In Which I Am Interrogated About My Bookish Habits.

Book Blogger Test

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!

 

What Are Your Top 3 Book Hates

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-
Interruption.
Normally some inane, unimportant question that could wait until later.
But I answer it and continue reading.
And then comes another question, and another.
Grrrr.

Your Perfect Reading Spot

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.

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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!


Tell us 3 book confessions

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.

Last time you cried during a book-

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!

How many books are on your bedside table-

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.

Favorite snack to eat while you’re reading

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?

Name three books your would recommend to everyone

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!)

Favorite shelf on your bookcase.

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!

SDC15619(See, my bookshelf is so strained in this picture that it’s bending in the middle!)

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:

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Desperate times my friends, desperate times.

Write how much books mean to you in three words

Breathing in magic.

Okay that was awful. But three words?!? SERIOUSLY?

What is your biggest reading secret

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!

Who I’m Tagging

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! 🙂

 

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66 thoughts on “In Which I Am Interrogated About My Bookish Habits.

  1. I wanted to jump into Steampunk to see what it was about. I tried ‘Airman’ by Eoin Colfer and I think it was a good place to start!

  2. I quite enjoy reading a book with cracked spines…shows it’s been read and loved! I spotted War and Peace on that bookshelf…that would keep you going for a month or two. Looking forward to that review of Mockingbird.

    What a cool spot to read!

    • That’s true, I do like that train of thought. 🙂 Like the sign of a cracked spine is that a book has been cherished and read over and over again. Often though, I feel like it’s because someone’s mistreated it. I would like to believe the former!

      Yes, I bought it last summer for only £1, bargain or what?! Although I think it will take me a while to work myself up to it. Thanks, I hope you’ll like it. 🙂

      Definitely!

  3. I never eat while reading too or have a bath! Some people manage to bath at the same time. Never figured this one out. How is this possible without getting your book all soggy?

    • Good to know that it’s not just me who does that, isn’t it weird how we pick up these little reading quirks? 🙂 I must put my hands up and admit to reading in the bath, but that’s mostly because sometimes it’s the only time in the day I have to fit it into and I’d rather get soggy pages than not be able to read at all. It’s not ideal though!

  4. Pretty shelves 🙂 I have to double stack too, I share your desperation. It has led to suggestions I should have fewer books – ridiculous! More shelves/a bigger flat is clearly the answer.

    • Thank you, I’m glad you liked it even in it’s slightly messy state. 🙂 Double stacking is the worst! I’m sorry you’re having to endure it too.
      Ridiculous indeed, how could they ever dare to suggest that to a bookworm? Tehee. Bigger flat all the way.

  5. Love your answers! I used to hate cracked spines too, but it’s inevitable with any books I’ve reread a few times, so I don’t mind it now. Looking forward to your review of To Kill a Mockingbird 🙂

    • Thank you, Gemma! I’m so glad you liked them. 🙂 Ahh yes, cracked spines due to endless rereading and love over the years are the only exception in my eyes. Those I’m all for! I do have a few books that have suffered that fate, Harry Potter being the prime example.

      Ohh yay, I hope you like it. 🙂

    • Hahaa yes, I do fit the stereotype pretty perfectly don’t I? Minus the glasses and a few other things, but the raw materials are all there!

      Thanks, I’m glad you like it. 🙂

  6. Cool! I’m so glad you did this. It was fun, right? I actually tagged you in my post as well >.< (seriously, I did. See? http://infernalimagination.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/the-book-blogging-test/ 😊)
    Steampunk is an interesting genre. I love the clothes. But I haven't delved into it too much. That Being Said, "The Infernal Devices" by Cassandra Clare is classed as steampunk and it is amazing! My favourite series!

    Oh and ebooks are evil. I am so not a fan and never will be. I'll be that old lady in some neighborhood one day with the house filled with books and who insists that everyone smell them!

    • It was super fun. Ohh, no way! What a coincidence. I haven’t read it yet but you can bet I will be popping over to read it after this. 🙂
      Interesting can be good. I think I could like it as long as the authors didn’t become too overindulgent with descriptions about the outfits, machines etc, similar to fantasy authors that go too over the top if you get what I mean? I didn’t realise The Infernal Devices was steampunk! Intriguing, I need to get my butt in gear and read some Cassandra Clare.

      An ebook hater! YES. Our breed seems to be rare and hard to find these days so I’m glad to have found a fellow soul. I will be that old lady too.

