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Random Tag Tuesday is a new feature I wanted to try out just to mix things up a bit.  The name is a throwback to my college days when Tuesdays were the day for, well, random adventures.  For my blog, it will mean that on any given Tuesday I’ll tackle one of the many tags I always wanted to write about but never got around to.  Please note that most of these will come from my backlog notes and that I am terrible about keeping track of where I find these. As such, I probably will rarely, if ever, tag anyone.  It is not personal.

This next tag has been kicking around on my list for a while now, and it seemed rather timely since I’m in the middle of a reading spree!

What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

I usually start feeling it if I go more than two or three days in a row without a book.  I don’t often get to read on weekends, so by the time I get on the train to work Monday morning I am ready read!

How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?

I rarely, if ever, have a physical book on me these days and if I do it is the one that I am currently reading.  There’s probably hundreds on my kindle, though many of them are on there only because I share the account with my wife.  Sometimes to great benefit, others to my great amusement.

Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?

After a recent, and major, decluttering effort we’ve actually trimmed down our hoard of books rather significantly the last few years.  All were either given away via Facebook marketplace or donated locally. As such, we don’t really buy that many physical books anymore and the majority of my reading comes from the library.

How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

Depends on the circumstances of my visit.  I probably could spend hours in a shop of sufficient size and quality, though usually it’s more like 30 minutes, or whatever the attention span of my son is on that particular day.

How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

I believe the only appropriate answer here is not nearly enough!  I average about an hour a day on a typical week.

Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?

It is an essential part of my morning and afternoon transit routine.

How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books).

Easily hundreds.  Most are in electronic form.

Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

Depends on who I’m talking to.  At least one or two times a week I guess, though to be fair I am an extremely quiet person.

What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

Probably Oathbringer, by Brandon Sanderson.  Official page count is 1,248.

Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds i.e searching bookshops, online digging etc?

I don’t think there has been, actually.

A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?

Armada, by Ernest Cline.  It felt like an almost insultingly patronizing cash-in on nostalgia and derivative of the more interesting Ready Player One.

What are 3 of your main book goals for 2019?

  1. Get caught up on or complete some the series I am in the middle of.
  2. Read and review 25 books.  It’s a humble yet realistic number for myself.
  3. Make a plan for tackling, or at least organizing, my TBR list.

Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?

No.  I don’t feel the need to force anyone into something, though most people I know read plenty anyway.

Describe what books mean to you in five words?

A healthy escape from reality.