Hi! I’m going to try and make it my goal to blog more regularly this week. Tomorrow is Inspiration on Monday and Thursday is my 8th Bloggiversary! Big stuff. I’m not sure if I’ll fill in the holes, but three new posts this week is better than my meager turnout lately.
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Back to the Bookish Business of the Day. I’ve been mentally formulating a post on bookish guilt (and by mentally formulating, I mean vaguely thinking about the topic every now and then), but since I have nothing more than “Don’t succumb to bookish guilt!” right now, I figured a good ole bookish questionnaire would help spark my blogging juices. Feel free to borrow (just as I borrowed from Katie at Words for Worms. And she originally borrowed from Sarah Says Read who got them from…well, the rabbit hole is quite large, folks). I created the button above, but feel free to use it, too.
1. Favorite childhood book:
Childhood childhood? I was a big fan of Seuss, the Little Mr/Little Miss books, and Robert Munsch (likely best known for The Paperbag Princess).
2. What are you reading right now?
I just Finished Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn and am listening to In the Woods by Tana French. Next up is Misery. Join us for the #MiseryRAL!
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
That’s something you can do? Huh. Actually, recently I placed an Interlibrary Loan for The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up. I don’t request books from the library often, though.
4. Bad book habit:
I dogear pages with passages I like. I’m also terrible at DNFing (did not finish) books but I did recently put away The Year of Magical Thinking at 50 pages in.
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Whoever wrote this is a big fan of the library, huh? I did have a lot of books on hold/checked out during Comics in February…in February.
6. Do you have an e-reader?
Yes! I have a Nook HD–I don’t think they make them anymore? I’ve read 25% of my book reads on my Nook this year. 42% if you exclude graphic novels. #booknerdalert
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
I read very little compared to all you other bookworms (I’m at 28 books this year, including 8 graphic novels and 8 audiobooks). Because of this, it already takes me so long to read one book that I can’t imagine reading more than one. Though I do always have a physical book and an audiobook going. Sommmmmmmmmetimes I’ll have more than one physical book, but very rarely.
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
They changed and then they changed again. My reading absolutely spiked until I crashed and burned. I found I was reading too much (I know, right? Is this even possible?). I’m much happier (as is my family) now that I’m not reading quite as much.
9. Least favorite book you read this year:
Hmmm. I didn’t love the audio narration of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (narrated by Anne Hathaway). I also didn’t love The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto.
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year:
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. You’ll probably see the below picture a zillion more times throughout my blogging career.
11. How often do you read outside of your comfort zone?
Probably not as often as I would like to, though my comfort zone is fairly wide. I read a lot of non-fiction (half my reading this year) and fairly diversely (over a quarter of my reading) but I would love to add more classics and that fancy “literary” fiction. I blame mommy brain.
12. What is your reading comfort zone?
How’s this: Books that don’t make me think too hard but make me think at least a little.
13. Can you read on the bus?
I cannot remember the last time I was on a bus. Oh wait–it was a Greyhound and it was kind of scary. I can’t remember if I read anything at all. Generally I get carsick when I try to read, but I think I might be able to on a bus. I can on a plane, anyway. This seems like a truly random question.
14. Favorite place to read:
In bed. Incidentally this is also my favorite place to fall asleep while reading.
15. What is your policy on book lending?
Don’t do it! Just kidding. I lend books to my parents all the time because I know that they’ll return them. Otherwise…I have a mental tally of people who have stolen books from me via “lending.”
16. Do you dog-ear your books?
Yes. Not to mark my spot–I use a bookmark for this–but to mark passages. Which is kind of silly because sometimes I’ll read back through a page (maybe to find a quote) and have no idea what I liked on the page.
17. Do you write notes on the margins of your books?
I used to, but I can’t be bothered to keep a pencil with me. I’m more likely to write notes if I’m reading a classic. Otherwise I just dogear (instead of underlining).
18. Do you break/crack the spines?
I am a reformed spine-cracker. At one time I thought this mean that the book was well loved, but then I decided that it would likely mean a shorter life for the book. I don’t cry if it happens accidentally, though.
19. What is your favorite language to read?
English. This is also the only language I can read in.
20. What makes you love a book?
If it rips out my heart and makes me sob. :) You can keep your happy endings.
Guess what! This survey actually has several more questions so I’ll be saving those for another rainy Sunday when topics are eluding me. Lucky you!!
I’d love to hear what your answers to these questions are! And also what you’re up to this fine Sunday.