1. Have you ever damaged a book?
Um. Yeeeeesssss. I read in the bath, so they get wrinkly. I read while I eat, so they get smudgy. I read in bed, so they get slept on. I read on the beach, so they get sandy. Sometimes I read while I cook dinner. Once I kind of burned a book. In a good way. Singed but still readable…
*everyone runs to hide their book collection immediately*
2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?
Yes. Once my book club book was stolen at the beach. (Along with my flask of hot chocolate and my rusks. Some thief had the best afternoon ever.) I don’t read book club books in the bath, though. Because it’s a rule and I don’t want to upset the headgirls. (They are like Pamela Power when it comes to bath reading.) But my children left a library book outside and the sprinklers came on and we had to pay for a new copy of Gulliver’s Travels.
3. How long does it take you to read a book?
Sometimes, forever if I am on Twitter too much. Or, if it is literary fiction and I feel I must read it out of cerebral peer pressure, then I hack away at it for weeks. But if it’s light, like Nicholas Sparks, I read a book in an afternoon. I read Michael Connelly and Lee Child books in a couple of days, because I HAVE TO KNOW. It took me fourteen months to read the Bible from beginning to end. I was shooting for a year, but it consists of 66 books, and that’s a book every five days, if you are going to finish it in 365.
4. Books you haven’t finished?
I didn’t finish one of the books in the Alex McKnight crime thriller series by Steve Hamilton. Alex mainly fights crime on the Michigan/Canadian border, but there is this sub-plot-thread through the books in which he meets a policewoman and falls in love . He has a wretched life, really, and she makes him whole again. *spoiler alert* Then, seven books in, she gets shot and killed in his home. Because she is mistaken for him. I shut the book right there and never picked up another one about Alex McKnight. I couldn’t see a future for him without Natalie. (But they’re really good. If you can get over the demise of Natalie.)
5. Hyped/Popular books you didn’t like?
I Am Pilgrim. I didn’t finish it either. I would rather give Alex McKnight’s broken heart a second chance, than persevere through I Am Pilgrim. It has a weird omniscient point of view that I couldn’t get over.
6. Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?
I used to be embarrassed about reading Nicholas Sparks, but I’m not anymore. It is what it is. I’m all for happy ever afters.(Steve Hamilton, take note.) Same goes for writing romance. I used to whisper it, but hey, it’s the biggest selling genre, so maybe it’s smarter than you think?
7. How many books do you own?
Not too many. We moved a lot so we’ve had to donate quite a few. I borrow many from the library and book club, but we do have lots of children’s books at any given time. I also recycle those as the children grow otherwise our little house might burst.
8. Are you a fast/slow reader?
It depends on the book, but probably more slow than fast.
9. Do you like to buddy read?
I don’t imagine I would. I’m not inclined to play doubles tennis or tandem cycle or ride a Supsquatch so no. I don’t think so.
10. Do you read better in your head/out loud?
Dr Seuss (especially The Cat in the Hat) and Angelina Ballerina are wonderful out loud. But the rest I read in my head.
11. If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?
Endurance – Alfred Lansing. It inspires courage, the value of old school skills, the power of combining the right personalities in a group, and never giving up in the face of adversity.