Monday, November 11, 2013

The Book Lover Survey

As I'm still working my way through Killer Queens I thought I'd post the Book Lover Survey tag today having enjoyed reading it on Laura's blog

Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?
Not remember as such but I do always remember having my nose in a book. My mum tells a story about how I would repeatedly get the same book out of the library each week until eventually she had to buy it for me.

Happy memories of reading for my are from my childhood when I would stay over at my nans. She would wake in the morning, make herself a cup of coffee and read a few chapters of her book before starting the day and when I stayed we would sit side by side in bed our noses in books - she also introduced me to Mills & Boon which were her favourites.

Where do you usually read?
I used to speed through books on my daily commute to work although lately this is less so due to my iPhone addiction and ability to scroll through Twitter and read blogs on the go - hence why Killer Queens is taking so long.

Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
I've never quite understood how people can have 2, 3 or more books on the go at any one time. I only read chick lit which are not the most difficult to follow but I think even I would struggle to keep up with everything that was going on.

That said in addition to my commuter read I may have a non-fiction book that I will read a few pages of whilst in bed. At the moment I'm browsing through Bobbi Brown's make up books.

What is your favourite genre?
As I mentioned above I read Chick Lit. I especially love those that are set in rich and luxurious environments such as those from Lulu Taylor, Tasmina Perry and the like. I might dip into a an autobiography occasionally and I remember during my younger years I loved books by Martina Cole or Patricia Cornwell but now I like a light hearted read with some escapism.

Is there a genre you will not read?
I'd never say that I wouldn't read any genre but I know the style of book I like, there's always an ongoing list of books I want to get through so I wouldn't waste time trying to read something that wasn't for.

Do you have a favourite book?
I have only ever re-read two books in my life and they were the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella and Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews. Again many years ago I would scour boot sales and charity shops for the varies series by VA and devour them. They were all variations of the same story really but I used to love them - writing this it might be time to go for a third read.

What is your least favourite book?
I can't say there is one that sticks out. As I've already mentioned due to the volume of books I want to read I don't waste time with anything I don't like. If I'm not sucked into the story on a journey to and from then I tend to give up as I'll only avoid taking it out of my bag and end up spending unnecessarily on a magazine to read.

What is the longest book you have ever read?
I don't think that I have read anything particularly long in book terms. I did try to read Gone with the Wind once but couldn't get into it despite it being one of my favourite films and that was rather lengthy - does that count?

What was the last book you brought?
Killer Queens at the airport on my way to Las Vegas last month.

Do you prefer library books or buying books?
I'm a huge advocate of my local library, both praised for the staff for keeping them open and saving myself pounds in the process. A few years ago I discovered that my library had a free online ordering service. I now get all my books and dvds from them. It works exactly like Amazon and I'm even able to pre-order new releases. The system is linked to all local libraries in the county so the catalogue is vast. I recommend everyone looks into their own libraries system as it could save you some much needed pennies in the new year.

What are you currently reading?
My recent purchase Killer Queens.

So there you have some background on my reading habits, I'd love to know yours

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  1. That's amazing about the online ordering system for librarys, I'm definitely going to look into it! If you like books set in luxurious environments, definitely check out Louise Bagshawe :) xx

  2. I'm not a big book reader anymore, not sure why, but hubby has gone from never reading to constantly reading. He uses the library service too. He only reads non fiction titles like biographies though. You can even download library books now, works the same, you can have them downloaded for the three weeks. I think thats a great idea.

  3. Loved reading your answers! I really wish I had a good library close by!

    Jennie xo |

  4. My library charges 50p per item for ordering! Great post, Victoria, think I'll steal if that 's OK with you? x

  5. I love the Shopaholic series, I remember getting them each out of the library in order and being really annoyed if someone else had the next installment out when I wanted it! Whenever I want a nice comforting chick-lit reread, I reach for 'Can You Keep A Secret?' by Sophie Kinsella :)

    Hannah's Haven


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