The lovely author and poet, Robbie Cheadle has nominated me for the Book Lover’s Tag. I am delighted to participate, and you can see Robbie’s post here.
Do you have a specific place for writing?
I usually write in my living room, either at my desk or on the dining room table! I like to be leaning against something when I write and find it too tricky trying to balance a notebook on my lap! It is the same even with my laptop; I just can’t get on with it properly if it is rocking about on my knees, wobbling all over the place! It’s no wonder I don’t get much writing done!!
Book mark or random pieces of paper?
Well actually, I often just turn the whole book over so it is spread out ready for me to pick up where I left off. I have turned down the corners of a page before too, but am trying to remember to use a book mark as it is less damaging to the book, especially as I have a couple of bookmarks with my daughter’s school photo on now!
Can you stop anywhere or must it be at the end of a chapter?
I do prefer to stop at the end of a chapter, although if I haven’t read the book for a while, I have to go back a bit to remind myself what is going on! I have also been known to fall asleep in the middle of a chapter and have woken up with the book on the floor and my place lost.
Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
I never eat whilst reading but I usually read in bed and drink water. If I am downstairs reading then i will inevitably have a cup of tea or coffee on the go.
Music or TV whilst reading?
I prefer total silence when I am reading. However over the years I have got used to the TV being on in the background when I am reading and can cope with that but not if it is too loud.
One book at a time or several
Normally one at a time, my poor brain can’t cope with more that. At the moment though, I am so behind with my reading and have a TBR list as long as my arm. I did read a little more over the weekend as my internet was down, but I need to set aside more time. At the moment I am reading Lucinda E Clarke’s book which I am thoroughly enjoying, and Sacha Black’s which I am learning a lot from.
Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?
I really don’t mind where I read as long as it is not too noisy.
Read out loud or silently?
Oh, I always read silently. Mind you, there have been times when I have burst out laughing at something I have just read, and then I will sometime read it out to my husband who hasn’t got a clue why I am laughing. Of course when my daughter was young I used to read stories aloud to her.
Do you read ahead or skip pages?
i have been guilty in the past of reading way ahead! I don’t tend to do that anymore. I sometimes skip over a couple of paragraphs if the book is going on a bit!
Break the spine or keep it new?
Well I try to keep the book like new, but, as I mentioned before, I would lay the book face down and open which probably didn’t do the spine any good!
Do you write in your books?
That is a huge NO! Well at least not in books that I read for pleasure. I was brought up to revere and respect books and wouldn’t dream of writing in them (except maybe on the inside cover when I was young, to put my name on it)! As I got older and took exams, we were expected to write notes in some of the books we read, and I found this very hard to do. Even now, I don’t write much in my text books unless it is in pencil!
What books have you read recently?
Being part of this lovely blogging community has introduced me to some wonderful authors! These are some of the books that I have enjoyed recently, as I said though there are still many more on my list.
All time favourite book?
Hmmm, this is a tricky one! At school, I loved ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens and have read it many times. Out of school, I loved anything by Enid Blyton, especially her books about boarding school, funnily enough, they always sounded such fun.
I also enjoy a bit of a cry so anything by Danielle Steele, will get the tears flowing. A good ‘bonkbuster’ is always a hit, so Jilly Copper and Jackie Collins fit the bill there, I also love the James Herriot books, they are so funny as well as heartwarming. So, now, I don’t have any one favourite book, author or genre really!
My Nominees, should they wish to participate are: