Well, I guess this sort of answers my question from last time…and asks a whole bunch more.
But enough about interviewing other people. It’s time I interviewed YOU.
- What’s your favorite time of day to read? I like reading at lunch the best. It never feels like wasting time since I have to take a break from work anyway, and I can get two things done at once very easily.
- Do you read during breakfast? (Assuming you eat breakfast.) No, but during my last years in college, I read Benedictus at breakfast every day since the readings took about as long to read and unpack as it took me to eat.
- What’s your favorite breakfast food? (Noting that breakfast foods can be eaten any time of day.) This one is not about books at all, but I love bagels and Honey Nut Cheerios.
- How many hours a day would you say you read? On a good day, half. When I caught in a really great book and feel like I have the time, up to three or four.
- Do you read more or less now than you did, say, 10 years ago? I probably read about the same. The books I had to read in high school were rarely as demanding as all of my college reading, so I kept a pretty good pace. Now I have to read at a good clip for ACNM purposes.
- Do you consider yourself a speed reader? Not in the slightest. I read remarkably slowly for someone who was once a professional reader and writer (a.k.a. English teacher).
- If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Again, this is not book-related. I would be able to read minds, but I would have to be able to turn the mind-reading on and off so I didn’t accidentally go crazy.
- Do you carry a book with you everywhere you go? Yes and no. I always have my phone, and that’s where I keep the Sherlock Holmes collection I’m working through and a number of other books in iBooks, but I only carry my regular book to and from work, so I can read it during lunch.
- What KIND of book? There’s no need to shout. I carry whatever I’m reading at a given moment.
- How old were you when you got your first library card? Ooh, this is much better than the non-book questions. I was probably 14 when I got my first library card. My mom had to cosign because I wasn’t old enough for an adult card yet. I moved to school as soon as I would have been old enough, though.
- What’s the oldest book you have in your collection? (Oldest physical copy? Longest in the collection? Oldest copyright?) The book that was printed the longest time ago is probably one of the library discards I snagged but have never actually read. The book that was written the longest time ago is the Bible, but if that doesn’t count, then the works of Sir Thomas Malory (Arthurian legend). The book I’ve owned the longest is Birthday Surprises, which I’m pretty sure I bought while we were living in Japan.
- Do you read in bed? Never. Once I get into bed, I go straight to sleep. Sometimes I sit on my bed while I read, but that’s not the same.
- Do you write in your books? Very rarely. Usually I only write in books that are really tough to understand (like Orthodoxy, which was fantastic but dense).
- If you had one piece of advice to a new reader, what would it be?I’m going to guess this is someone who can read, but just doesn’t do it for pleasure. I’d say, read what you want, and don’t feel embarrassed about what you choose. Also, ask for recommendations from people you like as people, not just the ones you think are the smartest.
- What question have I NOT asked at BTT that you’d love me to ask? (Actually, leave the answer to this one in the comments on this post, huh? So I can find them when I need inspiration!) This turned into the Friday Five really quickly. I’m satisfied with the questions as is. Maybe something about “a book that changed your life” would be nice.