Here we go!
Have you ever damaged a book?
Yes. Yes I have. I am Justine, First of Her Name. Breaker of Spines, Bender of Pages, Accidental Dropper of Books in Bathtub Puddles. It bothers the hell out of other readers, but whatever. A well-worn book is a well-loved book, right? Right?
Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?
I damage the hell out of my own books, but am super careful with borrowed books. I think I would die of guilt if I damaged someone else’s book, especially if it belonged to someone who is more careful with their books than I am.
How long does it take you to read a book?
It really depends on the length and content, but I am averaging a book every 5.5 days this year (yes I have the data on this, yes I am a huge nerd). When I have a chance to actually sit down and power through, I can bring this up might higher. Unfortunately, I’ve rediscovered World of Warcraft and that is eating up a lot of weekend time.
Books that you haven’t finished?
I have become a lot more comfortable DNF-ing books over the past few years — life is too short to read books you aren’t enjoying. I give a book about 100 pages to grab my interest unless I have a disclaimer from another reader. I have recently DNF-ed ARCs of The House of Mountfathom and The Empress of the Fall. They just didn’t work for me. As far as my own books go, I hate-quit H is for Hawk and That Woman. There was a lot of rage there that I wont get into here.
Hyped/ Popular books you didn’t like?
I have a fair few. I really didn’t enjoy Heartless, which is probably a really unpopular opinion here, and that was hugely disappointing for me. I also didn’t like The Red Queen, which I read last year. I thought it had some potential, but was overall just poorly written. It does happen to have one of my absolute favorite covers though, which is pretty funny.
Also, the Dresden Files. What an absolute ass.
Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?
Nah, I flaunt what I’m reading pretty hard. I’ve had some people try to shame me for reading certain books in the past, like romance novels. This is something I used to struggle with much more, but have pretty much gotten over.
Read what you love. If anyone tries to shame you for it, laugh at them, thwack them over the head with your book, and dance away.
How many books do you own?
I used to own a lot more than I’ve got now — I had about 400 in my tiny New York apartment. When I made the transatlantic move from the US to the UK, I only kept a few books that had sentimental value or were signed. I’ve been slowly rebuilding my library ever since — and much swifter ever since I landed my job. I haven’t counted, but right now we’ve got two very large and very full bookshelves.
Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?
I am a pretty fast reader. Too fast, in fact. I tend to skip over the fine details because I get excited and need to know what happens next. Don’t try to quiz me on the finer points of some of my favorite books, you’ll get a blank stare. This is why I like to try to make time to reread books I truly love.
Do you like to buddy read?
I’ve never done it, but I should! One of the reasons I started this blog was to scream and fangirl with other book lovers.
Do you read better in your head or out loud?
100% in my head. I stumble a lot if I read out loud.
If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?
Oh come on. I guess I would pick Fellowship of the Ring. I could tease apart those words for years.