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Book Meme

Once again, Procrastination wasn't enough to defeat me! Woot! I got my paper turned in at 10pm last night. :-) No idea if it's any good (I think my midterm paper was better), but I got to say a lot of what I wanted to say. And lemme just say, the pharmaceutical industry's got some s'plainin' to do! (Eventually I'll have both the midterm and the final paper published on my science blog (tls_scienceblog) once I get that moving again. Likely this summer.)

Anyhoo, as a break for my brain before I start researching my final paper for the History & Philosophy of Science class (the development of atomic theory & the scientific method), I have a meme about books that I've gakked from ravenskyewalker.

1. Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?

I read when I eat out on my own. But if I'm not doing that, then I don't snack while reading most of the time.

2. Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

Gah! Write in books? Next you'll be asking if I bend the ears of a book?! (Do you know how hard it was for me to write in my college books? Damned difficult. I rarely did it.)

3. How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?

Old duplicate Doctor Who trading cards - Sylvester McCoy ones most usually. I also use bookmarks from the local bookstore (they put one in every batch they sell), receipts, bits of tissue. Whatever I have to hand. And then I get around to replacing the temporary one with a trading card. :-)

4. Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?

Both. Usually fiction, but I enjoy reading science books and travelogues (stand up Michael Palin & Bill Bryson).

5. Hardcopy or audiobooks?

I'll read/listen to anything. Hardcopy, eBook, audiobook. I have very few audiobooks (everything that Sylvester McCoy ever read, the freebies I recently tried from Audible & eMusic), but they are nice to listen to while cleaning, etc.

6. 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?

Although I prefer to reach a breaking point (section or chapter or end of entire book), I'll stop if I need to.

7. If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away? Write it down to look it up later? Just try to infer what it means from the rest of the sentence, and keep going?

I just context clue it and may eventually think to look it up. However, I'm loving that I can instant look-up words in eBooks on my phone. Now I know that kites are more than just those big paper/plastic things kids love to fly in the sky.

8. What are you currently reading?

I've got Our Daily Meds & Side Effects partially read (was reading them for my ethics final paper, will probably finish 'em before I have to return 'em to the library). Am currently reading The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold in the bedroom. Am listening to Fool by Christopher Moore. Have an eBook started (early stages) on my phone, but I don't recall the title. (It's a Mercedes Lackey/someone else book from the Baen Library.) There's also the science philosophy books from my History & Philosophy of Science class which I've read some of, but may not finish.

9. What is the last book you bought?

Academic Stimulus Package (the 4th book from Piled Higher and Deeper (PhD), a webcomic by Jorge Cham). Actually, I purchased a book this morning before work. Volume Two of Girls with Slingshots (a webcomic by Danielle Corsetto). Obviously it hasn't arrived yet. Heh.

10. Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can read more than one at a time?

Look at #8 and then ask again. :-)

11. Do you like re-reading books?

I do enjoy rereading books, which is (one reason) why I prefer to buy rather than borrow from libraries. Although I keep a record of when I finish a book, I never include reread books. So that still forces me to read books I haven't read if I want to reach 50+ books in a year.
Tags: books, sylvester mccoy
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