Louise at Foxes & Fairy Tales recently tagged me to do the Book Blogger Test Tag. It’s a lot of fun, though I’ll admit that I’m jealous of her pretty bookshelf picture as compared with my messy one. (I am not going to give away books just to get prettier shelves, though, so this will have to do until I manage to end up with a completely bookshelf-lined library.)
1) Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
2) Answer the questions asked on this post — don’t stress it’s quick!
3) Nominate and notify some peeps. 5 preferred.
1. What are your top 3 bookish pet peeves?
- Dog-eared books
- Poor quality binding
- Typos or printing errors
2. Name a perfect reading spot:
I want a personal library with big comfy chairs and the right amount of light. That would be the perfect reading spot.
Since I don’t have that, I curl up in the corner of our sofa. But really, I can read ANYWHERE. I’ve been known to sit down on the staircase half-way up, because I was in the middle of an interesting section and wanted to focus on reading.
3. Give 3 reading confessions:
- See the above comment about sitting in the middle of the staircase to read. I’ve done this more often than I care to admit.
- I will skim through to the end of a book if I’m unsure the book is worth finishing… or if the suspense gets to be too much for me. For example, after about 1/3 to 1/2 of Catching Fire I had to look ahead and see if Katniss got a Happily Ever After (and who she was with).
- I sometimes check out an ebook version of a book I’m reading the paper version of just so that I can keep reading surreptitiously on my phone while I’m supposed to be doing other things. (That’s how you know I’m really interested in what’s going on in the plot.)
4. When was the last time you cried during a book?
I might have cried when I was reading The Night Circus a month or two ago. If not, then I definitely cried while reading The Diary of a Young Girl earlier in the year.
5. Number of books on your bedside table?
I don’t have a bedside table, so zero. The number of books (including ebooks and audio books) on my Goodreads “currently reading” shelf at the time I’m writing this, though, is 5.
6. Favorite reading snack?
Anything that won’t damage the pages. Dried fruit is good. So are potato chips, if I’m careful. Cheetos are a no, however.
7. What are 3 books you’d recommend to anyone?
- Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl
- Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth
- Neil de Grasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
(All of these three are recommended for very different reasons.)
8. Provide a picture of your bookshelf:
Yeah… kinda stuffed to bursting. I’m in the process of changing those thick scrapbook albums (second shelf down on the left) to thinner ones, but it’s taking time and in the meantime the albums are taking up space. Also, you may not be able to tell, but in many cases (like the whole top right shelf) the books are stacked two layers deep.
Oh — and this is just my personal set of bookshelves. This does not include Mr. Wyrm’s personal bookshelves, or our joint Disney non-fiction shelf.
9. How much do books mean to you in 3 words?
Escape From Reality.
(Okay, that’s more “what” books mean to me instead of “how much”. I’m still not changing my answer even though I acknowledge that I actually answered the wrong question.)
10. Biggest reading secret?
When I’m depressed, you can tell what is depressing me based on what I’m reading. For example, when I was going through a divorce (this was many years ago, before I met Mr. Wyrm) pretty much all I read was paranormal romance and erotica.