September 14-18 is Blogger Appreciation Week and in honor of this very special week, there is a meme going around that I encourage all bloggers to fill out and post to their own sites. If you do, please comment with a link to your blog post. I'd love to read your answers! And I encourage my fellow Ninja-bloggers to fill it out, too. Don't ask me why, but I love these things.
Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
I am usually so engrossed in a book that I don't have time to even think about eating.
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
I only mark in books that I am using for research purposes. This might include poetry books, philosophy books, etc. I never ever mark in anything else.
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?
I usually don't use a bookmark. Instead, I end up flipping through, trying to remember where I left off. I often end up re-reading an entire chapter or two before I figure it out!
Laying the book flat open?
No! Not unless it is a heavy one that falls like that naturally.
Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
I read mostly Fiction; I mostly read sci-fi/fantasy/horror, but I also love the occasional cozy mystery (or Janet Evanovich!), and my bookclub forces me to read things I wouldn't normally read. I recently read The Help by Kathryn Stockett and loved it. I never would have picked it up if it weren't for the bookclub. When I read Non-Fiction, it tends to be humor, such as anything by David Sedaris, Robert Hamburger's Real Ultimate Power: The Official Ninja Book, Ian Spector's The Truth About Chuck Norris: 400 facts about the world's greatest human, and other stuff that, for the sake of my job, I will not mention here. Let's just say I like offbeat humor. ;)
Hard copy or audiobooks?
Both! I commuted 40 miles to college several times a week and got addicted to audiobooks. Now I have a 30-40 minute commute to work, so I continue to enjoy audiobooks. Usually I will listen to the audio in the car, then on my lunch break I will pick up the hard copy and find where I left off in the car. It's kind of a sickness.
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 actually prefer to stop in the middle of a chapter because if I go to the end of the chapter, I know I will want to keep reading to see what happens next.
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
I can usually figure it out using context clues*, but I will sometimes pick up a dictionary or look something up online.
What are you currently reading?
Dexter by Design by Jeff Lindsay
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Say the Word by Jeannine Garsee.
And I have a whole basket of books from the library that I need to read!
What is the last book you bought?
The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore. Gotta support my local authors.
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 read more than one, but if I am really drawn in by something, I will spend the entire day (and night!) reading it. I did this with The Help.
Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
Any time, any place. When I was around 10, my mom was on a bowling league and would take me and my brother to the bowling alley on the weekends. It was crowded, smokey, and very noisy, but I would just sit and read book after book after book. I loved it!
Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
I don't have a really strong preference, but, now that I think about it, I tend to read quite a few series!
Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
Yes! The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I made my mom, brother, best friend, and numerous co-workers read both of these books! They are SOOOOOO good!
How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
I have numerous bookcases at home and although they get messy with non-book stuff, they are definitely organized, but mostly just by genre, with an author's work grouped together. One has speculative fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, horror). Another has several shelves of poetry and then non-fiction at the bottom. I've got teen books together, children's books together, my writing books together, etc.
* (Thanks, Mrs. Ludeker! - My 3rd grade teacher)