Thursday, January 12, 2012

Booking Through Thursday

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Book Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading hosted here. (I know it's kind of late in the day, but after seeing Karen's answers over at Book World in My Head, I thought it'd be fun to participate.)

1. What's your favorite time of day to read?

I could read at any time of day, but I tend to read more in the afternoon and evening. My two 15 minute breaks at work are most welcome when it comes to reading.

2. Do you read during breakfast? (Assuming you eat breakfast.)

No, I prefer checking the news and Google Reader during breakfast.

3. What's your favorite breakfast food? (Noting that breakfast foods can be eaten any time of day.)

Eggs, bacon, and toast, most definitely, though it does depend on what I'm hungry for.

4. How many hours a day would you say you read?

Anywhere from 1 to 4 hours, usually more on the weekends if I'm really absorbed in a book.

5. Do you read more or less than you did, say, 10 years ago?

Actually since I was starting to have more of an extracurricular life in high school, I wasn't reading as much as before 10 years ago.  I'd say my amount of reading is probably close to the same as it was 10 years ago if not a bit more. (College will limit your pleasure reading.)

6. Do you consider yourself a speed reader?

I might have been once upon a time, but now I usually prefer to savor my books. I know in the past I could read 4 books at the same time and still keep everything straight. However, when you're wanting to really get the story, it's better to work on one book at a time.

7. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I'd want instant teleportation. Imagine being able to be anywhere in the world with just a thought! "I'm craving sushi. Japan here I come!" "Boyfriend wants to see his family in Germany. Now we're knocking on the front door, saying, 'Guten tag, wie geht es Ihnen?'" How cool would that be?

8. Do you carry a book with you everywhere you go?

Yes. It's the times that I'm caught without a book that I find I need it most.

9. What KIND of book?

Usually YA or Fantasy or Paranormal, sometimes book and sometimes ebook. It usually depends on what I'm reading at the time.

10. How old were you when you got your first library card?

If I recall correctly, I think I was 6 and it was a school library card.

11. What's the oldest book you have in your collection? (Oldest physical copy? Longest in the collection? Oldest copyright?)

My oldest physical copy and the one with the oldest copyright is a copy of Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beacher Stowe from 1901. It is in such tatters, it's more of a collector's item than a read item. The one that's the longest in my collection is a copy of Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes and Stories. The spine is coming off the cover, but I still have it from my childhood and wouldn't give it up for the world.

12. Do you read in bed?

Definitely! It's nice to end the day with a couple of chapters from my current read.

13. Do you write in your books?

Definitely not! I want to preserve books as long as possible, and to write in a book is just criminal to me (especially as a librarian, and I cringe each time I see writing in one of my library's books even if it's in pencil). If you want to make a note on a particular page, use a post-it note or jot it down in a notebook.

14. If you had one piece of advice to give a new reader, what would it be?

Always find time in the day to read, even if it's just 15 minutes. You'd be amazed at how much you can get through a book with reading just 15 minutes a day.

15. What questions have I NOT asked at BTT that you'd love me to ask?

Since this is my first time participating, I'm not sure what I could add here.


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