I haven’t participated in the Sunday Stealing meme in ages, but how could I resist it this week? All the questions are about BOOKS! Ready? Let’s go!
1. Favorite childhood book? It’s a tie between Charlotte’s Web and Harriet the Spy.
2. What are you reading right now? I’m about half-way through the new novel by David Nichhols called Us. I’m reading an advance copy on my kindle—it’ll be released on Tuesday 10/28. It’s about a British family who go on vacation through Europe right after the wife tells the husband that she wants to leave him. Not exactly the carefree trip that was originally planned!
3. What books do you have on request at the library? I’ve got 15 books on the hold list right now.
4. Bad book habit? I’m not sure there’s any book habit that’s bad—but I buy A LOT of used books. I mean A LOT of them. I recently bought a new bookcase so I could keep all the used books I’ve bought but haven’t yet read in one place.
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? A ton of new releases on my hold list all came in at once, so I have a whopping 16 books checked out right now. Two are finished and waiting to be returned—the rest are clamoring to be read! Luckily my library loans books for 3 weeks and you can renew—but only if no one else is in line for the book. My library also doesn’t have a limit on the number of books that can be checked out at once.
6. Do you have an e-reader? I’ve had a kindle for almost four years, and I just ordered the new Kindle Voyage. I use my kindle mainly for digital ARCs and sometimes for library books. I always prefer a “real” book!
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? I’m usually reading more than one book at a time, but right now I’m only reading one. That’s rare for me.
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? YES!!! I’m reading many more new releases because I keep hearing about them from my blogging buddies!
9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)? I just did not understand all the hype about the novel We Were Liars. I think I’m the only one in the world who didn’t like this book, but I just didn’t get it.
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year? That’s a tough one! I’ve read a lot of great books this year. I’ll narrow it to two favorites. Favorite nonfiction: The Boys in the Boat—about the 1936 US Olympic rowing team. Favorite fiction: The Paying Guests—a psychological thriller set in post WWI London.
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? I’ve been getting better about this since I started book-blogging. There are so many blogging buddies out there whose opinions I’ve grown to trust, so if one of them loves a book I’m pretty likely to give it a try, even if it’s one that I wouldn’t ordinarily pick up.
12. What is your reading comfort zone? I prefer realistic, contemporary fiction, and narrative nonfiction.
13. Can you read on the bus? I haven’t ridden a bus in ages, but since I can read in the car, I’m sure I could do it.
14. Favorite place to read? The big blue overstuffed chair in my office/library. It’s especially my favorite pace to read when one or both of my cats join me there!
15. What is your policy on book lending? I will loan out my books but only if asked—I don’t offer to lend because I think it puts the lendee in an awkward position if they don’t really want to read it.
16. Do you ever dog-ear books? If it’s my own book and there’s no bookmark available, I will dog-ear—but it’s not my first choice.
17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books? Yep! But again, only in my own books, of course.
18. Not even with text books?I’ll take this to mean did I ever write in my textbooks—YES—highlighting, notes, the whole thing.
19. A book you didn’t expect to like but did? I actually wasn’t too sure about The Paying Guests (see #10)—I’d never read anything by Sarah Waters before, I haven’t read much fiction set overseas in the early 1920s, and I didn’t know much about the plot. But I’m so glad I took the plunge and picked it up!
20. What makes you love a book? I love a book when I am invested in the characters and find myself thinking about them even when I’m not reading the book.