I don't usually take part in challenges or anything similar, like on other book blogs. However, I was reading the 'Stuck in a Book' blog and there was an interesting set of questions, which I thought I would answer. Any other book bloggers feel free to copy and paste the questions on your blog and give your own answers!
What is your favourite drink while reading?
I don't have a particular favourite drink while reading. However if I'm reading on the balcony on a hot day, then I have something like a cooling orange squash or Coke.
Do you tend to mark your books while you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
The idea horrifies me. If I want to write any notes about a book (which is rarely, but I think I might have to for the sake of the blog), then I write in one of my many notebooks.
How do you keep your place? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book open flat?
I have a small collection of book-marks. At the moment, I'm using a beautiful silver one with a butterfly on the top, which was a Christmas present last year. Bending pages back should be made illegal!
Fiction, non-fiction or both?
Mostly fiction. However, I'm not adverse to non-fiction either.
Do you tend to read to the end of a chapter or can you stop anywhere?
I try to read until the end of the chapter, but if that's not possible, then I stop where there is a natural break, for example at the end of a paragraph. I can't just stop in the middle of sentence.
Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?
No, throwing books is just wrong.
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?
Sometimes, but if the word doesn't stop me understanding a sentence, then I don't bother.
What are you currently reading?
'Three Girls and their Brother' by Theresa Rebeck
What is the last book you bought?
'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy
Do you have a favourite time/place to read?
Probably the balcony. However I can block out the noise of the television and read on the sofa.
Do you prefer series books or stand-alones?
Stand-alones. However, I do read the occasional series.
Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?
Kate Atkinson or the novel 'Memoirs of Geisha' by Arthur Golden
How do you organise your books (by genre, title, author's last name, etc.)?
I did try and sort my books by title and author. However as I bought more books, I had to put them where I could find space.
background noise or silence?
I prefer silence, but usually end up reading with the television blaring in the background.