The Book Addiction tag 📚

book addiction tag(1)Hi everyone!

Books. I love reading them, I love talking about them and even when they make me cry sometimes from so many emotions, I don’t mind for one second. Well, okay, maybe a few seconds when my tears get my glasses all dirty and I have to stop reading to clean them. Books are great, whole universes I can get lost into, fall in love with characters and follow them on their journeys. I always loved reading books, from the moment I actually knew how to read (five year-old me was SO PROUD when she read a whole book out loud to her kindergarden class).

But am I addicted to books? The lovely Marie at Drizzle & Hurricane Books tagged me in the Book Addiction Tag, so I guess that’s our chance to find out!

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1) What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

Before this year, I could spend whole months without picking up a book. I know. For a couple years, I had the worst reading slump ever, and didn’t read as many books as I wanted. Now, this year is a completely different story: I’d say I could go maybe 2 or 3 days without picking up a book? And even that might be stretch depending on the situation. For example, I had the flu at the beginning of April, and with that came awful migraines which meant reading wasn’t really an option.That was so frustrating. So yes, 3 days at the maximum.

2) How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?

I always have my phone with me, and I mostly use the Kindle app to read instead of bringing my kindle with me when I go out. I currently have about 50/60 books downloaded on my phone, so that’s how many I’d have with me.

3) Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?

Depending on the book of course, I’m usually happy to pass them on. I’ve given many to charity, a few to friends, to my mom…For space reasons, or simply because I had no attachment to the book or because I didn’t really enjoy it. Nowadays, physical copies I own are mostly of books I really wanted to keep with me. If it’s a favourite, I’ll keep it, but otherwise I’d be okay giving it away.

4) How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

If we’re talking about the library where I studied at university which had a whole section with books in their original language, mostly english (which are most of the books I read), I could spend thirty minutes to an hour there. Same with the bookstores when I lived in the UK. If it’s a bookstore with only books in french though, I’ll spend a lot less time and that’s the majority of the bookstores where I live now.

5) How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

Thirty minutes for the minimum, but often, it can go up to an hour, an hour and half. On some days, it can be more, like two or three hours but those are not the normal, average days.

6) Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?

This year, I tried to get into the habit to read every evening before bed, and I’ve stuck to it really well aside from a few days. I also sometimes read on my commute to and from university and on my lunch break. That’s kind of the routine, but sometimes I’ll also read at other times if I feel like it.

7) How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?

Keep in mind most of these are ebooks, but I own around 250 books. But I’ll say this again, they’re mostly ebooks. I wouldn’t have the space for 250 physical books.

8) Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

In real like, not that often. I sometimes mention them to my parents or friends but it’s really not that often. On the internet though … It’s very, very often.

9) What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

I’m pretty sure that would be Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.

10) Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (i.e searching bookshops, online digging, etc.)?

A few years ago, I decided I absolutely wanted to read Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl on my 5 hour long train journey home. And I was determined to find a copy of the novel in english as well, but since it was two days before I went home, I couldn’t order it online and get it in time. I live in France, but where I was at the time had a few bookstores with books in english so I was still hopeful. I looked, looked and looked but I couldn’t find it. In the end, because I wanted to read it that much, I bought the french translation which of course, was everywhere.

11) A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?

In general, I don’t DNF books. I’m too stubborn, and this is exactly what happened with The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Was I enjoying the novel? Absolutely not. At first, I legitimately thought it’d get better so I pushed through. By the time I realized it would not get better, I was more than halfway through and I had lost days to it. And because I had lost so much time, I was intent on finishing it. My thought was, I didn’t lose so much time on that novel simply not to finish it. When I did get to the end of the book, it felt like an achievement, but oh I was glad it was finally over.

12) What are 3 of your main book goals for 2019?

I don’t really have goals, because if I had and I didn’t meet them at the end of the year, I would be disappointed in myself. I have a few general goals though:

  • I had set my reading challenge at 40 books at the start of the year, but since I have read more than I had anticipated, I’ve raised it to 50 books recently. I’m pretty confident I’ll meet this goal and I might raise it again in a few months, who knows.
  • Finish a few series I started reading a few years ago if I wanted to finish them but simply never got to them. For example, that would be the case for Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
  • Continue and finish my reread of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, so I can finally start reading the rest of The Shadowhunter Chronicles.

13) Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?

I don’t think I have, no 🙁

14) Describe what books mean to you in five words.

They truly mean the world.

For this tag, I’m tagging:

🌷 Caro @ Bookcheshirecat

🌷 Aline @ Fully Booked

🌷 Taasia @ Librae Paints Pages

Don’t feel like you have to do it, and if I didn’t tag you but you want to do it, consider yourself tagged!

flower(1)What is the longest book you’ve personally read? What do books mean to you? I’d love to talk to you in the comments!

Until next time,

Noémie

7 thoughts on “The Book Addiction tag 📚

  1. Ahh I’m so glad you did this tag,I loved reading your answers 🙂 What did you think of Beautiful Creatures? 🙂
    One of my goals is also to try and finish some series I have started a while ago.. I’m always terrible at following up with them, but I really want to make an effort haha. 🙂

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      • Ahah I get that, I feel the exact same way about this series! 🙂
        I need to finish Marie Lu’s series -like… well, all of them, I’ve started them all haha, I want to finish the Thousandth Floor series as well, Flame in the Mist…SO many series haha.

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