Wednesday, September 16, 2009

BBAW Reading Habits

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.


  1. Here's mine...The Hunger Games was my recommended book also! I also read ahead, but then I am someone who tracks down spoilers for TV shows. It never ruins it for me because with reading it just makes me excited to see how the story gets to that point, so I read faster! But I am reading Shiver right now and as much as I want to, I am not going to read ahead!

  2. Jana-

    I didn't let myself read ahead in Shiver either. I too am a spoiler nut for TV shows, so I guess that's why I do it with books too. I'm glad someone else has the same habit!:)

  3. I'm so bad, I sometimes leave crumbs in bed. It means changing the sheets the next day but that never seems to deter me. I like what you wrote about writing in books! I never thought of that. It really personalizes things, doesn't it?

  4. Re: writing in BSC books

    Okay, this cracked me up. Since ever Babysitters' Club book starts with about twenty pages explaining what the club is and which roles everyone plays, I'm imagining complicated diagrams of who's who. Or maybe just "cool earrings!" at the descriptions of Claudia's outfits. Amazing.

  5. Cass-I know, it was pretty goofy. I wanted to write in it before I let my friend borrow it, so I looked "smart and cool" (or so I thought). So my comments were all like "funny part" or "I like Mary Ann" or "I wish I had a BSC" or something like that. Not brilliant commentary, that's for sure!:)

  6. A dog-earer! How could you?!!!

    You'd never catch me doing that. Ever. Well unless there was nothing available to use as a bookmark and nobody was looking of course! ;o)

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  8. I love what you said about series books! I completely agree. It gets so annoying when you love the first one, are alright with the second one and then by the seventh or so one you're just mad that you're still reading! It kind of ends up ruining the enjoyment you had back at the first book in the series. I'm a trilogy girl...or maybe quartets...not much further then that.

  9. I just finished Looking for Alaska a few days ago. I loved it! Cried my eyes out at the end. Cried them OUT.

  10. Looking For Alaska is one of my favorite books ever. John Green is such a brilliant author, I look forward to reading your review!

  11. I can't believe you dog-ear! I'm shocked.

    Now, I want to leave a book behind with my writing in it. But I'm hard-pressed to decide which book.

    My BSC ones probably would have gone like this: "I wish I could dress like Claudia. She's so creative." "Stacey is so sophisticated. I want to go to NYC!" "Kristy is a meanie-boss-meanie." "I can't wait until I can baby-sit!"


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