Sally Cronin over at the delightful Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life tagged me in this Book Lover’s Tag Tour. You can read Sally’s own Book Lover’s Tag post here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/09/book-lovers-tag-for-lovers-of-reading/?c=102457#comment-102457.
Since Sir Chocolate and Silly Willy both love reading, how could we possibly resist such an enticing tag, especially during International Literacy Month.
Do you have a specific place for writing?
I write anyhow, any place and any time which means that I write when a passenger travelling in a car, on a bus or by aeroplane. I write while waiting for my boys to do their activities and early in the morning. Often something pops into my head while driving and then I scribble it down when I arrive at my destination. Who needs a specific place when one has a laptop and a notebook.
Book mark or random pieces of paper?
I must hide my head in shame here and admit that I am a page bender. My saving grace is that now I am reading ebooks, my ipad saves my place so I don’t have to bend it [wink!]
Can you stop anywhere or must it be at the end of a chapter?
I try to stop at the end of a chapter so that I don’t have to back track to pick up the feel of the story again. Life tends to happen though so it often doesn’t work out this way for me. I read a couple of books at a time because I am hyperactive and have a limited concentration span for one thought line. I also usually have a book or two on the go with Michael too.
Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
I sometimes drink tea or water. I never eat while reading; smeary marks are bad for the book.
Music or TV whilst reading?
No … these are both to distracting. If the TV is on in the background, I can block it out entirely. I can also block out requests for cool drinks and snacks from my boys whilst reading [tee hee!]
One book at a time or several
Several as I mentioned previously. These are the books I am currently reading – all of which are shaping up to be great!
I am also reading some research books for my WWII through the eyes of a child collection of short stories.
Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?
I read in the same way as I write; anyhow, any place and any time.
Read out loud or silently?
To myself, I read silently, but I do read a lot to my boys still and that is obviously aloud.
Do you read ahead or skip pages?
I certainly do skip pages and read ahead if the book is slow or the author goes on about irrelevant stuff. I skipped over a lot of the third book of Lord of the Rings and also the seventh and final book of Harry Potter [so there! – they dragged].
Break the spine or keep it new?
I try and keep my books in good condition as I collect books and have over 3 000 at home.
Do you write in your books?
Only in research or non-fiction books. I sometimes add interpretations and notes in the margins.
What books have you read recently?
I have read some really amazing Indie books. I love Indie books as the authors don’t write to a [very obvious] formula. Some of my recent favourites are as follows:
All time favourite book?
That is too hard. I can’t choose one. I have put the three books that have influenced my life the most.
My nominations for the Book Lover’s Tag are:
Ritu Bhathal – Poet and author
Judy E Martin – Poet and author
Sojourner McConnell – Author
If you want to join in, please answer the above questions, link back to this page an then tag three new book lovers.
Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town