Reading Habits Meme

I was over at The Serpentine Library when I came across this meme, that I just had to do. I loved reading her responses.

1. Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snacks.

Nope. I mostly read library books, so they’re not mine to mess up in the first place. It makes me crazy when I see food/crumbs/smears/spills in library books, not to mention that it’s more than a little gross.

2. What is your favorite drink while reading?

Water. I don’t really drink anything besides water anyways.

3. Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

As stated above, most of the time I read library books, so they’re not mine to write in. The only books I do write in are my cookbooks, and then it’s only if I liked/disliked a recipe, and any changes I’d make the next time I make it (more/less of an ingredient, shorter/longer cooking time).
4. How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?

Bookmarks all the time – usually random pieces of paper, it changes with the book. I hate seeing books dog eared, it makes me cringe.  So does seeing a book laid open flat.
5. Fiction, non-fiction, or both?

Fiction for the most part.
6. Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?

I’m all about reading to the end of the chapter. It’s a natural spot to take a break. I find it easier to get back into the book than stopping in the middle of a chapter.

7. Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?

Throw a book? Never! I will go on Goodreads and check out what other people are saying about the book though, to make sure that I’m not the only crazy one. Most of the time I’m not.
8. If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?

Most of the time I can figure it out from the context, but if I can’t I have to look it up, or else it’ll just keep bugging me til I do.
9. What are you currently reading?

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson and Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris.
10. What is the last book you bought?

America’s Test Kitchen Baking Cookbook. Okay, it’s not a book book, but it’s still a book. I honestly have no idea what the last book was that I bought, it’s been a really really really long time.
11. Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?

Usually I have two going at a time. If I need a break from one book I have the other one to go to.
12. Do you have a favourite time/place to read?

I usually read in my room on my bed. I need to have it quiet when I read, no TV or ipod or else I can’t concentrate. I also can’t be around other people for the most part – you won’t find me reading at my favorite coffee shop, I get distracted people watching. Basically I have to be all alone to really get into the book.

13. Do you prefer series books or stand alones?

I think it depends. I generally like longer books because I get to learn more about the characters and generally really get into the book. But the same thing can happen with shorter books that are a part of a series – each book reveals a little more about the characters.
14. Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
15. How do you organize your books? (by genre, title, author’s last name, etc.)

The books that I own or organized into broad categories, such as classics, fiction, humanitarianism, textbooks from my university days, and series. Beyond that basic grouping they’re not really organized.