Weekly Geeks this week asked us to list ten things about ourselves with regard to books. This might help us get a nice big picture of our reading/bookish personality. Now, as I am a bit of a listfreak, I’ll be jumping right in!
New or old?: Mostly new unless it’s a really rare find.
Hard back or soft?: Soft. I own over 200 books and not one of them is a hardback.
One or lots at a time?: Mostly one. Sometimes two. But definitely not more than two. I can’t concentrate.
Bookmarks or not?: Bookmarks, always. I hate it when people turn down the corners of pages.
What genres?: Mystery is undoubtedly my favourite genre.
What authors?: Mostly old timers, like Jane Austen, Emily Brontë, Charles Dickens, Thomas Love Peacock, Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Bram Stoker. From the relatively modern times Douglas Adams, John le Carré and of course my ultimate favourite, Agatha Christie.
Favourites?: My all time favourite book has got to be Pride and Prejudice. From the mystery genre , anything written by Agatha Christie.
Habits?: I like to read before going to bed. That’s the only book related habit I can think of.
Stuff I like: The smell of newly bought books. Yesterday, I actually smelt a book while at a bookstore when I thought no one was looking. But to my mortification, the salesperson was looking and he gave me this weird look.
Stuff that bugs me: Books that have overly clingy, wall flower type, whiney heroines. Get a life, I want to say! Also, over-written books that look like they are in serious need of an editor.
Now I wonder what does this all say about me?
I can’t read before bed. I have no discipline and will stay up way too late because I just can’t put the book down.
Ah yes, that has happened to me on more than one occasion. I remember it happening the first time I read Pride and Prejudice. In fact, it happened last week while I was re-reading Dead Man’s Folly. I don’t regret doing it but the groggy feeling I have to deal with the next morning is not very pleasant.