      • Overindulgent description is exactly the reason I never got into LOTR. All I remember was being 120 pages in and still learning about a tree. So I stopped. Maybe I should give it another go?
        OMG you haven’t experienced Clare yet? Definitely start with The Infernal Devices. You will fall in love with Will Herondale, I promise. I would personally class TID as YA fantasy with steampunk overtones. But it’s amazing in any case. You should also check out: http://acollectivemind.com/2013/09/10/steampunk-its-a-way-of-life/
        I read “Incarnation”…it was an experience. An awesome concept 🙂

        And awww man, nothing will ever be as good as the feeling of a book in my hands. I’m even going to buy “The Bane Chronicles” when it comes out in November. even though I already have the ebooks. Now, I know what you’re thinking. But fangirl trumps ebook hatred every time.
        A friend of mine pointed out the one good thing about ebooks: they are amazing for people with vision impairment. So there IS that. But for everyone else? Books!

      • Haha! Tolkien does love his trees, but that’s okay with me, because I love my trees too. I think Tolkien’s great, but I also totally understand why some don’t like him, he is a long-winded dude sometimes and even I find myself dragging my heels at points. Have you tried The Hobbit? That book is much less full on, and is also more quirky, lighthearted and fun filled. 🙂
        Nope, not yet! I have the first two books in from The Mortal Instruments because I won them, but I haven’t tried them yet. Thanks for the link, it was really interesting!

        Haha, fangirling trumps everything. 🙂

  7. I see what you mean about cracked spines, but at least they look read 🙂 I love your Sherlock Homes book!

    • That’s true, I guess a cracked spine is better than a book that has never been opened. 🙂
      Thank you! I haven’t actually read it yet but I love to look at it and stroke it.

  8. I loved this post because it confirmed that we are pretty much reading twins :), well except for the fact that I do read ebooks even though I totally prefer real books. Let me guess – do you remove the cover on a hardcover book before you read it so it doesn’t get wrecked? I’ll bet you do :).

    I, too, have never read To Kill a Mockingbird, but I have always wanted to. Since you loved it, I will definitely read it soon!

    • I think you’re right, we have so many bookish habits in common. 🙂 It’s awesome that the internet brought us together.
      I don’t have any problem with other people reading ebooks at all, it’s just my personal preference. I’m too attached to my physical books and I spend so much time staring at a screen I don’t want to read on one as well. Even though it is slightly different from a computer. 🙂
      YES, I totally do, and especially if I’m lending the book to a friend! My hardcover books are my preciousssss.

      Ohh Cindy, you will LOVE To Kill a Mockingbird I know it. It’s so accessible and easy to read as well, not at all what you would normally expect from a classic.

  9. I’m the same way about cracked spines. I absolutely will not crack the spine of my books, but I don’t have a problem buying used books with cracked spines. My friends all think it is weird because some of my favorite books don’t look like they have even been read.

    • Another obsessive book spine watcher, huzzar! I’m glad to see there are so many of us about. 🙂 I agree, I still buy second hand books with cracked spines because I expect a level of wear and tear when getting them for such a cheap price. I like buying books second hand, it makes me feel like I’m adopting them or something. 😛

      Ha, that is so true!

  10. Thanks so much for the kind mention! 🙂 I am just like you, I will read a book centimeters from my nose in order to avoid cracking the spine, and I am having SUCH a hard time transitioning to e-books! I haven’t dabbled much in Steam punk either, but a YA book I really enjoyed that falls within the steam punk genre is Masque of the Red Death. It’s based off of an Edgar Allen Poe short story and is creepy, beautiful, and unlike most things I’ve encountered in YA!

    • No problem, thank you for tagging me. 🙂 Haha, it’s good to know it’s not only me that does that. When people who don’t know me well see it in action they think I’m a little crazy, but hey, it makes sense in my head!
      At least you’re trying to transition to ebooks though, I’m still in denial. Yep, it’s not happening. 😛

      Ooh that sounds cool thanks for the recommendation, I will have to look that one up!

  11. I am the same about cracked spines 😛 When I get a new book, I don’t even open it completely just so it stays new. Oh, and yes I force everyone else to read that way as well 😀 It weird but it’s the way I am.
    Talking about spines, when I visit the library, I judge books by their spines. If they are broken and used which means the book is popular and everyone is reading it, so it must be good 😀
    Whew! What a long comment!
    NIrvana

    • Huzzar! I can’t believe there are so many of us out there, I feel like we should invent the ‘anti-book spine cracking brigade’ and band together. Then we can aim for world domination and when we get it, we can force everyone else to read that way too. 😛
      Wow, that’s brilliant! Such a clever idea, I can’t believe I’ve never thought of that before. I might have to try that out the next time I go to the library.

      I love long comments, thank you for reading. 🙂

  12. Oh, another TKAM fan! Did you know there is a new book out (I think the title is) The Mockingbird Next Door. A journalist became friends with the Lee sisters. I can’t wait…

    • Yes, recently converted, as of about 2 weeks ago! 🙂 No I had no idea there was a new book out, intriguing. It’s good that it’s being done my someone who at least seems to have done their research/knows their stuff. I hope it lives up to your expectations. 🙂

  13. LOVED this because I’m a nosy person at heart! A lot of your answers are exactly the same as what I would say. (We need to form the Anti Cracked Spine Brigade btw).

