September 16, 2009

Fun Random Questions for BBAW

I saw this fun meme over at Ryan's Wordsmithonia and decided it looked like a fun way to take a break . . . so here goes!

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?

Nope, usually not.  I want as much of my attention on my book as possible.  That's not to say that I won't read while I'm eating breakfast or during my lunch break though.   

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you? How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?Laying the book flat open?

No writing in books!  Books are jewels, marking in them is defiling them!  And absolutely no dog-earing!!  I feel faint just thinking about it.  
I use bookmarks and I have a handful of them that I keep in my nightstand top drawer.  
I will lay a book flat open, using a book weight from The Mother Ship, if it's a hardcover or softcover without a tight spine - - otherwise, no, because I can't stand to hear the spine snap or give!  (Book death!  Sadness! - - and yes, I am weird about my books).  

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?

Both.  Right now I am reading primarily fiction but I do enjoy nonfiction about old Hollywood, the British Royal Family, autobiographies and true crime.

Hard copy or audio books?

Hard copy.  I only listen to audio books on car trips.

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 prefer to read to the end of chapters because it's neater and a better stopping point, normally, but sometimes "real life" calls and I have to stop where I am.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?

Only if I can't figure it out by the context of the passage it's in.  (stolen from Ryan but I feel the same way)

What are you currently reading?

Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One by Sharon Lathan.

What is the last book you bought?

Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark by Donna Lea Simpson.

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 used to read 2-3 books at a time on a regular basis . . . then I got married and had a family.  Now I read one book at a time.

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?

I enjoy reading early, before anyone else is up, and the house is quiet.  I also enjoy reading at night before I go to sleep, using the massaging bed rest my husband gave me (see attached pic).  Of course, I'll read anywhere, I'm not too picky. 

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?

Either or.  There are some truly phenomenal stand alones that are perfect as they are and don't need continuation.  There are also books that I have loved even more, knowing they were part of a series and more were coming.  As long as the book is well done and I'm immersed in it, I'm good.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?

Without question, Jane Austen.  I adore her work so I don't understand why others wouldn't as well.  I also endorse Ann Rule, for the true crime genre and Daphne DuMaurier's "Rebecca" for an iconic gothic romance.  Surprisingly, when I broke down and read the "Twilight" saga, I did recommend it to a few people as a great little story that quickly got me wrapped up.  

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)

The half or so of my books that are relatively organized are done so mainly by grouping all of the author's work together (i.e., all my Ann Rule books are stacked together). 

So what about you?  Anyone else care to answer?


L. Diane Wolfe said...

Now I want a massaging chair...

Debbie's World of Books said...

Jane Austen is awesome. Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite book.

Book Bird Dog said...

This sounds like fun, Lori. I might try it.