Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Reading Habit Leads To Habits While Reading

This is a BBAW meme. What a fun week!

Do you snack while you read? Yes, because it seems as if people are always eating something in whatever book I'm reading. It doesn't seem to matter what -- porridge, Snickers bars, whale blubber -- the minute food is mentioned, I'm all about the snack.

Favorite reading snack? Crunchy and salty carries the day.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you? I don't often mark my books, but I like to read copies that total strangers have marked, while squinting and muttering WTF?

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open? Dog-ear is a cute term for something heinous.

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both? The score so far this year is 40-31, fiction.

Hard copy or audiobooks? I've relaxed my stance against audiobooks.

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point? I stop when my eyes slam shut and I'm overpowered by that creep, Sleep.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away? If it's strong enough and strange enough to gum up my optical cruise control.

What are you currently reading? Toji by Park Kyung-Ni, The Log From The Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck and A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway.

What is the last book you bought? White Tiger by Aravind Adiga.

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time? More than one. I wish my eyes worked independently, and that I had an extra one. I could hide it under my bangs.

Do you have a favorite time of day to read? 10:41 p.m.

Do you have a favorite place to read? Bed, with something like Style Her Famous droning in the background.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books? Stand alone.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over? Don Robertson's Morris Bird III trilogy.

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?) I have a few distinct categories: The Pulitzer shelf, the biography shelf, the Canadian shelf, the Korean shelf, the teacher shelf and the graphic novel shelf. The rest is chaos.

14 comments:

Heather J. said...

"I've relaxed my stance against audiobooks." YAY!!!

Petty Witter said...

I see you put that machete to good use. I loved some of your answers, they were so funny. Favourite time to read? 10.41 pm - how precise was that? It still has me chuckling.

Eva said...

Hehehehe-perhaps your inner bookworm could control the third eye?!

Charles said...

Some good questions. I hope to find some time to give my own answers soon.

I like the Morris Bird III trilogy, but don't think they're Robertson's best, though they are very good.

Paradise Falls is perhaps his best, though I also really like Praise the Human Season and think A Flag Full of Stars is underated as a really compelling, fun read.

Book Dragon said...

"I stop when my eyes slam shut and I'm overpowered by that creep, Sleep." Yeah, he just sneaks up on you and POW. He visits here too.

Bybee said...

Heather,
It had to happen sometime.

Petty Witter,
I always feel smarter when people from the UK visit my blog.

Eva,
My bookbitch wants me to have eyes like a spider and she wants to control all of them. I'd never get to read anything past 1850 if she ran the show.

Charles,
I love it so much that you're a Don Robertson fan and we can argue about his best novels! Sigh! (I haven't read A Flag Full Of Stars Yet)

Book Dragon,
He's remorseless, isn't he?

Val said...

Once again I am thrilled to read your entry.

You are the rare gem that can not only read well but can write in a way that leaves me salivating for more.

x

Charles said...

You haven't read "A Flag Full of Stars" yet? Stop everything, eating, sleeping, working, whatever and do yourself a favor and read it.

Bybee said...

Val,
Wow, the UK really really likes me!!! Thanks. xoxo

Charles,
I'll try to find AFFOS.

Care said...

"What Val said."

and I'm off to go see what Robertson offerings are in bookmooch.

Literary Feline said...

I don't tend to snack while I read, but when I do want a snack, it is usually something crunchy and salty. :-)

Haha! I'm the same way when it comes to trying to read what someone else has written in a book.

Falling asleep in mid-sentence is one of the two reasons I don't always end up reading to the end of a chapter or section.

Susan said...

Put me down as another who goes WTF at what other people have written in books as I try to figure out what they mean! I like your answers, especially that 10:41 pm precise timing. How long before the Creep Sleep gets you?? lol I can read maybe two of Mary Oliver's poems then I have to go to sleep. I long for the days of lying in bed reading! Now it seems pure luxury.

Carrie K said...

I love reading what other people have marked and notated, with similar thoughts.

10:41 seems to be when I look at the clock every night while reading lately - why are you stalking me? lol

Anonymous said...

I never snack when I read; I don't want to get anything on the pages by mistake.