I wasn’t sure whether I was going to do a tag or not, but I found this one over on Ashley’s blog Socially Awkward Bookworm, initially created by Always Trust in Books. It is such a fun tag and one that really gets us thinking about our book habits and how addicted we might be to books. It is certainly my kind of tag and I can’t wait to get into it.
1. What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
Depending on what mood I’m in it can be up to a maximum of 3 days or so. I do get a little jumpy when I haven’t picked up a book or listened to an audiobook, and especially if I’ve spent a lot of time crocheting rather than reading.
2. How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?
In my bag I usually have one book I’m currently reading and my kindle. On my Kindle, I reckon there are somewhere around 100+ books, and that’s not including those kept in the Cloud.
3. Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
No, I don’t keep them all. If I buy a book and read it only to discover I don’t like it then I will pass it onto someone who wants it, or donate it. I regularly unhaul books when my shelves become messy and I want to make space. Similarly to what Ashley said, I’d rather have the space for books I’m excited for and want to read than always keep hold of those I will never read again.
4. How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
For me that depends on the bookshop! If it’s just my local, maybe 20 minutes or so is fine as it is only a small shop, but if I’m in Waterstones in Manchester or Liverpool then I could spend all day in there. In fact I nearly did spend most of my day in the Liverpool branch the other week whilst I waited for my sister to finish college!
5. How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
I think if I added the time together, it would probably be in the region of two to three hours. I tend to read in fits and starts throughout the day as I’m splitting time between reading, crocheting, writing and watching the odd tv show.
6. Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?
Usually after dinner, or alongside a mid-morning/afternoon mug of tea.
7. How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
It could be somewhere in the region of 5 to 600 books. I do try to display most of them but the rest have to live in boxes and in one of my cupboards.
So you can see a couple hundred of said books, here’s the most recent shelfie from three or so weeks ago!
8. Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
Depends who I’m conversing with. A few of my closest friends are book lovers too so I will undoubtedly end up talking about books with them but when it’s family, I don’t often bring them up unless they ask me.
9. What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
The last rather large book I read was Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon which is slightly over 800 pages, but Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Mass is the largest book on my GR ‘read’ shelf with 992 pages and I read that in the latter half of last year.
10. Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (i.e searching bookshops, online digging, etc.)?
No, not really. Although I did really want to get my hands on copies of The Archived/Unbound and The Near Witch by VE Schwab so when it was announced they’d be re-published, I was overjoyed!
11. A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF.
I have two off the top of my head – The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I didn’t like either of them, although I am willing to give The Dark Days Club another chance at some point.
12. What are three of your main book goals for 2019?
- finish all my completed series (I have so many unread finales it is untrue)!
- read at least half of my Fairyloot books
- reach my Goodreads goal of 50 books
With my life the way it is at the minute, I’m not pressing myself to complete these in any way. If I reach 50 books then that’s great, if I read just two of my Fairyloot books then that’s great. I have to go with what my mood tells me to read and if it’s a book that doesn’t fit into two of these goals, I’m not going to kick myself over it.
13. Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
Yes. Sarah, the other half of this sister-blogging-duo! She caught the reading bug a couple of years ago and is now well and truly hooked.
14. Describe what books mean to you in five words?
Pure, magical and necessary escapism!
I don’t know who to tag for this so I’ll tag everyone who reads this and wants to join in on the fun!
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!