Saturday, July 21, 2012

What Are Your Reading Habits?

This Meme is from: Becca A. at I Read That Once,
 Via: Jillian at A Room of One's Own. Or is that the other way round?
I thought the poem by Phillip Larkin was appropriate also. 
Well . . . sort of . . . Alright, maybe not. . . . But so . . .

Bolac and white photo of Sherlock HolmesDo you snack while you read? If so, favourite reading snack: Sometimes I do. It depends on whether there is anything handy. Unfortunately, if nibbles are handy I will eat them, sometimes without noticing. You know, like eating a whole bag of miniature peanut butter cups like popcorn.

What is your favourite drink while reading? I have two. Tea through most of the day, and Coke Zero in the evening or if it is very hot outside. Water, you say? What's that?

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you? I make marks, write notes, questions. A book is something to interact with, build a relationship with. Many of my books are old friends, and they look like it.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open? Usually I use a bookmark, but in an emergency I've been known to lay it open, face down on the table. It might be interesting to note that although I have a collection of beautiful and interesting bookmarks, I use a post-it note folded with the sticky side in to keep my place.

Fiction, non-fiction, or both? I read what catches my fancy. My favorite vice aside from poetry is murder mysteries but I read non-fiction when the subject matter interests me.

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere? Well . . . I often say, "Just a minute, I have to finish this chapter." But when the end of the chapter arrives it's like I've built up momentum and can't stop. So in reality 'end of chapter' is just a ploy for more reading time.

Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you? No. I don't throw things. I might break something I can't afford to replace. But I have been known to complain about characters or plot twists out loud. My husband thinks we have some very strange folks living in our neighborhood.(Shows how well he listens, doesn't it?)

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away? I almost always look it up. This is what I teach my students to do. How could I not!

What are you currently reading? Copycat Killing by Sofie Kelly and A Formal Feeling Comes (poems in form by contemporary women) edited by Annie Finch.

What is the last book you bought? Pirate King by Laurie R. King.

Do you have a favourite time/place to read? Curled up with a pillow to balance my book on and a cup of tea. In truth, I read everywhere, all the time. I always have a book or my Nook Color with me (or both) and I hate waiting with nothing to do. So whenever I have down time, even a few minutes, I'm reading.

Do you prefer series books or stand alones? Series. I become invested in the characters but I finish books quickly, so a series minimizes the decompression and extends the relationship. It's like having a good friend who lives far away from you. The two of you might not get together often, but when you do it's great.

Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over? Jonathon Kellerman is one of my favorite mystery authors. But a lot depends on what I am reading at the moment. I love a lot of poets. But honestly, some of the most fun books I've read have been by Oliver Sacks.

How do you organize your books? (by genre, title, author’s last name, etc.) Books in a series are grouped together. Everything is ordered mostly by how much I like it or how much it means to me. I have full book cases in every room and what is in each is reflective of how I use the room And when. It's very subjective and I probably couldn't explain to you why a certain book is in a certain place.

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the words a study of reading habits by Philip Larkin, superimposed on a picture of a book
A Study Of Reading Habits 
- Philip Larkin

When getting my nose in a book
Cured most things short of school,
It was worth ruining my eyes
To know I could still keep cool,
And deal out the old right hook
To dirty dogs twice my size.

Later, with inch-thick specs,
Evil was just my lark:
Me and my coat and fangs
Had ripping times in the dark.
The women I clubbed with sex!
I broke them up like meringues.

Don't read much now: the dude
Who lets the girl down before
The hero arrives, the chap
Who's yellow and keeps the store
Seem far too familiar. Get stewed:
Books are a load of crap.


  1. I absolutely LOVED this post!! I may snatch it from you one day ;) I loved reading how you have your books set up..mine are boring…alphabetical by author's last name…but I've often thought of rearranging them in my own system…hmm…may do that!

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it. And snatch away - I did.

      As for my book arrangement, I find that creating my own reality helps. But I think that's a different post.