This morning, I was watching a book chat video by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes about how book tags don’t seem to be as common anymore. Although I disagreed at first, I quickly realized that I’ve been having trouble lately finding new tags to do. I still do them quite often since they are fun and some are very creative, but recently I’ve been having a hard time finding tags that I could actually answer without rehashing the same few books. I found this tag on DuskAngelReads, here. It was one of the few tags that I’d actually never seen before, so I thought it would be fun to try!
1) Have you ever damaged a book?
I’ve never damaged a book intentionally, but I have accidentally bent or even ripped pages (usually by turning them too fast). The most annoying was when I smudged chocolate on my copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban — which led to a decision to never eat while reading again.
2) Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?
I rarely borrow books from anyone but the library. I’m sure I have at some point ripped a page in a library book, but they are generally not in great condition to begin with.
3) How long does it take you to read a book?
Of course it depends on the book and how much time I have in my day to read, but I can generally read at least 100 pages per day on a weekday, and more on weekends. The average book (300 pages or so) takes me 2-3 days to read. Classics tend to take a bit longer, and YA books are usually 1-2 days.
4) Any books that you haven’t finished?
I’m actually the type who will stick with a book until the end, even if I’m not enjoying it much. I always hold out hope that it will get better, and when the book is read for a challenge, I don’t want to waste the time spent on it by not being able to count the book. The only book I can think of that I never finished is Journey to the Center of the Earth, which I started reading as part of a Book Study program when I was a placement student where I now work, which is a day program for young adults with special needs. It is a class led by another staff (although now that I work there, it often feels more like my class), where a book is read out loud to a group and then discussed. I never finished the book because my placement ended before we got to the end of the book, and I had exams to deal with. By the time exams were over, I’d forgotten most of what I read and didn’t want to start over either so I just left it alone.
5) Hyped popular books that you don’t like?
I wasn’t a big fan of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. I didn’t hate it either, but for me it definitely did not live up to the hype. I didn’t really enjoy the Twilight series, and I haven’t really loved either of the Stephen King books I’ve read so far either (Misery and Carrie).
6) How many books do you own?
Too many to count! They are literally overflowing my shelves, and are in stacks on the floor until I can get more bookshelves. I get most of my books from the library for now because of lack of space and because books are so expensive now!
7) Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?
I could consider myself somewhere in the middle, but most of my friends/coworkers seem to consider me a fast reader just because of the sheer number of books I read in a year.
8) Do you like to buddy read?
I’ve never participated in one. At most, I’ve participated in “book of the month” discussions with my Goodreads groups. I don’t think I would like buddy reading very much because I feel like I would feel pressured to either speed up or slow down my pace to match my buddy.
9) Do you read better in your head or out loud?
I have always hated reading out loud! I’ve never been diagnosed but I’m pretty sure I have some form of social anxiety, so I think that’s a factor as well. I do read out loud every week for the Book Study class I mentioned earlier, but I don’t really like doing it. I’m the one doing the reading because I’m usually the one most familiar with the book so I know how to explain it to the participants, but given the choice, I would love not to have to read every time!
10) If you were only allowed to own one book, what one and why?
What a cruel question! I honestly have no idea which book.