I wasn’t actually tagged to do this, I was challenged by none other than the Book Inspector. I was raised to respect authorities, so what’s a poor blogger to do?
What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
I don’t think I’ve ever tested my limits of my book addiction, which is probably good because I don’t know if there’s a 12 step program to get over any withdrawals. I also wouldn’t know what the symptoms are; would I suddenly stand outside the local library hours before they open, just so I can sniff the books? Would I start harassing the guy at the train station news stand, ask him to give me the first paper for free? Because if so, it could get messy!
How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?
Well for Kindle Unlimited I’m constantly maxed out, I don’t know who the brilliant person was to think “oh hey, 10 books at a time must be enough for anyone” – and let me just say: nope, it really isn’t! Since I got into reading eBooks I’ve stopped carrying physical books around with me, and my joints and handbags thanks Michael Hart each and every day.
Anyway, since I’m not in the habit of deleting books from my phone and tablet, I constantly carry around every single book I’ve bought through Google Play and Amazon. For this tag I looked through both accounts and, the total is: 350 books.
Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
It would be such a great thing to donate books to local charities, but I don’t. I keep every single book I’ve ever bought, or that’s been bought for me. I cannot part with my books! Especially not gifts. Because even if I don’t like the book, it will then have some kind of sentimental value.
I remember when I was a kid, I used to visit the local library a lot, so often that they knew me by name etc. Sometimes they had special sales with books that was too worn out to keep on their shelves, and they’d let me buy them before anyone else. Often they would even just put the amount on my account, so my dad’s wife could pay it later on. Do I need to explain how this sometimes got out of hand? Anyway my point is, I still have most of those books, even though I haven’t opened them in over 15-20 years. – And now I feel old!
How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
I’m sorry but I don’t think I understand the question – there’s nothing standard about a bookshop visit.
I LOVE going to the books shop and when I do, I can browse for hours. I love walking through the different sections, seeing different covers for the same book etc. Here in England I see a lot of variety, which is why I don’t go often. Because it’s more like a day trip when I finally do go.
How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
I spend well over 10 hours a day reading. Did I mention that I’m currently a full time student, studying from home? No? Well that’s why, it’s what I spend most of my day doing at the moment. When I worked full time I probably spent 2-4 hours on a good day.
Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?
Right below “getting my morning coffee” but right above “eat breakfast”.
How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
OMG…. how am I supposed to know? Okay, so I own 350 eBooks and I would guess 100+ physical books, so somewhere around the 450 mark wouldn’t be completely off.
Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
Unfortunately, there’s not many die hard readers in my family or social circle, so it’s not often. However, if I’m reading something that really gets to me, one way or another, I think its like mission impossible to shut me up.
What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
Does “The Collected Works of Dante Alighieri: The Complete Works PergamonMedia” count? If so, it’s 3800 pages.
Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds i.e searching bookshops, online digging etc?
Yes! Last year I all of a sudden really wanted to get my hands on some of the books I loved growing up. These books were extremely hard to find, as they went out of production years ago. Luckily, I found a few second handed and the rest I could get as eBooks. But it took me almost 3 months to get them all.
A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?
The Dia McLearey series. Wow that turned from something I’d potentially like, into a chore read too damn fast. I’m seriously bad at DNF’ing a book, but I wish I had with these.
What are 3 of your main book goals for 2018?
I’m really bad with goals and lists, but I guess my top 3 looks like this:
- Finish my course studies.
- Read Circe
- Get better at interacting with people on my blog.
Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
Not someone who wasn’t already a reader.
Describe what books mean to you in five words.
- Me time.
- Down time.
There we go, challenge completed! 😀