The Book Addiction – Book Tag!

It’s time for another book tag! I saw this one over at Unwrapping Words and Elle found it over at Facing the Story (I’m not sure who the original creator was.) Elle is a great blogger who puts ouT some brilliant content, so be sure to go and give her blog some love. I won’t be tagging anyone specifically, but please feel free to take part if you want :D. Now, time to get into the questions!

1. What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

I think the longest I’ve ever gone without reading, that I can remember anyway, was about a week after a pretty bad migraine attack. Usually I can go a day or two, but it still feels weird.

2. How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?

Ha, so physical books wise, I only usually carry one, but my kindle has over 900 books on it… so I suppose I travel with my own little library. Which is always a bonus because I am a horrendous mood reader, so having that many books to pick from comes in handy sometimes, but I’m also incredibly indecisive… so not so handy!

3. Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?

It 100% depends on the book. If It’s a book I loved, I will not be passing it on or even lending it our depending on the book (I’m picky about my books ok!), but if it’s one I enjoyed, but don’t think I would read again I’m always up for a charity shop run, or passing it on to a friend I think would enjoy it.

4. How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

By myself, an hour plus. I love nothing more than meandering around a bookshop, flitting between the isles and picking up all the books that interest me. But if I’m with friends I try and limit myself to 20-30 mins.

5. How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

Probably around 2-5 hours depending on the day. Work days mean less because… work (eurgh) but if I have no plans of a weekend I can get hours in without even realising it, the bonus of not having kids!

6. Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?

I’m not really one for to-do lists tbh, but I pick up my books whenever I have any free time. When I’m having breakfast, my lunch/breaks at work, before I go to bed. Basically any chance I get.

7. How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?

Errrm… Probably over 1,000. I have over 900 on my kindle, and easily have over 200 physical books (I do really need to go through and catalogue them all.) I have in no way read them all, in fact I’d dare to say I’ve only read a little more than half. But that’s the life of a blogger right? Owning more books that you can possibly read in one lifetime?

8. Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

Depends who I’m with. A lot of my family aren’t big readers, so I only really talk about books if they bring them up, but my friends and work colleagues must get sick of how often I bring up my current reads, or books I think they would love.

9. What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

So I had to head over to Goodreads to work this one out. Turns out it was Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas, which comes in at a massive 984 pages. I genuinely don’t remember it being that long, but I was in a lot of emotional pain whilst reading, so I must have blanked it out.

10. Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (i.e searching bookshops, online digging, etc.)?

Hmm. I’ve been pretty lucky with getting my hands on special editions for books I love. I think the one I was most happy to snag was a special edition of Uprooted by Naomi Novik by Subterranean Press. It’s an all time favourite book of mine, and the illustrations in the book are just gorgeous. Well worth the extortionate sum I paid for it.

11. A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?

Funnily, this happened to me last week, and it was All of Our Demise by Christina Lynn Herman and Amanda Foody. The first book was deliciously dark and so, so special, and I spent the majority of time reading the sequel thinking ‘this cant be it? It has to get better right?’ Unfortunately it didn’t, but I was determined to finish it just to make sure.

12. What are 3 of your main book goals for 2022?

I try not to set too many goals, mainly because I blog for the enjoyment, rather than the stats etc. I would like to read all the books on my TBR… JK. Maybe make some more brilliant bookish friends, TRY to not request too many books of Netgalley and just carry on enjoying what I’m doing & interacting with all my lovely bookish friends.

13. Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?

I wouldn’t say I’ve ever converted a non-reader into a reader but I have convinced people to pick up books they didn’t think they would enjoy and become more prolific readers if that counts? Just check out the below pick to prove my point.

14. Describe what books mean to you in five words.

Escapism, community, magic, wonder & enjoyment… I’m really rubbish at these but basically I just love books and every single one of you that they have brought into my life!

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