    Also, that reading spot is divine. Glorious picture you clever thing.

    P.S. Your shelves are incredibly tidy in comparison to mine 😉

    • Haha, you and me both! OMG, no way! I just said that to someone above that we should form a brigade and aim for world domination so that we can force people to read the right way. Great minds really do think alike. 😉

      Thank you, it was actually a picture off my old phone (god rest its soul) so I was surprised by how well it came out.

      Well, *whispers* I did make sure to feature the most tidy one. But yes, I think it’s time you invest in a full height bookshelf!

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  15. That was so much fun to read! Excellent answers and I Love your reading spot. My dog wouldn’t let me do that type of thing, he would want to get me moving again. Enjoy!
    I hate the book spine thing too. My mom will break them as she moves her way through a book and it kills me! There are some paperbacks that open really easily and you don’t need to do that cause they flop open. Those feel really luxurious to read cause I can comfortably read without hurting the spine. lol

    • Yay, I’m so glad! It was fun to write. 🙂 I’m very proud of my reading spot, it’s my best kept secret. Ohh no damn dog, haven’t you taught him about the importance of reading? LOL.
      Yes, another person against spine cracking. Ohh no, that would drive me INSANE.
      Agreed, with some paperbacks trying to preserve the spine can be really tough, and that’s when I end up reading though a tiny gap in the book and looking like a looney. 😛 I love it when you get the floppy paperbacks, like you’ve said it feels so luxurious!

  16. Book covers that don’t match bug me too. The texture of the cover and the size of the final book in the Mortal Instruments series is different to the previous 5 and now looks out of place on the shelf. Grr.
    Drinking lots of tea is very much needed when reading, especially if it’s a cold or rainy day.
    PS: I’m a book sniffer too.

    • Definitely! Even if a series has a mediocre set of covers, I would rather they kept the consistency than create new ones that don’t match. Ohh no, that’s so frustrating, especially as it’s a series I know you like a lot.
      Hahaa, glad you approve, Emma. Tea is vital stuff!

      Book sniffing is the best. 🙂

  17. My book hate is people asking what the book is about when I have just started reading it , they seem to think you know what it is all about Sorry I don`t so let me read in peace, othor one is people who turn the cornor down to save where they are Sorry thats what bookmarkers are for

    • Ahh, yes! That’s another good one. Someone did that to me the other day actually and I was totally stumped about how to reply. Turning down the corners of a book is also a serious crime in my eyes, I mean, is it really that difficult to grab a bookmark? 😛

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  18. Oooh I’m right with you as far as matching book covers are concerned! It’s the main reason why I still haven’t read Allegiant because I bought Divergent and Insurgent when I was over in the states and the thought of having the UK cover with the others just makes me shudder! 😛 And what a GORGEOUS reading spot you lucky thing! I normally just lie on my bed. Far less nature-ry 😛 xx

    • Book covers not matching are the worst, but I especially feel your pain in that case because the US Divergent covers are so snazzy but the UK ones are god awful! I don’t blame you at all for stalling. Have you tried The Book Depository or Abe books? They sometimes have the American covers as well as the UK ones although you might have to pay a bit more for them.
      Thank you, I’m a big fan of nature in general. 🙂

  19. I can relate to almost all of your answers. Especially the one about sniffing books. I don’t know, but there’s something about the smell of new pages that makes me so happy haha! My shelves, on the other hand, aren’t particularly very neat. And definitely not organized! I love how you arranged your Classics section. It looks a shelve straight out of a library! Mmmm… ❤
    Love, Somdyuti
    http://www.stilettosandtequila.wordpress.com

    • Glad to have found another kindred book lover. Sniffing books is the BEST feeling, I love how even the type of paper can make such a difference. It’s the smell of an unread adventure, Somdyuti! It’s the smell of excitement, and wonder and bookish awesomeness. 🙂
      Thank you, I love knowing that there is so much knowledge to be discovered on that shelf.

      Thanks for reading!

  20. If you’re looking to dip a toe in the Steampunk pond, may I suggest Gail Carriger? Her Parasol Protectorate series is lighthearted, sarcastic, supernatural fun. I haven’t read anything in her newer Finishing School series, but I’m sure I will at some point.

    • Hi Sally, thank you for the reading recommendation! I think I remember seeing Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series floating around a while back but I’ve never heard of Parasol Protectorate, it sounds great. 🙂 I love me some sarcastic supernatural fun.

      Thanks for reading. 🙂

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