Today's BBAW post is about reading habits. Fill yours out too and leave me a link-I'd love to read about other bookworms reading habits too!:)
Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
-Yes, I eat while I read. I eat lunch, dinner, and all sorts of snacks because I'm always reading. Mostly I eat cookies or crackers while I read and yes, this has sometimes gotten me in trouble with the husband because I leave crumbs on the couch!:)
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
-I read a book once about a girl who's mom wrote in her books and she thought it was so cool to read her mom's thoughts since her mom had since passed away. I thought that was a cool idea too, but my notes on my Babysitters Club Books were pretty boring, so I stopped doing it. I would mark up books again, but I just always forget.
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
-Ok, I admit it, I'm a dog-ear person! My husband hates dog-ears though, so I've been trying to be better and use a bookmark, but that old habit will creep in sometimes. You'd think with as many books as I have, I'd have some good bookmarks, but they're always disappearing!
Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
-99% fiction, although non-fiction might sneak it's way in sometimes. I'm working on reading more non-fiction. I want it to be interesting and read like fiction though. I'm always up for suggestions!
Hard copy or audiobooks?
-I do both. I listen to audiobooks, but I don't ever buy them-the two I own I won from contests. If I purchase the book, it's in book format-harcover or paperback-I'm not picky.
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 try to read to the end of chapters, but sometimes I can't-I'm at lunch, I'm really tired, etc. so I will stop in the middle of a chapter. I do try to loook for a break in the story to stop at though. But most of the time I read to the end of the chapter.
And I have this awful habit of skipping ahead in my reading to the end of the page or chapter to make sure what I want will happen or I'll at least be prepared, and then I go back and read it. I don't do this with books I want to be totally surprised at though, like the last Harry Potter. I would not let myself skip ahead on anything.
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
-No, I don't but I probably should. When I studied for the GRE they said that was a great practice!
What are you currently reading?
-I just started The Maze Runner by James Dashner and I'm almost finished with Looking for Alaska by John Green on audio. I'm also working my way through my children's lit course reading list.
What is the last book you bought?
-I bought Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead a couple of weeks ago.
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 multiple books going. I always have ever since I was a kid. I guess I like it because if I get bored with one or frustrated with the story, I can pick something else up. I also listen to a lot of audiobooks, so I've got those going on top of my other reading.
Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
-I read anywhere anytime. I guess my favorite place to read is on my new couch after I get home from work. It's the best way to unwind.
Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
-I like series if they don't last forever and each one has a purpose in the story. The author has to prove to me there was a reason there's more to the story, other than the publisher wanted another book. I think series books that could still stand on their own are important. But I do like stand alone books too. And there are some series I would read forever no matter how many books came out-like Harry Potter and I'm dying for Sonya Sones to write another book about Sophie and Robin!!
Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
-The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins-I give that one to everyone! I also recommend The Quantum Prophecy by Michael Carroll to pretty much every adventure reader I ever meet. Beastly by Alex Flinn and Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin are on our state high school reading list this year and the two that I tell all the teens to read.
How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
-I currently have three bookshelfs in my house holding my books. One shelf is for school and review stuff, which I organize in order recieved and then by release date. I also have all my ALA books on that shelf to hopefully get to for review!
My next shelf is for books that I don't have reviews that have been requested, but are books I've bought and would like to read. It's mostly teen books, but there's a shelf and a half of adult titles too. And the top shelf holds all of my signed books. These are all organized by author's last name (I am a librarian, you know!)
The last shelf is for books I've read, and it's organized by author's last name too.
I also have a shelf at work of books for my teens to borrow-mostly ARCs-so they're organized by release date as well.