Tuesday, September 15, 2009

BBAW Meme-Reading Habits

My first time participating in the BBAW festivities! This meme can be found here
Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
-I love food, especially chocolate so my favorite reading snack is water and any piece of chocolate.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of
writing in books horrify you?
-The idea of writing in books horrifies me! There's just something that seems wrong about writing on a crisp new page. I'll write down quotes/memorable lines in a notebook.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
-Bookmark (often a scrap of paper or piece of junk mail!) or lay the book flat (bad for the spine I know!)
Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
-Both. Non-fiction-Memoirs, some history and government books. I really liked In Her Shoes by Deborah Reber, Letters to a Young Sister by Hill Harper, Leading Ladies by Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Cooking With Grease by Donna Brazilie.
Fiction-Historical, realistic, but I'll try reading any genre :)

Hard copy or audiobooks?
-Hard copy. I don't think I could listen to a book =/ Love my iPod though!
Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you
able to put a book down at any point?
-Read to the end of a chapter. Confession: I read about halfway through a book and if I have to put it down, I read the end of the book. I know, I'm terrible!

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
- No, I ignore it or guess it's meaning.

What are you currently reading?
-Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith and L.A. Summer by Sheryl Mallory-Johnson

What is the last book you bought?
-Who You Wit by Paula Chase-Hyman

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can
you read more than one at a time?
-Definitely more than one at a time. Some are better than others and if one book is shorter than the other, I can finish it and review it while still having another book to read. Then again, I think a book blogger always has something to read!

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
-I'm a night owl, so I love to read at night. On the train or in my room.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
-Stand alone. I don't deal well with suspense or cliff-hangers!

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
Get your pen/shopping cart ready because these books are so buy-worthy!
-A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott, Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher. Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, and anything by Julia Alvarez (especially In the Time of the Butterflies).

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
-By genre I suppose. I have it in sections. Fiction-YA with POC (starting with AAs, Latino/as, Asians, Native Americans), then YA with white characters. Next, comes the classics, regardless of race. Finally, I have a section of nonfiction (consisting of mostly political biographies & autobiographies, books on race and gender issues, and books about teens).
This was such a good meme! I think readers really learned a lot about me and how odd I am :D
I believe you can tell a lot about a person, based on what they read.


  1. You're really gonna make start reading YA fiction on the regular. :)

  2. Great answers, and I am with you I cannot write in a book. It just seems wrong!

  3. GO chocolate as the treat of choice! Thanks for sharing your answers.

  4. Thanks for the plug, Miss A! I confess: I write in books!

  5. You're beautifully odd. Great post.

    I mark in books. Pencil. Love seeing notes later. Reminds of how I felt and thought while reading. Well worn (marked) means loved.

  6. *raises hand* I write in books too, but only the ones I'm using for research. Those are also the books that I've thumbed through the most, are totally worn and the ones I never give away.


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