Last week Janet from Middle Aged Mama tagged me to answer some questions about my reading style.
If I’m honest, I rarely read for myself these days. I read more books in a week than I did when I was at school because I am reading story books to my girls every day. While it can be monotonous reading Poo Bum and Where’s the green sheep all the time, I enjoy snuggling with my girls to read a book. I know I will get more time when they are older to read for myself again. Here are my answers to Janet’s questions.
Do you snack while you read?
No, because I don’t like to have sticky fingers when flicking pages to read a book. Having said that I do remember reading a book about the life of Mary Bryant (a female convict that escaped the colony) and the stories about the convicts starving sent me into snack overdrive. I couldn’t stop eating to counteract what I was reading. I may have gone through a whole packet of chips while reading one chapter!!
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
No I don’t mark my books. I used to fold over the corner of the page, but these days I use a bookmark or a random piece of paper to mark where I’m up to. Sometimes I memorise the page number.
As for writing in books, the only writing I like is a personal message and autograph on the inside cover from the author.
Fiction, non-fiction, or both?
Both. I like to mix up what I read. I love reading biographies and when it comes to fiction, I enjoy romance or drama. I also enjoy any children’s books that have adult humour in them.
Hard copy or ebooks?
Hard copies. Easier on the eyes and I love the smell of the pages. The only ebooks I like to read are compilations or recipes or cookbooks.
Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?
If I’m really drawn into the story and really eager to know how the story is going to go, sometimes I will read the last chapter and then go back to reading where I was. Most days, I will finish where I can before I fall asleep.
What are you currently reading?
I have a few books that I am reading at the moment. Yes, I’m one of those people who has a few books going at once. The books I mainly do this to are the self-help type books.
Currently I am at page 40 on the book Sleep by Positive Parenting which gives the secret of problem-free nights with a baby. I borrowed the book from a friend because Phoebe has been waking more than usual at night and I’m a sucker for buying or borrowing baby sleep books.
The other book I’m halfway through is the one I was given at Problogger – Life in Half a second by Matthew Michalewicz.
What is the last book you bought?
The last books I bought were for my kids. A smurfs book and a Lazytown book because they were at one of those book stores where all the books at $5.
The next book I would like to get and will most likely wrap and place under the Christmas tree is Absolutely Beautiful Things by Anna Spiro.
I have a pile of books I’m trying to read on my bedside. I will have a couple going at one time. 🙂
Do you have a favourite time of day and/or place to read?
At the moment there is no favourite time. I fit in reading when I can which is usually at night once my girls are in bed. I like to read in bed or on the couch.
Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
For romance novels I recommend Nicholas Sparks. I came across him after watching The Notebook, A Walk to Remember and Dear John. I also like Paullina Simons and Jodi Picoult.
Three bloggers I would like to nominate are
Are you like me and read more kids books than novels? I’m linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT.