49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
I keep them in rough fiction/non-fiction order, by bookshelf.
At home I have all my books organized by size. Big, heavy books are on the bottom shelf, paperbacks on the upper shelves. Comics and oversize books are in the middle. The paperbacks are 4-stacked: Front and back, up and down, so I can fit 4x as many mass market paperbacks on a shelf. It does make for a bit of an expedition when I want to find a book.
At work, things are more grouped by topic. I have separate shelves for
- Books I read for work things (summer reading, faculty reading circles)
- LIS books
- Academic books aka books that make me look smart (my copy of the Domesday Book and the Complete works of Shakespeare, and my books on Arabic calligraphy)
- Fiction about books and libraries.
55 Reading Questions
- Let me tell you about my books!
- 1. Favorite childhood book?
- 2. What are you reading right now?
- 3. What books do you have on request at the library?
- 4. Bad book habit?
- 5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
- 6. Do you have an e-reader?
- 7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
- 8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
- 9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?
- 10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
- 11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
- 12. What is your reading comfort zone?
- 13. Can you read on the bus?
- 14. Favorite place to read?
- 15. What is your policy on book lending?
- 16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
- 17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
- 18. Not even with text books?
- 19. What is your favourite language to read in?
- 20. What makes you love a book?
- 21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
- 22. Favorite genre?
- 23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
- 24. Favourite biography?
- 25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
- 26. Favourite cookbook?
- 27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
- 28. Favorite reading snack?
- 29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
- 30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
- 31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
- 32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
- 33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
- 34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
- 35. Favorite Poet?
- 36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
- 37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
- 38. Favorite fictional character?
- 39. Favourite fictional villain?
- 40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
- 41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
- 42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
- 43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
- 44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
- 45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
- 46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
- 47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
- 48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
- 49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
- 50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
- 51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
- 52. Name a book that made you angry.
- 53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
- 54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
- 55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
An infolit haiku
Rain, snow, ice, sleet, cold
Dodging puddles on campus
Final class this term
For the confusèd among you.
- Old English (Anglo-Saxon): Eft he axode, hu ðære ðeode nama wære þe hi of comon. Him wæs geandwyrd, þæt hi Angle genemnode wæron. Þa cwæð he, "Rihtlice hi sind Angle gehatene, for ðan ðe hi engla wlite habbað, and swilcum gedafenað þæt hi on heofonum engla geferan beon."
- Middle English: In þat lond ben trees þat beren wolle, as þogh it were of scheep; whereof men maken clothes, and all þing þat may ben made of wolle. In þat contree ben many ipotaynes, þat dwellen som tyme in the water, and somtyme on the lond: and þei ben half man and half hors, as I haue seyd before; and þei eten men, whan þei may take hem.
- Early Modern English: But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief, That thou her maid art far more fair than she Be not her maid, since she is envious; Her vestal livery is but sick and green And none but fools do wear it; cast it off. It is my lady, O, it is my love!
- Modern English: Moving forward using all my breath. Making love to you was never second best. I saw the world crashing all around your face, never really knowing it was always mesh and lace. I'll stop the world and melt with you. You've seen the difference and it's getting better all the time. There's nothing you and I won't do. I'll stop the world and melt with you.