But the penny landed with its head dancing...

Foxy Claire found this awesome quiz on a book focused blog, and as I thought the questions were rather fun and I am a keen reader, I decided to also do it!

Do you snack while you read? If so, favourite reading snack:

Hahaha, I am rarely seen not stuffing something in my gob, so naturally, I do snack while I read, or am having breakfast or lunch while I read......no special favourite though

What is your favourite drink while reading?

Vodka or gin, with tonic. Or red wine.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

Very occasionally, if what I am reading mentions other related people or related books to what I am reading. Then I'll go back when I'm finished and note them all so I can find them. But I do this with little dog ears, not with pen.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog ears? Laying the book flat open?

Bookmark. Which is usually a card or postcard from a loved one.

Fiction, non-fiction, or both?

I'm having a long phase of reading biographies and autobiographies at the moment, though.

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?

Usually I read until the end of a chapter, but I can stop anywhere as well. I'm not bothered!

Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?

O, for sure.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?

If possible, yes.
I'm quite keen on improving my vocabulary.

What are you currently reading?

"Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor"
She was a Southern American writer mid last century; I haven't read any of her work, but often end up reading about a writer, artist, or whatever, before discovering their work. I think I'm more interested in who they are than what they do a lot of the time!

What is the last book you bought?

Can't remember. Probably a cookbook

Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?

I often have two on the go, especially if one is a bit serious and slow.

Do you have a favourite time/place to read?

Over breakfast, lunch, before bed, and in bed on the weekends.....and on the couch or back deck all day, any day, if I possibly can!

Do you prefer series books or stand alone?

Don't mind either way.

Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?

Lisa St Aubin de Teran

How do you organise your books? (genre, title, authors last name etc)

I don't, although I will try and keep series, or an author together.
The majority of my books are in the garden shed as I have no room for my bookcase in the house, so they're a random jumble at the moment, which is mildly irritating! I'm slowly spreading them subtly all over the house.......



Krista Gassib said...

Why I'm just awful at the moment can't finish a one to save my fecking life! I do fancy a bit of eating and drinking when I do but I prefer tea or popcorn. You look gorgeous when you read that's all I know! Why I bet that mag is full of beautiful bush! Honk honk!
I must really finish The Fall that is the latest one waiting for me to get back into it.

pastcaring said...

Oh I soooo want to be able to hear what you're saying! I bet it's FILTHY!
Love these pics, love your expressions, especially in the second photos, priceless! Ahh, vintage Playboy; yes, Krista's right, women probably still had pubic hair back then, before they had evolved into hairless beings with merely into a landing strip, or none at all...

Books. Love 'em. Though it took me ages to finish The Luminaries (had to read something else at the same time to keep my motivation up) - actually, I liked it in the end. On with a grim Swedish crime thriller now, a quick page-turner.
I'm a bedtime reader, use a bookmark (one of Nina's drawings), and I do like to finish a chapter before I stop!
Loved this quiz. We could start an international book group. But I fear it would be all booze and very little literary discussion. The best type of book group, then! xxxxx

mondoagogo said...

My favourite place to read is in the bath so I tend to read tatty paperbacks, or books that I don't mind becoming tatty paperbacks -- gawd love second-hand stores for cheap tatty books (and friends who pass them on). I have way too many books too.

And I wish I could hear what you're saying as well! Groovy dress btw

Sheila said...

Ha, is that G's hand coming in for a boob-grab? I would so be in the International Boozehound Book Club - um, my real life Book Club is already like that!

I love seeing you in the video! I remember my friend's dad having old Playboys out in their shed when I was a little kid - all the women had bush! I thought they looked beautiful and natural, very unlike the plastic women today.

Brooke F said...

Aaahhh, no finer literature than vintage Playboy! I am devouring books at the moment - gorging on them all. I'm raiding the op shops for anything that looks even mildly interesting. I will have to check out your recommendation. XXX

Sue said...

Oh yes I bet your video is entertaining and filthy, so hop to and fix it so we can view it!!! I love reading and mix it up, I read all sorts. Favourite time is late at night when everyone else is asleep and it is quiet. No interruptions, so it is a hot cup of Earl for me with my chosen read.

Val S said...

Fantastic dress, by the way, and how fun to hear your voice! Funny, I was just preparing a post on a book for a new link-up at My Closet Catalogue, and I mentioned that the book I'm reading is so infuriating that I want to throw it across the room! I can be quite impatient with books - there's so many to choose from, why waste time with ones that are hard?

Angels have Red Hair said...

LOL … you seem to have perfect combination of horrified distaste and secret peverted enjoyment on your face ;0)

Penny-Rose said...

Oh Helga, Angels have Red Hair is so right, you look disgusted and delighted at the same time. I adore your dress. And shoes. Where would my life be without books?

Vix said...

