Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Reading Habits Meme

I have seen this "meme" or questionnaire go up on several blogs, and thought that since I have time to kill, I'd fill it out. (D isn't here yet.) Anyway, the list of blogs that have participated are...

Simcha - SFF Chat

All of the blogger's blogs are linked to their reading habits blog post. (Try saying that 10 times fast, eh?) :)

Do you snack while you read? If so, favourite reading snack:
It depends on the book... I try to be good and don't snack. But if I do snack, my snack of choice is smarties... (or chips, which is a habit that I need to break.)

What is your favourite drink while reading?
I'm going to say anything goes really... as long as it fits in a glass, or bottle, I'll drink it while reading... but normally (and yes, I need to stop this habit too) I drink Dr. Pepper or other carbonated beverages.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
I will not mark up a book. The only book that should be written in is a notebook. (Well, in my opinion that is.) If I had to mark up a book though, (and this is a big maybe) I'd try to use pencil so I could erase it later.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
When I was young, foolish, and didn't know any better, I dog-eared books. Safe to say I think most of those were library books. But, this was a long, long time ago. Now that I have my own library in my livingroom, I won't dog-ear a book. I only use bookmarks now, library lists, receipts, or envelopes. Whatever is handy.

Fiction, non-fiction, or both?
I primarily read fiction, but I have been known to read non-fiction. I really enjoy auto-biographies of those who have traveled and lived in Central or South America.

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
I surprisingly can stop anywhere. I rarely will read to the end of a chapter and stop.

Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?
I have actually only done this once. It was with James Clemens (James Rollins' pseudonym) book Wit'ch Star. He killed off one of my favourite characters and I was very distraught. I wouldn't finish reading the book. I have since re-read the series, and finished said book. (It is ultimately one of my favourite series ever.)

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?
If I'm near my computer, yes. If I'm not, I write it down and will look it up later.

What are you currently reading?
Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr.

What is the last book you bought?
Stop Me - Richard Jay Parker. It's finally on it's way from the book depository. (YAY!!)

Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?
Well... I currently am reading Radiant Shadows (primarily) BUT I have had to put aside several books that I've started. To date I am still in the middle of...
1. Lover Unbound - J.R. Ward
2. Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
3. Some Girls Bite - Chloe Neill

Those are the titles off of the top of my head that I have started, and had to put down for one reason or other. (Not because I didn't like them, because I do, but because I had to have other books read to return to the library etc). I'm famous for reading library books, or mainly overdue library books before reading anything that I've actually bought. I've also managed to order books through the library, read them, and go looking for something else on my shelf to find that I had said book on my shelf and didn't have to order it from the library.

Needless to say, I will be re-starting all of these books and reading them through because there is no way I'm going to remember everything in the books what with the amount of reading I've done since I set those books aside.

Do you have a favourite time/place to read?
I'm a night owl, but can read at any time. As long as I have a book with me, I'm set. I used to enjoy reading in bed, but now that I have my own place, I love curling up on the couch with a blanket wrapped around my legs/feet and a book in my hands.

Do you prefer series books or stand alones?
While I enjoy a good stand alone, I'd have to say I prefer series more. Once I am hooked on an author, I am hooked and will read everything by them. I really love following characters through a series because I think it just brings more to the table.

Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?
I'd say that I've recommended... Hate List by Jennifer Brown, Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series, and anything by Jim Butcher or Kelley Armstrong. Those are the top recommendations that I give out, and yes, I have gotten my brother hooked on reading. (Both of them actually.)

How do you organize your books? (by genre, title, author's last name, etc.)
I am REALLY anal when it comes to organization. (My family and fiance can attest to that.) ;) I have too many books right now for my shelves (once I move, I hope to get some more bookcases). Right now I am double stacking in the general area where the book should go. My preferred method of shelving is by author's last name. If the books are part of a series I will go by author's last name, and go chronologically through the series from 1 to whatever number it ends on. If there are more than one series, I will go by author, series title, then order in which they need to be read. The only separation I have with my books is between fiction and non-fiction. I haven't integrated them together, and don't plan on it.

You can take these questions and answer them on your own blog and join in on the fun. I hope you enjoyed my answers and I look forward to reading your answers as well. If you do take part in the meme, be sure to leave a link and I'll check out your answers as well.


Morgan said...

I need to kick the pop habit, too! And I also need to read this James Clemens series-and see if I too will throw it across the room, lol. Great answers-I loved reading through them.

Corrine said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one! ;) If you do pick up the series, I hope you enjoy it! I'm at the point now that I'm itching to re-read it again. :)

Kathy Martin said...

I like your answers. I thought I was anal too but, while I put the books in author order, I don't arrange them by series or titles. Now you have given me an idea. I'll have to see what the weather is like this weekend. Crummy weather=more alphabetizing. Happy reading!

Book Crazy Jenn said...

OMG these are great, I had to join in the fun! :) You are SOO not the only one...holy cow I got my freaking shelves like crazy, because I hate clutter and so they are put up there by size - and by my "desire" to read them - the higher they are the less likely I am to read them - soon! But now I got my ereader books to add into the mix, ACK!

LOL It's nice to know I am not alone! :)

Simcha said...

I'm impressed that you really look up unfamiliar words that you come across. I don't think I even notice anymore when I come across such a words, particularly if I'm really engrossed. I probably just skip over unfamiliar words without noticing it, therefore missing out on the opportunity to learn a new word. Though I think I'm going to start writing them down from now on.

Corrine said...

Kathy, I hope you have fun this weekend then! Happy organizing and reading! :)

Jenn, Sounds good, I'll have to check out your answers! :) Have fun with the e-reader! I don't know if I could ever do a switch over to one though. :)

Simcha, Thanks! It's a pet peeve of mine if I don't know the exact definition of a word. I like incorporating said words into my vocabulary as well, so why not eh? :)

Kristin said...

This was so much fun!

Here are my answers.