Time for another Book Tag, this one The Book Addiction Tag, as seen over on Facing the Story. Go check out their blog, too.
1. What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
I’d say probably a few days, but it really depends. I usually read every day, whether it’s a few minutes here and there or a chunk of time before bed. However, if there’s stuff happening/I’ve been busy I might not read for a couple of days, but I don’t usually go too long without picking up a book again.
2. How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?
Again, depends. If I’m just going out for the day and need a book for travelling/waiting, I’ll take one. If I’m going away for a few days, I make sure to have at least two paperbacks plus a few books downloaded onto my kindle – usually 3 – 5 depending on how long I’m going for.
3. Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
I’m happy to pass them on but I need to get better at doing it – there are currently boxes of books here ‘to go’, it’s just a matter of finding the best way to get rid of them! Though if I think a friend would enjoy a particular book, I normally pass it to them without expecting it back, unless it’s a particular favourite.
4. How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
Depends on the size of a bookshop! I couldn’t say for sure, I do tend to lose track of time once I’m inside – I find bookshops tend to be the place where time disappears quite quickly. I also try not to go in one too often, as I currently have way too many books here already! But if I go into, say, Waterstones, I could easily spend an hour just browsing.
5. How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
Probably around 45 minutes – 1 hour, on an average day. I try to read between doing other things, but if I’m off work or travelling etc it’ll likely be longer. It also depends how tired I feel when I go to bed, as sometimes I can read for half hour, other times I manage to just get in ten minutes before I need to sleep.
6. Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?
High! I try to read every day, as it’s still an activity I get a lot of enjoyment out of.
7. How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
Likely way too many to count. There are…too many on my kindle and I don’t even want to think about how many paperbacks are in the house. Let’s just say it’s over 300 and leave it at that.
8. Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
Daily. Like really all I need is some kind of slight opening and I jump in with either a recommendation or what I’m reading at the moment. To be honest, the thing that has probably mostly helped me stop annoying people with this sort of thing is that I have now have a podcast where we can talk about books.
9. What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
So, the longest book I have ever read, according to Goodreads, was way back in 2013, and it was Stephen King’s The Stand. And that is hell of a doorstopper book at 1,152 pages. Interestingly this was also the first year I properly started using Goodreads, as I had used it a little on and off before then. I’m not even sure I have the attention span for a book that long anymore. In comparison, the longest book this year (so far) is A Lady for a Duke, at 460 pages.
10. Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (i.e searching bookshops, online digging, etc.)?
There have occasionally been books that I feel I’ve searched everywhere for, but normally they end up way out of my price range anyway, or I manage to pick them up cheap from somewhere. There isn’t one that immediately springs to mind as one I felt was “need to have”.
11. A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?
A few, actually, but probably the biggest culprit was James Herbert’s Once. I didn’t enjoy it at all, but in more recent times I’ve become more lenient with myself, and if I had picked it up today it would be DNF’d quite quickly.
12. What are 3 of your main book goals for 2022?
(Year amended from 2019)
It’s strange to think how little of the year is left! But I think for the rest of this year, my goals are –
1: Get blog posts scheduled a month in advance
2: Get to at least 80 books read by end of the year (my Goodreads goal was 60, but I managed to hit that recently, and 20 books by end of December seems doable!)
3: This one is kind out of my control, though I do need to get better at marketing it somewhat – I want to see Esbat hit between 350 and 500 listens by the end of the year. Hopefully we can do it, but if you like podcasts and want to check us out, and maybe leave a rating and review, the RSS link is here and we’re also on Spotify and should be on all other platforms, too.
13. Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
Not that I know of. I have made suggestions to friends who aren’t really readers, but if someone tells me they don’t read because they don’t enjoy it, I leave it alone. It’s just not a hobby that’s for everyone, no matter what we think!
14. Describe what books mean to you in five words.
Magical portals to wonderful worlds.
There we have it – 14 questions and 14 answers! It’s an enjoyable tag, and some of the questions I really had to think over! As always, not tagging anyone, but please feel free to give it a go – just make sure you link your answers in the comments so I can go check them out!