It’s a Tag.
It’s Thursday Tag Time!
Man I should have come up with that earlier.
I was tagged by the wonderful Jillian @ Jillian The Bookish Butterfly. Thank you for the tag! I’m excited to get started!!!
Hi, my name is Greyson and I’m an addict.
A book addict, that is.
I’d like to say I’m just addicted to books but that’s not really true. It’s just the most socially acceptable addiction I have.
But that’s too deep. Let’s focus on the books!
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1. What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
I can go for weeks depending on the slump but I’m not comfortable with it.
So comfortably, maybe a day or too. It’s like a scratch. I wanna itch it, even when I can’t.
2. How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any time?
Day to day – loads. Whatever is on my Kindle and Audible apps.
Bu physical books? None unless I’m going away for a day or more.
When I visit my aunt once a month I usually take 2-4 books with me.
3. Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
No, I don’t keep every book I buy or receive.
I’m pretty big on unhauling books I’ve lost interest in or don’t see myself rereading.
when I unhaul I usually give them to my cousin or donate them to a thrift store.
4. How long would you spend a standard visit in a bookstore?
If I don’t have anywhere to be and I can spend as much as I want? All fucking day.
But that’s an ideal world, and we certainly don’t live in an ideal world so it depends on a number of things.
If I’m going into a book store, I’m usually looking for a specific book, so like 5 minutes.
If I’m looking at what new releases Big W (Australian department store) has, then 10 minutes, maybe 20 if I see multiple books I want and can only get what I can afford.
But again, usually I’m going in for something specific and that takes me less than 5 minutes because I know exactly where the books are and the selection is that big.
If I’m in a thrift store, then I’m usually spending 10-20 minutes as well so I can go over every shelf for hidden gems.
5. How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
It depends on the day!
If I’m working then I’ll usually spend at least 2 hours during my commute reading.
When I’m regularly exercising (I really need to get my ass in gear, honestly) then I usually have another hour of reading time.
If I have the day off and I’m at home then I can sit and read for 8-12 hours.
If it’s food shopping day (when I normally also run other errands) and I have an audiobook to read, I can read for the whole time I’m shopping which is about 4-6 hours depending on how much I need to do.
And when I visiting my aunt I get an hour and a half, either way, to listen to audiobooks while I’m driving and then I’ll read while I’m there too.
Like I said, it depends on the day. And at the moment I’m really only reading when I’m on the bus because studying is taking up most of my time.
6. Where does the task “picking up a book” appear on your daily to do list
It’s usually one of the first things I do if I have work that day.
First I’ve got to get ready and then catch the bus and that’s when I get my reading time, 3-4 days a week.
On my days off, I try and read first thing while or after having breakfast.
But at the moment it’s much farther down on my to-do list because most of my free time is being spent on my course.
7. How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
226 but that is including quite a lot of EArcs as well.
But this will probably increase over the coming months as I’m going to be hopefully treating myself to thrift store books to keep me motivated to study.
8. Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
It really depends on the person I’m talking to.
When I’m talking with my mum it takes up a lot of what I talk about because I know she likes to listen to me talk about books.
Then I talk about books less with my co-workers.
When I’m talking with my cousin, we’ll talk a fair bit about books since she’s a reader as well and she’s mostly been reading books I’ve given her or leant her lately and my other cousin (her twin sister) is reading the Harry Potter series at the moment so I’m happy to listen to her talk about that too and get excited for my first reread of the series in the near future.
But outside of those people, I don’t really talk about books that much because other people tend to be disinterested. My sisters will humour me if I’m talking about books and will try and keep up and remember what books are my favourites or books I’ve vented to them about (they usually remember key-words) but I don’t see them that much lately.
9. What’s the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
│A Game of Thrones│A Song of Ice and Fire│George R.R. Martin│836 pages│
The things we love destroy us every time, lad. Remember that.
I read this in 2015. I’ve not read a lot of really big books because they intimidate me since I have such a short attention span.
I picked up the second book but ended up DNFing it. It was just so much book.
I’m someone who is encouraged by seeing a finish line and with really big books sometimes you can feel like you’ll never reach the end.
10. Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (i.e. searching bookshops, online digging, etc.)?
There’s honestly not that many books I’ve had to do any proper digging for.
│Harry Potter│Adult Paperback Boxset│J.K. Rowling│
Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself
I guess this series is what I dug for the most and it was specifically for this edition.
I’d fallen in love with this box-set back when I was still in high school and was only just reading the books. But I couldn’t really afford it then so I was borrowing the books from a friend.
My heart was still set on that box-set years later when I decided to buy the books for myself.
I searched for the set but it was really expensive and so I’d resigned myself to just buying the latest illustrated covers which I do love but not as much.
Then while I was looking at a second-hand sale site last year I found it. The Harry Potter box-set of my dreams for really cheap!!! And it was my birthday. It was a fucking sign.
I convinced my parents to stop at the house of the person selling the box-set on the way home from my birthday dinner and picked it up.
She had a very nerdy doormat and when she gave me the box-set she’d told me she was selling them because she already had a number of editions and had been given it as a gift. I was very thankful and so bloody excited! I got in the car and just stared at the box for the entire ride home because I couldn’t believe this set I had wanted when I was 16 was on my lap, coming home with me.
11. A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?
I don’t think I have a book for this.
I’m not really one to force myself to read books if I don’t want to.
12. What are 3 of your main book goals for 2019
⛈ Get on top of my ARCs – I’m doing really well with this!
⛈ Read 50 books – halfway there!
⛈ Read mostly books I already own – I’m doing really well with this too!
⛈ BONUS! Finally, read Rejected Princesses and Bygone Badass Broads in their entirety.
13. Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)
I don’t think so. I’ve tried to get non-readers to read but it doesn’t really work. I’ll lend them some of my books but then they’ll have the books for months and I’ll want to read them so I get them back.
I have sat down with a friend who’s dyslexic and tried to help her read but she didn’t really have the patience for it which is fine. I understand it’s not for everyone!
I’ve definitely turned my mum into a YA reader though. She read before but I got her into YA books.
And I think I helped get my cousin reading more by lending her my books. She’s the only person I’ve leant books to that actually finished them and I know I’ll get them back when she’s done. And I think that’s helped get my other cousin into reading as well as she didn’t really read much before but she’s now reading the Harry Potter books!
14. Describe what books mean to you in five words.
Books saved me.
There, I did it in 3.
Honestly, books are my religion.
How often do you read?
Have you convinced someone to become a reader?
What do books mean to you?