It’s Monday morning and the start of another week! As usual, I’m feeling lazy. I wasn’t able to read during the weekend so I thought I’d just post a meme instead. I got this meme from The Serpentine Library and thought I should give it a try.
1. Do you snack while you read? If so, favourite reading snacks:
I don’t usually snack while I read because I find it hard to hold a book on one hand and hold food on the other. What I usually do is take breaks from reading to grab a snack.
2. What is your favourite drink while reading
Again, I don’t usually eat/drink while reading but when I do take a break, I guess I mostly drink cold water since it’s the height of summer and it’s really hot lately. I also like iced tea. My favorite is Pokka Jasmine Green Tea and I just recently discovered that Arizona iced tea is really good.
3. Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
Marking books, the horror! Even while I was in school, I never liked marking books. My classmates would always highlight their school books and write notes in the margins but I never did that. The only thing I write in books is my name. And a couple of years back, I started writing the date when I bought the book just to give me an idea of when I first discovered it.
4. How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
Like I said earlier, I don’t like marking books so I also don’t dog-ear or lay the book flat. I’m very careful when handling books and that’s why I’m picky when it comes to lending my books. I use bookmarks when I need to keep my place in a book. I have a couple of bookmarks lying around in my bedside table because people give me those as gifts. Sometimes when I don’t have a bookmark within reach, I use receipts because those are made out of thin paper and they won’t damage the book when you use them.
5. Fiction, non-fiction, or both?
Fiction! 🙂 I rarely read non-fiction.
6. Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
I always try to read until the end of the chapter just so I don’t feel like I’m right in the middle of the story when I stop. But when I’m reading a good book, I always say “just one more chapter and then I’ll stop” and I end up finishing the book.
7. Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?
No, I’ve never done that. When I get to an irritating part, I just stop reading and then think to myself “ARGH! This is so frustrating!” and then I go back and read a couple more pages and if I really can’t stand it, I just stop. Or skim until I reach the end so I have a vague idea of what happens.
8. If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?
If I’m near a computer, I look it up in an online dictionary. Otherwise, I use context clues to figure out what it means and if I still remember it by the time I’m in front of a computer, I look it up.
9. What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Sapphique by Catherine Fisher, which is the sequel to Incarceron.
10. What is the last book you bought?
I picked up the following in Fully Booked because they were 80% off: The Haunting by Margaret Mahy, Changing Planes by Ursula Le Guin, Dragonflight by Anne McCaffery and Dragonquest by Anne McCaffery.
11. Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?
I try to read a book one a time to avoid confusion but I can read more than one if I have to. Like if I forget a book at home or in the office and I have another one on hand, I’m okay with starting that other book.
12. Do you have a favourite time/place to read?
I love reading in my room, in my bed. I started doing that when I was younger and now I’m used to it. I think I read somewhere that it’s not a good idea to read while lying down but I like it.
13. Do you prefer series books or stand alones?
Most fantasy books come in series or trilogies so I read a lot of series books. Although sometimes, I get tired of reading series books and when that happens, I look for stand alones to “give me a break” from series books. It’s also frustrating when I want to buy an entire series and not all of the books are available. When starting a new series and all of the books are already out, I want to get them all in one go so I can read them one right after another.
14. Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?
Yes! I keep recommending Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s thief series because I love those books. I also have a list of Favorite Books that I keep recommending.
15. How do you organize your books? (by genre, title, author’s last name, etc.)
I really need a better bookshelf that can fit all of my books so I can be more organized. I have one overflowing bookshelf crammed full of books and the rest of the books that can’t fit in there are stuffed in boxes. I try to arrange them by author but they get mixed up when I grab a book and I’m too lazy to return it to its proper place because I have to move books around.
So those are my reading habits. How about you, what are yours? 🙂 If you’re going to answer this meme, leave a link in the comments so I can check out your answers.