BBAW-Reading & Blogging

BBAW 2011 - Graphic (200px wide)I have been too busy (and forgetful) to participate in BBAW week this year, but thought I’d do at least one post. I combined today’s topic with the meme.   Visit BBAW for other posts on these topics.

Book bloggers blog because we love reading. Has book blogging changed the way you read? Have you discovered books you never would have apart from book blogging? How has book blogging affected your book acquisition habits? Have you made new connections with other readers because of book blogging? Choose any one of these topics and share your thoughts today!

When I started blogging in January 2008, my intent was to talk about the books I read and anything bookish that tickled my fancy.  I had only read 40 books the year before and wanted to read more.  It took me a while to find the book blogging community.  I didn’t seek it out.  I did happen across Kathy (Bermudaonion) after a while and then started finding all the other great book blogs out there.  I was/am a lover of romances, mysteries, and classics, but other bloggers have encouraged me to read more mainstream fiction, chick lit.  It seems the blogging community has embraced the YA genre and I try to read one or two a year that appeal to me, but that is one genre I haven’t completely fallen in love with.

I have met so many wonderful people through this blog.  I wish I had more time to email or tweet to further those relationships, but I try my best to visit their blogs and comment often.  I’m terrible at responding to comments left on my posts but I  read andlove each one.  I just don’t have the time to respond and visit other blogs too.

My wish list, thanks to other book bloggers, is 20 pages long!

Today’s it’s all about the creativity.  We have this fabulous reading meme for you below and all you have to do?  Pick ONE or answer them all in as few words as possible!  Be creative, have fun, stand out!  That’s all! 

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?  Not really, unless wine counts 🙂
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you? Depends on the book.  Some books just beg to marked.
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?  Laying the book flat open? Whatever is available, even dog-ears.
Fiction, Non-fiction, or both? Mostly fiction.  I usually read to escape reality.
Hard copy or audiobooks? Both.
Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?  At this point, I often read in minutes spurts here and there.  I don’t often have the luxury of reading to the end of the chapter!
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?  No.
What are you currently reading? Skinny Legs & All, Mists of Avalon, Invitation (Deveraux), listening to Roots
What is the last book you bought? I picked up 7 a few days ago at Border’s.  They blend in with all of the other books I’ve brought home from Border’s in the past month!
Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?  See above.
Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read? Anytime I can catch a few minutes.  At the gym or when Gage sleeps.
Do you prefer series books or stand alone books? Both
Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over? Harlan Coben, Elizabeth Berg, A Confederacy of Dunces.
How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?) Currently, a series bookshelf, books read, books to read and signed books bookshelves all alphabetized.