It’s nearing the end of the semester and I really should be getting to the piles of work I have, but I found this tag over at Me and My Mundane Life and it seemed like fun, so here I am!
What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
A week, maybe? It’s hard for me to think about. I mostly read when I’m commuting, and living in New York City, I commute nearly every day. It’s kind of scary to wonder how often and how much I’ll read when I don’t have such a lengthy commute anymore! I don’t really read at home as often as I’d like; when I’m home, more often than not, I’ll resort to watching YouTube or TV shows.
How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?
I carry my Kindle almost everywhere and it has 200+ unread titles on it. I try not to carry physical books if I can help it, or unless the book is light.
Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
I would say I keep 98% of the books I buy and receive! A few years ago I had to do an unhaul mostly because I was running out of space in our tiny apartment! But in the future, when I have more space for bookshelves, I intend to never get rid of any books, ever. I want to build my own library.
How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
Oh boy. It really depends on the bookshop and my goals! I would say my average is about a half hour, but I can get lost in a bookshop for hours sometimes.
How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
So, again, because I have a 3-hr daily commute, I spend 3hrs per weekday reading, at least. If a book is particularly engaging sometimes I’ll read for another hour or two as well. On weekends I generally don’t read at all.
Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?
I’m not sure what this means? I don’t have a daily to-do list, and picking up a book wouldn’t really be on it anyway, because I don’t think of it as a “to-do” task.
How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
I have no idea, and it’s even harder to estimate now because my shelves are double stacked, so I can’t see most of the stuff I own! Maybe somewhere around 200? I don’t know. I’m really bad at this type of numerical estimation. My Kindle also has around 200 books.
Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
Depends on who I’m speaking with! A lot of the people I speak to on a daily basis don’t read very often, or aren’t keen on reading in general, so I know it’s futile to talk about reading. But if I’m talking with fellow readers than I bring up books all the time!
What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
I think it’s still Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace!
Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (i.e. searching bookshops, online digging, etc)?
I have two answers for this!
First is Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nichols, which is a title not published in the US, so I couldn’t find it in any libraries here. I didn’t know Book Depository existed back then, so I ended up digging through Amazon sellers until I found an affordable copy. It was a three-star book in the end, alas.
Second is the Worth Press edition of Pride & Prejudice. It was on Book Depository and then went out of stock, so I hunted it down everywhere, including Abe Books. Then a copy popped up on Amazon for $24, which is way more than I would usually spend on any book, but it was a limited edition so I bought it. About two weeks later the book popped up on Book Depository again for $13. Alas. Such is life.
A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?
I also have two answers for this!
First is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, which took me about six months to read. I refused to DNF it because I was determined to read this beloved classic and see what all the fuss was about. I was not a fan. I was so, so bored but I made my way through.
Second is The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan, which is the worst fantasy novel I’ve ever read. I found it boring, soulless, and badly written. This is one of the few books I’ve one-starred.
What are 3 of your main book goals for 2019?
- Get used to reading more at home!
- Read more stuff by Arab women, including non-fiction.
- Read everything by Sarah Waters.
Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
I did convince my best friend to buy a Kindle, but she’s yet to actually finish a book on it. I don’t think I can count that as a success.
Describe what books mean to you in five words.
Adventure, Wonder, Escapism, Awe, Joy