Wednesday, September 16, 2009

BBAW - Wednesday's Post

Today's Book Blogger Appreciation Week post is a meme to get into the reading habits of book bloggers. Many of these I've answered here on What Was I Reading? before, so I'll link as needed (for more insights and interesting quirks about me).

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
Not usually. I think it's the one time I'm not eating.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you? How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
I readily write in books (that are mine); have a firm reliance upon book mark; and routinely crack the spines of (my) books by laying them flat and/or opening them big and wide for easy reading.

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both? Hard copy or audiobooks?
I definitely read more fiction than non-fiction (although I do hold a soft place in my heart for Jon Krakauer) and pretty much only read hard copy. (I find my mind wanders too easily with an audiobook.)

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?
Have to come to a stopping point--usually want that to be the end of a chapter, but I'll settle for a paragraph break in a pinch.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
I can usually figure it out from context. (Although George Eliot did stretch me pretty far in Middlemarch.)

What are you currently reading?
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

What is the last book you bought?
Peace, Love & Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle which I bought (and read cover to cover because it was delish) last night.

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 routinely keep multiples going: A book club selection, a library loaner, and one from my TBR shelf.

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
I really like to read in the car if I can get my sister (who I carpool to and from work with) to shut up.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
I have a "thing" for series, but really well written stand-alone books have their place in my heart as well.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
I have a little stable of authors that I'm pretty much good to go on: John Green (despite my thoughts on Paper Towns), Chris Crutcher, Barry Lyga, and (soon to be) Lauren Myracle for Young Adult. Jon Krakauer is the hands-down king of non-fiction. And my literary fiction faves are Jane Smiley, Anne Tyler, Richard Russo, and Jonathan Franzen. (So many fantastic authors and not nearly enough time.)

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
My TBR shelf is organized by original date of publication (and I allow myself a little lee-way to put the books I'm more "excited" about reading at the beginning of the year) and I read in reverse chronological date of publication (because I figure those older books have waited this long, and I'll get to them eventually). My books that I keep (rather than selling to 1/2-Price Books because I loved them so dearly) are split into YA Fiction, Adult Fiction, and Non-Fiction and then are put in regular book store alphabetical order by author's last name, then by title (or chronologically for a series because I hate that they aren't put in that order in the store or library).

That was tons of information about me. I'm sure it was riveting to read. Link up your post over at the BBAW meme.


gautami tripathy said...

The Thirteenth Tale is on my wish list!

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Bluestocking said...

You mark in books? **shrieks in horror**. Lol! Here is mine

Jill said...

riveting, indeed!

Marie said...

I'm impressed that you can organize your TBRs. I tag them by release date in my LibraryThing account but everything ends up everywhere in the house! :-)

Ti said...

Are you enjoying The Thirteenth Tale? Folks either love it to death or hate it. I loved it.