The Bookworm Tag

Those of you who are regular readers will know I am a bit obsessed with books. For as long as I can remember, I've always been a keen reader, and I love being able to disappear into another world or find out something new in amongst the pages. So when I spotted the Bookworm Tag on the lovely Gemma's blog Lipsticks and Lashes, I thought it was absolutely perfect for me, especially as I haven't done a tagged post for a while. So without further ado, here are my answers!

Our bookshelves
Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?
I was always into books right from when I was little - I remember not being allowed to open books first at birthdays or Christmas because I'd just sit there and read them, and my mum had to hide books I was taking on holiday or I'd read them all.
Where do you usually read?
I do a lot of my reading on the bus to work - often with the train I'm so wedged in that it's difficult to position myself to read my Kindle, whereas on the bus I can usually get a seat and spend the journey happily reading. I also like to read in bed, either before I go to sleep at night or at weekends when I first wake up.
Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
One book at a time - I think if I tried to do more than one at once I'd get it all mixed up in my head.
What is your favourite genre?
I like a bit of everything, but if I had to pick a favourite it would be modern or historical fiction. I also tend to like things with a bit of a supernatural twist.
Is there a genre you will not read?
There isn't anything I absolutely won't read, but I haven't read many crime novels. Though I am writing a murder mystery at the moment so I probably should, just to get a feel for the style etc, but I'm a bit worried that it will somehow change what's in my head...
Do you have a favourite book?
It's got to be The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, which I reviewed for the #2014BloggerChallenge here. I love the combination of the relationship between Clare and Henry and the slight fantasy element. Apparently there is a sequel coming soon too which I'm very excited about!
What is your least favourite book?
The only two books I've really struggled with are Doctor Zhivago and The Silmarillion. But I am stubborn and will keep coming back to a book even if I don't like it because I can't leave it unfinished! I wasn't keen on Oliver Twist either as it's so relentingly bleak.
What is the longest book you have ever read?
If we're counting all three volumes as one book, then The Lord of the Rings by a country mile. That said, I'm currently doing a Charles Dickens Challenge and he has some books that are well over 800 pages long, so it'll probably be more than that by the end of the year!
What was the last book you bought?
As in actually paid for money for? Oliver Twist - the grand total of 49p on Amazon.
Do you prefer library books or buying books?
I think there's something lovely in the history of library books - looking at the stamps in the front and thinking about all the other people who've read the book before me. But equally I love getting a new book and the joy of opening it for the first time, so I'd probably have to say it's a bit
What are you currently reading?
I'm very close to the end of Nicholas Nickleby and once I've finished that will be starting on Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah.
Where do you buy your books?
Mostly on Amazon to be honest, as these days I tend to do lots of reading on Kindle. But I find it a bit of a soulless shopping experience and
Do you ever pre-order books?
Not that often to be honest, although I have pre-ordered Dreams of Gods and Monsters, the last one in Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy which is coming out in April. I loved the first two and am ridiculously excited for Dreams, but also really sad that I'm going to be leaving these characters behind!
How many books do you buy a month?
It varies wildly - sometimes it can be up to six, if I'm going on holiday for example, and at other times I can buy none if I get lots of free classic novels on my Kindle or (as happened recently) a friend offloads a heap of their books onto me. But on average it's about two or three.
How do you feel about second hand charity shop books?
I kind of think of them as the book equivalent of Primark and H&M; you have to sift through the rubbish (in this case multiple copies of The Da Vinci Code and Fifty Shades of Grey) to find the gems, but when you find something good it's worth all the effort.
Do you keep your read and to-be-read books together?
No - my read books live on my bookshelf but my non-read paperbacks tend to live in a pile on the windowsill in our room. For the Kindle, I tend to only buy new books when I've finished the old one, but they are kept together if I've bought lots of new books in one go.
Do you plan to read all the books you own?
Of course! I can't imagine buying books I wouldn't actually read - does anyone seriously do that?
What do you do with books you own that you know won't be re-read?
It depends where I got them from - the Kindle books stay on there (though will get shifted to The Cloud when I eventually run out of space), books I was bought as presents get kept, and books I bought myself go to the charity shop or on PlayTrade.
Have you ever donated books?
All the time - I regularly give unwanted paperback books to the charity shop or to friends.
Have you ever been on a book buying ban?
Not intentionally. I'm not buying books at the moment (well beyond my Charles Dickens Challenge books, but they rarely cost much more than a few pennies) but that's because I got a big load of books when my best friend moved out of her flat and asked if I wanted any. I don't think I could ever go long enough to have a book buying ban - it just feels wrong to go anywhere without a book with me.
Do you think you own too many books?
Honestly, yes. My bookshelves are crammed and I still have loads of books left at my parents' house, but I can't bring myself to get rid of them for various reasons...
Let me know if you do this tag, I'd love to see your answers!

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