Those expressions are fecking marvellous, I've just laughed a cat off my lap! Love that dress and shoes beyond distraction, too.
Those old Playboys are fab and the adverts are hilarious.
What interesting questions. I'd no idea or even thought about how people's reading habits could differ so much.
I'm definitely a chuck it across the room if it's rubbish kind of girl. I'm mostly a bedtime reader unless the sun's out. I'll nod off mid paragraph and have the reread the whole sodding lot the next day.
Love you! xxxxx

The Grande Dame said...

Ha! Oi! I love it. I'm so glad you did this, quizzes are such fun and I loved reading your answers. LOVE your reading outfit too! x

Carina Rosenholm said...

Lol ! Love your photos and comments ! And you look so great reading .
I mostley read in summer time - on vaccation and with a a glas od something delicious in my other hand ..

Tatjana Dmitrović Drljan said...

You have perfect combination dear!!
Big love for the headband.
Your post always have something delicious <3

señora Allnut said...

lovely pics and lovely to know about your reading habits, so funny!, I'm reading a lot of biographies and essays these days too!, and mark them with little colorful flaps, they look like fringes!!
And you look fabulous wearing that printed frock and pretty pendant!!, and your shoes and hairpiece!!
besos & libros

Sandra said...

I started watching the video and had to reduce the volume immediately, 12 year old in the room! haha! I'm coming back later! I'm such a crap reader, I have been reading a book for aagggesss, it's quite good too, I have 6 days of work next week so I may finish it then - I do like reading with Helga though!! x x x

Miss Magpie said...

The old Playboy mags used to get ordered out all the time at the library, but to be fair they did have some quite highbrow articles in them back then!
I loved this quiz, it's the librarian in me :)

pastcaring said...

It's playing properly now, I can hear your dulcet tones - "fucking shovel; oi!" xxx

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

ha ha! Don't you love vintage Playboy?

It looked like you were reading to children in a kindergarten at the beginning. I knew it would end saucy though.

Love the boob grab and Oye! at the end.


thorne garnet said...

so nice the hear your voice!

Renia said...

Mnie się podoba Twoja piękna kolorowa suknia:))Pozdrawiam serdecznie:))

Anonymous said...

Lol Thanks for the laugh Helga...love the video!

Delia Ryder said...

Goodness i haven't read a book since i was on honeymoon in Cyprus last June i must pull my finger out and pick one up and read i used to love it and could read a whole book in one day. Delia xx

ayoung70 said...

Just love the video, complete with grabbing hand.
I tend to be an obsessive reader. I can't stop until it's done and stay up past my bedtime until it is. I have stacks of books I really need to get to, I haven't been reading lately. No dog-ears here, drives me batty when daughter does that. Bookmarks, which are typically pieces of ribbon the cat hasn't found yet. When she does find them and grab them, I have the most terrible time finding my place.

In the Ruins of Berlin said...

That video, especially the grabing hand, made my day! xxx

JG Ruddock said...

Lovely post to read and realise a shared interest in authors: I've loved reading Lisa St Aubin de Teran in the past, and Flannery O'Connor is fabulous too. Gawd it'd be *ace* if I could get to Melbourne in April to meet you in person! xo xo

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

I often read on the potty so reading snacks and drinks are a no no.

freckleface said...

Haha! I love this little slice of insight into the workings of the Helga/G household. "Oi" as the hand comes in! Teehee!
That top picture of you is iconic. I could see YOU as a lady author in that fabularse outfit. I'm a big fan of your expressions too, particularly the one with your tongue out. Bush patrol!
I want to be in your book club. And talking of Lisa St A de T, did you dare? My favourite style of reading is in bed, with a hot drink, salty snacks and a beast snuggled up beside me (that bit hasn't happened for a while). If there is sunlight coming through the windows and flowers by the bed, my life is complete. Have a fantastic-O weekend my love! xxxxx

Hannah Spanner said...

Aah you're a legend, I need to read more my bad. Looking very Frida in that ensemble mon ami xxx

bonsaimum said...

I always have 2 or 3 books on the go. I wish I got paid to read---ahhhh, that would be heaven!

Catherine said...

haha! you crack me up with that little video! We seem to have the same reading habits, bookmarks, biographies and multiple books on the go! though i've been so drained after work lately i'm too tired to even read a magazine.

Melanie said...

I almost missed this feature movie! That would have been a tragedy as you are best in motion. I love this moving children's tale and the poignant ending. Your wardrobe mistress needs an Oscar.

Melody said...

That third picture needs to be framed. Your facial expression is AMAZING.

I also adore your style in general!

Melody said...

(Ugh, half my comment disappeared)

I love the reading, hilaaaarious!

I wish I was better at time management, I have book I'm still half reading from mid last year - how awful is that? I have a hard enough time trying to keep up with Bloglovin lately... simply because all my free time seems to go into watching Ru Paul's Drag Race...

... And I'm not even that sorry.

Trees said...

I love the video! I wish I read more than I do, I just don't seem to make time for it. Although I never like eating or drinking when reading - its weird. I love your skirt/dress :)