Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
I don't eat while I read unless it's during my lunch break at work. I do like a nice cup of hot tea when I read though! And if you want to get specific...Tazo Awake black tea with a half spoonful of raw sugar! Mmm :)
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
GAH! Writing in books is horrifying if the book is not yours! I get tired of people who highlight library books I guess. I only highlight books I own for study purposes.
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?
Bookmark...which tends to be whatever sheet of paper happens to be lying around!
Laying the book flat open?
Never. It can damage book spines if you're not careful!
Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
I like both. I always read YA fiction. It's very hard to convince me to read an adult fiction book. However, I do like adult nonfiction books, particularly memoirs and books on sustainable living. I loved In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan!
Hard copy or audiobooks?
Both both both! I could not survive the 30 minute commute to work without an audiobook. Plus, I hate reading nonfiction but listening to it is always wonderful! I'm listening to The Freedom Writer's Diary right now. It's pretty incredible. I think the next audiobook on the list is Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd or the second Pendragon book by D.J. MacHale. I can't decide!
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 can put it down at any point, but I like to read until the end of chapters.
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
I get by on context clues. Normally I'm so deep into the book I keep reading and then I forget about which word I didn't understand!
What are you currently reading/listening to?
I just finished Sent by Margaret Haddix Peterson
The Navel of the World by PJ Hoover
The Freedom Writer's Diary by Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers
The New Global Student by Maya Frost
What is the last book you bought?
I bought Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging for a friend for her birthday!
For myself I bought The Merchant of Death (Pendragon series, book 1) by D.J. MacHale at the Kickoff so he could SIGN IT FOR ME! Yay!
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 typically read 1-2 books and listen to 1 book simultaneously.
Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
As long as I can put my feet up and curl up on something soft (couch, bed, chair, floor, whatever) then I'm happy. I also have to sit up. I can't read laying down for very long.
Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
I like both. Stand alone books are great because you tend to be satisfied in the end and move on to another book. Series are great because you really get to know the characters and begin to care about them and their story.
Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
I recommend The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak quite often (he's one of my favorite YA authors). Lately I have been recommending the same books as Amy: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I think this is funny because I believe Amy read Hunger Games because of me and I read Knife because of Amy! I also recommend the Bloody Jack series, Tamora Pierce books, any Jane Yolen/Robert Harris titles. Half of what is on the Teen Reads page contains books recommended by teen services staffers!
How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
There is a special "Jenny" way of organizing my books. I put my nice teen books on the top two shelves, then my loved paperbacks. I mush my religious stuff together on the same shelf as my Scottish History collection (it's the nerd shelf). The lowest shelf on my bookcase contains tattered copies of beloved classics and photo albums.