Bookworm Tag

Sunday, 8 December 2013


I wanted to start off by saying thank you those of you who took the time to comment on my last post, or send me tweets or emails. They all meant a lot and I needed very word.

I thought I would get back into blogging by starting off with a tag post. As this time of year makes me want to hibernate in a snuggly jumper with a good book, I thought I'd do a book tag. Jennie is one of my recent blog loves, and like me, is a real bookworm. She did a couple of tag posts on her blog, which I've combined into one here.

Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?
I can't exactly remember how, but I remember why. It was most definitely through my mother. A fellow bookworm with her own library it was certainly a love she nurtured in me. I recall reading every single Secret Seven and Famous Five, before moving on to The Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High. I regret getting rid of a lot of these now!
Where do you usually read?
Usually in bed. I always like to wind down, even if its for 10 minutes, by reading before I turn off the light and sleep. If I'm reading during the day, I like to be snuggles up on the sofa, amongst the blankets and cushions, with Toby and Star snuggled up with me. Accompanied by a cup of tea of course!
Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
One at a time. I can't understand how people can read more than one book at a time - that seems like watching half a film, switching it off then starting another before getting to the end. I'd lose the thread of the story and the characters.

What is your favourite genre?
Mystery stories are my favourite, again I think this comes from my mum, as this is pretty much the only genre she reads. Despite this, we do tend to prefer different authors and styles of writing to one another, although there are certain authors we both love.

Is there a genre you will not read?
I wouldn't say I would never read any genre, although I tend to avoid anything within the true-life abuse types stories, such as A Child Called It. You know the ones I mean - they are usually in abundance in the local supermarket. I have read A Child Called It, but for me, it's like going to work, and I like books to be a bit more escapist.

Do you have a favourite book?
Surely this is akin to asking a mother to chose a favourite child! It is impossible to pick just one. It's all dependant on my mood. I think I will play safe and go with the Harry Potter series (yes I know that isn't just one book), but it's series I hold very dear to my heart, for so many reasons, a series a grew up with, and still love no matter how many times I read it even now as an adult.

What is your least favourite book?
I don't tend to read books that I think I might not like, or if I do, I stop reading them halfway through, so I can't really think of any I didn't like.

What is the longest book you have ever read?
I genuinely had to look this up, as I couldn't think of anything longer than Harry Potter, The Order of the Phoenix. Turns out, this is the longest book I've read! I don't tend to select books by length, but I must go for shorter ones!

What was the last book you bought?
I bought a few books all in one go recently - Jamie's Ministry of Food, Save with Jamie, A Half Forgotten Song by Katherine Webb, The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith, (which I reviewed here) and Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs.
 Do you prefer library books or buying books?
In my early teens I practically lived in my local library. I often volunteered and helped out too, and I would easily take home my full 16 book quota for the month and read them all. Now I tend to buy my books, as my local library is rather small and the opening hours are rather limited, so I was often getting fines. By buying books it does mean I tend to stick to known authors or genre's. I will occasionally try a book out if I've seen a cheap one in the charity shop.

What are you currently reading?
A Half Forgotten Song by Katherine Webb.
Where do you buy your books?
Lots of places. I tend to go to Amazon first and trawl through the new and used if I'm looking for a particular book. I'll pick up books I've got on my 'to buy' list, or that just catch my fancy if I'm in the charity shop. Whenever I go in the supermarket I am inexplicably drawn to the book aisle, to see what has recently been released and what is on offer at that time, as they are often just as cheap as Amazon. I don't tend to shop in places like Waterstones, but I love a good secondhand bookshop!

Do you ever pre-order books?
I don't think I've ever pre-ordered a book, even though I've known ones coming up that I want to read. I tend to wait until other people have read them and then buy their used copies if I can.

How many books do you buy a month?
I haven't bought any books since the ones listed above which I bought in October. I probably won't buy any this month either as I'm hoping to get some for Christmas! Books as gifts always make me happy! (Assuming I haven't read them!) On average I'd say 2 per month.

Do you use your local library?
I've sort of answered this question further up. Now that I have a bit more time to read with my new job I might venture back down there. Even though I don't use them very often due to my working patterns, it would be a real shame for them to go, as a child I loved them, and they are a great way to encourage kids to read.

What do you think of library books?
I think they are a great way of trying out books you may enjoy without spending a penny. I like to collect certain books I enjoy so if I read something in the library, I'm just as likely to go and buy it anyway!

How do you feel about second hand charity shop books?
I love them. I have absolutely no issue with buying secondhand books. Sometimes I love books when they are a bit battered and worn in than when they are brand new, as they seem so much more loved. You never know what you might fall upon in the charity shop, and I always gravitate towards the back of the shop to the bookshelves.

Do you keep your rad and to-be-read books together?
Yes, as I group my books together by 'sets' on my bookshelves, so they all get mixed in.

Do you plan to read all the books you own?
Absolutely. I only keep books I enjoy and that are usually part of a series, so most of them are already read, but I will read all the others too.

What do you do with books you own that you know won't be re-read?
Some I keep, particularly if it's part of a series I enjoy, as I may re-read it in the future, or lend it out to people (like my own library!) otherwise I give it away or donate it to the charity shop.

Have you ever donated books?
Yep all the time. Aside from textbooks I've never sold books, I always donate them or give them away if I'm not keeping them

Have you ever been on a book buying ban?
I try to go on spending bans and include books within that, but no not really. I don't necessarily see books as a commodity, and I certainly think they should be much cheaper to encourage people to read.

Do you think you own too many books?
No way! If I've got the space I'm happy to fill it with books. My Mum owns hundreds more than me and she's still collecting them! When I run out of room, I might have to be more ruthless with that I keep, but for now I can't see it being possible to own too many books.

Well doing this post has inspired me to go off and read a book, so I tag you all to do this post too. If you do, please let me know in the comments below!


  1. I can't understand how some people read more than one book at a time either! It amazes me. I need all my attention and focus on one book world at a time!
    Have you ever read The Lovely Bones? Definitely one of my favourites :)

    1. I've tried reading it before but couldn't get into it at the time but I've still got a copy with the intention of trying again lol

  2. I can't seem to get into the The Cuckoo Calling but I will pick it up again after if finished my current book.
    I have just done the Bookworm tag as I loved reading yours.
    Shauni Brown xx

  3. This is such a awesome post, loved it totally for a bookwarm like me....doing the tag right away :)

  4. I have never understood how people can read more than one book at a time either! Have you ever read The Secret History by Donna Tartt, I would recommend it! x

  5. I have tried to be a bit more ruthless recently with my books. When I've read one and know I wouldn't read it again I will either donate to a charity shop or pass it on to someone who will read it.

  6. Ah I did this tag not so long ago, loved reading yours! I keep most of my books because I re-read them but donate the ones I'm not so fond of! xx

  7. Ahh...I'm one of those people who read more than one book at a time - although they do tend to be one fiction and one non-fiction so it doesn't get too complicated. :-)
    Think I'll have a go at the tag myself in the new year! :-) x

  8. I really loved reading your answers! I have a soft spot for second hand books that look like they've been on a bit of a journey!

    Jennie xo |


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