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Bookworm Tag

I saw this tag on Bloggin' Bout Books (who got it from Cindy over at Cindy's Book Corner) and thought it looked fun so here we go.... I'm not going to tag anyone. If you want to join in, though, please consider yourself tagged! Leave me a link to your post so I can see your answers.

The (very simple) Rules:

  • Answer the Questions
  • Make up New Ones
  • Tag People
Susan was asked 10 questions by Cindy, then she made up 10 different questions for people to answer. Here are my answers to a mixture of Cindy and Susan's questions and I'd love to hear yours as well:
  1. What is your favorite format to read in (paperback, hardback, e-book, etc.)? I am definitely someone who prefers to hold the book in her hands though I don't prefer hardback or paperback. That said, I find that I am getting far more hardbacks these days thanks to Book of the Month. And, I can donate hardbacks to my local library and school libraries. Before 2022 I didn't ever listen to audiobooks, but now I am getting kind of into it and doing better at focusing on the audio format.
  2. Where is your favorite place to read? I usually read on my couch, but am just as happy to read on a plane, train, or in a chair. I wish I was better at reading in bed, but I tend to fall asleep.
  3. Who are your top 3 favorite authors? I know it's like choosing favorite children, but try... Wow. Top 3 is tough. Anjalie Banerjee, Kristin Hannah, JK Rowling, Faye Kellerman, Kwame Alexander, Justin Reynolds, Neal Shusterman, Barbara Kingsolver (the early books), Katherin Center... ok. Obviously, I am unable to choose just three and this list could go on and on so I'll stop here.
  4. What is your favorite genre to read? I don't have just one genre that I enjoy most, but I find that I read a ton of historical fiction and mystery/thrillers.
  5. Have you always been a reader? If not, when did you discover your love of books? I have definitely not always been a reader. In fact, when all my friends were reading (and, let's be honest, discussing the Anne McCaffrey dragon books), I was soooo not into it. I read more in college, but really became a hard core reader when I became a high school librarian about 15 years ago.
  6. What is a series (or book) you would/have reread over and over again? I am not a re-reader at all. I feel like there are so many new books that I don't want to miss out by re-reading. However, I have re-read JK Rowling's Harry Potter series and Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Dreams a couple times each.
  7. Do you have a book (or author) you are constantly recommending people to read? If so, what is it? I have a couple books that I find myself recommending on a regular basis: Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown and Being Moral by Atul Gawande (the links go to my reviews).
  8. Do you prefer to read new books or used? Why? I am a new book reader. Yes, it's expensive, but I don't care. I love the smell of a new book.
  9. In your opinion, what's the best part about being a book blogger/book nerd? The best thing about being a book/blogger nerd is the other bloggers. I have met such wonderful people through being a (former) librarian and a book blogger. And, if you are a reader, you always have something to do when other people tend to get bored.
  10. Are you part of a book club? Which book that you've read together has sparked the best discussion? I was part of a book club for about 21 years and then wasn't for a very long time. But, with Covid, my high school girl friends and I started zooming and we quickly added reading a book. And recently a long-time friend created a book group that I've joined. So, now I have 2 book groups going and I am really enjoying it. Recently, the second book group read This is Chance (link goes to my review) and we had a super interesting discussion about it.
Here are some other questions to consider:
  1. How many books do you have on your physical shelves?
  2. What are your favorite bookish books?
  3. How do you find new-to-you authors?
  4. What is your biggest reading pet peeve?
  5. What is something you do in your reading life that might make other readers gasp (writing in books, bending pages to mark your place, reading a book's ending first, etc.)?
  6. What is a genre you would never read?
  7. What book would you recommend to a reader to convince them to try out your favorite genre?
  8. How do you organize your bookshelves? 
  9. Do you prefer long or short books?
  10. Who inspired your love of reading?
I'd love it if you answered one or two or a bunch of them in the comments. If you decide to do this tag, please let me know so I can see your answers. Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on yours.

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