Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts tagged me in The Book Addiction Tag recently and I’ve been feeling rather uninspired blog wise but I love the questions on this tag so thought I’d actually post something today! Just a quick side note: if you don’t already follow Jenna, then you definitely should. She’s an absolute star of a human being. So wholesome, caring and wonderful. Her blog is absolutely gorgeous and all her blog posts are so well put together and worth reading!
One. What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
Asked me a couple of years ago and it would have been that I’d pick up a book daily, but now I can sometimes go a week without picking up a book! I do get a bit squirmy about that though.
Two. How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?
I don’t carry any physical books usually because my handbag is small and mostly I just travel to and from work. I have the Kindle app on my phone, however, and that has over 80 books on it!
Three. Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
I used to be very funny about keeping all my books but since moving out I’ve realised that’s not always possible. I like to keep the books I really love or that I find pretty, but if I’ve found the book mediocre, I’m more than happy to give it away to a friend or colleague or charity shop.
Four. How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
In an organised bookshop like Waterstones, not that long usually, I don’t find the layout of them very exciting for some reason. I could spend hours in a higgledy-piggledy secondhand book shop though! I love spending ages rooting through shelves upon shelves of books and hoping to strike gold!
When I first went to 66 Book Club, I spent 4 hours looking through all the shelves, and I still managed to miss some books because the second time I went I picked up another 4!
Five. How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
This really varies. Some days it can be hours, other days it will be absolutely no time at all.
Six. Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?
Low. I wish it was higher up. There have been a few big changes in my life recently and I’m hoping this will push me to prioritise reading a little bit more.
Seven. How many books do you reckon you own in total (including eBooks)?
Well last time I counted my unread books, I have 250 in total (that includes about 80 Kindle books). Since then, though, I’ve probably acquired at least 20 more physical books… oops! 🙃
Eight. Approximately how often do you bring up books in a conversation?
Pretty often! I’m probably a very predictable person to have a conversation with.
Nine. What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
Well… this is embarrassing… NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – 692 pages
Ten. Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (i.e. searching bookshops, online digging, etc.)?
There hasn’t been a book like that for me yet. I am desperate to get my hands on a specific copy of Rosemary’s Baby though. One day… one day!
Eleven. A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. What a waste of time that was!
Twelve. What are three of your main book goals for 2019?
Read 30 books. Read more of my backlog (this hasn’t happened so far lol). Read more nonfiction.
Thirteen. Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a read (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
I have convinced a lot of people to read American Psycho on Bookstagram! It’s a tricky one to recommend because it’s quite tedious and also very dark, but I’d say I’ve had about a 50% success rate. Half liked it, half didn’t, and I can deal with that! I know it’s not going to be for everyone but I like pushing it onto people anyway.
Also, I did a Fight Club readalong recently, so does that count as pushing people to read something?
Fourteen. Describe what books mean to you in five words.
A place to get away.
That’s all for today! I’m also not going to tag anyone cause I’m super lazy…