The Books and Life Tag

As it’s blogmas and I need to think of things to fill each day I of course turn to tags. The Books and Life tag was created by Steve Donoghue on YouTube and I was inspired to do it after seeing RinceyReads’ video. It’s all about reading habits and where and how books fit into your life.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being a normal person and 10 being the late Harold Bloom, how much are books and reading a part of your life?
This honestly fluctuates. I’ll always say I’m a reader and have been since I was a kid but the amount of time I dedicate to reading can change each month or year. Like this year will be the least amount of books I’ve read in years as I just haven’t felt the need to read like I have before. So, I’d say for now I’m about a 4. I still read more than the average person but I’m never up to date about new releases or what books coming out I’m super excited about.

Where does your personal library stand right now in relation to the rest of your life? Do you have more books now than you ever have? Fewer? How has your library changed?
I definitely have fewer books compared a few years ago. I unhauled boxes of books earlier this year, partly due to space and partly due to admitting that some of the books I had I was no longer interested in and would never read. My personal library is probably a 70/30 split on books I’ve yet to read and favourites that I’ll probably never get rid of. I think nowadays it takes me a lot to keep a book after I’ve read it if I didn’t love it. If I have no desire to read it again and just thought it was fine, I’d rather it go to a new home where someone else can maybe enjoy it.

Take a mental step back and ask yourself: what is the most likely first bookish impression a newcomer would have in your home?
I rent a room in a flat so the many living space is pretty sparse in terms of either of our personalities. In my bedroom I have a little TBR organiser that fits about 4-6 books in depending on how big they are. They’re the only books on show, the rest of my books (which is the majority of my TBR) is on shelves in my wardrobe as I don’t have a bookcase here. My favourite books are at my mum’s where they are on display on bookcases in the living room.

How often (if ever, gulp) do you clean or re-organize your books?
I sometimes dust the tops of the books in my TBR organiser but I very rarely clean or reorganise the books in my wardrobe. They’re all stacked on top of one another so unless I want to read a book that’s in the middle or near the bottom of a stack, they don’t move.

On average, how many books do you acquire in a given week?
This ebbs and flows to be honest. Some weeks or months I can buy like six books at once, especially if I go into a bookshop to buy a book for someone else. I can then very rarely resist buying some for myself at the same time. But equally I can also go weeks or months without acquiring a single book. So on average it’d probably work out to be one a week.

What song is your current ear-worm?
I’m so bad at keeping up with music but That’s What I Want by Lil Nas X is super catchy and I very much enjoy it every time it comes on the radio when I’m driving.

What percentage of your self-control do you retain in a well-stocked bookshop?
Accidentally kind of answered this in question before but I really lack self-control in bookshops. I can probably keep about 30% of my self-control when I’m in one. Especially if I see a buy on get one half price deal on a book I wanted, it’d be rude not to get another book and take advantage of that deal!

Do you ever feel the need to take a break from books? If so, what form does it take?
This year it’s definitely been TV shows that have taken up my reading time. Before that, films were definitely what I watched the most. If anything, recently it’s been reading that’s been the break from other things. I would like to change that in 2022 and have a more even split across my hobbies.

When you meet a new person, how long does it take you to bring up books?
A while if I’m honest. I’m more likely to try and bond over favourite films than favourite books. Part of that is because my reading is so varied it’s hard to think of a book that’s a good chance to be able to bond over. Also, I seem to instantly forget every book I’ve ever read when people ask me about them.

Have you given any thought/made any provisions for your personal library after you croak?
Not really. I suppose I’d like it if friends/family went through my books and took soe they thought they might like but really as long as they weren’t dumped anywhere and were instead donated to a charity shop or a library, I’d be happy.

Are you known among your friends & loved ones for your weird and probably unhealthy relationship with books?
Well, they definitely know I like books and it’s probably one of those things that is used to describe me. My friends and family definitely know that they can always give me a book as a birthday/Christmas present and I’d love it. I love seeing what books people might think I’d like.

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