How I Read Q&A

Hellllllooooo, again! How are you? It’s been a while since we’ve talked about books, hasn’t it? My last full-on book post was in September of last year… It might have to do with the whole not-posting-for-a-year thing, but oh well.

Well, I was looking for a book tag to do, but then I stumbled upon Helene Jeppesen’s Q&A video (by the way, her channel’s amazing. Go check her out!) where she answered some questions her subscribers asked her.

I know the questions were targeted at her, but I’ll answer them anyway because they’re really interesting. I’ll have to change a couple of things to suit me more, but for the most part, they’re the same. Changed will be marked with a strikethrough

– Are you a moody reader? 

Yessssss. I’ve tried to set TBRs before, but it just never works out. I just read whatever I feel like reading at the time, and I’m okay with that.

The only exception is when I participate in readathons. Usually, when I do, I tend to stick to my TBR or change a book or two…

– When you read several books at a time, do you read a certain number of chapters in each?

Not really. I just read the book I’m usually in the mood for. I have a tendency to forget about the books I’m reading, so I try to set a minimum page count per day, but it’s not that rigid.

– For how long stretches of time do you read?

I used to be able to read for 4+ hour stretches, but now that I’m super busy, I can only read for around 45 minutes at a time, which is really sad. I miss getting to just sit down for hours upon hours with a book.

– How do you select my next read(s)?

Well, it depends. At this exact moment in time, I’m trying to catch up on my Goodreads challenge, so I’m choosing the shortest books on my TBR, but usually, I’ll read the last book I bought or one that’s hyped.

One interesting way I pick the next book I read is by generating a random number and reading the book that corresponds with that number on my shelf.

– Do you ever DNF books?

Sometimes, but rarely. I think I’ve only DNFed around 5-10 books.

Usually what I do when I feel like DNFing a book is read the summary of it online and then just skim through the book. I never really put down a book.

– How do you get out of a reading slump?

I’ve kind of been in one, in and out this past couple of months. I usually try to read comics, poetry collections, and short stories to get myself reading again. When I finish one of those, I get motivated to read more.

I also watch a lot of booktube videos which also motivate me to read more.

I might do a full post on this later, so keep your eyes out for that.

– My favorite places and times to read?

I usually read on the couch in my room since that’s the comfiest place (that isn’t my bed, because I’ll definitely sleep if I read in bed.

As for time, I usually like to read during the evenings/night.

– Are you, or have you ever been, in a book club?

I’ve never been in one, but I’m starting my own very soon, but its all hush hush so far.

– Do you have access to e-library apps?

Not really, no. Unless you consider Scribd an e-library, then yeah.

I tend to read my ebooks on Scribd, or as a free pdf anyways.

– What is the ratio of books written in Danish Arabic/English/other on your shelves?

I don’t really have any Arabic books on my shelf since my reading skills in Arabic are quite poor. I also don’t have any French books on my shelf for the same reason. So 100% of the books on my shelf are English. I’m planning on changing that soon, though.

– How much do you read a day?

I read about 50 pages a day now since I’m so busy with school (post coming on that soon, by the way). I used to read anywhere from 100-400 pages a day, but those days are long gone. Unless you consider textbooks as reading.

– Do you set expectations for yourself to read so much a day?

Not really, I aim for at least 10 pages every day because any progress is progress, you know?

– Can you stop reading in the middle of a chapter, or do you prefer waiting until the end of the chapter?

It depends on the book. If the chapters are super long, then I won’t wait until I’m at a chapter break, but if they’re kind of short, then I prefer to stop at a chapter break.

– How do you decide which books to buy?

I walk into a bookstore and just pick up the books I’ve heard a lot about, or that are written by an author I like/have heard of. Sometimes I like to pick up a book I know nothing about too, just to switch things up.

– Do you have a budget for book buying?

Not really. I really should set one, since I’ve recently counted up how much I’ve spent on books. I’ll probably set one starting from 2019.

– Do you annotate your books?

Not physically. If I’m reading on my kindle, then yeah. I used to be so against it, but now, I’m okay with it for the most part.

