As a join the realm of librarian bloggers on Twitter, many of them seem to feature the same questionnaire (as seen below) on their blog. I did a little research, and, as it turns out, librarian bloggers tend to put out some information on their reading habits after their first few blog posts. So, in the spirit of a new tradition, here it goes:
Do you snack while you read? If so, what’s your favorite reading snack?
I tend not to snack while I read, but, if I do, it’s on Skinny Pop Popcorn or Yoplait Greek Yogurt Bars. Both are healthy and delicious snacks.
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of
writing in books horrify you?
If I’m studying what I’m reading and I own the book, then I tend to highlight passages. That way, I can come back later and reread what I found to be important or interesting. I think marking in my books goes back to my days as an undergraduate English major. However, I never mark in a library book or a book that is on loan to me.
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?
I always use a bookmark, although it’s usually nothing fancy. Junk mail flyers make excellent bookmarks.
Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
I’m definitely more of a nonfiction reader, but modern authors like Libba Bray and Neil Gaiman hold my attention as fictional writers. I also have an undying passion for children’s literature, regardless of whether or not it’s nonfiction.
Hard copy or Kindle?
I tried a Kindle. My family bought it for me over the holidays one year and gave it a beautiful leather cover. However, no matter how hard I tried, I just could not get into the whole digital book concept. I prefer a real book in my hands. I guess I’m old-school like that.
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 find chapters to be a good stopping point in a book. I tend to pace myself by chapter when reading a book.
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
Sometimes? It depends on the word and the level to which my curiosity is piqued.
What are you currently reading?
The Way Into Jewish Prayer by Lawrence A. Hoffman. It’s a very deep book that delves into the liturgical history of Judaism.
What is the last book you bought?
The Way Into Torah by Rabbi Norman J. Cohen. It’s the next book on my reading list.
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 usually have several books going at once, but have recently decided to focus my studies on one book at a time.
Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
In the evening, I prefer to read on the chase lounge part of our sofa at home. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have our little Chihuahua Hercules cuddled up next to me.
Do you prefer series books or stand-alone books?
I’ve recently started getting into series books, but, generally speaking, I prefer stand alone books.
Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
I’ve always loved the writings of George Orwell. He was a powerful writer.
How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
At home, it’s how they fit on the bookshelf by height.
And there you have it: A Librarian Blogger Questionnaire on my reading habits.