Diary of a Bookworm

I’m an author, so, therefore, I’m also a reader – it goes with the territory. I’ve recently done my budgets and added up just how much I spend each year on books and music – you don’t want to know the exact details, but here’s a spoiler alert: it could pay for a very nice holiday.

Anyways, inspired by Sanch Writes, here’s by bookish Q&A…

Do you have a specific place for reading?


It’s my red chair. We bought it, especially for me to read on. It sits in the corner of our bedroom under a chandelier. I always wanted a reading chair in the bedroom and now I have one. My dog has a cushion beside it so she can snore while I’m reading. It’s where I head for half an hour when I knock off from the partition job.

Outside I read on the sun lounge beside the pool while I’m drying off, and on the pool lounge when I’m in the pool. I have the whole get settled on the inflatable and edge across to get the book and sunglasses thing down pat. I can float like that for hours.

Oh, and I read in the bath too.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I’m a corner folder…Shhh, don’t tell anyone. And if the book has a slipcover I have to take it off before I read it.

Do you eat or drink whilst reading?

I have a little table beside my reading chair just for my wine. I never eat while reading though.

Music or TV whilst reading?

Nope. I tune out to everything.

One book at a time or several?

Multiple. I like to have different books for different moods.

I usually have one real book…sometimes two…and one digital book…sometimes two…on the go. I’ve never had any issues with keeping up with each.

Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?

I read mostly at home these days but will read on buses, trains, planes, on the beach, wherever.

Read out loud or silently?

Silently – unless I’m reading Bill Bryson – then I can’t help but laugh out loud. I’ve been known to sob out loud too – but not to Bill Bryson.

Break the spine or keep it like new?

Yeah, my books are read and they’re loved. If the spine is broken in the process, it was for a good cause.

Do you write in books?

Only Lonely Planet guides. I use highlighters on them too.

What books are you reading now?

“The Black Ship” in the Daisy Dalrymple series is on my kindle. I’m also reading “The Sunshine Sisters” by Jane Green. On my bedside table half finished is “The Little Paris Bookshop” and the Lonely Planet Guides to Paris, France and Belgium and Luxembourg.

What is your all-time favourite book?

It would have to be one of the classics – Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, The Buccaneers, or Wuthering Heights… actually anything by Jane Austen, Henry James or Edith Wharton. I re-read at least one of these at least once a year.

As for everything else? I re-read “Something Borrowed” by Emily Giffin and “Eat, Pray,Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert a few times. When I think of favourites, I think of series. I enjoyed the Dalziel and Pascoe series, buy everything Ian Rankin does, loved the Phryne Fisher and Corinna Chapman series by Kerry Greenwood, the Murray Whelan series by Shane Maloney, the Daisy Dalrymple series by Carola Dunn, and Inspector Lynley by Elizabeth George…I probably should stop now, right? Oh, and Harry Potter – I love Harry Potter.

Give up or read on if you don’t enjoy the book?

I used to read on, these days I give up.

Would you lend your books?

Absolutely…unless it’s one of the above-mentioned series, I’m happy to pass them around and don’t mind if they don’t come back. Books find their way to those who need to read them.

It’s Lovin’ Life Linky time…

It’s Thursday, so it’s time to look for our happy and share it about a bit. The Lovin’ Life Linky is brought to you by Team Lovin’ Life: Deep Fried Fruit, DebbishSeize the Day ProjectWrite of the Middle50 Shades of Age,  and, of course, me.

32 Replies to “Diary of a Bookworm”

  1. Jo I have a 1930s edition of Wuthering Heights which I treasure. An earlier reader had drawn a genogram of the families on a piece of paper, which I have kept in the book. The 1939 film is one of my favourites, despite not being true to the original storyline.

