Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Topic Free Frippery

I've been stuck for a bloggable topic lately, most likely

because I'm coming up to my Big Middle and stuck deep,

deep, *deep* in the throes of Second Act Insanity. So, in an effort to break the Bloggy Ice, I thought I'd do this meme I stole from Charles and Candy.

Reading Habits

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
I read whenever, feeding times included. My favorite reading snack would be beer. My most likely would be coffee.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
I'm not much for marking.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
Bookmark, or, in an effort to foster neuronal connection and stave off dementia, one simply remembers one's page.

Fiction, nonfiction, or both?
Both. Most books I read are fiction these days, since I got the hang of using the interwebs to do nonfiction research...

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
I can put a book down whenever I need to, though I do prefer to at least reach a scene break.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?
Nope. Sadly, I tend to drop the word and the context in which it was used in a sort of mental file, that I may bring it out later, often horribly misused.

What are you currently reading?
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (an old friend and constant comfort in times of darkness)
a biography of Henry Miller, title and author of which escape me

What is the last book you bought?
The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes

Are you the type of person who reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?
I’ll frequently have several going at a time. But one will usually be my main focus.

Do you have a favorite time/place to read?
I grabs it where I finds it.

Do you prefer series books or stand alones?
I'm easy.

Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Bottoms by Joe Lansdale
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

How do you organize your books?(by genre, title, author’s last name, etc.)
Organization is a strong word for what I do. A *very* strong word. There are... groupings, but attributing any intelligent design to my shelves is like seeing a sense of purpose in the formation of a sand dune...


Riss said...

Ooo, I like it. Hehe. I might have to think about a few of those questions the next time I get stuck in the "Blogging Dead Zone."

Glad to see you're still out there (c:

Charles Gramlich said...

I do typically remember my page. most of the time the bookmark is pretty much a convenience.

I used to have a better memory for where my books are than I do now.

Unknown said...

I enjoyed that - thanks for sharing :-)

Unknown said...

Hmmm. I was certain that the thought of writing in books horrified you. It sure does bother me when I'm reading something & some imbecile has scrawled their poorly spelled opinion all over my page. mwah!

cs harris said...

Yes, "groupings," that's a good word for what I do. And I like the fluidity of the sand dune image, since an inability to stop buying books leads to the need to constantly shift and reform one's stacks.

And despite being a Classics major, I'm ashamed to admit I've never read Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. Must go look and see if it's on my shelves. Now, is it likely to a "pretty" book, or a humdrum copy...

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Enjoyed this - and thanks for the Thoreau quote in response to my comment on a previous post. It's just what I need! I'm off to figure out how to build the foundations under my castles ...

Barbara Martin said...

I always find it interesting to see what other writers like to read and their quirks in respect of that. Thanks for sharing, Steve.

Steve Malley said...

Riss, I am, indeed, out there. ;)

Charles, the books I can remember. The forty minuties I spent wandering around the tattoo shop looking for keys that were in my hand are best left... undiscussed. :)

Liz, you're welcome. That's just the kind of guy I am.

Holly, I must confess that in younger, more transgressive days I did indeed mark notes in the margins of certain scrolls and papyrii. I have since learned the error of my ways...

Steve Malley said...

Candy, Candy, Candy... how are we to understand the Stoic philosophy (which deeply informed early, proto-Christian thought and hence much of our current culture) without the writings of Epictetus and marcus Aurelius, one a slave, the other an emperor, both looking at our short time on this mortal coil with the same steady resolve?

Steve Malley said...

Ralph, at most I am but a finger, pointing at the moon. Good luck with those foundations!

Barbara, you're welcome. The sharing was my pleasure.

Lana Gramlich said...

*LOL @ the relativity of "intelligent design" in organizing your bookshelves!*

Shauna Roberts said...

Fun post! I'm going to do it too.

Drizel said...

Very kewl....and o so happy to see your easy.....:) hahahaha...just teasing:)