Do you snack while you read?This deserves a whole post of it's own. Books and food are the perfect marriage. I'm not a "foodie," but it's so wonderful. Especially sweets. Especially chocolate.
What is your favorite drink while reading?
A hot chai latte. It's special.
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
I sometimes wish I had the guts to make notes, or at the very least underline, in my books. I think it would be helpful for looking back through them and remembering my favorite quotes. But it aggravates me like anything when library or used copies are marked up, and I know I'd get annoyed seeing notes from myself. So I don't.
How do you keep your place while reading a book?
I have bookmarks, but they rarely find their way into what I'm reading, and then they annoy me by getting lost in my bed. So usually I am desperately trying to remember page numbers (I make up little games and rhymes to remember, but it's hopeless), and find my place without accidentally seeing ahead. The best bookmarks are the flaps of the book jacket, IMHO.
Are you the type of person who tends to read to the end of the chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
Depends on the book. I finish chapters when it's something exciting, but if it's slow, or I'm really tired, I may just stop in the middle, and think I'll remember the page number the next day.
Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or onto the floor if the author irritates you?
I may have done that once or twice, but I usually just yell out loud at the author, and call them names. My bark is worse than my bite.
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you look it up right away?
I try to, especially if I'm unsure how to pronounce it. (I read so many fantastic words that I've never heard anyone use.) I especially need help when it comes to French words. I've gone years without connecting the common pronunciation with what I've read on paper.
What are you currently reading?
Give 'Em What They Want, which is about pitching your novel. I'm also skimming The Lucy Maud Montgomery Album.
What is the last book you bought?
I hit a local flea market and came home with a nice copy of The Bronze Bow (one of my favorite authors, and I love the book), The Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Workbook, and The Hunger Games (because I want to re-read it soon).
Do you have a favorite time/place to read?
In bed at night, especially if it's not really late yet and I have a good couple of hours ahead of me. Unfortunately, I'm usually up working on projects later than I want, and only get to a few pages or a chapter.
Do you prefer series books or stand alones?
I think there is something really fantastic about a tight, stand-alone book. But I do hate when it leaves me wanting more, and as a kid there was nothing as exciting as having a whole series to devour.
Is there a specific book you find yourself recommending over and over?
Hmm... The Witch of Blackbird Pond? It's one of the best.
How do you organize your books?
First by fiction (which is alphabetically by author), poetry, nonfiction and biography, children's books, and lastly art, history and film. I am really up tight about organizing. Here's a picture of my bookshelf (which doesn't even fit them all anymore).
I saw this questionnaire over at Eternal Simplicity, and thought it would be fun to fill out. Just because. I like books. And I'd love to hear your own answers to the questions!
In other news, the 2nd draft of my middle grade novel went out to my unofficial "critique group" of about 20 people. I can't wait until the feedback rolls in so I can make decisions about the steps. It's exciting!
Have a lovely weekend! (Friday counts, right?)