I saw this book tag over at the Borrowed Bookshelf and thought it would be fun.
What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
A day. Maybe 48 hours. If I go two days without reading at least a little bit, then something’s seriously wrong.
How many books do you carry on your person (or e-reader) at any one time?
I always have a book on me. Then I usually have two books in the car (one for me to read and one to read aloud if the kids are with me). I keep a book at work to read during my lunch and breaks. When I commuted via public transit, then I had as many ebooks as would fit on my Kindle. In case I am out and about with only the basics then my phone has an app with religious texts, another for historical documents, and a few Project Gutenberg PDFs although it’s a real pain to read those on the phone.
Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
Lately, I’m working very hard on passing along books, but there’s something about having the particular book that you remember reading and loving for the first time. I’ll always be a book buyer. But all the mediocre books and readily accessible classics can move along to make space for new reading material.
How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
Hours. How many hours depends on the patience of the people with me. I love to browse and since I have varied interests, there are so many areas to browse! My must-check areas are the children’s section, education books, and speculative fiction. But I also love browsing nonfiction, YA, and other areas too.
How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
Depends on the day. I read for at least 30 minutes every day, but sometimes that is spread out over 5 minute bursts or I hide in the bathroom to finish my chapter uninterrupted. Other times if life permits I can read for half the day if a book draws me in. Those days are more rare now.
Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?
Reading isn’t really a task to me anymore. It’s just an automatic process like breathing. I’m a librarian so over the course of my job I handle hundreds of books daily, and I’m always dipping into new-to-me books as I work. Our home is saturated in books too (my husband would say oversaturated) so there is always a book close at hand.
It’s more like, if for some reason I can’t read for a while, I start to feel down and grumpy. Sort of the way my friends who exercise daily describe it being when they miss their workouts. Or if you skip brushing your teeth. At first it might not matter or even be noticeable, but it adds up and has a negative effect.
How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
Thousands. If you count our entire family’s collection, and you include ebooks or audiobooks, probably ten thousand. I owned a few thousand before we married and I’ve inherited two collections since then, besides the books that I buy and that we’ve been given and that other people in the family brought into the house.
I would really like to get it down to five thousand, that feels like a sustainable number for our family. Part of the problem (beside inheriting a lot of books and buying more than I ought) is that for a long time we didn’t have any money to buy books and I worked so hard finding free or cheap books.
Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
If you know me in real life you know I love books. If we are really friends you’ve heard my rants on particular bookish topics. I am capable of conversing about other subjects but when meeting a new person their reading habits are of great interest to me. Once I find out a person hates reading I can avoid the subject if needed.
What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
Honestly, I’m not sure! I’ve read some big books. The annotated bible, Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norell, Les Miserables, lots of big history textbooks, the complete Lord of the Rings. I don’t really track page count.
Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds i.e searching bookshops, online digging etc?
Yes in my younger days there was one I went to great lengths to purchase. My husband also has bought me some rarer finds. There are two series right now that I’m actually working out a way to travel to view in a library (since they are more rare they cannot be sent to my library). Lots of early children’s books featuring African-American characters have gone out of print and I decided NOT to start a collection because how could I keep them from my own children who would inevitably be reading while eating an orange or something like that.
A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?
Hmm, well I sometimes finish books I don’t like for review purposes. If I can write a review and warn other people about the book, then my time spent reading a problematic or poorly-written book feels more worthwhile.
What are 3 of your main book goals for 2018?
Um, well 2018 is almost over and I don’t think I accomplished any of my goals, but I wrote a post or two about them. And did make progress on a few, although it didn’t necessarily transfer to the blog here.
Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
Well my husband did read but not that much before we met. He definitely reads more and probably more difficult stuff by being around me. I would really hope that I’ve converted a few of the kids I’ve worked with too, but can’t say for sure.
Describe what books mean to you in five words.
I only need one: LIFE.
[Photo groups – some book piles/hauls, a selection of books we own, books I forced myself to finish in order to write a review]