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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!)
- 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?