    1. Oh my! That’s a treasure indeed. I’m with you re the 1939 version – not true to the story, but the passion…

  2. I love your red reading chair! I also loved the Harry Potter series. I read them by accident really, many years ago. I was away on holidays at the beach. The kids were young. I ran out of books to read. The kids had received Harry Potter books for Christmas. I started reading them and I became obsessed. Where is the next book in the series kinda obsessed?!! You mentioned a lot of books and series I haven’t read. Must investigate! #TeamLovinLife

    1. I was exactly the same about Harry. I bought one for Sarah – thinking she might read it – but she didn’t…so I did…then the next and the next…

  3. Having to give up my large reading chair in the bedroom, is the only thing that I miss about our downsize to an apartment. While the weathers great I love reading outside, but will need to find a new chair before the cooler weather arrives. I’m not a fan of reading electronically, especially when it’s for relaxation. Unless it’s a resource book, it’s one book at a time for me. I loved the Little Paris book shop, but have not read many of the others that you’ve mention, so they will be added to my reading list.

    1. I got used to the kindle when I was travelling a lot for work – it just made sense. I do, however, love a real book – there’s nothing like the sound and feel and smell of the paper.

  4. I love your reading chair, what a great idea. I always read in bed and then fall asleep, so I think a designated reading chair is a great option. You’ve inspired me to get back into a reading habit, and the fact that you don’t need huge chunks of time to get through a book – so thank you. I need to get off the internet and into the bookstore more!

    1. You don’t need huge chunks – 15 – 30 minutes here and there is all you need to change your mindset too.

  5. So good to get to know more about you here too Jo! I read in my chair that is my ‘everything’ chair – a recliner. I read the paper (SMH and have done since 1978!) each morning and this is my only given each day. I will miss daily papers when Fairfax eventually cuts back.
    Books are more likely non-fiction these days as I find my age makes me intolerant to many genres. I read The Mummy Bloggers and True Lies ( cant recall its title) just to ‘be current’ with those I follow.
    I do have many books by Pema Chodron and all of Brene Browns. I often double up with an audio version so I can listen while I paint or if I am in the car. Audible is going well for me right now and I actually found a fiction title I am finding intriguing: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. The scottish accents by the narrator add great value to the experience for me!

    1. I haven’t tried the whole audible thing yet – I imagine with the right narrator it would add an entirely different edge to the experience.

  6. Oh Wuthering Heights! My all-time favourite. I haven’t really read many books of late that I would rave about. Thinking back a few years ago now, one that was amazing, was the Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver and I also enjoyed the Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I actually wished I read more, because I get too caught up in reading blogs, or stuffing around on Facebook or Instagram!

    1. I read every afternoon when I finish work & every night before I go to sleep – it’s the way I punctuate the changes or fullstops in my day.

  7. I love your reading chair Jo – we have a leather one in the corner of our family room that is really good for reading in. Your books are a little more high minded than mine – I love Nora Roberts, Diana Gabaldon and anything with a fantasy tag. I’m also becoming a kindle/tablet reader but still prefer a “real” book if I have the choice.

    1. Oh I’ve read all the Outlanders, but haven’t yet tried anything by Nora Roberts – I really must, though…

  8. I love your reading chair! I want a reading chair now 😀 And oh my goodness…you fold the corner!?! :O *trying not to judge* I’m envious you can read multiple books at a time. I still haven’t tried a kindle yet and am hesitant to do so. It was fun reading your answers 🙂

    1. I got into kindles reluctantly when I was away for weeks travelling for work. It was costing me a fortune in books – and valuable luggage space. I still prefer a real book though…and thanks for not judging re the corners lol.

  9. I love your reading corner and the red chair, Jo. I’ve read some of the books you mentioned. I also like to read multiple books depending on my mood.

  10. As a fellow bookworm, I love this Jo. Mind you your comment about you’re an author, so obviously you’re a reader, doesn’t always ring true. I used to edit a magazine and was horrified, upon meeting another editor (of the competition!), that she “didn’t read”. WTF!!!!!

  11. I love how you don’t mind the spine getting broken. A good friend of mine keeps hers in tact and keeps every single books she reads. It floats her boat so that’s okay but for me, a book is more loved if the corners are bent and the spine broken (even the corners turned for a bookmark!). Loved reading this post. Austen and Potter rock! #LovinLifeLinky

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