books under my desk.
3. In high school I loved finals week because that meant big fat chunks of reading time for me. I’d have two finals a day with two and a half hours allotted for each. It only took me half an hour to finish my final. (We couldn’t just leave after we were done like you can in college.)
4. I prefer trade paperbacks. I tend to get a little upset if I mess up hardbacks, which is kind of inevitable.
5. However, I do enjoy hardbacks. They are so pretty and look so studious on the shelf. If I do read one, I keep the cover off while reading it. (A trick I learned from a friend.)
6. I am not be a bookmark person. Not because I hated them or anything, but I could never keep track of them. Bookmarks are quite easy to lose. Thus I’ve always dog-eared my books. The horrors! I know.
7. However, I have amassed a great stash of lovely and unique bookmarks because bookmarks are great gifts for the reader types. In the last year year I’ve somehow become a bookmark person. Now I hardly ever dog-ear pages. And I’ve managed to use my daintly little Anais Nin mark without losing it. ha! (I’ve had that sucker for seven years without ever using for fear of losing it.)
8. I also have received numerous booklights over the years. I am decidedly not a booklight person. They are too heavy for the pages and the batteries barely last a page in them.
9. Having said that, I kinda want an LED booklight for my Kindle. Those look sturdy and light more than a few sentences. Plus they never die because they are powered by the Kindle battery.
10. I like to read books in French. And I like to read them out loud. To myself.