I came across this book tag on the Thrice Read blog, and thought I would give it a try as there were a pretty good set of questions.
What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
Usually not more than a day, even if I’ve been really busy and am tired at the end of the day, I will still pick up a book to read a few paragraphs before bed. That said I have periodically gone through reading slumps where I’ve not been able to read for weeks.
How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?
One at a time usually. However, if I’m about to finish a book and want to read something else straightaway, I’ll carry two if I can fit an extra in my handbag.
Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
I used to be a bit of a hoarder and flatly refused to part with any book. But now although I’m initially reluctant, I’m better at giving away books, especially ones that I know I am definitely never going to read.
How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
About 30 minutes in my local bookshop, longer in large bookshops and bookshops I’ve never been to before.
How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
I get most of my reading done on my daily commute and lunch hours, so about 3 hours a day.
Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?
It doesn’t really. I think it’s more of an instinctive action like waking up and getting out of bed.
How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
I don’t know, I want to say about 150 as a conservative estimate. I want to own a library worth someday. Need a bigger house!
Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
All the time! Especially when I’m reading a really good book. And I’m sure some people hate me for it as they have no idea what I’m talking about half the time.
What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, and the Bible.
Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds i.e searching bookshops, online digging etc?
There’s a author called Liz Berry who wrote a series of books I read when I was a teenager – Easy Connection, Easy Freedom and Mel were amongst my favourites. Her books are mostly out of print now and those that are available for purchase cost a fortune! I was so pleased with myself when I got a secondhand copy of Mel at a reasonable price, but sadly haven’t managed to get the others. One day!
A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?
I’m ashamed to admit it but The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende. I actually put it down initially for years before picking it back up determined to finish reading it, and I’m so glad I persevered as it was awesome!
What are 3 of your main book goals for 2018?
- Get through my ever-growing TBR list
- Read more books by Black British authors
- Re-read some books that I read years ago to get a different perspective
Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
I would like to think so, but I think it’s more likely that I’ve persuaded to read a particular book. Which is good enough for me.
Describe what books mean to you in five words.
Escape, knowledge, love, happiness, freedom.