Today’s post is going to be the Book Addiction Tag which technically I haven’t been tagged in but I really wanted to do it anyway! I’m not 100% sure who created this tag but the people I’ve seen do it are Elaine Howlin and Lauren and the Books (two of my faves!)
If you would also like to do this, then consider yourself tagged!
So without further ado…
#1 What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
I think the maximum amount of time I’ve been without a book is a day. I pretty much always have a book on the go and even if I don’t read a lot during the day, I still have to read a chapter or two to feel sane.
#2 How many books do you carry on your person (physical or device) at any one time?
Generally one but sometimes two. I never leave the house without a book but sometimes, particularly if I’m near the end of one book, I’ll take two. Sometimes when I’m reading a physical book, I’ll also be reading a book on my kindle and I like to have the choice between the two.
#3 Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
I keep all my books! I’d class myself as somewhat of a book collector and I take massive pride in my book collection.
#4 How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
An hour? Perhaps more. I love to look in every little nook and cranny in a book store, especially if it’s an independent bookstore which tend to have great, towering piles of books all over the shop that you can sift through to your heart’s content. I remember when I was younger going into WhSmith’s with my family to buy a book for an upcoming holiday. I was determined to go through every children’s book to make sure I was picking the right one and I think I ended up spending two hours in there; thankfully my mum was very patient!
#5 How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
It really varies depending on my mood and the day I’m having. Saying that, I read when I’m sad and happy. If I have a very busy day with not a lot of free time, I’d say I read for a minimum of an hour. If my day isn’t very busy, then it can be anywhere from an hour to three hours. I almost always read before bed and find it’s a great way to relax.
#6 Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to do list?
Almost always before bed! I also read books during my lunch break (and any other spare five minutes I can grab in between emails and Zoom calls). I can always make time for reading so I’d say it ranks quite highly on my to-do list!
#7 How many books do you reckon you own in total?
I should know this because I’ve recently moved and packed all my books up in boxes, however, I have no idea! I’d say it’s somewhere in the vicinity of 250-300 books.
#8 Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
Most people know that I love books however only my boyfriend and a couple of friends know that I have this blog. For no reason besides the fact that I’ve never felt the need to advertise that fact anywhere. Though people know that I love books, I don’t think they’d know the extent to which books are my life. I talk about books a fair bit but it doesn’t dominate my conversations with other people.
#9 What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
I’ve just checked on my Goodreads page and the longest book I’ve read is Les Misérables by Victor Hugo which is 1,463 pages. And I loved it!
#10 Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (searched bookstore, online digging, stalked author etc)?
Not really. I don’t normally buy the bestsellers as soon as they come out, I’m quite happy to wait a while. I also don’t really mind having mismatched editions of books.
#11 Is there a book you struggled to finish because you refused to DNF?
I don’t DNF books (I even made a blog post about my DNFing habits!) but that’s not to say there’s never been a book that I’ve wanted to give up on (primarily because I wasn’t in the mood to read it or I found it very difficult). One such book would be Middlemarch by George Eliot. I loved the book in the end but I remember starting it, I really struggled to immerse myself into it, the setting, the history, the language… I would still recommend this book to anyone though! And to think, if I hadn’t of persevered with it I would never have discovered my love for it.
#12 What are some of your main book goals for next year?
I’m sure I’ll probably make a blog post about this in December/January but my main goals are: I’d like to improve on my goal of reading 50 books a year and raise that to 70 books, I would like to read more authors that I’ve never read before, I would like to read more classics from elsewhere in the world besides UK and USA.
#13 Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader?
I don’t think so! Though I do enjoy lending books to my mum and watching her enjoy the books I love. I also love it when me and my boyfriend are in the same room, just sitting quietly and reading together.
#14 Describe what books mean to you in five words
Comfort, home, nostalgia, adventure, joy.
Thanks for reading!
Love, Zoë xx