Book Addiction Tag

Saturday, 25 April 2020


I hope this post find you all well and not completely bored out of your minds and that, this time more so than normal, you have found some killer books to help while away the hours.


1. What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
At university, I went three years but now it is not normally more than a couple of days. I am never normally super busy on the day-to-day so honestly, whenever something catches my eye or the urge takes me, I will make time to move onto another.

2. How many books do you carry on your person (physical or device) at any one time?
I am not big on taking physical books outside unless I absolutely have to (paperbacks especially I feel never travel very well), but I always make sure to have my kindle on me. But obviously, that number is a spoiler for a later question on this list.

3. Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
Oh god, no. If I love it, yes. If I hate it, I get it out of my house as quickly as possible.

4. How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
To be honest, not that long. I am a rare creature in the book world in that fact that I can never seem to convince myself to part with what Waterstone's calls full price for a new book. I'd much rather scour the internet for deals.

5. How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
It really depends. Some days, no time at all but, if I am really loving a book, I will read it all in one go. No matter how long that is likely to take.

6. Where does the task “picking up a book” appear on your daily to-do list?
Later in the day, certainly. In the afternoon if I am bored, but mostly I tend to read in the evening.

7. How many books do you reckon you own in total (include ebooks)?
According to my meticulously-sorted Goodreads, I own 448 physical books and 756 ebooks.

8. Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
It is a lot. I am aware that, oftentimes, people's eyes tend to glaze over but honestly, I read so much that I just cannot help it.

9. What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
It by Stephen King at 1,166 pages. Admittedly, I did not read much back then, so it took me pretty much all of the summer to finish.

10. Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (searched bookstore, online digging, stalked author, etc.)?
Like many people, I think that answer has to be Atwood's The Testaments.

11. Is there a book you struggled to finish because you refused to DNF?
Maybe a few years ago, but now I am so quick to DNF a shit book that is probably not even fair on them half the time.

12. What are 3 (some) of your main book goals for 2020?
To start a publishing MA, to stay inside and survive the global pandemic, and to actual make a concerted effort to use this lockdown to start writing a novel.

13. Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (by inspiration or your incessant nagging)?
Yes, to the constant nagging. Although, at the rate that I have been known to nag, you would think it would be more.

14. Describe what books mean to you in FIVE words.
Opportunities, progression, expanding, escapism, experiences.

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