Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday Salon: 7 Things About Me as a Reader

The Sunday

Today's Sunday Salon post was inspired by a post by Vasilly where she listed 7 unique things about her life as a reader. In that same vein, here are 7 things that you may not know about me and my bookish tendencies:
  1. During elementary school, I hated writing book reports. However, I kept a red three-ring binder filled with reviews of books I'd read for fun. Most of these were reviews of Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins books. I wish I'd kept them because, after reviewing a Baby-Sitters Club book this week, I'm very curious what my 9-year-old self thought about the same books.

  2. I have a huge collection of bookmarks. I probably have well over one hundred of them at this point. It's rare for me to leave a bookstore without at least one new bookmark. It's a very practical collection for a bibliophile. I'll often coordinate the bookmark with the book I'm reading -- for example, an R2-D2 bookmark for a Star Wars book, Gryffindor bookmark for the Harry Potter books, etc.

  3. I have stayed up all night on many occasions just to finish a good book. (Perhaps this will come in handy for the next 24 Hour Read-a-Thon?)

  4. I only read 17 books in 2007. I'm fairly certain that this is my lowest yearly total since I learned to read independently. I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in early 2007, and was quite ill for most of the year. I was unable to do many of the things that I love -- garden, go shopping, attend church, hang out with friends, but I think the worst thing was being unable to read. I had difficulty concentrating and and would find myself reading the same sentence or paragraph over and over until I got too frustrated to continue. I was absolutely ecstatic that my health improved to the point that I was able to read 125 books in 2008, and I am even more excited that I'm on pace to surpass last year's total.

  5. I'm much more drawn to female main characters than male main characters, especially when it comes to series books: Mary Russell, Amelia Peabody, Miss Marple, etc. Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter are notable exceptions to this.

  6. My favorite time of day to read is just before bed. There's something very soothing about setting aside all the cares of the day and getting lost in a good book for an hour or two. (I'm sure this practice contributes to #3!)

  7. I can feel at home just about anywhere as long as I have my books with me.

This afternoon I'll be finishing up the last few chapters of The Game by Laurie R. King, then it's on to Locked Rooms by the same author. I'm hoping to have the entire Mary Russell series re-read in time for Tuesday's release of the ninth book, The Language of Bees.

The Week in Reviews:
The Girls of Lighthouse Lane: Rose's Story
The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
The Girls of Lighthouse Lane: Lizabeth's Story
The Babysitters Club Mystery: Claudia and the Lighthouse Ghost
Inside the Hub: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Torchwood

What are you reading this weekend?


  1. I wish you had your old book reviews too - I'd love to read one of them. I love to read right before bed too. I'm so glad your health has improved!

  2. Your old book reviews sound so interesting. I loved this entire post thoroughly - it's nice getting to know you better. I have a friend who collects bookmarks, too - I like how you use your collection by matching bookmark to book! And reading before bed ... me too!

  3. I often wish I could read my book reports from when I was little! I never had quite so many, but I think it would be interesting to see what I thought.

    I'm so glad you have been feeling better! I hope it never makes you that sick again.

  4. What did you do to get over CFS? Maybe you could post about it for us! Especially a lot of women seem to get that problem.

    Re wondering how you reacted when you were little - that's what's so great about the blogs now - at least you can look back later and know how you reacted as a young adult, because it will no doubt change again later! I love reading YA books but my biggest problem is trying to think - well, how would I have reacted as an 8-12 yr old? The next generation can just pull up their blogs!

  5. 2. You would probably cringe if you saw what I mark pages with. I use anything that is handy. Most often that means paper napkins and shopping receipts.

    3. I've been guilty of staying up until 2a on a work night to finish a good book. That's why I gave up novels for years -- I felt like I couldn't control myself!

    4. Wow -- 17 books a year is slow for you? It would be an achievement for me. For quite a while I averaged 2 books a year. When my kids were little, it was easier to watch TV than to focus on a book.

  6. #6 describes me, too. I love going to bed just a little early so I can wallow in story for a while longer than I'd otherwise be able to.

  7. I'm sorry for you that you don't still have those reviews...I have no doubt you would get a real kick out of reading them.

    I've done the same coordinating with book marks in the past. It made me smile when I was reading about you doing that.

    I'm so glad your health is better. It is miserable when your body won't allow you to do all the things you enjoy. That is why I really want to concentrate on improving my health. I want to be active in old age, not just now.

    I recently got my wife to check out Laurie R. King's books. My wife's name before marriage was Mary Russell, so I had no doubt she would enjoy reading about this character.

  8. Hi Bookish Ruth...
    I enjoyed reading your 7 things about you as a reader. I also love female main characters...particularly strong women who rock the boat so to speak. LOL I'm impressed with your bookmark collection. Awesome. Also...sorry to hear about your CFS....I know what chronic illness is like. Fatigue especially is daunting and a true bummer for a reader. Glad you are doing much better and your totals are awesome.

  9. Wow, I'm impressed with your bookmark collection. I must confess I always folded my corners until a year or two ago when another book blogger persuaded me of the error of my ways. :-) I just use whatever's handy, though. Sometimes I ask my kids to make bookmarks for me.

  10. I'm so impressed that you can stay up all night reading, especially with a sleep disorder! I fall asleep far too easily, even when the book is engaging. I like attaching the bookmark to the book, too, and I thought I was the only one! Finally, it is neat to reread something we enjoyed as a child. Sometimes, I have a whole new take on it.

  11. Not only do I like female protagonists better than male, I like female authors better than male. I want an author who can get inside people's heads, not simply narrate a tale. Though the truth is that I'm finding Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse a bit too much in the head....Couldn't she just get her people to the lighthouse already?

  12. I also have a huge collection of book marks, mine isn't as large as yours, but I have at least 20 of them. I'm really bad when I'm waiting in line, and there's the turn tables of bookmarks.

    And like you, I also will stay up all night and finish a book. Even if I have work the next day.

  13. I also have a large bookmark collection, mine isn't as large as yours, but I still have about twenty or more bookmarks. And like you said, I will also stay up late into the night, just to finish a book.

    I like your blog, found it through another's blog on by reader. (And sorry if there's a double post, I'm having internet problems)

  14. Wow...I would have loved to read your Sweet Valley Twins reviews, I used to read a lot of those too.

    My favorite time of day to read is also just before bed. There is nothing better to declutter your brain.

  15. Hi Ruth, thanks for stopping by MM today. It's always nice to have such great visitors. One of my friends uses a new bookmark for every book so she can write down any vocabulary words she doesn't know from the book. I think that is a neat idea. Glad to hear you are feeling better too. Have a good week.

  16. I coordinate my bookmarks too! I thought I was the only person who did that. That's what I love about the book blogging world - you learn that you're not at all as strange as you think. lol.

    Great post! I might have to do this some time.

  17. oh the sweet valley high series...such prose! loved those twins--jessica and elizabeth. i desperately WANTED a twin after reading about the wakefield girls. lol.

  18. I love to read right before bed too, it's soothing. I can't read school books though, my brain needs to think too much and then I don't sleep. I have to read light things.