The Book Worm Tag

Thursday 27 March 2014 by

Did we establish that I love a good blog tag already? When I spotted The Book Worm Tag on Lipstick and Lashes the other day, I couldn’t resist another tag post. Y’ready?

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The Book Worm blog tag

Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?

I’ve always read! My parents used to read to me a lot, so stories have always been there. Once I had learned to read myself, nothing stopped me. I used to devour books, and although I don’t get to read as many as I used to, that love has never faded.

Where do you usually read?

Anywhere! My favourite spot at the moment is on the stairs. It’s surprisingly comfortable, good lighting, in the evenings the sun streams in, and it means the cat can keep me company. I also have an ancient armchair in my room, but it’s so comfy I tend to fall asleep.

Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?

I can only really concentrate on one at a time. I have a couple of writing books and a poetry book by my bed that I dip in to every now and then, but I will only dedicate myself to read one book at a time.

What is your favourite genre?

I honestly couldn’t tell you. I’ll give everything a go at least once. I do love fantasy, some YA, horror, historical fiction, the classics and literary fiction, but that by no means restricts me.

Is there a genre you will not read?

Not really. If I’m totally honest, I’m not the greatest reader of chick lit, and often don’t pick it up unless it’s recommended to me.

Do you have a favourite book?

Hands-down, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. But then I start thinking and have to have a Top Ten! (Or Top Twenty…)

What is your least favourite book?

I picked up the first of Terry Brooks’ The Sword of Shannara series and I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it. Apart from War and Peace, it’s the only book I’ve never finished.

What is the longest book you have ever read?

I read the entire Gormenghast trilogy in one go and that was pretty heavy going. I never finished War and Peace, so I can’t really count that one.

What was the last book you bought?

I bought several! I went in for Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon as part of the House of Blog Bookclub, and came out with Longbourn by Jo Baker, The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer and Dangerous Women, the short stories collection put together by George R.R Martin and Gardner Dozois

Do you prefer library books or buying books?

I’m terrible for buying books, but then I don’t have a library particularly close to me or convenient, which is a shame. I used to go to the library every week as a child. I’m a massive fan of libraries, and once the move to London has happened I shall be hunting down the closest one!

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I heard a podcast with her a while ago and she had never really been on my radar before then. They were talking about her latest book, The Goldfinch, which I desperately want to read, but I thought I had better start at the beginning, so to speak…

Where do you buy your books?

Generally Waterstones. I’m a terrible one for convenience. But if it comes to it, I have been known to resort to Amazon, and I always browse independent stores and second hand bookshops when I can.

Do you ever pre-order books?

Not really. I quite like going in to the bookshop on the day of release!

How many books do you buy a month?

That will vary, but I’d say between 3 and 5. It depends how much I want to eat that month!

How do you feel about second hand charity shop books?

Love them! I don’t often get them (most of the charity shops are filled with books I’ve read or books I’m unlikely to read – it’s a genuine pleasure to find that hidden gem of a book).

Do you keep your read and to-be-read books together?

I don’t have much choice! In my room, I have one bookshelf (double-stacked) and five piles of books that are knee high. There are shelves and stacks of books in every room of the house. I’d like to say I’ve read them all, but I’ve barely begun.

Do you plan to read all the books you own?

I’d have to live to 200 I think. I’d love to say yes, though.

What do you do with books you own that you know won’t be re-read?

Charity shops, gift them to friends if I think they’ll like them (I never, ever lend books). I’ve been known to stoop to selling them on Amazon, but I’d rather give them to a charity shop.

Have you ever donated books?


Have you ever been on a book buying ban?

Not as deliberately as that. It’s more dictated by my bank balance. I have to force myself to bypass Waterstones the closer to payday it gets.

Do you think you own too many books?

Most definitely. But then it wouldn’t be home if it weren’t filled to the rafters with books.

Now it’s your turn!

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