I took the below questions from Gargi Sharma who found them at I Read It Once.
Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack.
I sometimes snack while reading. I don’t really have a “go to” snack food. Lately the obsession has been organic popcorn. Apples with peanut butter is good too. And chocolate…definitely chocolate. Don’t worry, that’s not all at the same time.
What is your favorite drink while reading?
This usually depends on what time of day I’m reading. The typical reading drinks would be coffee, tea, or Fruit Punch Crystal Light.
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
I used to scold anyone who wrote in books, but as I get older I find myself doing it more and more. I usually just make a line down the side margin of parts I really like or want to remember for later, but sometimes I also write something specific.
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
I use bookmarks. I’m one of those people who has over a dozen bookmarks but can never seem to find any of them. They’re oftentimes hiding in a book I forgot to finish. Oops.
Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
I read more Fiction than anything, but I enjoy Non-Fiction when the subject matter is of interest to me. I could be more easily convinced to read Fiction than Non-Ficiton.
Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
I prefer to have a stopping point, whether that’s the end of a chapter or the end of a section within the chapter. You know, the place with the extra space or a line or some little squiggly art between paragraphs. I can stop if need be, but you can be assured I make my sister/roommate wait until I’m at least finished with a paragraph before I’ll focus on what she has to say. And if the phone rings, I might just have to call them back. I think my only exception would be in the case of an emergency or the arrival of UPS with a new book, which in itself is an emergency.
Are you the type of person to throw a book cover across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?
It’s been known to happen.
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?
It depends on my general understanding of the rest of the sentence/paragraph. Sometimes I find myself skipping it if the general idea makes sense, sometimes I mark it to look up later, and sometimes I can’t wait and look it up immediately.
What are you currently reading?
Apart from the few things I’m reading for school, I’m reading The Kingmakers Daughter by Philippa Gregory. I’ll be starting The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling this week.
What is the last book you bought?
It was either Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell or The Kingmakers Daughter by Philippa Gregory.
Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?
I usually have a few books going at once, and sometimes several when taking literature classes. I used to only be able to focus on one book at a time, but I’ve gotten used to having to read a few things at once. English majors understand this.
Do you have a favorite time/place to read?
I like to read at night once work, school, and blogging responsibilities are taken care of. It’s my time to relax before bed. As for a place, I like getting away from home and reading at a coffee shop, usually Starbucks since they’re open later than most other places.
Do you prefer series or stand alone books?
I usually read stand alone books. I have only read a few series. That’s not to say I don’t like them, but I haven’t dedicated the time to reading more of them, because I know I’d want to devour them all at once. Game of Thrones will happen one day!
Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?
Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro are always at the top of my recommendations list. I find myself not needing to recommend Harry Potter to people anymore since they’ve either read it or know about it but have no interest, but I certainly talk a lot about the series.
How do you organize your books?
Harry Potter has it’s own two-shelf bookcase. Dickens has his own shelf. Austen and Shakespeare share a shelf. Barnes & Noble classics have a shelf. Non-fiction has a shelf. Anything relating to a monarch has a shelf (Fiction and Non-fiction). Writing and reference books have a shelf. The remaining shelves are scattered fiction that doesn’t fit anywhere else.
Thanks for reading! Feel free to answer any of the questions in the comment section, or let me know if you feature these questions on your own blog.