The only book that is actually annotated is Looking For Alaska by John Green (My favorite book if you didn’t know. You can read more about why it’s my favorite here.)

– How do you deal with books you don’t like?

I usually write a rage review on Goodreads and/or on here to share my opinions with other people who disliked it.

This almost never happens though. I’ve only ‘hated’ around 4 books.

– Do you declutter?

As in unhaul? Not really. I think I’ve gotten rid of like 2 books in the past 5 years…

– How quickly do you read?

I read around a page every 1-2 minutes depending on the book.

As for how fast do I read books, I read around a book every 2-4 days.

– 5 books to take with me if I stranded on an island?

  1. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  2. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  3. The Program by Suzan Young
  4. Warcross by Marie Lu
  5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

– How do you determine which books you keep in your collection?

As I said, I don’t really get rid of books, so I don’t really have to deal with this.

– Where do you look to find new books you’d like to read?

Booktube for the most part. If I see a book mentioned a lot in videos, then I’ll go pick it up, usually.

Also, Goodreads and anything that’s on sale on the Kindle store/iBooks.

– Have you ever thought about writing a book?

I have, and I almost started writing a novel this year, but I decided that I should focus more on my studies since the IB’s been really kicking my ass recently.

– Have you always read multiple books at one time?

I used to read one book at a time before because that’s what everyone used to do, but now I can read 5 at a time and be just fine.

I think I prefer reading one at a time because I feel like I read more when I do that, but I’m pretty sure that’s not true.

Literary fiction Fantasy recommendation to someone who is new to the genre?

I would recommend you start reading Urban Fantasy first, then delve into high fantasy, because of urban fantasy’s closer to real life an all that.

Some of my favorite urban fantasy series are Harry Potter, and the Mortal Instruments. My favorite high fantasy series include Throne of Glass, A Court of Thornes and Roses and Falling Kingdoms.

– Do you read poetry?

The past two years, I’ve been reading a lot more poetry. After reading Milk and Honest by Rupi Kaur, I’ve started picking up more and more poetry. I might do a poetry wrap up post sometime soon.

– Have you always loved to read?

My mom’s always told me that I was a young reader. I would tell my grandmother to read to me until I learned to read for myself. I remember reading back when I was in 3rd grade, and ever since then, I’ve been reading on an off until around the end of 2015 when I started to read avidly again.

– Is your family full of readers?

Not really. They read, yeah, but not a crazy amount. Out of all my family, I’m kind of the odd one out.

– You read in 3 2 languages. Do you have a preference?

I definitely prefer English because, as I said, my Arabic isn’t exactly the strongest out there.

– All-time favorite books in the horror genre?

I don’t read a lot of horror, to be honest. I’ve read a couple thrillers and a handle full of horrors, but the only two that truly stands out are The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn which I just read this summer.

– Do you prefer to keep your books in perfect condition while reading?

I used to be really obsessed with keeping my books in mint condition, but now I don’t really mind. If it’s damaged, I won’t care that much, but I won’t go out of my way to damage it if you know what I mean.

– Which book-tuber that you follow would you recommend?

Some of my new favorite book-tubers are Mara who runs BooksLikeWoah and Olive over at ABookOlive. They’re not what I’m usually into, but I just love both their personalities so much that I watch their videos even when I’m not interested in the books they’re talking about.

– What is the book that got you hooked on reading?

I’ve mentioned this time and time again, and I’m sure my readers are sick and tired of hearing it, but it won’t hurt to say it one more time. Looking For Alaska by John Green. I talk a lot more about this on this post about why it’s my favorite book.


Thank you so much for reading this long book q&a. I had so much fun answering these questions, even though they weren’t even directed at me.

Also, I don’t want to jinx this, but I have to mention this because I’m super excited about it! I’m trying to post every day for the month of November. It’s kind of my own NaNoWriMo in a way, but NaBoWriMo where I write and post every single day for a month.

This whole thing is to revive my blog, and it’s kind of working. I’ve posted 3 posts and it’s the 3rd of November, but we’ll see if I keep going…

Anyways, see you tomorrow ❤

Much love, Rawan 🖤  …