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Reading habits

Reading habits

There’ve been a couple of blog memes going round the UK biblioblogosphere ( library bloggers!), so I thought I’d join in.

The first is a post about how you got into librarianship, which I’ll write later this week, and today’s is Reading Habits (so far completed by WoodsieGirl, Jaffne, stupidgirl_no1, iOverlord and infobunny). I’m writing this one first as Infobunny asked us all to write it and I must obey Bunny – as should you, so please feel free to carry the meme on with your own reading habits.

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?

Not usually, no. If I’m reading on the sofa or outside during a nice relaxing day I may snack on sweets (Haribo Tangfastics are my sweet of choice), but I usually read in bed or on the bus – not really prime snacking locations.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

I don’t think I’ve ever written in a book, but I do sometimes use those annoying sticky markers. If it’s a borrowed book I always remove them before returning though, good librarian that I am. Writing in books doesn’t horrify me, but I do think you should only write in a book you own.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?

I usually use one of those boring clip bookmarks, I do have a couple of nice bookmarks that I use occasionally though. I can’t stand it when people leave a paperback book open, my books tend to look almost brand new after I’ve read them. In all fairness though I think this probably stems from when I used to sell my books on after reading them rather than because the books are sacred and it might hurt their feelings.

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?

Bit of both, but usually fiction in my own time. Having said that, I read a lot on my commute which currently takes 60-90mins each way, and that reading is usually non-fiction – journal articles, textbooks, reading for work etc. I did a lot of my course reading for my distance learning MSc whilst on the bus.

Hard copy or audiobooks?

Hard copy, I downloaded an audiobook once to try but kept getting distracted when I was listening to it. I’m not very good at doing just one thing at a time as I get distracted (when listening to music it’s normally as background music), so I find it very difficult to concentrate on an audiobook.

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 prefer to read to the end of a chapter (one reason I love short chapters like James Patterson!). The book I’m reading at the moment doesn’t have chapters and I’m finding it annoying having to leave it midway through a page.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?

No, I don’t think I’ve ever looked a word up unless it’s something I’m reading for a course. Usually though I can figure out what it means from the context.

What are you currently reading?

“This Charming Man” – bought as a holiday read but didn’t get chance to read it, struggling to read it now as I’m not enjoying it. Also Paco Underhill’s “How We Buy: The Science of Shopping” which I’ve only just started but is really fascinating.

What is the last book you bought?

Holidays reads from Amazon – A Spring Affair, Rumour Has It, and This Charming Man.

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 one fiction book at a time (which I tend to read each night in bed), and at least one non-fiction (usually relating to work or studies).

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?

I actually enjoy reading the work related stuff on my journey to and from work – I use that time as reflection and it’s quite good to have some theory to read about and relate it to work. As for fiction, I only really tend to read it in bed as I’m drifting off to sleep, but if it is a particularly good book I may read it at weekends/evenings and during the commute.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?

No real preference. I tend to read stand alone books, but I enjoy James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club crime series, and also the Harry Potter and Twilight series (shameful I know but I loved the Twilight books!).

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?

Not really. You may have noticed I don’t tend to read many serious books, in the same way my TV choices are mainly trashy; I like to not have to think much when I read fiction. Sophie Kinsella books fit the bill perfectly, and I have recommended the Shopaholic series to people in the past. I recently really enjoyed Mike Gayle’s To Do List (non-fiction) and recommended that to people – I also saw him at the Library Show just after I read it and was all starstruck!

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)

I don’t organise them apart from into piles of to-be-read and those I’ve already read. I don’t tend to keep many books – most go to the local charity shop, so there’s no real need to organise them. I did used to organise my CDs though, they were all alphabetical (in the loft now as they’re all on my PC!).

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  • Damyanti Patel
    Posted at 20:42h, 29 September Reply

    I have been enjoying the twilight series too although am stuck halfway through the fourth book – is it worth finishing?

    • Jo Alcock
      Posted at 20:51h, 29 September Reply

      I’m terrible about remembering plots so can’t remember what happens at the end of Twilight. I have to say I enjoyed the second book best I think and experienced the same as you on the last book but I did persevere and finish in the end.

  • thewikiman
    Posted at 11:58h, 01 October Reply

    Well when you *do* get around to the post about how you got into librarianship, do you fancy linking to it at ..? Me and a couple of the other bloggers you mentioned are trying to gather all the posts of this type into one place, and inspire more people to write them, much like Library Day in the Life…

    • Jo Alcock
      Posted at 13:47h, 01 October Reply

      Thanks for alerting me to this Ned, have written my library routes post now and will be linking to it from the wiki. Am also doing my bit to promote the wiki in my blog post and on Twitter, hopefully more and more people will write their stories. 🙂

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    Posted at 16:00h, 19 October Reply

    I enjoyed the Twilight series, but was quite annoyed and disappointed with the end of the last book!

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