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A reading meme

I first saw a reading meme on Bookish NYC’s blog and I thought it might be a good way to introduce myself.

Do you snack while you read?
Yes –I can almost guarantee I’ll eat something while I’m reading.  Plus I always read if I’m eating out by myself.  If so, what is your favorite reading snack?  Wee buns, more commonly known as cupcakes.
What is your favorite drink while reading?
Tea.
Do you tend to mark your books while you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
Never, it horrifies me!  I even hate it when someone gives me a book as a gift and they’ve written in the front of it.  Books should be read and thought about not written in.
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book open flat?
I have lots of ‘proper’ bookmarks that I’ve bought at various museums and bookshops and I do use them but I also use tickets from the theatre, concerts, sporting events and museums.  In a pinch I’ll use anything as a bookmark, I would never bend a page to mark it.
Fiction, nonfiction, or both?
Both but I probably read much more fiction than non-fiction.  That’s probably because fiction tends to take less time.
Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
I can stop anywhere when I have to, if I need to get off a bus for example but I much prefer to read to a natural break.
Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?
I believe I may have thrown a book once, I think it was something I was forced to read in school.  Certainly it’s not a habit!
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?
No, I try to guess what it means but if it sticks in my head I’ll look it up later.
What are you currently reading?
Ulysses by James Joyce.  Though I’ve been reading it for approximately 6 months!
I’m also reading The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee and The Empress File by John Sandford.
What is the last book you bought?
I recently went a bit nuts in Waterstones and bought 10 books, including Wigs on the Green by Nancy Mitford, The Inimitable Jeeves by PG Wodehouse, The White Queen by Philippa Gregory, Operation Mincemeat by Ben MacIntyre,  La Dame aux Camelias by Alexandre Dumas and Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sanditon by Jane Austen.
Do you have a favorite time/place to read?
I love to curl up on a comfy chair with a cup of tea and read for hours, it doesn’t actually matter where that chair is!  I’ll happily read anywhere; tube, bus, pub, beach etc!
Do you prefer series books or stand-alones?
I don’t have a preference but once I find an author I like I’ll quite often go and find more books by that author, whether it’s a series or more stand-alones.
Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?
It depends who making the recommendation to and why.  If someone is looking to expand their reading habits I’ll try and recommend new genres.  For science fiction I’ll recommend Feist and Pratchett.  For classics I’ll recommend Austen, Dickens, Dumas and Collins.  For crime and thrillers I’ll recommend Lee Child, John Sandford, Agatha Christie, Linda Fairstein and Sara Paretsky.  And I’d recommend To Kill a Mockingbird to anyone.
How do you organize your books (by genre, title, author’s last name, etc.)?
They’re ordered by basic genre and author but I’ve not divided fiction into sub-genres.
Do you prefer to read with background noise or silence?
I really don’t mind too much.  If I’ve set up the perfect ambience with tea, cake and a comfy chair I’ll probably have some music on in the background, maybe some Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin.

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