Hello, hello! Today I’ll be answering some interesting bookish questions in the Reader Confession Tag. I think the concept of “reader confessions” is really interesting because certain topics tend to be thought of as “taboo” or “controversial” even though many of us actually agree with each other. Hopefully these answers help shed some light on our similarities. Thanks so much to Shar @ Virtually Read for tagging me!!
Have you ever damaged a book?
Yes, unfortunately. Anyone who’s been a student knows how difficult it can be to keep paperbacks pristine in a backpack stuffed with spiral notebooks, office supplies, and gym clothes. (And don’t even get me started on the horrors of crowded school bus seats…)
Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?
Not that I can remember? Apart from a few scratches and dents, I tend to take pretty good care of my books, especially if they belong to someone else.
How long does it take you to read a book?
It definitely depends on the type, length, writing style, and subject matter of a book. If the book is short or I’m really interested in the story or topic then it’s likely that I’ll read it over the course of a single free day or weekend. On average, I’d say that it usually takes me about a week.
I very, very rarely DNF books– to the point where I think I’ve only completely given up on a handful or two of books in my life. The most recent example that I can think of is from a few years ago when I tried reading Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock and couldn’t get past the first one hundred pages. I could only handle so many bad puns on cows, dairy, and farming before I had to put it down for good.
Despite the overwhelming praise I’ve heard for this novel and the two other books in the trilogy, I was disappointed when I read The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. The personality of Belly, the main character, just didn’t click with me at all and I found it difficult to relate with her dramatic outlook on life. I really wanted to like this book– I even read it on the beach to try to get in the mood!– but sometimes you just can’t win.
Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?
No. I’m really transparent about what I read (as you can probably tell from the nature of this blog) so I can’t see myself “hiding” the fact that I’m reading a certain book from someone.
How many books do you own?
Too many to count! I’m currently in the process of trying to read all of the books I own and then get rid of the ones I don’t want anymore and won’t read again. Since starting college I’ve accumulated a ridiculous amount of books (mostly textbooks and novels from English classes) so my bedroom at home now resembles the back room of an overflowing bookshop. There are piles of books everywhere!
Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?
Recently I made a post talking all about reading speed, so I’ve actually done a few different reading speed tests online. Apparently I read an average of about 497 words per minute. Considering that the average adult reads around 300 wpm and the average college student reads about 450 wpm, I’d say that I’m a pretty average reader. Numbers aside, I don’t really consider myself a fast reader; rather, I just spend a lot of time reading.
I’ve only actually done a buddy read once before (when I read When We Collided with Peyton @ A Bookish Mess). I really enjoyed it, but my problem is that I don’t always have time to coordinate reading a book with someone else. I’m always afraid that I’m going to commit to reading a book with someone and then have to back out at the last minute due to a lack of free time. But if anyone is interested in potentially doing a buddy read this summer, I’m all ears!
Do you read better in your head or out loud?
I definitely read better in my head. Sometimes I’ll try reading aloud if I’m having trouble focusing or if a text I’m reading for class is written with a thick dialect or accent, but usually I find that it just slows me down.
This question is so difficult!!! I probably give a different answer each time I’m asked this question, but for now I’ll go with The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. It’s a book I always turn to whenever I need to read something comforting, so I think it would be a great one to have on hand. Besides, I don’t think I could ever get tired of reading it!
- Louise @ Foxes & Fairy Tales
- Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads
- Nicole @ Nicole’s Novel Reads
- Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff
- Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook
- Clare and Aimee @ The Literary Wanderlust
- Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction
- And YOU!!!
What are your answers to these questions? What do you think of mine? Have any other reader confessions of your own? Let me know in the comments section below!