Thursday, October 29, 2009

What's your poison

With the many ways technology keeps advancing there are so many ways to read a book. There is the old fashioned way of paper, which still is a world wide favorite. Then there is audio. This is the most convenient if you are more of an auditory person. What is great is you can pop a cassette (for you people my age), or CD and now download it to an ipod (for you new generations) and listen to it where ever you go.

Technology has now taken reading one step further. You can now by a digital reader like the Kindle and have 100's of books at your fingertips in one machine. It's the ipod for books. Even the Iphone has book applications where you can buy books (Kindle app) or buy and app that has it's own library.

What is my poison?

I have to say I love it old school. I love having that actual book in my lap with pages to turn. However, sometimes I do forget my book when I leave the house so my Iphone is my back up.
My books are my American Express card... I never leave home without it!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My Life of Books!

Welcome to a little experiment I thought I would dabble in. Not sure how wet my feet will become with this blog, but hey why not try.

As far back as I can remember or well knew how to read I loved reading. I was the girl that would want to fill her suitcase with books instead of clothing when going on vacation. Even now I only buy purses big enough to hold the books I am reading. These purses have to be on the bigger side since most books I read aren't tiny.

Now don't be fooled by the title of this blog page. It isn't going to be about chick flick type books. I used this catchy title as a spin off to my family blog 3 Chicks and a Rooster. Honestly I am a lover of all genres.

I found this survey from The Introvertz Book Survey and thought I would use this for you to get a little background into what kind of reader I am... If I am writing about what I read this survey seems befitting.

1. What book are you reading now?

I am actually reading 2 different books at the moment.

The Shack by William P. Young

The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian

2.What are your favorite books? [You can put specific books or genres or both.

I truly have only one book that I can read over and over and over again. I have read and analyzed this book to death. If you see my original copy you will find writing all over the margins and highlighting galore. This book is:

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

3. What 's the funniest book you ever read?

I would have to say The Queen of Babble series by Meg Cabot.

4.What books have changed the way you look at the world or the way you live your life?

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

This book made me get out of my "It's all about me" phase and showed me that there truly were bigger issues in the world.

5. What books have affirmed what you believe about life or the way you look at things?

This would be one of the books I am reading now.

The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian

6. What books have you changed your mind about?

A question like this always makes me chuckle, because the answer is the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I was one of those that did nothing but slam the series and wondered how one book could gain such a following. Then one semester in college I had to take a Children Lit class. What book was on the list? None other than Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. After reading that I couldn't put the rest down.

7. What are some of the scariest books you've ever read?

I honestly don't think I have read one that was the scariest. Now I have read plenty that kept me on the "edge of my seat" so to speak.

8. About how many books do you think you have you read in your life?

Wow this is one question I cannot answer for I have read too many to count!

9.About how many books do you own?

This is again another question I really can't answer. This number changes every time I head to the library to donate books. I also have many many boxes of books stored. I have no room and these books I can't part with.

10. How many books per month do you usually borrow from the library?

I honestly haven't been to the library in months. I have many books I have bought to read that I am trying to catch up on them before I add more to my stack.

11. Do you read in bed?

Always! Can't go to sleep without reading my current book. Something I have been doing for a while now.

12. Do you ever read while walking or driving?

Walking yes and with driving only if I am reading directions. If I feel I am not safe texting and drive there is no way I am reading a book while driving.

13. OK, let's get real. Where is the strangest place you've read a book?

I have read a book in many places but I would call them strange.

14. Do you listen to audio books?

I don't have the attention span to listen. I must read... I have always been a visual learner.

15. What book was the most difficult to read?

I have read many difficult books, but they were difficult in many ways. Some were to thick with information and difficult for me to grasp. The language in some were hard to understand (Shakespeare for example).

16. Do you read every word of a book, or skip parts that don't hold your interest?

I am ashamed to say that if a book gets slow in many parts than I give up. There are few that I have tried reading again.

17. What books do you keep intending to read but put off?

They used to be school books that just didn't interest me. When I put off a book the main reason is for lack of time to concentrate. These books are usually my classic literature books that I must concentrate on the language and underlying meanings.

18. Do you buy new or used books, paperbacks or hardbacks, leather or collector's items?
I try to by used or paperback , but sometimes I take the plunge and go for hardbacks if that is all the book store has. There are a couple 1st editions I want to acquire at one point.

19. How do you feel about writing in books, dog earing, etc

If it is a book I am reading for school than I will write all over it. Especially if I am writing a paper related to it. Some books I don't mine but some are too precious to me. As an adult I refuse to dog ear. Especially if I will be donating. I try to keep the book I donate in pristine condition. Well as pristine as I can with my youngest Chick finding her way to them.

20. What is the first book you remember reading

Well I can remember the first series I read. That series was The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin.

21. Do you lend your books? Ever had to hire Large Louis to get it back for you?

If I am going to donate them then I have no problem lending them out. If they are treasured books I would hire Large Louis to get them back. The person they are lent to would be forewarned.

22. What were your favorite books when you were a child

23. What children's books do you most enjoy as an adult.

Classic children books like Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne and the ones listed above.

24. What books would you especially recommend to young people?

This is a question I can't answer because my philosophy is to choose books you want to read. I have learned this by my oldest daughter. I have given her many recommendations and even bought her some as a surprise. The only books she finishes are those she has chosen on her own. I have told past students that it is important to choose books you are interested in reading.

25. Do you ever read the ending first?

Have I been tempted? Absolutely. Will I ever? Absolutely not! I just can't ruin the story for myself!

If you haven't taken a book survey I suggest you do. It would be fun to read the different reading personalities out there!