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.


bermudaonion said...

I generally read one book at a time but have a couple audios going at the same time.

Alyce said...

If you were to recommend an Atwood book, which would be highest on your list? I've already read The Handmaid's Tale, and haven't been sure which of hers to read next.

I missed out on BBAW altogether because there is just far too much going on for me in real life this week.

Sandy Nawrot said...

I managed the interview swap yesterday, but other than that, I think I'm taking this week off. It wasn't my intention but life had other plans. And Gone Girl, yay! So are you looking at your husband weird? Analyzing your own behavior? That book really messed with my head.

Zibilee said...

I can't wait to see what you think of Gone Girl, and I have to admit that I also have several books going at once as well. Usually one fiction, one non fiction, and a couple of audios. I like a variety of stories at one time. Also, I love your recommendation of Atwood. She is one of the best authors out there.

Alexia561 said...

Enjoyed your answers! I'm a huge fan of bookmarks, but sometimes use scrap paper if I don't have one handy. And yea for Margaret Atwood! The Handmaid's Tale is one of my favorites!

Anonymous said...

I've always got lots of books going at once. Some weeks I don't finish anything and the next I might finish 3!

Esme said...

Do you read French-where do you get your books from? I want to improve my French but probably need to go back to a 6-8 grade level in my reading.

Marie Cloutier said...

Esme, there's a foreign language bookstore in my town and I occasionally buy things there. I definitely need to take it slow when I'm reading en francais!