The Book Addiction Tag

I’ve been tagged in my first blog tag ever by the lovely Alex from Whimsy Pages! She’s definitely a book blogger I look up to as she posts a lot of quality content and her page looks gorgeous! Please check out her page, it’s also full of blogging tips.


So here are the questions:
1. What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
2. How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?
3. Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
4. How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
5. How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
6. Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?
7. How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
8. Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
9. What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
10. Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (i.e searching bookshops, online digging, etc.)?
11. A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?
12. What are 3 of your main book goals for 2019?
13. Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
14. Describe what books mean to you in five words.


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

I try and read everyday during breakfast and before bed. It feels odd having a day off without reading as it is just such an important part of my day. Although, in July I went through a week of no reading just because I was so stressed and couldn’t focus on anything. That was hard and upsetting not being able to just get lost in a different world.

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

Well, I always have a book or a kindle with me on any given day. I like reading on the bus and whenever I find some free time when I’m out and about. I probably have over a hundred books on my kindle, of which about fifty have already been read. I try and update my kindle fairly often with new books and removing the old ones. A lot of my books that I’m aiming to read in the next few months are way over 700 pages long, so don’t think I’ll be carrying those around with me haha.

Hardcover and 757 pages!
This one is 1030 pages!

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

At the moment, I keep the majority of the books I buy, but I really need to start passing them on just because there’s very little space in the flat (I’m currently pilling books on top of the book shelves). If it’s a book from a charity shop and I’m not planning on re-reading it, I’ll usually just pass it along or bring it back to the charity shop. The dream is to have a little library room/corner where I could keep a massive collection!

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

The majority of my books come from charity shops just because it’s so much cheaper! The most expensive book I got in a charity shop was about £3 which in comparison to new books is a bargain. So just depends on the size of the charity shop how long it takes me. I think I’m pretty speedy as now I’m trying to only buy books that I have heard off and that are on my to-read list.

In an actual bookshop, about 20 minutes, just enough time to look at new releases and see what’s coming up.

5. How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

I wish I read more, it probably totals somewhere between 1 – 2 hours. But unfortunately, some of that time I spend on my phone because I’m so easily distracted. Sometimes, I have to leave my phone in another room just so I can fully immerse myself in the book.

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

I absolutely love to-do list and my boyfriend jokes that I usually have “make tomorrow’s to-do list” on my list… Which I do, sometimes. But reading is such an essential part of the day that it comes naturally to me. I never put it on my to-do list, just because I would never think of it as a chore or as something I need to remember as it’s always in the back of my mind.

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

I have A LOT of e-books, as having a Kindle is incredibly convenient. At the moment I’d say maybe about 80 – 100 physical books (should probably count them) and about 200 e-books.

8. Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

All the time, obviously! There’s always a book I can relate to a situation haha.

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

Last year I read two incredible books by Patrick Rothfuss (still waiting for the third one!) and “The Wise Man’s Fear” is currently the longest book I’ve read to date with 994 pages.

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

I’m always excited about upcoming books, but because they’re all fairly popular and “mainstream” there’s never really an issue with getting my hands on them. The two books that I pre-ordered as soon as they were available were “Dark Age” by Pierce Brown and “La Belle Sauvage” by Philip Pullman.

11. A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?

Oh, there are plenty of those. I really don’t like not finishing books, but I should probably do that more often considering how long my to-read list actually is… The most recent one of those was “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” by Aimee Bender. Was just a genuinely very weird story that wasn’t gripping and that didn’t really go anywhere.

12. What are 3 of your main book goals for 2019?

  1. Grow my blog.
  2. Read 50 books (struggling with it this year, original goal was 100…)
  3. Get better at reading (I get distracted too easily).

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

I wouldn’t say I have “converted” people, but I feel like I’ve definitely inspired a number of my friends to pick up books again and read more. Went hunting for books in charity shops with a friend recently and I think she caught my enthusiasm as she ended up buying 10 books!

14. Describe what books mean to you in five words.

An opportunity to escape life.


And there you have it, a few more bookish facts about me! Feel free to do this tag if I haven’t nominated you or if I have, please don’t feel pressured to do it either! Or if you only want to answer a question or two, post it in the comments below. Send me a link once you’ve completed it so that I can see all your answers!

NOMINEES: Kitty Marie’s Book Reviews | Avalinah’s Books | Ashes Books & Bobs

Happy reading!

9 thoughts on “The Book Addiction Tag

  1. Very interesting tag, and I enjoyed reading your answers.

    Here I answer some of the questions. I skip the ones I have no answer to.

    1. What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
    — Not more than two days.

    2. How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?
    — In physical copy, one or two in my bag. I do not have a kindle or an iPad, I read ebooks on my android tablet and I always have access to all my ebooks there, most are stored on clould storage for remote access from both my tablet and laptop.

    3. Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
    — I hardly receive books, and I always keep the ones I do. As for the books that I buy — and I buy a lot — I never pass them on. For me, the books I own are not just tools to use for intellectual purposes but material objects of emotional value. I hardly ever lend my books!

    4. How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
    — There are no big bookstores near my university, so I purchase books from Amazon India. But when I am in a big bookshop once in a while, I tend to spend anywhere between 15 minutes to one hour.

    5. How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
    — About 8 hours a day. That’s actual reading time. Besides that I spend some more time reading materials on the web.

    7. How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
    — In print editions I own about 750 copies. Ebooks about 200, in retail, which I bought. But I also regularly download, for free, which is not quite legal, a lot of books that I need to consult. Research monographs and other very expensive academic titles. I have thousands (literally) of those. But since I do not pay for them, I do not really consider owning them.

    8. Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
    — Quite frequently.

    9. What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
    — Without a doubt Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, about 3200 pages. But then again, it was in six separate volumes, and was read over a period of four months in between which I also read other books. I think the longest single volume book I have read is Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon, about 1090 pages.

    12. What are 3 of your main book goals for 2019?
    — (1) To read more books written in Assamese, my mother tongue; (2) To make at least 10 book related posts on my blog; (3) To reread Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov (for academic purpose).

    13. Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
    — I don’t think so, but I have made several people better readers.

    14. Describe what books mean to you in five words.
    — Perfect tools for epistemic exchange.

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