Since I’m really tired (I woke up at 6am and I’m not a morning person) and didn’t prepare anything for today (yay for my procrastination skills), I decided to do a fun tag today! I actually haven’t seen this around but I googled and found it and I thought it would be nice to just chat a bit about how big of a book nerd I am haha. I don’t know who created the tag, and I wasn’t tagged so I guess we should just get started!
What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
Less than a day? I could probably go for longer but I love reading every day even if it’s just one chapter. I try to read every night before bed no matter what.
How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?
It depends where I am. If I’m going somewhere with a goal in mind (work, mall, etc) I don’t bring books because I’d only be carrying them around. However, I do always have my phone with several ebooks in case of a bookish emergency! For the rest, I usually have a book with me.
Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
I keep a lot of books but the ones I really didn’t like or if I no longer want to support the author (they turn out to be a harasser or something like that), I get rid of them. I also need to make space on my shelves from time to time so then I give away some books. Last time I had like 15 books I all gave away to friends or my little sister.
How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
I feel like a fake bookworm but I usually only spend like 10 minutes in a bookstore. I often go in with certain books in mind that I want and they almost never have them (oh the perks of living in a small town in a country that mainly sells books in Dutch). I’m not really the browsing type anymore, so I’m usually in and out pretty quickly. (And then I buy my books online because at least they stock them)
How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
About 30 minutes at least, I think. Sometimes I read only 5 minutes but on other days I finish an entire book in an afternoon, so it differs!
Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?
Pretty low. During the day, I barely ever read, but it’s a high priotity at night! And also for the morning, but sometimes I have to work and/or don’t have time to read in the morning.
How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
I think I own about 150 physical books, maybe less. Including eARCs, I think I own about 70 ebooks, maybe? Most of my books have been read. I think I own about 20-30 books and ebooks I haven’t read and some of them I have no interest in reading anymore.
Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
In real life? Not at all… I am a total book geek online and talk to anyone and everyone about books online but in real life it’s quite different. I don’t really have many people to talk to about books. Especially now that I barely talk to my only IRL friends (oops). I got colleagues and my family but we don’t talk about books.
What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
Uhm, if the collected edition of all Sherlock Holmes novels and stories counts, then about 1300 big pages with a very small font. If that doesn’t count, probably Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix.
Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds i.e searching bookshops, online digging etc?
I tried to find a paperback copy of Strange the Dreamer, the US edition, but apparently that didn’t exist so… but for the rest, no, I don’t think so.
A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?
A lot of classics.
What are 3 of your main book goals for 2018?
I don’t really have any goals, I think? I’m trying to just have fun with what I read, ignore my tbr and read some more feminist books but that’s not really a goal, that’s just something I like doing.
Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
My little sister always was a big reader but she isn’t anymore so I’m still working on it. I got her to read a couple of books over the years so maybe I’ll be lucky.
Describe what books mean to you in five words.
Relaxing, distraction, entertaining, eye-opening (I don’t know if that counts as one word or two but I’m too tired to care).
I really hope you didn’t notice too much how tired I am. I was really struggling to keep my attention while writing this post so excuse my errors if I made any.