Designers & Books originally published this questionnaire in 2013, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of In Search of Lost Time. There are 25 questions in all, and today I’d like to share my answers to 11-20 with you.
11. While you read, are you a note-taker? If yes, where do you record your notes? Yes. Depends on the book. If it’s an ARC (advanced reader’s copy) for a review, I write in the book with a pencil (yellow Ticonderoga #2). Otherwise, in a notebook with a pen or pencil.
12. Your most idiosyncratic reading habit: I’ve been keeping track of every book I read since 1999. Nothing fancy, just title, author, and date finished. It’s sort of turned into an autobiography-by-book: I can remember exactly what was happening in my life when I finished a particular title.
13. The most expensive book you’ve ever bought (and, if you can remember, the price): Not sure. I was going to say the final Harry Potter book at $35.99, but it was probably an $80 textbook.
14. If you could be any author: I’d prefer to be their editor.
15. If you are what you read, the book that best says who you are: That’s tough; I’ll have to get back to this.
16. Your favorite writer of the gender opposite yours: Kevin Brooks
17. The last book you bought: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, as a gift for a friend
18. Your favorite place to purchase books: The local used-books shop, although I tend to borrow from the library more than make purchases.
19. The book you are currently reading: Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
20. The book you will read next: Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick
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