Sep 17, 2009

BBAW: Reading

Saw this BBAW meme over at Lori's Blog and decided to play along to mark the end of BBAW Appreciation Week.

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
I try not to get crumbs or fingerprints on my book, so I'll usually put the book aside while I take a book break. I snack on chips, chocolate, or what's available.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read? How do you keep your place while reading a book?
I never put pencil or pen marks in books.

I try to mark the page with a bookmark, a piece of paper, anything available... When I can't find anything to mark with, I memorize the page number I'm on! That doesn't always work!

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
Both. I've discovered some really good memoirs lately. I especially liked Lift: A Memoir by Rebecca K. O'Connor, a falconer.

Hard copy or audio books?
Hard copy, though I've listened to audio books on long drives.

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 put down the book at any point.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
Not unless the dictionary is right next to me. I try to figure out the meaning by the way the word's used.

What are you currently reading?
Sara Paretsky's Hardball, an ARC of a new mystery/thriller by the Chicago author.

Also reading the memoir, Julie and Julia, and sometimes pick up The Elegance of the Hedgehog

What is the last book you bought?
Bought The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I loved his first book, Shadow of the Wind.

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?
I'm reading at least three right now - a mystery/thriller, a memoir, and literary fiction.

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
I tend to read in the afternoons and at night. I read outdoors, on a couch by the window, in the car while my hubby is driving, at the bookstore, at a coffee shop. Wherever.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
Cozy mystery series by M.C. Beaton as well as gardening mysteries, petsitter mysteries, dog mysteries, feng shui mysteries, and so on. I also like mystery/thriller writer, Ridley Pearson, among others.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
All the books I mentioned above and more.

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
They are not organized, sad to say. I organize them by newer versus older, right now anyway.

How about you?

Tagged: Professor B. Worm

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  1. I love mystery/ thrillers too. They are my fav. to read. Great meme!
    Natalie :0)

  2. I chuckled at your answer to keeping track of your place in a book, specifically memorizing the page number.

    I've tried the same thing, but it never works. I mean, I don't even know what my telephone number is, so memorizing the page number is a fruitless exercise.

  3. Natalie: I like your memes too!
    Charlie: Whatever works! There is enough paper around for me to grab for a bookmark. The best way! I'm going to tag you for this meme!

  4. I too am a mystery fan, but perhaps a bit more "hardboiled."

    As for reading habits... I eat or smoke with one hand and the book in the others... and coffee within reach!

    As for makring the page, well, fold the corner over, silly. Who needs a bookmark?

    And I won't hesitatte to mark books with pen (usually red) if I find typos or other errors.

    Cheers, Jill Edmondson

  5. Hey! Visiting you for the first time and liking what I see.

    I wanted to tell you about 2 memoirs I have read recently that have been wonderful.

    Jantsen's Gift by Pam Cope (review is on my blog)

    Bending Toward the Sun by Leslie Gilbert-Lurie -not quite finished yet but review will be up within the week

    Don't know your views on religion, so that may affect how much you would enjoy.

  6. Great answers. We share quite a few. I really do cringe at the thought of someone writing in a book. :)

  7. Jill: Always glad to find another mystery/thriller reader and author.

    Alipet813: Have heard about Jantsen's Gift and have been meaning to read it. Thanks for the suggestion!

  8. Mo: I agree. I only write in a textbook for a class.

  9. Hi, Harvee! How are you finding The Elegance of the Hedgehog? It's one of my favorite reads this year, and I'm looking forward to reading The Gourmet Rhapsody.

  10. Peter: Am enjoying The Elegance of the Hedgehog, a nice social satire, I find, at least of French society. Looking forward to your comments on the Gourmet Rhapsody!


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