Saturday, September 15, 2007

A questionnaire for a Saturday afternoon

I'm in between book reviews right now but I don't want you guys to forget about me in the mean time so here's a little meme thingy for a lazy Saturday.

(1) What book are you currently reading? I'm reading three- Adventures of Mottel the Cantor's Son by Sholem Aleichem, Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo, and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

(2) How do you decide what book to read next? Well right now I'm trying to read my galleys in some sort of logical order so I can post reviews in a timely manner... otherwise it's what I feel like next, maybe something I just bought that I'm dying to get to, or something that's been on my shelf for a while and I feel like it's time. Or I alternate between galleys, books that I trade and books that I buy.

(3) Do you always finish books, or do you give up on them? If you give up on them, how many pages does it usually take? I sometimes give up on a book. If it's boring, if I notice that it's been a month since I looked at it and I'm not really interested anymore... I don't stick to a rule as far as how many pages- if I don't want to read it anymore, I don't.

(4) Do you ever re-read books you love? If so, how often? Please give examples, if possible. I haven't re-read a book in a long time. I reread Possession a couple of times, because it's an all-time favorite, and I've read Persuasion more than once, and others when I was in college. But these days I'm more inclined to move on to newer pastures. There's so much out there I want to read.

(5) Can you read books in noisy places (e.g., on trains and buses, crowded rooms)? Yes, I can read any time, anywhere. I can focus very well and sometimes actually become deaf to noise.

(6) Where do you acquire most of your books? If you are a library user or borrower, how many books do you borrow at once? If a buyer, what is the average number of books you buy at once? I get some galleys, and I trade books online, and buy books. As I've written elsewhere in my blog, I'm not a library patron despite being a librarian. My husband and I go out to Borders once a week or so and I always come back with something, no matter how much I tell myself I'm not going to!

(7) Do you use bookmarks, or dog-ear the pages of your books? Do you make marginal notes? If so, do you use pencil or pen? I dog-ear pages, bend the spines back, write in books... basically read them pretty hard!

(8) Do you have any unusual tendencies, while reading? Umm... no... like what?

(9) Do you skim through pages at top speed, or do you stop to savor the sentences along the way? I don't skim but sometimes I read fast. I've noticed I get more out of the book when I slow down so there are times I make a conscience effort to go at a more leisurely pace. Like eating a nice dessert, you don't taste it if you gulp it all down at once.

(10) We know most of us can read just about anywhere, but let's be more specific: Where, and when, do you do your best reading? I read on the bus or the subway in the mornings, on the sofa in the afternoons and in bed in the evening.