When I first saw that I had been tagged in something with the word ‘test’ in the title I became a bit worried. “Test,” I thought, “does this mean I’m going to be graded?!” Bring on the hyperventilation and sweaty palms! Luckily, once I looked further at the tag, I realised it wasn’t that test-like at all, just some bookish fun. Phew.
Thank you to lovely Cristina over at Girl in the Pages for thinking of me! Like me, she’s a fellow book blogger, a bit of a YA addict and a major Harry Potter fan, so her blog is well worth checking out if you have the time. 🙂
So without further ado, here’s my book related interrogation, tag style!
1.) Cracked spines: This is THE worst offender in my eyes. I never crack any and will even go to the lengths of reading my novel though a tiny gap between the pages to prevent it from bending. I know it’s a bit ridiculous but I’ve always been that way. It doesn’t offend me as much buying second-hand books with cracked spines because it was someone else’s doing and it’s already done, but if I see it happening before my eyes? I go a bit crazy, it’s like nails down a chalkboard!
2.) Books covers that don’t match: This creates endless frustration for me and happens in many different forms. Sometimes it can be that a publisher decides to change the cover design of a book series half way though. Other times it can be that publishers change the size of a book that’s part of a series to make it look more impressive, and so the collection no longer looks neat on my shelves because some are higher than others! It can even be something as simple as changing the texture of the paper used for the front cover in a series. Maybe that’s over finicky, but I like my books to match!
3.) People interrupting me when I’m reading: Don’t you just hate it when this happens? It always seems to occur when I’m at a particularly crucial part in the plot or have been looking forward to reading all day and only have a small increment of time to fit it into. I find a comfy place to sit back and relax, start reading the first paragraph and-
Normally some inane, unimportant question that could wait until later.
But I answer it and continue reading.
And then comes another question, and another.
My all time favourite reading place is pretty unusual. I go to a popular rock climbing destination, move to a less well-known spot, climb up a rock and read up there. It’s my favourite place because it’s so peaceful, and I can feel the breeze against my face and hear the birds tweeting while I read my book. There’s also a beautiful view to look at when my nose isn’t stuck in my latest novel.
However, as I’m only able to go to that spot at certain times of year, reading in bed comes in close second because nobody disturbs me there!
1.) I sniff my books…a lot.
2.) I’ve never read a book classed as ‘Steampunk’. I think it’s the only book genre I’m aware of that I haven’t dipped my toes into. Seeing as it’s considered a sub-genre, I don’t think I’m doing too badly at being a ‘well rounded’ reader. Maybe I’ll get there eventually. 🙂 If you have any recommendations feel free to share!
3.) I still have an anti ebook stance, I refuse to give in! I don’t have a problem with anyone else using them and I know ebooks have a lot of positives but I can’t help it, I don’t like them, okay? I’m a book hoarder and I want to be able to touch, sniff (there’s that sniffing thing again) and cuddle every single book I own and look at them all on my pretty bookshelf. I can’t see myself changing my dinosaur views any time soon.
This one’s easy, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I finished reading it recently (Review to come!), it’s always been one of those books I felt as if the whole world had read except for me. I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it because it was just as powerful and heartfelt as everyone said it would be. Tears were definitely shed, but there were smiles too!
Currently there are three.To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin and my current read Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen. My beside table tends to act as a place between worlds lately, like a waiting room or an airport. Books that I’ve finished but have yet to review are placed there and they don’t go back on the shelf until my post is published! It’s acts as a little reminder for me to get my butt in gear.
This always seems like an odd question to me because I never eat while reading, I get too engrossed in the story to even think about it. Plus, I don’t like the idea of getting mucky fingers anywhere near my precious books.
Yes, I’m one on those people.
I drink lots of tea though, does that make up for it?
Oooh, this is a tough-ey. Hmm, for their universal themes, durability and general awesomeness:
1.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
2.) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
3.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (A new favourite!)
Eeep. I’m actually quite embarrassed by the current state of my bookcase. It’s messy and disordered because I’ve run out of space. As a general rule I have my shelves sorted by book genre but that no longer really applies because I’ve had to shove books wherever I could find a spare spot lately! Getting a new bookshelf will be number 1 on my to-do list once I get rid of this darn cold. Okay, so here’s a picture, but super tidy bookworms of the world have to promise not to judge!
I’ve picked my classics shelf, it’s my favourite when it’s not so disordered because I collect the Vintage Classics with the trademark red spines. They look so pretty and smart when they’re all aligned and even match my room! However, at the moment most of them are hiding at the back because I’ve had to double stack. A year ago it looked more like this:
Desperate times my friends, desperate times.
Breathing in magic.
Okay that was awful. But three words?!? SERIOUSLY?
Urm, I’m an open book where my reading’s concerned. Ha ha open book, ha. (Sorry.) But seriously, I don’t think I have one, so instead I’m going to say my biggest reading secret for success which is simple: read what you love, not what you feel you’re supposed to read, and never let anybody else’s snobbery get you down!
Anyone who has read this post and fancies doing the tag can have a go. I’m always nosy about other people’s reading habits so if you decide to try it, link me up! 🙂
My own, please do not reuse.