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23 Oct 2016

Bookish Questions

1. How long did it take you to finish your last book?

The last book I finished was "The Cat Who Went to Paris" a book I picked up at the book store where I volunteer.  I finished it during my four hour shift. I always have three or four books going, including the one I'm listening to in the car, which may take weeks or months to finish (usually I have two books going in the car, one that I listen to while driving around town, one that Walt and I listen to together on trips out of town.  On a trip to Santa Barbara we finish a book in 2 days, but if we aren't traveling much, it could take months to finish.

2. How many times do you stare at your bookshelves each day?

There are bookcases in every room of this house, so constantly.

3. How many Goodreads friends/books do you have?

182 friends, 357 books.  I don't remember when I joined, but I only add books that I have read, not books that I am currently reading or want to read. My Goodreads profile.

4. Do you ever quote books in public?

Often.  I quote books and movies.  I have no original material.

5. Do you ever re-read books?

I have, in the past, but not now.  I have so many on my "want to read" list that I have no time to go back and re-read old friends. My favorite re-read was "East of Eden," which I think I read 3 times, once along side Steinbeck's "Journal of a Novel," which is a collection of letters he wrote to his publisher while writing the novel.  Reading those two books together is a fascinating experience. As a kid I often re-read books, my favorites being the Black Stallion books, the dog books of Albert Peyson Terhune, Little Women and, when I was in my teens, Marjorie Morningstar, which I read many times.  Actually, at the book store, if I can't find something I feel like reading, I will pick up any Diana Gabaldon book, open it at random and read. I can immerse myself in the Outlander world any time.

6. Do you judge a book by its cover?

Yes, and no.  My choice of a book is based on many things, friends' reviews, reviews I've read, recommendations in TV interviews, or, sometimes, the cover.  A lot of the books I choose are kindle downloads where I don't even see the book cover.

7. Do you take pictures of your books before you read them?

Only the books I read at the book store, which get posted as the Photo of the Day here.


8. What are your biggest distractions from reading?

TV...though many times I read while watching TV.

9. Where is your favorite place to buy books?

Apologies to lots of people, but Amazon.  Most of my books come as Kindle books through Amazon. Second would be Logos books, the used bookstore where I work.  It's a dangerous place for a book-loving volunteer to work!!!

10. Do you always have a book with you?

Always.  I learned that a long time ago.  I almost always have my Kindle, which means that I don't get upset when I have to wait in line or at the doctor's's always a chance to read my book. (I also always read during intermission of shows I'm reviewing).  Having an audio book is wonderful for coping with the frustration of traffic is much less if I'm engrossed in a book.

11. Do you read during breakfast?

No.  I never got into the habit of reading while eating.  Sometimes if I'm eating in a restaurant alone, I will try to read, but it's often difficult because the table is too far from my eyes.

12. How many hours a day would you say you read?

It varies a lot.  Sometimes less than one, sometimes more than four.  That's reading books, but if you factor in all the stuff on the Internet that I read, you could say I read most of my waking hours!

13. Do you read more or less now than you did, say, 10 years ago?

I probably read more now because of audio books and books I pick up at the book sore.  In 2006, I read 27 books.  So far this year, I have read 36 and there are two months to go.

14. Do you consider yourself a speed reader?

I've always wanted to be a speed reader, but the older I get, the slower I read.

15. Do you read in bed?

No.  First of all, I don't sleep in a bed, but when I do try to read while going to sleep, I am good for a page or maybe two before I fall asleep. (It's a good excuse for reading on Kindle because you never have to worry about finding your place again if you fall asleep and the book falls from your hands!)

16. How old were you when you got your first library card?

I don't know, but sometime during grammar school.  I went to the library once a week, picked out six books, and walked the mile home, uphill (really!)



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