What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
I can normally go a couple of days, but can go longer if I am really busy. I find it hard to go too long though, as I feel bad!
How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?
I normally only have one with me, but occasionally carry a second or my kindle too if I know that I am near the end and will have a lot of time for reading.
Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
I keep most of the books that I read but will pass on books that I don’t like if I am very short on space, but there have been a couple of times where I have then re-bought the book at a later date, so don’t do this too much anymore.
How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
I normally spend 5-10 minutes in there as I either go in knowing what I want, so I then pick them up and go before I spend too much or I go an browse with no intention of buying, where I look at the few shelves of books that I like before leaving, having satisfied my cravings.
How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
I normally spend at least one hour but usually between one and two. If I am really into a book I can read for 3-4 hours but never usually more than that.
Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?
Usually in the afternoon or before bed. I don’t like being forced to stop reading if I have to do something so usually do pick up my book later in the day. However if I am near the end of a book (last 100 pages) I will sometimes finnish it off the next morning over breakfast.
How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
I own between 300-350 books and don’t think that that is nearly enough, but I am making an effort to make sure I have read most of them as I don’t like having shelves of unread books.
Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
I usually talk about books about once a day, as they are a big part of my life, and I want to share my feelings about the latest great book that I am reading.
What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
It would have to be one of the A Song of Ice and Fire books (Game of Thrones), but I am not sure which one is actually the biggest.
Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (i.e searching bookshops, online digging, etc.)?
I remember the effort I put into getting An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green on publication day. I had preordered it a few weeks before, but it wasn’t going arrive on time. Fortunately I hadn’t paid for it yet, so after college I ran to the Waterstones in town (different to the store where the preorder was coming from) and bought the last signed copy that they had. My friends were sick of me going on about the book that day.
A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?
It would have to be the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, I’m not sure at which point I started to hate it, but it was more than one book, but eventually I struggled through to the end.
What are 3 of your main book goals for 2019?
- Read all of the books I bought at YALC last year
- Get my physical TBR down to 10 books
- Read books from a more diverse pool of authors.
Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
I haven’t converted anyone into a reader, but I have introduced people to new series. I was the one who introduced both the Hunger Games and Divergent to my friends back in the day.
Describe what books mean to you in five words.
I have nothing else. Seriously.