After a few days ‘in hiding’ away from my computer, I logged on today to find myself nominated to answer some very apt questions, in relation to my reading habits, and it was so synchronistic, because today I discovered a; favourite second-hand bookshop had just closed down.,
For this happy coincidence, I must express gratitude to Sheila and; her incredible blog Sheila Renee Parker for the nomination, and the opportunity to remember how much I really love books.
You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next? I always start with an old favourite, in print, the pages would be dog-eared, and the characters would be old friends.
You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit? It’s a rare occasion, if I don’t finish a book. I like to know what happens in the end…..must be my innate curiosity.
The end of the year is coming and you’re so close yet so far away on your GoodReads challenge. Do you quit or commit? I’d hate to admit that I gave up…….imagine telling ‘everyone’ you’d told, about the challenge “I Quit”?
The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope? I rarely worry about the cover. If it’s an author I love, and I’ve invested time in a series, I’m more interested in the storyline’s continuity.
Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings? I stopped following the crowd, a long time ago, so no bonding is required. Where would we be, if we all liked the same type of books, and how boring; would; fewer genre choices be?
You’re reading a book and you’re about to start crying in public. How do you deal? Unfortunately, when I yawn, my eyes leak terribly, so imagine how much yawning I’d be required to do, when reading a sad book in public?
A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a summary on GoodReads? Cry in frustration? Definitely, re-read the previous novel. In fact, I’ve done so, many times before…..did I mention, I love books?
You don’t want ANYONE borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people “nope” when they ask? I’m very possessive of my books, I only lend to family & trustworthy friends, but I do frequently recommend that people buy a copy on Kindle, or check out their local library.
You’ve picked up and put down five different books in the past month. How do you get over the reading slump? I head back to my old favourite’s list, and re-read one, or I look for something by an author, I’m particularly fond of.
There are so many new books coming out that you are dying to read! How many do you actually buy? I wish I could say, I only buy singularly, but I don’t, so to save on the pennies; if several books come out at once, I either wish list them online, or head to the library to check out their recent purchases.
After you’ve bought a new book you want to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf until you actually read them? It depends, some are read immediately, others are stockpiled for a rainy day, but if there’s one, I’ve been waiting for; I treat it like a favourite food, and eat-it-last.
Because these questions made me really think about my relationship with books, I’d like to nominate the following blogs; to take this challenge. It helps you rediscover your love of books; in fact, my fingers are itching to pick up a book now.