Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Book Blogger Appreciation Week - Day 3 - breaking the rules

I think today I'm supposed to be writing a post about what book blogging means to me. That's a great idea, and book blogging really has been an amazing outlet in my life, both to meet new people and spend time in a fantastic community. But I just don't want to write that post today.

So instead, I'm going to answer a few questions about MYSELF -

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?

I LOVE peanut butter M & M's. They are the nectar of the gods. And you can tell that by looking at my hips. (But they are SO yummy!)

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

I tend to underline a lot - phrases and paragraphs that strike me get marked every time. In fact, the reason I don't borrow a lot of books from other readers is I worry I will accidentally forget and write in THEIR book, too!

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?

I have a bunch of really beautiful bookmarks - some I have been given, some I've collected myself. I always have the best intentions of using them, but honestly, I can't ever seem to find one when I actually need it. Currently my bookmark is a grocery story receipt and a snapshot of my kids.

Laying the book flat open?


Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?

Both - I generally have one of each going at all times.

Hard copy or audiobooks?

Both! I have recently discovered a love for the audiobook, which has helped me feel like I have a lot more time to read. I don't think I will ever give up my love for holding a book in my hands, though.

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 prefer to get to the end of a chapter when life allows - sometimes when I'm reading on a lunch break I don't always get that opportunity. But I enjoy the sense of completion I feel when I stop at the end of a chapter.

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

I'm sad to admit, I hardly ever look them up. I try to figure it out from the context of the story, but I rarely ever take the time to get out the dictionary. I'm pretty sure that's why I stink at Words With Friends.

What are you currently reading?

I am currently listening to The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters, and reading Ten Girls to Watch by Charity Shumway.

What is the last book you bought?

A few days ago the Kindle Daily Deal was Winston Churchill's WWII series, so I splurged and bought them.

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 rarely READ more than one fiction work at a time, but since I've started listening to audiobooks regularly I can often have an audio and a hard copy going at once. I also frequently have a nonfiction in the mix.

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?

It's not necessarily my favorite, but I get most of my reading in now at night, after the kids have gone to bed.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?

I REALLY love series, but I have a hard time committing to them. I think it's because once I start, I want to read them all, in order, right NOW. So as much as I enjoy a good series, I tend to read more stand alones because they seem less stressful.

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

I love turning readers who think they don't like fantasy on to Guy Gavriel Kay - his writing is so good, and so steeped in historical authenticity, that he grabs even the most skeptical of readers.

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

They are currently (mostly) organized by author's last name - I say mostly, because my husband did all the organizing, and when I purchase something new I tend to just shove it wherever it will fit.

So there you go - more than you ever wanted to know about me! Please stop by the Book Blogger Appreciation Week website to read posts about the topic that SHOULD have been for today! *grin*


bermudaonion said...

Oh my gosh, I love peanut butter M & Ms too. Have you tried the new mini Reese's Cups? They're good too. I don't buy either one of them though, because I can't resist them when I do.

fredamans said...

You rebel you... lol... It was nice learning more about you anyway.

Zibilee said...

I always have several books going as well. Some on audio, and some that are print in fiction and nonfiction as well. The last book I purchased was the latest by Laura Lipmman, because I just love her standalone stories, and I never seem to have a bookmark handy when I need one, but NEVER dog-ear the pages! It was fun getting to know a little more about your reading habits, Elizabeth!

Kristen M. said...

PB M&M's are my second fave after dark chocolate ones. YUM!
And I totally agree about series. I've been avoiding some of them that I know I do want to read because I know that once I start, I'm going to want to read through them! I need more time!