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, Debbish, Seize the Day Project, Write of the Middle, 50 Shades of Age, and, of course, me.