The Book Addiction Book Tag

I saw the Book Addiction Book Tag on Kristilyn’s blog and couldn’t pass it up. So grab a cup of your favorite drink and let’s do this!

What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

I would say a day or two. When I’m really busy and don’t have a lot of time I try to read at least a page though. Or if I can’t pick up a book then I’ll page through a magazine.

How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?

If I know I’m going someplace that I’ll have to be waiting around (car appointment, doctor’s, etc.) then I try to carry a book. When I travel I rely on my Kindle as that has a lot more books but even so I take one book with me just in case.

Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?

I used to keep every book but now I only keep books that are either favorites and/or have a special meaning for me. For the most part once I’m done reading them they go to Half Price Books, friends, library, etc.

How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

I try to spend at least an hour on ever visit but it’s usually a bit longer. I love grabbing a cup of coffee, checking out the new magazines and going to the mystery section, fiction and crafts.

How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

Not as much as I would like that’s for sure! As I’m in between jobs right now I do try to read a bit in the morning but typically I read at night before bed. I would say I spend anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour a day. On the weekends is when I get most of my reading done.

How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books).

I think the last time I counted I had closed to 1,000 books?  Unfortunately I haven’t maintained my database up to date with the books that have come in or out. And, Kindle books it’s probably around 600. Yikes. What am I doing requesting more ARCS?! This is why I take library brakes every once in a while so I can focus on my books but I probably need to do a year-long break to make any impact!

Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

Quite often! I talk about books with my husband, my mom, and my closest friends.

What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

I tend not to read very big books. I wish I did because there are some long novels that I would love to read one day but just not right now. So it’s been a while since I’ve read a long book but it must be Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett which my copy was 816 pages.

A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?

I tend to DNF books pretty easily now but way back when I used to not give up so easily I would have said One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I am a big fan of Gabo but this book was not my favorite. What kept me going was the fact that I just couldn’t believe I would give up on one of his books!

What are 3 of your main book goals for 2018?

Read more international literature, enjoy my books, discover new authors.

Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?

I’ve tried and I think I have certainly influenced a couple of people. I have very fond memories of taking one of my little cousins on bookstore visits when she was a tween. We’d visit Borders, grab tons of magazines and get some treats from the cafe. I loved seeing her pull out a little notebook (what I do all the time!) and she’d make notes of books she wanted to get and authors to check out later at the library. She’s still a reader and now it’s fun to see her little ones are becoming bookworms too. When I was in Monterrey last Fall we all went to the book fair and her little boys really enjoyed choosing books!

Describe what books mean to you in five words?

Comfort, adventure, imagination, enrichment, pleasure.

So what do you think? Want to play, then tag you are it! Let me know if you do this as I would love to read your answers.

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