BBAW 2012: Alternative Interview Swap

by Kim on September 11, 2012 · 8 comments

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This week is Book Blogger Appreciation Week, a truly awesome celebration of book bloggers and book blogging that comes around every September. I missed signing up for today’s blogging topic, the annual interview swap, so instead I’m answering some of the alternative questions for a self interview.

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

I’m not at all horrified by the idea of writing in books, but I don’t do it that often anymore. About a year ago I started writing my thoughts on books in a notebook that I refer back to when writing reviews, which is easier than going back through a book to find my notes.

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?

I usually have a couple of books going at the same time, generally one fiction and one nonfiction, although once I get about half way through a book I tend to read it exclusively since I want to finish it.

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?

I love to read right away in the morning, sitting in this big double chair with a cup of idea. I recently bought some new furniture (waiting to be delivered), and I’m hoping that will become a new favorite reading spot when it arrives.

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)

Since I just finished moving and rearranging all of my books, I’m excited to answer this one! Right now, I have my books separated into four general categories: read fiction, read nonfiction. unread fiction, and unread nonfiction. Within each category, books are arranged alphabetically by author’s last name, with some sections pulled out — YA fiction has a shelf, essays and books on journalism theory have a shelf, memoirs have a shelf. It’s very specific, but I know where everything is!

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bermudaonion(Kathy) September 12, 2012 at 4:39 am

I generally read one print book at a time and have a couple audios going as well. I never mark in my books.

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Kim September 12, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I can read multiple books, but I get really distracted trying to listen to multiple books — I’m not sure why that’s the case!

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Julie Merilatt September 12, 2012 at 7:05 am

You and I are alike in having one fiction and one nonfiction going at the same time. I prefer nonfiction on the morning train and fiction in the afternoons.

And how much fun did you have reorganizing your books with the move?!

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Kim September 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I tend to lean towards nonfiction during the day, and fiction in the evening before bed. I think it’s because I take more notes in nonfiction, and I don’t like to take notes when I’m reading before I go to sleep.

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Nikki September 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Oh man, I just did a bookshelf move (I have a pretty new closet bookshelf!), but I was so excited to see the books in there that it’s like zero organization. I like your read/not read idea.

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Kim September 12, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I like having the read/unread separated, mostly because then I can see how many books I have that I haven’t finished. It hasn’t stopped me from buying more, but the fact that my unread nonfiction shelf is almost totally full is a decent indication I need to read more of my own books :)

It also makes culling books a little easier, since I don’t have to debate whether I finished a book or not.

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Florinda September 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I’ve never been too successful at two-timing my books, but it does work better if I’m doing fiction/nonfiction. Unless one of the books is an audio, which seems to be the most effective way for me to manage it, and doesn’t seem to be affected by genre.

You can come help me organize my books now–I can’t find a THING! :-D

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Kim September 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I guess I will do an audio at the same time a reading other books, but I tend to forget about that one unless it’s really, really good.

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