What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
I think a day? I read pretty much every day. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I didn’t read every day, except in February when I was deeply depressed and in a reading slump. Even when I went to Disney World last summer, I read to calm down before I went to bed. It’s just part of my daily ritual.
How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?
I usually just carry one physical book with me at a time. On my kindle, I have every book I’ve ever bought. Can you take them off? I don’t know, I don’t care. Actually, since this is my third Kindle, I may have not re-downloaded some of my earlier purchases, but if I’m carrying my Kindle, I’ve got over a hundred books with me.
Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
I don’t keep every book I get, only the ones I love or think I’ll reread. Last year, I did a huge declutter and got rid of books I knew I wasn’t going to read again. I’m not quite ready to do another one yet; I’d rather get another bookshelf.
How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
I’ve been trying to cut down on buying books, so it’s not fun to go to the bookstore and not be able to buy anything. When I do buy books, I’ll spend about an hour.
How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
Lately, it’s been about two to three hours. Before that, forty-five minutes to an hour.
Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?
Always before bed. Lately, in the evening, starting around six or so. Sometimes at lunch.
How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
About 220 physical books and about 240 Kindle books. So, over 400.
Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
I don’t… know? Depends on who I’m talking to. If I’m talking to my sister, a lot. If I’m talking to someone at work, probably never.
What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
I think the longest book I’ve read was Les Miserables which was 1463 pages.
Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (i.e searching bookshops, online digging, etc.)?
I’ve looked pretty hard for The Beacon at Alexandria by Gillian Bradshaw, but can’t find it anywhere.
A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF.
I really struggled with Six of Crows, but, after putting it down for a few weeks, managed to get through it.
What are three of your main book goals for 2019?
- Read 100 books.
- Review all or most of the books I read.
- Branch out and read some books out of my usual niche
Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
Um, I’m not sure? I had a student who didn’t like to read, I gave his parents some suggestions, and, from what I hear, now he’s a reader. His parents thanked me, but I don’t know if I really did anything.
Describe what books mean to you in five words?
Stress-relief, portable magic, security