Lately I’ve really loved participating in book tags and so when I saw this one over on The Secret Library Book Blog I knew I wanted to participate! I laugh because we all know I’m definitely a book addict but let’s just see how my answers go …
What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
Probably a day. It really depends on how busy I am, but even when I do get really busy, if it lasts for a long time (like if we’re out all day doing things), then I start to get antsy and just want some time alone to read. I have gone through some slumps but even then I still try to read, even if it’s only a few pages.
How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?
At least one. I should probably resort to carrying my kindle around with me since it’s so small and easy to throw in a bag, but I usually pick the book that I’m reading that is easiest to read when I have a little amount of time, usually a contemporary or non-fiction.
Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
Oh I definitely don’t keep everything! I used to keep all the books I read and I remember when I first did my home library, I thought I would separate my read books from my unread book and, embarrassingly, my read books didn’t even take up a bookcase! My current home library, though, is ONLY for read books and it’s close to being full. I don’t mind being creative with where my books go in there once read, but I do only have so much space. At least until my two remaining bookcases (a big one and small one which house my TBR) are full of read books, then I might have to do a purge. But I do get rid of books I don’t like, or most duplicates (at least, after I realized how many damn duplicates I own). I used to keep everything but then I wondered why I was keeping books I hated. It made no sense! If years go by and I want to give that book another chance, I can easily go buy it second hand, but I’d rather not keep that memory on my shelf.
How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
It really depends on how much time I have. If I stop before having to go somewhere else for an appointment, I’ll say there until THE VERY END. If I stop and don’t have anything planned for after I could browse forever. There are just so many wonderful sections, sale books, featured books – and if there’s coffee and food available via Starbucks, why would you leave?
How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
My husband would probably say “too much time.” But the truth is that I tend to do house things with the kid up and about. They help me clean and do chores, so that when I have free time I can read. I try to read for the hour before they get up, and hopefully for the 2 hours they have quiet time (if they last for two hours – lots of times they don’t – and sometimes I’ll sit and do blog things and watch a show or watch a show and scroll aimlessly through social media), AND after they go to bed if I’m not watching TV with my husband. He works early so he’s usually going to bed by 9:00 so I might let him watch one of his PVR’d shows and go up and read for a couple hours before going to bed myself. So, on a good reading day, I might be able to get 5 hours or so of reading time in, but typically it might be at least 1-2 hours. It’s the one hobby that’s really easy to fit into my day.
How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books).
Oh god, this is embarrassing, but I think I own about 550 or so read books, and about 400 unread books, so probably 1,000 when including physical and e-books. A ridiculous amount, I know, but I do have a home library so I have the space for them.
Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
Aside from my kids and TV, books is the one thing I know how to talk about! If someone asks what I like to do in my free time, when I say “reading” it usually leads to book conversations where I ramble on about books and reading and blogging and probably make no sense whatsoever. I’m a fangirl when it comes to reading.
What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon at 1,443 pages!
A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?
This was a really hard one. Lately I’ve gotten really good at DNFing books, but in the past I would power through and finish. I remember reading Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison and thinking how terrible it was, but I was doing a read-along for it and it was fun to just get snarky with a few other local bloggers about it. I also don’t know how I finished reading Wetlands by Charlotte Roche, or Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk because both seriously made me want to vomit.
What are 3 of your main book goals for 2018?
To care less about what I’m reading – just go with the flow and follow my mood.
To read more classics, non-fiction, and literary fiction.
To buy less books BUT I’VE ALREADY FAILED AT THAT.
Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
No. I wish I could, though, since I don’t have a lot of real life people to talk books with, BUT I do love talking books with people on Twitter who I guess ARE real life people, but just in a different part of the world. I’d love to get my husband to read but I kind of like it’s one thing that makes me unique in our combined family, my love of books.
Describe what books mean to you in five words?
Friend, escape, enriching, relaxing, solace.
I’m not going to tag anyone on this, but if you want to answer these questions on your blog, let me know so I can read your answers!