MeMe: Reading Habits

I just love these, senseless surveys are a great way to waste time. I found this one at An Adventure in Reading.

1. Do you remember learning to read? How old were you?
I don't remember learning how to read, and my parents story of it differs. One thing I know for sure if they thought I was reading before I actually was, since I was just memorizing the books they had.

2. What do you find most challenging to read?
Sometimes very thick books can lose my interest. In my mind 99% of large books out there just need a good trim. The Stand and IT, for example, were great stories, but would have been improved a bit shorter. There's a lot of cases where I just say more-more-more! though. Some non-fiction is hard for me to read, depending on the subject. It just depends on my mood.

3. What are your library habits?
This may surprise many, but I never go to the library anymore. It's too much of a pain to get to in my town and I obtain books from other sources.

4. Have your library habits changed since you were younger?

5. How has blogging changed your reading life?
It makes me more determined to widen what books I read, and I'm happier for it.

6. What percentage of your books do you get from: New book stores, second hand book stores, the library, online exchange sites, online retailers, other?
I very, very rarely purchase from brick and mortar new stores. I do frequent the local used bookstore quite a bit and always come out spending too much money. I belong to three reading clubs with Dorchester, where I primarily get new fiction. I also use paperbackswap quite a bit, great site!

7. How often do you read a book and NOT review it in your blog? What are your reasons for not blogging about books?
Sometimes if I can't get into the book because it's beyond my reading taste, I won't review or finish it. I'd say this happens about one out a hundred times (maybe less) It's rare.

8. What are your pet peeves about ways people abuse books? Dogearing pages? Reading in the bath?
I can't stand when people read the end first! What's the point?? Remember guys, to quote Lex Luthor from Smallville (inner nerdom showing big time here), It's not about the ending, but about the journey.

9. Do you ever read for pleasure at work?
Very rarely. My job's super slow right now and it's tempting but I can' t relax enough there, and I usually do have something to do *sigh*

10. When you give people books as gifts, how do you decide what to give them?
My family doesn't read so that leaves them out. I don't give books as gifts as no one really enjoys reading around me except a small circle of friends, and they typically have more books than they can handle already.