1. I started reading at a very early age, according to my parents. I can't pin-point the exact age and would go ask my mom right now (if both of my parents weren't asleep, haha) but I think it was around 4 years old or so. I know for sure it was before kindergarten.
2. Absolutely! And I still am...it kind of goes with the territory of being a college student, too. Hehe
3. 'Where the Red Fern Grows' was probably my first big tear-jerker that we read in elementary school that had a lot of good lessons to offer. I still pick it up from time to time.
4. I love reading fiction fantasy, sci-fi, romance, and the classics. I don't usually read non-fiction unless it's for a class and I'll read Stephen King books occasionally, but I'm not too big on horror 'cause I start getting all paranoid if it's too scary.
5. Top 5 favourite authors are (in no particular order): J.K. Rowling, Dan Brown, C.S. Lewis, Nicholas Sparks, and Jane Austen.
6. Top 5 favourite books...ooh, this is tough! Again, in no particular order: Harry Potter series (does that count?), The Five People You Meet In Heaven, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Da Vinci Code, and 1984.
7. I prefer to read on a nice comfy couch or chair in someplace that's ideally quiet/peaceful and not too loud, though I can read with people and background noise around me with no problem.
8. I don't normally eat anything when I read, but I'll drink bottled water if I'm thirsty.
9. I like to be comfortable when I read, so usually it'll be pajamas or sweats, but sometimes I'll be in a spontaneous "reading mood" and I'll just plop down and go to it, despite what I'm wearing.
10. It really all depends on what month we're talking about. During my high school years I would read about 1 book per month (one that wasn't required for school, lol) and now that I'm in college I've discovered that my life is busier than ever and all we basically do is read (a lot) for homework so I think went through 2 books at the maximum this past school year. Though now that it's summer and I have all this downtime (plus a lot of sitting around doing nothing at my job) and I've gone through 6 books already.
11. I usually go to Border's bookstore 'cause they always have coupons where it's 'Buy 3, get the 4th free' or something like that, plus I love their coffeehouse-like atmosphere Though I've discovered 2 used bookstores in the town where I go to school and they have really good bargains!
12. It doesn't really matter to me, both have their pros and cons. I like hardcover 'cause it's easier to keep them opened while you're reading but they cost more; I like paperback 'cause they tend to be smaller (which I can fit into my purse and take wherever I go) and cheaper but they wear down easier than hardcover.
13. I've rarely ever given up on a book. I think it was only one time when the plot was just so dry and dull that I wanted to fall asleep.
14. I usually get recommendations from friends (or word of mouth) about new books and/or authors. During my senior year in high school my English teacher was the head of our Breakfast Book Club and he gave me a bunch of awesome reading material.
15. I can't really pinpoint one exact moment, but I just love it when I'm in the middle of reading a book and all of a sudden there's a major surprise thrown in there by the author (plot twist, unexpected death, etc.) that I totally didn't expect to happen.
16. I don't really have one, but when I read 'The Jungle' 3 years ago it kind of made me want to turn vegetarian after reading the graphic details about meat-packing plants at the turn of the century, lol
17. 'The Count of Monte Cristo' and 'Brave New World.' Both were fantastic!
18. I don't go to the library anymore to check out books that I read for fun...nowadays it's off to the (campus) library to study or photocopy stuff from the reference books. But I think the last book I checked out was for my research paper this year, it was called 'Dear Old Hill.' I don't expect anyone to know or even have heard of this, haha.
19. I don't know, it's probably about 10 hours now (summertime) and I don't know about during the school year...it kind of depends upon my workload, classes, and what the week looks like for me.
20. I'm kind of a fast reader.
21. Not usually, but sometimes. It happened more in high school when we'd be reading a book or two for our class(es) and then I'd be reading another one just for fun. I don't normally like to read more than one at the same time (especially if they're really similar in genre or plot) 'cause then I start getting confused and they'll start to mesh together.
22. Yeah, I'm a pretty constant reader, or at least I try to be. There will be times where I'm just way too busy with other things or I haven't come across any new/good books to read...those are my periods of hiatus.
23. Probably 3 months, not sure though.
24. I read because I love it when my imagination can just run wild. That's the difference between movies and books: the reason why the movie is never as good as the book is because when you're given concrete images on screen and told that's how the character/scene looks, whereas when you're reading you can imagine it to be or look like whatever you believe.