What is your favorite drink while reading?
Mtn. Dew...unless I'm feeling like I don't need the caffeine and then juice (of any kind). On winter mornings I enjoy a lovely cup of tea while reading and, of course, coffee is always good while reading.
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
Depends on what kind of book I'm reading, if I am reading a book and I am REALLY in it, I can't help but write in it. I also like what Mortimer Adler says about marking up books. I enjoy reading my marks years later and seeing what I was like then and seeing if I've changed.
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
Remember the page #. If I know that isn't going to happen anything can become a bookmark...I've found a $100 bill in one of my books before. I also have what I like to call my "Hugh mark" it is a picture of Hugh Grant that I laminated when I worked at Wal-Mart...he is my favorite bookmark.
Fiction, non-fiction, or both?
I lean towards fiction, but can read non-fiction and enjoy it.
Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
I can stop anywhere or will press on if I want to...I like to get to the end of a scene at least.
Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?
No, but I am the kind of person who will talk about it to ANYONE who will listen. Especially if the book irritates me and I don't see any reason why the book had to end/have that character/have that scene et cetera.
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?
Yes, and then I write the definition in the margin.
What are you currently reading?
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan, that friggin' Vanity Fair, Julius Caesar (as we are doing it in the class I teach)
What is the last book you bought?
I just bought the tiny tot three used books (I love used books)...Songs of Black, Dinosaurs and Cats.
Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?
I learned in college how to read more than one book at a time. It's a great skill, almost worthy of being a superpower.
Do you have a favorite time/place to read?
Early in the morning when I am the only one awake. I've tried reading at night, but it just fills my head with 'thinking' when I should be 'sleeping', and also I can't stay up very late. I'm a weakling at that!
Do you prefer series books or stand alones?
Stand alones or books in a series that can stand alone and are only enhanced should you read the series.
Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?
Michael Ondaatje, I love his books...love, love, love.
How do you organize your books? (by genre, title, author's last name, etc.)By size, keeping series together (as I buy series in the same size, from the same publishing year, so they match...James Bond not withstanding as my Bond books come in different sizes, copyright years and pictures).
What about you?