I’m not sure who created this tag, but I love the questions. Let’s do this.
What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
Not very long. I think my mind has gotten used to reading something. If I am at work, I have headphones stashed that I can pull out and listen to one of my current audiobooks. I have a Kindle and the Kindle app on my phone for when I wake up in the middle of the night. I don’t make it very long and there’s always a book nearby!
How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?
I have the Kindle App on my iPhone, so however many books I have on Kindle, are always with me. This also goes for whatever audiobooks I have checked out through the library, downloaded on Scribd or on Audible.
Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
I have no issues with cutting ties with a book. I don’t unhaul frequently, but usually in the summer I’ll purge those I don’t want anymore.
How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
If it is a solo trip and I’m just browsing..I can spend an hour or two. I spend some time browsing the romances first, followed by the cozy mysteries..then poetry and before I leave, I check for any new memoirs. If I go in already knowing what I want, and know the bookstore has it, then I am in and out.
How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
Honestly, throughout the week it feels like I hardly get any reading done unless I am able to listen a bit while working. My day starts so early and when I get home from work my husband is at school so it’s just my kiddos and I. I usually am laying down around 8 and will attempt to read something, but I also want to watch a little television. The weekends are really when I get to play catch up.
Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?
Obviously life stuff are my priorities but for my mental health I make sure I make time for reading. Reading is one of the handful of things that bring me back down, back to reality, out of dark spaces..so I make sure that I make time. It may be 3 minutes, it may be one page..but I make sure I read when I feel the urge or when I just need to take my mind elsewhere.
How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
If I had to estimate, I’d say if not 500, then close to it. Last time I counted (well, my husband counted) I had almost 400 books. This actually took place prior to me unhauling 3 boxes of books. It felt great! Since then though, I fell more and more in love with romance, discovered a used book store I love and began receiving books periodically from publishers..
Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
Really not often at all. I am a Military Police Officer..not saying that no one around me reads, but I don’t think on a daily I’m surrounded by avid readers. My reading life feels strangely like a secret I’m keeping from people which isn’t the case in actuality, but it’s just nothing something I speak about, because there isn’t anyone to converse with about it.
What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
Going on a whim here and assuming the biggest book I’ve read is Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell. That book was huge. I read it with friends though so it looked more like a chunker than what it felt.
Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds i.e searching bookshops, online digging etc?
I come across old gothic romances on Pinterest quite often. Not with much intention of reading them, but I’m obsessed with the covers. I have seen some that I still can’t track down but for the most part, if I have seen one I want, I have been able to track it down on eBay.
A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis.
I struggled with finishing this book because I couldn’t stand it. Couldn’t freaking stand it.
What are 3 of your main book goals for 2019?
- Read 75 books
- Read more romances by women of color
- Make time for memoirs and poetry
Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
Yes. Two of my younger brothers who weren’t too fond of reading as kids, are now huge readers. I love it. Both of them have confessed that seeing me read so much played a huge part in them becoming readers. I love them and am so proud.
Describe what books mean to you in five words.
My favorite escape from everything.
Married Mom of 3. Military girl. Reader. Falling in love with romance novels.