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Tag: Reading Habits

First tag after the relaunch and I thought this one about reading habits was a really good one, a little different from the usual book tags. I can’t remember where I originally saw it now so forgive me for not linking back!

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
My bed. It’s just the comfiest place ever to read. I have fairy lights around my headboard for when I just have my lamp on which creates the perfect light for reading whilst remaining cosy.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Bookmarks! Though I’m picky about them, they can’t be any of these page grabbing ones or really thick ones – I don’t want them damaging my books thank you very much! Also how hard is it to find nice bookmarks?! If I can’t find a bookmark then sure I’ll use a piece of paper or something.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or certain number of pages?
I’ll sometimes have a quick flick though to see how many pages until the end of the chapter I’m currently reading, if it’s not that many I’ll finish the chapter – if it’s a lot, I’ll finish the page or paragraph depending on which makes the most sense.
I don’t hold myself to a certain number of pages either – unless I have a deadline to meet, which isn’t that often.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
Yes, though I’m trying to stop the eating part because I read a lot, so it’s probably not the healthiest of combinations. So lately, just a drink most of the time. I’ll get snacks only if I’m having some serious “me time”.

5. Do you watch TV or listen to music while reading?
Nope, not unless I’m in a room with other people and they have the TV or music on. I do like to completely shut the world out though.

6. One book at a time or several at once?
I usually have at least on the go. One novel and a book with short stories in or some other kind of lighter reading. I do this because sometimes I find I want to read but I’m too tired and just don’t have the head space to take in a lot of detail, so I can just pick up my lighter reading on those days.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?
I mostly read at home apart from when I’m on holiday somewhere but even then I find it really hard to concentrate has my PTSD really gets in the way of being able to relax and absorb myself in a book. Though I did manage it quite easily when visiting Maaike. The combination of good friends and the comfiest sofa I’ve ever sat and slept on really helped!

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently in my head, unless I’m reading to my great nieces. Other than that I’ve not read out loud since high school – which I hated!

9. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?
Nope. Never. I can’t even grasp why one would do that!

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
I try to keep them new but I don’t ruin my reading experience trying to keep it that way. If the spine is looking well read then that’s fine, but there’s no way I’m bending my books all ways that would break the spine.

11. Do you write in your books?
No. Not unless I need to for education – which in the end adds to the charm but I still have to have a little battle with myself to be able to highlight and make notes in them!

If you want to do this tag, feel free! Leave me the link to yours in the comments below so I can check it out!

Tag: Questions About Books

Back to blogging properly I think. I’m sure I’ve done a bookish type tag before but for the life of me I cannot find it.

  1. What is your favourite book?
    I’m still in love with The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. It just one of those stories that stays with you.
  2. Who is your favourite author?
    Brandon Sanderson, Roald Dahl and Robert Rankin.
  3. What genre do you prefer?
    Fantasy, it’s probably obvious. But I read a bit of most genres apart from Chick-Lit, I just don’t really “get” chick-lit, it has to be something really special in that genre for me to read it (and like it).
  4. What is your favourite book series?
    Oops, I already answered this in question 1! However I also love the Crowfield series by Pat Walsh and the Spells series by Aprilynne Pike.
  5. What books did you hate reading in school?
    Anything Shakespeare. Don’t get me wrong, I see the value in learning older texts but I just think Shakespeare is overrated. Also To Kill A MockingBird by Harper Lee.
  6. What is the first book you remember reading as a child?
    Usbornes First Thousand Words (English Obviously), I loved that book and I still have it.
  7. Bookstores or libraries?
    I love both!!! I used to use the library loads when I was younger (as in at age 7 I would take out 8 books a week!), I use it less now – not because I don’t appreciate it but because I can buy (and keep) books for myself. I’m slowly creating my own library.
  8. How many books do you own?
    400+ in physical books. 217 Kindle Books.
  9. Do you read before bed?
    Yes most of the time.
  10. What is your most comfortable reading position?
    Lying in bed. I love my comfort.
  11. What is the most recent book you read?
    Finished: Clockwork Angels by Kevin J. Anderson. Currently Reading: Myths That Every Child Should Know: A Selection Of The Classic Myths Of All Times For Young People by Hamilton Wright Mabie.
  12. What quote from any book will you never forget? Why is it significant?
    I suck at remember exact quotes unless I write them down. So um… pass!
  13. Science Fiction or Fantasy?
    Fantasy. Though I do love Science Fiction also.
  14. What books do you regret reading?
    The Phantom of Manhattan by Frederick Forsyth. Bad writing, bad story, just bleh. I thought it would be interesting as it was a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, albeit by a different author.
  15. How large is your bookshelf?
    I have a tall 5 shelf bookshelf…. it’s full. I have books in boxes, in my bedside cabinet and in piles everywhere.
  16. On average, how many books do you read per year?
    Probably 30-40.
  17. What book can you read hundreds of times and never get tired of?
    Any Roald Dahl book, he’s just so much fun – even when your an adult.
  18. Do you like to read outside?
    I really want to like reading outside but I just can’t seem to get into it. I think there’s just too much going on around me that my PTSD won’t allow me to sink into a book properly.
  19. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a book?
    Hope is stronger than you think.
  20. Of the past year, what is the greatest book you’ve read?
    The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.

