The Bookworm Tag
I saw this tag on one of my favourite bloggers from back home in Belgium, Sophie of Bibliophilia and knew I had to complete it. I've always been a huge reader, and even though reading for pleasure has taken a backseat during my Bachelors degree (as it often does) I still found the time to devour the odd novel, or as I am increasingly interested in, non-fiction paperback.
Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?
I remember reading as a way to alleviate boredom during long road trips in the US. I was blessed with the ability to read in the back of the car without feeling ill, so I got through many books (mainly Judy Blume paperbacks!) that way. We used to have to stop at thrift stores along the way to top up my supply!
Where do you usually read?
I tend to read in the bath. It's risky, I know, but I haven't dropped a book in the tub for about a year so it's a risk I am willing to take. I also never buy books new so it's not a huge waste of money if I do lose one. I also read before I sleep sometimes, but I can't lie, Family Guy on BBC3 often takes precedence recently...
Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
I usually have several books on the go. One for the toilet, one by my bedside, and one in my bag for train journeys etc. This does mean it takes me a while to get through them, but hey, I enjoy the challenge of retaining the information from several storylines at once.
What is your favourite genre?
My favourite genres do change but I'm quite a fan of well written non-fiction, books such as Freakonomics that you can take away fascinating anecdotes from, or dark novels about adolescence and sexual awakening such as Tamara Faith Berger's Maidenhead that was extremely disturbing and well written. I'm also a fan of anything quirky with a dark humorous energy, like Chuck Palahniuk.
Is there a genre you will not read?
I'm not that interested in historical novels as I was made to read an appallingly boring book called That Lady by Kate O'Brien and it really put me off the genre! I'll also steer away from chick-lit, I read all of that when I was younger and had no idea what relationships were like and now realise how inane and ridiculous they were (sorry Marian Keyes).
Do you have a favourite book?
Surely nobody can have a single favourite book! But have a top ten list of books that have never left me:
1. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
2. Dreamworld by Jane Goldman
3. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
4. Tampa by Alissa Nutting
5. Caligula for President by Cintra Wilson
6. Colours Insulting to Nature by Cintra Wilson
7. Maidenhead by Tamara Faith Berger
8. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
9. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
10. Freakonomics by Dubner and Levitt
What is your least favourite book?
That Lady is up there, but I also can't stand Dickens (he waffles extensively) and of course, the much maligned 50 Shades trilogy, which I did once attempt to read.
What is the longest book you have ever read?
I do believe that Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is the longest, not counting textbooks for Uni revision!
What was the last book you bought?
I just ordered Entrepreneurship by David Kirby, which is on my reading list for my Masters degree, and is just 1p on Amazon!
Do you prefer library books or buying books?
Buying my own. I'm the kind of person who sometimes likes to run into the arms of a story I know safely I am going to enjoy. Also don't books look lovely on shelves?
What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading some quite heavy non fiction books. Iraq Confidential by Scott Ritter which tells the behind the scenes story of the Iraq war at the start of the millennium, and America's Secret War by George Friedman which... well, tells the exact same story in fact! So you could say that I'm being a little dull right now.
Where do you buy your books?
Either on Amazon for 1p and the 2.80 GBP shipping or in charity shops, I can't afford to buy in Waterstones even though I would love to be able to.
Do you ever pre-order books?
How many books do you buy a month?
Probably 1-5 a month but it depends on how many car boot sales I get to in that time!
How do you feel about second hand charity shop books?
Love them - I'm not sure how bookworms fund their habit without relying on second hand prices!
Do you keep your read and to-be-read books together?
Yes, my bookshelf is woefully free of organisation.
Do you plan to read all the books you own?
I do, but I also have some highly academic books for reference, as well as my artistic photography books that I'm keeping for a day I have a coffee table to display them on.
What do you do with books you own that you know won't be re-read?
I usually try and unload them on unsuspecting passers-by or housemates, otherwise I wait to give them to a charity shop.
Have you ever donated books?
As above, yes, as much as I can.
Have you ever been on a book buying ban?
I am right now, because I simply don't have the space in my current accommodation. I hope I can get rid of some well loved read books to Brussels beforeI move up north and free up some room!
Do you think you own too many books?
No - in fact I intend to have enough books to one day have a fully comprehensive in-house library complete with ladder and liquor cabinet. Questions?