Hosted By: Callapider Days
September 23 – December 21, 2011
So, I always have a list of books I want to read for this challenge and rarely finish them … but I think the goal is to just have a goal and cross some stuff off. This year of reading was a little crazy and I haven’t had much time this fall/winter to do as much as I would have hoped.
You can check out my original list here but overall I read a total of 29 books and 14 of them were off my original list … not a bad percentage.
Here’s what I read off my original list:
- The Tangible Kingdomby Halter Smay
- The Zen of Social Media Marketing by Shama Hyder Kabani
- Truly, Madly, Deadly: The Unofficial True Blooe Companion by Becca Wilcott
- Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander
- Spook by Mary Roach
- Vengeance in Death
- Holiday in Death
- Midnight in Death
- Conspiracy in Death
- Loyalty in Death
- The Wedding
- At First Sight
- Sinner by Tess Gerritsen
- Final Warning by James Patterson
I didn’t do much blogging this fall, but I wanted to answer some of the questions throughout the challenge:
How much do book reviews influence your decision to acquire and/or read a book?
I don’t think it influences too much, but sometimes. I will often pick a book more from a recommendation from a friend or family member before something I read. But still, there are a handful of books I’ve written down to read from mentions in magazines.
How often do you re-read books? What does it take to make you re-read?
Not very often. I’ve re-read the Women’s Murder Club series, some of the Southern Vampire series, and Pride & Prejudice multiple times, but there are so many good books I want to read in my life than it’s hard to re-read something when I can read something new.
On what devices, if any, do you read books? Or are you strictly a “physical book” reader?
Overall I’m a “physical book” reader. I love technology but enjoy holding a book much more than a computer device. I do have an iPad and have read from it on occasion when traveling, but prefer the actual book if I can.
How large is your personal/family collection of books? And where do you keep them?
LARGE! It’s basically my personal collection but I have inherited a collection of old books. I currently have four five shelf bookcases in my living room that are filled top to bottom, plus two older bookcases with the classics. According to my LibraryThing collection I have almost 600 books in my collection. But this doesn’t include these older inherited books.
Do you skim? Or are you faithful to read every word?
I prefer to read every word … especially if it’s a book that requires more attention to detail and is not just a cozy mystery. If I’m bored I will skim more.
When it comes to fiction, are you more of a “plot person” or a “character person”? If you had to choose, which concept would win out when it comes to picking and loving a book: plot or character?
I would choose character. If I don’t like the character, can’t relate or don’t feel like they are developed enough then the plot doesn’t matter because I already stopped caring. Sometimes a plot wins to begin with but then the characters get better as I get further in.
Where do you love to read? Do you have a favorite chair, a favorite room, a favorite place…somewhere that inspires you to put everything else aside and pick up a book?
I love reading by water in the summer or while laying out. It’s so peaceful and quiet. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect chair and stool combo to create a great reading space but haven’t found it yet. Otherwise, I read a lot on my couch or in bed.
What else do you do while you are reading? Eat? Drink? Household tasks? Or do you usually put aside absolutely everything to focus solely on the book at hand?
I can watch some TV shows while I read … or movies. I will also listen to audiobooks a lot when I am driving. Otherwise, I’ll drink tea or wine, have a snack and hang out. I don’t move around much. I like to focus.
In what ways do you encourage others to read or support their reading habits? How do you share your love of reading with others?
I talk about reading a lot but if someone doesn’t read much I will buy them a book to “start” them out that I think they will enjoy. I try not to force it too much because some people just need to time but I think for everyone if you can find them the right book and style, they will find it all on their own.
Share a special memory relating to books or reading — something you’ll never forget.
I’ve been reading since I was born, I swear. I used to be the kid in elementary or junior high who would read 5 books a week when others hardly read any. I remember one road trip to Yellowstone where I read five or six Sandra Brown books over three days. I took a little hiatus during school but was so excited to start reading again more.
Christmas is quickly approaching. What book- or reading-related gift would you love to receive for Christmas?
I love this question and even though Christmas is over I did give quite a few reading related gifts. I gave to great “guy” books to my cousin’s husband, Steve Jobs to another cousin’s husband, a couple books to my mom, and then a great book gift set to my boss. I love bookish gifts!