Not going to tag anyone specific, if you want to do it please do and leave me a link to your post in the comments below so I can check it out!

A Bookish Q&A

Stolen from Whispers of a Barefoot Medical Student.

Mistborn: Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

What are you reading now?
Mistborn: Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. Freaking loving it.

What are you planning to read next?
I’m not 100% sure yet, maybe finally actually read Harry Potter? Although I also have Alice on Mars by Robert Rankin that I want to read, plus Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. It all depends what I’m in the mood for when I finish the book I’m currently reading but those are the ones I plan on reading in the near future.

What five books have you always wanted to read but haven’t got around to?

  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (I know I know!)
  2. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  4. Every Day is an Atheist Holiday by Penn Jillette
  5. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
None, I don’t really read magazines much to be honest. I’d rather a comic book than a magazine.

What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?
Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo or The Phantom of Manhattan by Frederick Forsyth

What book seemed really popular, but you didn’t like?
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien. Perhaps didn’t like is a bit strong, I liked the story but his writing style makes it a difficult read.
I’m also currently reading The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, I do not understand why this book is popular at all.

Three favourite poems
Wow, I haven’t read any poetry in ages so I’m going to have think about this one!

  1. The Lesson by Roger McGough
  2. The Cucumber by Ernest Henry
  3. The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear

Where do you usually get your books?
Where-ever is cheapest – discount book stores, high street stores, amazon, eBay, independent book sellers or charity shops. 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

When you were little, did you have any particular reading habits?
I was a strange child, I used to read in the hallway right next to the front door. I used to sit there and surround myself with books from the library. I also used to read in bed at night.
I usually picked books with either animals in them or some sort of fantasy element.

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was too good to put down?
The Wings series by Aprilynne Pike. (May have also had a slight crush on Tamani).

Have you ever “faked” reading a book?
*Hangs head in shame*. Yes. I was supposed to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, for my GCSE’s (end of High School exams) and well… I read the first 17 pages! I bluffed my way through the exam and passed with a C! (which is good btw!).

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
Brought a book… no. Picked one up to read the synopsis on the back because of the cover yes (and then brought the book).

What was your favourite book when you were a child?
That depends on how old we’re talking about here. Small child, it was definitely The First Thousand Words by Heather Amery, Betty Root and Stephen Cartwright – it’s a Usbourne book, now they do First Thousand English Words… or German, French, etc. But at the time, it was just First Thousand Worlds. (I feel old).
Later it was Beatrix Potter Books, and then Roald Dahl; particularly The BFG and The Twits.

What book changed your life?
I don’t think I’ve had a book that has really changed my life to be honest. There have been characters that I identify with,  storylines that have touched me but nothing has gone as far as changing my life.

Who are your top five favourite authors?

  1. Robert Rankin
  2. Brandon Sanderson
  3. Roald Dahl
  4. Penn Jillette
  5. Pat Walsh

What book has no one heard about but should read?
The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh. I’m still waiting for Walsh to write a third book to this series!

What books are you an ‘evangelist’ for?
Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series definitely. Just freaking love this series.

 What is your favourite classic book?
Gotta be Dracula by Bram Stoker.

50 Random Facts About Me

  1. I hardly watch TV, for the most part I just watch my favourite shows online the same if a show is recommended to me.
  2. I love clean, fresh smells.
  3. I have a few scars from being rather a tomboy as a child.
  4. Not only do I love animals. I also have “the gift”, I can make friends with 99% of the animals I meet. Some even follow me when I haven’t done or said anything!
  5. I suffer from Vasovagal Syncope. Triggered by pain (although not every time I’m in pain thankfully!).
  6. I once brought 44 books in one go from a shop I worked at.
  7. I’m the youngest of my siblings by 16 years.
  8. Besides the UK, most of my friends live in The Netherlands.
  9. I’m currently obsessed with making my own smoothies.
  10. I love the combination of either chocolate and peanut butter or chocolate and pretzels.
  11. The only game I currently play regularly is Marvel Avengers Alliance.
  12. I used to collect badges – I still have them all.
  13. Although it’s sunshine that makes me feel better – I love having 4 distinct seasons and although there are a few places I may like to live someday that don’t have this; I couldn’t live the rest of my life without 4 individual seasons.
  14. I’m creative and it drives me crazy if I can’t do something creative.
  15. My favourite sound of the summer is the swifts calling as they fly around the estate.
  16. I love trying different flavour ice cream.
  17. I’m short (5’1″)
  18. I went to a concert in another city when I was 13 without my parents or any other adult.
  19. I dropped out of university due to illness.
  20. I used to have my own small business.
  21. Photography is a big love of mine.
  22. I campaign for animal welfare and conservation but I’m completely against PETA (they’re violent and hypocritical).
  23. I love to be around nature. It de-stresses me and I feel at home there.
  24. I’m slightly obsessed with nail polish.
  25. I love watching documentaries. My favourites are nature/animals, science and people who are different in some way.
  26. My favourite show is The Big Bang Theory.
  27. I’m still pissed that Fringe got cancelled.
  28. One day, I want to own an Astin Martin.
  29. Speaking of cars… I want to learn to drive and I really wish I’d done so when I was younger.
  30. Christmas is my favourite holiday and I always make sure I do all my own little traditions of the season.
  31. I don’t like tea or coffee. Yuck.
  32. My parents were going to call me Sally, but changed their mind when I was born.
  33. I like ketchup and mayonnaise… together.
  34. I’m a great aunt. This makes me feel old.
  35. I love the music in old Disney classics.
  36. I’m very nostalgic about toys, cartoons, food and games of my childhood.
  37. My nails and hair grow really fast.
  38. I was a sidekick on a Christian radio show for 4 years.
  39. I love looking for old vintage things on eBay.
  40. I would love to go on a Ghost Hunt.
  41. My dog is my Best Friend.
  42. I currently have writers block in terms of what to blog about.
  43. I once got 98% on a maths exam.
  44. I love to watch funny animal videos.
  45. I cannot stand the feel of velvet, I can’t even watch someone else touch it.
  46. I’m short sighted.
  47. I’m a geek.
  48. This has taken me ages to write – well more think of 50 facts!
  49. I have really weird dreams.
  50. It’s Friday evening and now this is finished, I’m going to live out my rock n roll life and have a hot bath and read a book.

Does anything on my list surprise you? Anything you didn’t know about me before?

10 Facts About My Love of Books

*Totally stole this from LittleBookBlog

  1. I sometimes have two books on the go at the same time – but usually one of them is a “light” read that I can go to if my concentration is bad or I’m tired.
  2. I still buy physical books even though I have a Kindle. A “proper” book is just part of me and always will be.
  3. It’s not very often I will give up reading a book part way through – even if the part I have read is bad, I feel if I don’t finish it, I didn’t give it a fair chance.
  4. I keep nearly all my books – 99.99% of my books. Only books that I really didn’t enjoy and I know I won’t read again do I part ways with.
  5. Books have always been a part of my life. As well as having many books of my own, I was also a member of the library as a child. My mum would take me to the library every week and I’d always take out the maximum number of books I could (which was 6 or 8).
  6. I read mostly in bed snuggled with my dog under my duvet, before I sleep – sometimes I go to bed early so I can get some extra reading in.
  7. I love reading children’s books that I read when I was a child – Roald Dahl and Dick King-Smith for example.
  8. I love old books. Of course I still have to find the subject/story interesting in order to buy it but I just love old antiquarian books.
  9. I use bookmarks but I find it hard to find ones I like.
  10. I read a variety of genres, but I’m not really a fan of Chick-Lit or Romance. However my favourite is Fantasy.