I saw this tag on the youtube channel of Beautifully Bookish Bethany.
1. What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
I would say I can go about a day before I start to feel upset about not being able to read. When I have a day where Pepper is difficult or needy and I don’t find any time to read at all I always feel sad and sort of hopeless when I wake up the next morning and realize I read zero pages the day before.
2. How many books do you carry on your person (physical or device) at any one time?
I nearly always have one physical book on me and I always have my phone with me. I have thousands of ebooks on my Kindle app and I could download them at any time to read them so there are always a lot of books with me. Usually just two that I’m actively reading though, one physical and one digital.
3. Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
I keep only books that I’ve read and will read again or books that I haven’t read yet. When I finish a book it either goes on my loved books shelf if I will read it again some day or I get rid of it as soon as possible.
4. How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
Jason and I used to spend hours in bookstores. We made a day of it. We would go for sure on our Anniversary every year and whenever else we could manage it too. The nearest real bookstore is a 90 minute drive away. We would go and drink coffee and spend hours browsing and shopping and talking. Now we have a small bookstore in town. When I can get there I can easily spend an hour browsing if I’m by myself.
5. How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
I try to spend at least a couple of hours a day reading. As long as there is nothing more pressing I try to read after Pepper gets in to bed, but some times I’m just too tired. I would guess my average is at least an hour a day, sometimes less and sometimes much longer.
6. Where does the task “picking up a book” appear on your daily to-do list?
It doesn’t appear on a to do list, I read whenever I can find the minutes to do so. I do have a separate planner where I sometimes try to plan out my reading. If I have a lot of things that I need or want to get read that month I’ll break it down by day to see what I need to accomplish to stay on track.
7. How many books do you reckon you own in total (include ebooks)?
I would guess I have about 1000 physical books. I have 3076 Kindle books.
8. Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
I don’t bring them up, but if someone else does I’ll talk about them as long as I can.
9. What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
Either The Stand or It by Stephen King. Currently I’m reading Les Miserables and that will be the new high page count when/if I finish it.
10. Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (searched bookstore, online digging, stalked author, etc.)?
Not really. There are arcs I would love to read, but nothing that I couldn’t acquire after it came out.
11. Is there a book you struggled to finish because you refused to DNF?
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
12. What are 3 of your main book goals for 2020 ?
Read 100 books, read 14 specific tomes, complete the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge.
13. Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (by inspiration or your incessant nagging)?
Not really. I read to Pepper every day from the time I became pregnant onwards and she is a reader. I don’t think I converted her, but I did raise her as a reader and she loves to read. She even asked to start her own book blog.
14. Describe what books mean to you in FIVE words.
Life. Love. Adventure. Hope. Escape.
How would you describe books in five words?