I read this on The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise & I knew I had to fill it out myself!
1. Have you ever damaged a book?
Never on purpose, but some of my older Garfield books (don’t judge me) have torn pages that I later fixed with clear packing tape. & I’ve had some of my bright red nail polish rub off on some pages before; so, no, never on purpose, but, yes, on accident.
2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?
NEVER! That’s just rude on so many levels. It irks me when I borrow a book from the library & someone has written, highlighted, or otherwise damaged the interior.
3. How long does it take you to read a book?
That’s a tough question to answer, because there are just so many factors. I usually only read before I go to bed for about an hour, so it depends on how tired I am. I also don’t always like the book in the beginning (or middle, or end), so I might be less inclined to read it & more inclined to just go to bed. Then there’s the length – longer books, obviously, take longer to read.
Going by my Goodreads.com reviews, which track when I listed a book as “started” & “finished,” I would say it could take anywhere from 2 weeks to a month. But, if I were to read more & watch TV less, I would definitely be done faster. (That was a “duh” statement, I know.)
4. Books that you haven’t finished?
There are a few, certainly, but I try to plod on & finish every book I start. True Survival Stories by Anthony Masters might be one of the last books I didn’t actually finish, but that was about 500 books ago. Yes, I keep a list of books I’ve read & what I thought of them (in short-hand)… don’t judge!
5. Hyped/Popular books that you don’t like?
I thought that 50 Shades of Grey was horrific. I read about 1/3 of a page before I put it in a pile to be donated. I thought it was terribly written, grammatically flawed, & showed BDSM/D/s in such a flawed, incorrect, & defamatory light that it makes its participants unsure of how to tell a consentual lifestyle from an abusive relationship. I think our society is worse off for those books having been written.
6. Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?
Absolutely not. In fact, I show everyone on FB what I’m reading through my Goodreads account.
7. How many books do you own?
I don’t think I can even count that high. I have at least 100+ books that I haven’t read yet, separated into different categories (i.e. fiction, historical/psychological, religious, The Western Canon) on a shelf, then another 50+ in the basement that I’ve already read, & several thousand in Kindle version to be read. However, I think I’ll always prefer actual books to Kindle/e-reader books; I love to see the progress I’ve made, feel the book in my hands, &, yes, the smell of books.
8. Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?
I would say that I’m a pretty slow reader. I have ADHD, which means I get easily distracted while I’m reading. I’ll get through an entire paragraph only to realize that I didn’t comprehend any of it because my mind was wandering. Also, since I only read for about an hour before bed, it does take me a while to read an entire book. I really should dedicate more time to reading versus TV.
9. Do you like to buddy read?
I’m not sure what this means, so I’m going to make some assumptions. I used to like reading books out loud with an ex of mine, so if that’s what “buddy read” means, then, yes, but it has to be with a special person. That’s something I feel is almost intimate. If it means when you & a buddy read the same book, then discuss it… it could be a good thing; but that sounds more like “book club” than “buddy read.”
10. Do you read better in your head or out loud?
I read better out loud, only because it forces me to really concentrate on what I’m reading. However, I very rarely do this because… well… it seems weird to do when I’m alone!
11. If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?
I couldn’t possibly answer this…I have far too many books that I either rate as “really like” or “loved.” It’s an awful future to even imagine in my world!! *curls up in a sad lil ball*
No one, since this is my first post & I have no followers. This is a complete & utter act of blatant navel-gazing.