I saw this on Isabelle’s blog, Book Wyrm Bites, quite a while back now. This tag was started by Stuart at Always Trust in Books. As usual (because I’m terrible) I won’t tag anyone (I never know who’s already been tagged, who likes to be tagged, who hates it – it fills me with dread) but go ahead and join in if you think it looks fun. Here goes!
WHAT IS THE LONGEST AMOUNT OF TIME YOU CAN COMFORTABLY GO WITHOUT PICKING UP A BOOK?
If I’m super busy, I can go a couple of days without realising that I haven’t read anything. I normally manage to grab at least ten minutes at some point during the day though.
HOW MANY BOOKS DO YOU CARRY ON YOUR PERSON (OR KINDLE) AT ANY ONE TIME?
I have an old Kindle keyboard with hundreds on, but I recently upgraded to a Fire that has maybe forty or so? I usually carry just one physical book or my Kindle on a day-to-day basis. I also read on my phone if I’m squashed on the tube or something – it’s the easiest way to snatch a few minutes of reading.
DO YOU KEEP EVERY BOOK YOU BUY/RECEIVE OR ARE YOU HAPPY TO PASS THEM ON TO MAKE SPACE FOR MORE?
I keep books I enjoyed. If I didn’t like it that much I’ll donate it to a charity shop or a library. I did a big book declutter just after university and donated about three boxes of books so I have a more stable number now.
HOW LONG WOULD YOU SPEND IN A BOOKSHOP ON A STANDARD VISIT?
I usually go to bookstores when I know there’s a book I want, so I don’t spend ages browsing… Maybe between half an hour to an hour? It also depends on the bookstore – my local independent is tiny, I can only really be in there about 20 minutes or so before it starts to look a little weird…
HOW MUCH TIME PER DAY DO YOU ACTUALLY SPEND READING?
On an average weekday, maybe an hour or two? But spread throughout the day – short reading bursts during the daytime, and then half an hour to an hour in the evening. At the weekends, if I don’t have a lot to do I’ll read for hours at a time.
WHERE DOES THE TASK “PICKING UP A BOOK” APPEAR ON YOUR DAILY TO-DO LIST?
I usually read a bit on my commute, some during breaks at work, and then right before bed in the evening. It’s the last thing I do at night.
HOW MANY BOOKS DO YOU RECKON YOU OWN IN TOTAL, INCLUDING EBOOKS?
I have maybe 100-150 physical books between my home in London and my parents’ home. I have maybe 250 eBooks.
APPROXIMATELY HOW OFTEN DO YOU BRING UP BOOKS IN CONVERSATION?
I mean, I work in publishing, so I talk about books a lot. But if it’s not work-related, I’ll be lucky to bring it up once a day? I don’t know many people in real life who read like I do, especially people that I see on a daily basis, so not very often.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST BOOK (PAGE COUNT) YOU HAVE FINISHED READING?
Mine is the same as Isabelle’s: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin. 1178 pages. I don’t recall it feeling that long though? Anna Karenina is over 800 and boy, that took me forever.
IS THERE A BOOK YOU HAD TO GET YOUR HANDS ON AGAINST ALL ODDS, I.E. SEARCHING BOOKSHOPS, ONLINE DIGGING, ETC.?
Up until last week, I was on the hunt for a specific edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I needed a hardback children’s cover edition to match the rest of the series – I only had it in paperback. I kept ordering copies on eBay but they were never the right cover, or showed up without the dust jacket – it was like a game of roulette! I recently found one though so I have a full matching set, finally!
A BOOK YOU STRUGGLED TO FINISH BUT REFUSED TO DNF?
Like I said earlier, it took me months to read Anna Karenina but I was determined to read it, and I did enjoy it for the most part so I didn’t want to DNF it.
WHAT ARE THREE OF YOUR MAIN BOOK GOALS FOR 2019?
Complete my Goodreads goal of 80 books, read all the book (500+ page) books on my TBR, and read at least one non-fiction book a month. I recently did my Mid-Year Round-Up post where I looked at my progress with these goals.
HAVE YOU EVER HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF CONVERTING SOMEONE INTO A READER (MAYBE VIA INSPIRATION OR INCESSANT NAGGING)?
I don’t know, maybe? My mum reads more now and that might be down to my influence.
DESCRIBE WHAT BOOKS MEAN TO YOU IN FIVE WORDS.
The friend who’s always there.