1. How old were you when you learned how to read? First grade; we didn't have kindergarden in my area when I was a child.
2. Were you a big reader growing up? Yes
3. Are there any books that left a big impression on you as a kid? Yes. Grimm's Fairy Tales. I developed a passion for reading during that book.
4. Favourite genres? (Do you read mainly fiction or non-fiction? Do you have a soft spot for horror, sci-fi, or romance?) Mostly fiction, but I do like non-fiction at times, too. I love historical novels and comedy.
5. Top 5 favourite authors.
6. Top 5 favourite books.
Gone With the Wind
The Prince of Tides
Life With Father
The Captains and the Kings
7. Where do you prefer to read? Either in bed or on the couch.
8. Do you like to eat or drink something while you read? If so, what are your foods and beverages of choice? I like to read while I'm eating dinner, but usually I only have ice water on hand while reading.
9. What do you typically wear when you read? (I swear, I don't mean this in a dirty way. My mind is a pure as the first snow of the year - before it gets contaminated by dog poo and engine exhaust, that is. ) Casual wear? Pyjamas? Jeans? Something more elaborate and stylish? Pajama pants and big tee shirt.
10. On average, how many books do you read a month? 2-3. I don't read as much as I used to.
11. How do you get hold of the books? Do you buy them at a bookstore, visit an online store, borrow from a friend or family member, or do you use the library? Library book sales, family, thrift stores and borrow from the library.
12. Paperback or hardcover? I prefer hardcover.
13. At what point do you give up on a book? When I was younger, if I started a book, I finished it. Nowadays, not so much. I'll give it a couple chapters and if it doesn't pique my interest, it's a goner.
14. How do you find about new books and authors? (Aside from the FORT, that is.) I browse books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I also get recommendations from my sisters and my daughter. And of course, from book forums online.
15. Best reading-related memory? Realizing that my daughter has a love of reading.
16. Worst reading-related memory? I had just finished "And Ladies of the Club" before going to sleep one night. I woke up about an hour later with my heart racing and in a fullblown panic attack. I thought I was dying. Long story short, I discovered I was suffering from hyperthyroidism. I will always identify that book with that experience.
17. What was the last book(s) you bought? Portrait of a Lady. Found it on the sale table in my local library.
18. What was the last book you checked out from the library? A few children's books for my youngest granddaughter.
19. On average, how many hours a week do you spend reading? 8 to 10 probably. I spend too much time reading online to do much actual book reading lately.
20. Are you a fast or slow reader? If the book is really interesting, I'm fast. Otherwise it takes me forever to finish a book anymore.
21. Do you sometimes read more than one book at the time? Yes, I sometimes have two books going at once.
22. Are you what Stephen King refers to as a Constant Reader, or are there periods where you don't read at all? When I was younger, I was a constant reader. While I still love the idea of constantly reading, I rarely do that these days.
23. What's the longest you've gone without reading? Close to a year. Went through a separation and divorce at the time, and couldn't concentrate on reading at all.
24. Why do you read? (This is a tough one, I know) Pure pleasure, and reading is a great escape from worries and boredom.