Sunday, April 28, 2013

Books and Orange Juice

I borrowed this questionnaire about books and reading from Kelli at She Learns as She Goes.  I've been enjoying reading quite a bit more this year, so this will be fun to share. 

Do you snack while you read?
I normally don't like to eat while I read, except for recently.  This semester has been one of the busiest I've ever had, which means I only get to read during the few minutes I'm home each day... and the few minutes I'm home each day tends to be the only time I get to eat!  Bad, I know.  So the last few weeks, my schedule has been something like: rush, rush, rush, get home around one in the morning, make a bowl of Grape Nuts, and munch while I read a chapter of a good book.  It works out. 

What is your favorite drink while reading?
Lately, I've been an orange juice fanatic.  It's funny, because I don't like oranges, but I'm obsessed with drinking orange juice lately. 

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
I love to mark in books while I read, and I have to be careful when I borrow them or I will accidentally return them filled with little notes scribbled down in the margins.  Once, I enjoyed a book I borrowed so much that I bought a copy so I could write in it. :)

How do you keep your place while reading a book? 
I have a favorite bookmark, as dorky as this is going to sound.  I got it when I was on vacation with my family when I was probably twelve, and I remember this because the bookmark was about five dollars.  My parents couldn't believe I was paying so much for it, so I was determined to get good use out of it.  And eight years later, it's still the bookmark I use, just out of habit.  It's a hologram of a pouncing tiger.  (I'm not sure why twelve-year-old me liked it so much.) 

Are you the type of person who tends to read to the end of the chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
It bugs me so much if I have to stop in the middle of a chapter.  That's where the writer meant me to stop, not halfway through a paragraph. 

Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or onto the floor if the author irritates you?
I think the only time I've ever thrown a book is at the end of reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.  For some reason, I was absolutely not expecting that ending, and it horrified me.  If the author irritates me, I'll easily stop reading the book.  I am busy, so I only take the time to read something I enjoy or glean wisdom from. 

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you look it up right away?
It depends on how much I can relate it to the context in the story.  If it baffles me, I'll look it up using my iPhone.  Modern technology is handy. 

What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading 19 Minutes by Jodie Piccoult.  
What is the last book you bought?
The Purpose of Man: Designed to Worship by A.W. Tozer.  I haven't started it yet, but I'm excited. 

Do you have a favorite time/place to read?
I read when I am at home.  I really like to read in my beanbag.  I used to have a hammock chair, back in the day, and I would spend hours reading in that comfortable spot.  Those were the days. 

Do you prefer series books or stand alones?
I like both.  I'll only finish a series if I love the book though, so it has to be worth it. 

Is there a specific book you find yourself recommending over and over?
Havah by Tosca Lee.  It's amazing.  It's about Eve (from the Bible).  I'm always recommending it to women of all ages.  I even got my mom to check it out. 

How do you organize your books?
I have a ton of books, and I like to keep them in alphabetical order by author, but that doesn't always happen.  They tend to get disorganized.

What are you reading right now? 

Two years ago: Letter to Little Me
One year ago: She is a leader.