Monday, March 7, 2016

questionnaire about reading habits

five on friday
I'm currently reading Eleanor & Park, which I hear is very good. I am 13 chapters in and liking it. I really loved The Rosie Project. I finished it in 2 days. I highly recommend it! Eeny Meeny is next. It is a thriller, and I'm already scared. I was in WAY over my head with Pretty Girls. To say Pretty Girls was terrifying would be an understatement.

Other than reading, I have been tending to Juli (she's 2) who was really sick last week. Addy (she's 6) stayed home from school today because she is also sick. They seem to be mending though. I was supposed to share a Greek yogurt recipe for my Greek yogurt 52 ways project last week, but will just have to share it this week some time. Thanks for sticking around. :)

I came across a fun questionnaire about reading habits. I thought I'd share my answers with you and have you share your answers in the comments if you'd like. Remember those email chain letters going around some years ago? I loved those! I still have old ones saved in my email archives.

1. How old were you when you learned how to read? 
I imagine I learned to read in kindergarten or first grade.

2. Were you a big reader growing up?
I was. My mom took my siblings and I to the library in LA often. I read throughout elementary, middle, and high school.

3. Are there any books that left a big impression on you as a kid? 
I really enjoyed book series, in general (i.e. The Berenstain Bears, The Boxcar Children, The Baby-Sitters Club, Goosebumps). I distinctly remember reading The Secret Garden in 6th grade, feeling challenged (in a good way) by the mature themes, and really loving the beautiful garden setting. I also distinctly remember reading My Girl in elementary school and ruining the movie at the theater for the strangers around me (I remember one angry man behind me, in particular. ;) Are You There, God? It's Me Margaret is another book that left an impression on me as a kid.

4. Favourite genres? (Do you read mainly fiction or non-fiction? Do you have a soft spot for horror, sci-fi, or romance?) 
I've enjoy mostly fiction. I like romance novels- both contemporary and classic. I also like LIGHT suspense/thriller novels. (Pretty Girls is far from light).

5. Top 5 favorite authors. 
Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Jodi Picoult, Donald Miller, Suzanne Collins

6. Top 5 favorite books. 
Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, The Rosie Project, The Hunger Games (all 3 books, but I'll count it as one ;)

7. Where do you prefer to read? 
At home- on the couch or in bed

8. Do you like to eat or drink something while you read? If so, what are your foods and beverages of choice? 
Not really... occasionally coffee

9. What do you typically wear when you read? 
Pajamas

10. On average, how many books do you read a month? 
2 to 3

11. How do you get hold of the books? Do you buy them at a bookstore, visit an online store, borrow from a friend or family member, or do you use the library? 
I prefer to borrow them from the library or buy them used and inexpensively.

12. Paperback or hardcover? 
I prefer hardcover, but it doesn't really matter all that much.

13. At what point do you give up on a book?
I rarely give up on a book. Occasionally though, I'll stop reading if something unsavory happens that I really don't like.

14. How do you find about new books and authors?
From bestseller lists and recommendations from friends and bloggers.

15. Best reading-related memory?
Going to the library with my mom and siblings (and now with my girls).

16. Worst reading-related memory?
Reading the end of Allegiant. (I didn't see that coming at all and thought it didn't fit).

17. What was the last book(s) you bought? 
The Mountain Between Us

18. What was the last book you checked out from the library?
Eleanor & Park

19. On average, how many hours a week do you spend reading? 
2

20. Are you a fast or slow reader?
Fairly fast, I think

21. Do you sometimes read more than one book at the time? 
Not really

22. Are you what Stephen King refers to as a Constant Reader, or are there periods where you don't read at all? 
I became a constant reader in 2015 after a long time not having read very much.

23. What's the longest you've gone without 
reading?
Recently- a couple of weeks

24. Why do you read? (This is a tough one, I know)
I read because it's an enjoyable and worthwhile hobby that creatively challenges me and relieves stress.

