My Bookish Life: Reading Habits Survey

I've seen this fun survey for bookworms floating around on a few different blogs (here and here), and since I'm a lover of both books and surveys, of course I had to join in. Here are my thoughts on books and reading habits.

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Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback? I like trade paperbacks. They're light enough to carry around, but still worthy of display.

Amazon or brick and mortar? I get almost all of my books from the library, but when I do make a purchase I almost always go to Amazon.

Locally owned bookshop or big name chain store? If I'm not using Amazon or my library, I would like to do a better job patronizing Rainy Day Books, the independent bookstore that's closest to me (yet still not conveniently close).

Bookmark or dog-ear? Bookmark! I can't bring myself to dog-ear books, even books I own. Here's a nerdy fact: I almost always use a thin metal bookmark with a ribbon tie, but it kept slipping out of my books too easily (#readerprobs) so I bought little rubber circles and stuck a few to the back so it stays in place.

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random? The books I own are organized by color in clusters on shelves. Since I mostly use the library, I try to only purchase and hold onto books I truly love.

Keep, throw away, or sell? I keep books I love, and sell or donate books I know I won't read again or don't like.

Keep dust jacket or toss it? I go back and forth on this one! I've done both and the jury's still out on whether I prefer the dust jackets on or off for books on the shelf.

Read with dust jacket or remove it? I usually leave it on. Thankfully since most of what I read is from the library, they cover and tape those suckers down so you don't have to worry about it coming off.

Short story or novel? Novel. I don't read a lot of short stories, but I'd like to branch out and read more.

Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)? I don't read much of either, but I'd prefer an anthology. Every time I think about a short story anthology, it takes me back to a memory from my college days. When my husband and I first met as college students, he was taking a short story class for a credit requirement for his Education degree. When I saw his textbook (a large anthology of short stories) I picked it up to read just for fun, and would read a short story or two every time I came to visit his apartment. I liked it so much that I signed up to take the course the next semester, just for fun. (Most of the reading I did in college was in French--that was my major--so it was fun to read and discuss some stories in English for a change!)

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? I aim to stop at chapter breaks, but when I'm so tired that the book literally falls on my face, I decide to just stop. (It happens more often than I'd like to admit...luckily it didn't with 11/22/63. I would have wound up with a broken nose. Can you imagine that conversation starter?)

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”? Probably "it was a dark and stormy night". I tend to lean more towards the dark and serious, although I definitely don't limit myself to that.

Buy or borrow? Borrow!! Libraries are life! (Says the hopeful future librarian..)

New or used? Used if it's in good condition. I just bought a pristine copy of Commonwealth at a garage sale for 25 cents.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse? I usually use my Goodreads to-read list as my guide when choosing my next book to read. I love getting recommendations from other bloggers, podcasts, and friends, and that's usually how I find books to add to my list.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger? I like a combination of both. I don't like endings that are so tidy that they're not realistic, but I don't really like the "what the heck just happened?" ending either. I'd like a conclusion that wraps up the story, but still leaves room for the imagination.

Morning, afternoon or nighttime reading? Um, yes? I read for 20 minutes or so first thing in the morning most days, and on my lunch break when I'm at the office. I also listen to an audiobook at night when I'm doing things like folding laundry or doing dishes, and I always read in bed before I go to sleep. Basically, I try to read as much as possible every day.

Single volume or series? I'm not great at keeping up with a series, so I'll say single volume.

Favorite series? The Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French. (I think I like it because they are all stand-alone books and don't need to be read in order. And she is so good.)

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard? Hmm, I mean, I'm sure plenty of people have heard of these, but these are a few I read and loved several years ago: The Power of OneThe Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Ireland, and The Art of Racing in the Rain.

Favorite books read last year? I shared my favorite books of 2017 in this post here.

Favorite books of all time? What a hard question! A few favorites that have stuck with me (or that I know will stick with me) are Jane Eyre, Anne of Green Gables, The Poisonwood Bible, and Winesburg, Ohio.

I'd love to hear some of your answers, share them in the comments! 

1 comment:

  1. I agree, I would much rather use a bookmark than dog ear a page! This post was a fun read, great work!


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