1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Nope, I am all over the place. I’ll read in bed, in the bath, on the couch. I also have been super distracted cooking because I was stuck on a particularly good part of a story or two.
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I am a random piece of paper kind of person. I like to use the receipts from the library a lot of the time, simply because they are so thin. But to be honest, I’ll grab whatever. The only time I use bookmarks is on my eBooks if I need to come back to something.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
I can easily put a book down in the middle of a chapter. Because I am usually on the go and reading while I wait, I just set it down on my phone or if it is a physical book I’ll tuck it away.
4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
I like to have something to munch on when reading but it isn’t a requirement. Having a drink on the other hand is.
5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
I would much rather have some music playing than TV. I find myself too distracted with TV. For music it has to be something that i’ve heard before and instrumental is even better.
6. One book at a time or several at once?
Several at once. I usually have a physical book by the bed and maybe in the bathroom. There are also at least 15 books on my kindle and my app to read in case I am not in the mood for one genre or the other.
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
If I need to memorize something than out loud but otherwise silently.
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
No way! You can miss so much information that way. Sometimes when it is an especially long book, I will skip a bit to the dialogue but then I’ll feel guilty and go back.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
Break those bad boys open. To be honest, most of my books are either library books, second hand, or ebooks. There are not a lot of intact spines that make it to my home. I also think books are made to be read and an unbroken spine makes me think that no one liked this book enough to read it. More honest here. I do understand having one copy for reading and one for displaying.
1. How often do you visit your local library?
My Goal is at least once a month. In the summer time I can just walk the 4 blocks with no problem. Because I live on a one way, driving there in the winter is a bit more work and not always safe with all the snow.
2. Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you know you can read or are you someone who only checks out the exact amount of books you intend on reading before they are due?
I always check out way too many books. I also very rarely get the books back in time. I usually have to either drop them off early in the morning so the librarians don’t see me or I go online and extend my hold.
3. How old were you when you got your first library card?
I believe the rule was that you had to be 10 years old to get a base library card and 13 for the city library. I left Great Falls for 9 years and came back to find that my library card was still valid because I owed 5 dollars from 2005.
4. Do you go to your library looking for a particular book or do you check out anything that peaks your interest?
I like to go online and place a hold for at least two books that have caught my attention. Then when I go in, I’ll take time to browse the new books and see if there is anything that catches my attention. The GFPL does a great job with their displays and I have never left without at least 4 books in my arms.
5. Do you use your library to check out just books or do you also check out dvds, audiobooks etc.?
When I first arrived, I didn’t have my internet setup yet and the job I had planned fell through. So I was spending a lot of time in the library using their wifi and borrowing DVDs and audiobooks so that I had something to do at home while I waited for a call back.
6. From what section of your library do you check out a majority of your books? ( YA, middle grade, adult, nonfiction.)
I love the adult section collection of murder mysteries, but I am also a diehard YA reader. I get a lot of book recommendations from my sister who works in a library in Amarillo. She has really great taste!
7. What is your favorite part of using your local library?
I love seeing kids who are coming to the library for the first time. The sheer awe and wonder on their faces is just so heart warming. There also is this strange sort of togetherness that come from a library because you are all there to dive into a world that differs from your own. You get to see people at peace for just a bit as they walk past a book they have read before and you see them smile a bit, like saying hello to the books.
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