I'd love for you to share your answers in the comments! :)

Related: 10 Tips for Reading More Books, Goal-Setting 2016

5 comments:

  1. 1. How old were you when you learned how to read?
    Probably kindergarten. I remember my mom reading to me in pre-school and having me follow along. Around that time :)

    2. Were you a big reader growing up?
    I was! I loved the incentive that our elementary school had. Points for reading?? AND the teacher had a special beanbag corner for reading which I really loved.

    3. Are there any books that left a big impression on you as a kid?
    I really liked all of the Judy Blume children's books, The Berenstein Bears, Goosebumps... I was first introduced to Harry Potter in the fifth grade which was totally gripping ;)

    4. Favourite genres? (Do you read mainly fiction or non-fiction? Do you have a soft spot for horror, sci-fi, or romance?)
    Hmmm... one of my all-time favorite books is non-fiction, but in general I prefer fiction. Love stories, suspense, and inspiration stories.

    5. Top 5 favorite authors.
    Donald Miller, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Dr. Seuss, and Shel Silverstein

    6. Top 5 favorite books.
    Ooh. that's hard... "Searching for God Knows What", "Crazy Love", "The Rosie Project," "The Girl on the Train", "Pride and Prejudice" ... oooh "19 Minutes" was also VERY good.

    7. Where do you prefer to read?
    At the gym waking on the treadmill or while walking outside.

    8. Do you like to eat or drink something while you read? If so, what are your foods and beverages of choice?
    Not particularly, but I recently at Sees Chocolate while reading in bed which was like.. pfft.. amazing.

    9. What do you typically wear when you read?
    Gym clothes or pajamas.

    10. On average, how many books do you read a month?
    1 to 2 books.

    11. How do you get hold of the books? Do you buy them at a bookstore, visit an online store, borrow from a friend or family member, or do you use the library?
    I either borrow them from you (you know this) or the library.

    12. Paperback or hardcover?
    Hardcover! I'm clumsy with my books and I tend to bend the covers if they're paperback =/

    13. At what point do you give up on a book?
    If a book doesn't really call my attention in the first two chapters, I'll move on.

    14. How do you find about new books and authors?
    Also, typically from you. Or I research books that are similar to what I already love online.


    15. Best reading-related memory?
    My mom would take us to the library and that was around the same time that I was OBSESSED with watching "Matilda" and I always felt I was living out the scenes where "Matilda" walks alone to the library (even though I was surrounded by people)- if only I had a red wagon!

    I also fondly remember by mom reading us bible stories right before church and giving us caramels. *tear* That was so nice.

    16. Worst reading-related memory?
    Having to speed-read books for my classes and having to write a book report the same night!! ahhh!!!

    17. What was the last book(s) you bought?
    A Devotional (I think I still owe you for "The Mountain Between Us" haha!)

    18. What was the last book you checked out from the library?
    "We have always lived in the Castle"

    19. On average, how many hours a week do you spend reading?
    2 hours

    20. Are you a fast or slow reader?
    You are fast! I would say I'm average :)

    21. Do you sometimes read more than one book at the time?
    No, I tend to stick to one until I finish it.

    22. Are you what Stephen King refers to as a Constant Reader, or are there periods where you don't read at all?
    I'm working up to being a constant reader. I forgot how much I enjoy reading.

    23. What's the longest you've gone without
    reading?
    A year or two probably... well, reading novels anyway. I had to read for college and things like that. Not as fun.

    24. Why do you read? (This is a tough one, I know)

    I recently love reading because it gives me something to do while I get my steps in! And I don't feel as guilty being entertained by a book as I would a TV show for example.

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    1. Oh my gosh. a. I loved reading your answers!! b. Evie's teacher had a "ladybug land" reading corner with a beanbag chair. Super cute. c. I forgot about 19 Minutes. :'( d. Um... See's chocolate while reading? Yeah. That should be a thing! e. I didn't know you pretended to be Matilda!!! f. The caramels while reading were such a treat. :) g. I almost got through the whole alphabet! ;)

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