Booking Through Thursday: Reading Habits
This week, Booking Through Thursday asks about reading habits!
But enough about interviewing other people. It’s time I interviewed YOU.
1. What’s your favorite time of day to read?
In bed, before I start my day. Or on the subway.
2. Do you read during breakfast? (Assuming you eat breakfast.)
Sometimes, but often I’m reading the Internet.
3. What’s your favorite breakfast food? (Noting that breakfast foods can be eaten any time of day.)
Some kind of protein-intensive cereal like Kashi. Or peanut butter and banana on toast.
4. How many hours a day would you say you read?
Possibly more if the Internet did not tempt me with its shiny wiles. 1-2 on average, sometimes more. I have been known to read 3 books a week.
5. Do you read more or less now than you did, say, 10 years ago?
I feel like it’s only a little more. Even before I was a book reviewer, I was a voracious library user, polishing off more than 1 book most weeks.
6. Do you consider yourself a speed reader?
I read really fast, can polish off a book in about 4-ish hours, if that’s all I’m doing. But I don’t remember a lot of what I read in detail, so there’s the downside.
7. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Honestly, I’d be more interested in magically having some ordinary-human skills like being super-organized all the time. But superpower? I think I’d like eternal health. I didn’t say youth. Or life. Give me the natural span I’m due, but no diseases, cavities, chancy moles, aches. Yeah, I’m too boring for words.
8. Do you carry a book with you everywhere you go?
Only when I leave the house.
9. What KIND of book? The one I’m reading, usually, unless I’m right about to finish it.
10. How old were you when you got your first library card? Seven or eight or so. I had 2. One on Long Island at the Mattituck library and one in the NYPL. The NYPL and I go way, way back.
11. What’s the oldest book you have in your collection? (Oldest physical copy? Longest in the collection? Oldest copyright?)
Physically oldest: One of my first editions of Cherry Ames. I collect them.
Had it the longest: I may still have the copy of Goodnight Moon I got as a baby.
12. Do you read in bed? Mostly only in the morning. I listen to audiobooks at night.
13. Do you write in your books? Absolutely, but mostly in pencil.
14. If you had one piece of advice to a new reader, what would it be? I don’t know if I’d give advice so much as be terribly giddy at all the things they had yet to read for the first time, and delighted on their behalf.