It is not only the reading of books that I love - I also love looking at books neatly lined up on shelves, organizing books, carrying books around, smelling the scent of their pages, making lists of books that I want to read, and simply being around books.
I recently saw this list of questions about books and reading at Sophie's blog, For love and idleness (which she got from Tammy at Daisy Yellow):
- What is on your reading list for 2010?
- Do you keep track of the books you read?
- How many books (fiction + non-fiction) do you read each year?
- Has the number of books per year increased or decreased over the last 5 years?
- Do you read more than one book at once?
- Do you read more fiction or non-fiction?
1. What is on your reading list for 2010?
Depends what I happen to find at used bookstores and library discard sales, and what I feel like re-reading. Books that are currently on the "to read" shelf include Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, Night and Day by Virginia Woolf, Rocannon's World by Ursula K. Le Guin, Villette by Charlotte Brontë, and The Unicorn by Nancy Hathaway (the last 3 will be re-reads). I don't usually plan what I'm going to read for longer than a month ahead of time.
2. Do you keep track of the books you read?
Yes, I began this in December 2008, by writing the title of each book that I read as I finish it in a notebook, organized by month and year. This makes it easy to count the number of books I read each month, and for the whole year. I also have LibraryThing (with which I am totally obsessed), which is mainly for organizing my entire library, but also for keeping track of the books that I have lined up to read and that I am currently reading.
3. How many books (fiction + non-fiction) do you read each year?
Last year I read 156 books, of which 70 (45%) were non-fiction, and the rest fiction. I suspect that I read more books than usual last year as I read 35 books just in May, which was probably a record for me. Probably the average is closer to 100 books per year.
4. Has the number of books per year increased or decreased over the last 5 years?
Hard to tell, since it is only during the last year that I have begun keeping data on this, but I suspect it has increased.
5. Do you read more than one book at once?
Sometimes. I commonly read one fiction book and one non-fiction book at the same time. Very rarely do I read more than one fiction book at once (unless one happens to be a book of short stories), but I will read multiple non-fiction books together. To see what I'm reading now, check out the "Currently Reading" section in the sidebar.
6. Do you read more fiction or non-fiction?
Judging from last year's data (45% non-fiction), I think I read about equal amounts of both (with perhaps a bit more fiction). The amount of non-fiction that I read has certainly increased over the last few years, although I probably still own more fiction.
So what about you? What are your reading habits? What books are you currently reading?