Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Book Blogger Appreciation Week Self-Interview


I didn't sign up for interviews in time, so I'm doing the self-interview instead- and a day late!

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
I like to drink tea and snack on whatever's at hand. But usually I don't eat while reading.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
I'm fine with writing in books, but as a matter of habit I don't tend to.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?
Bookmarks when I have one at hand.

Laying the book flat open?
Not so much. I used to though.

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
Mostly fiction. I rarely browse outside the fiction section unless I'm looking for something specific, and then it's not really browsing!

Hard copy or audiobooks?
Hard copy, please. I like audio for the car once in a while. I like nonfiction audios, especially things that are funny like celebrity bios. I had a temp job once doing data entry and got through a lot of books!

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?
I can put it down at any point but I would prefer to end at chapters. I appreciate nonfiction books particularly with short chapters so I can dip in and out.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
Yes, if I have a dictionary or my computer handy. If not I'll look it up later.

What are you currently reading?
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, Travels to Siberia by Ian Frazier and The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers.

What is the last book you bought?
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?
I always have several books going at once. See above!

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
I like to read in coffee shops in the morning or the afternoon with a latte or espresso handy.  If I read at home I tend to get sleepy.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
I prefer stand-alone books. I like detective series though I read them slowly.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
Margaret Atwood always! And look at my Staff Picks page and my Favorites page in the tabs above.

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
I organize them by read and unread and then by fiction or nonfiction, poetry, books in French and graphic novels.Over time those distinctions are blurring as I run out of shelf space, and I've weeded about half of my French books. I also have separate sections for books by publishers like NYRB Classics, Europa Editions and Persephone.