Hugzilla on Books: My Reading Style

I was tagged to answer these questions by the gorgeous Janet from Middle Aged Mama. I don’t mean to cast aspersions, but she claims to be a passionate fashion blogger and yet I’ve failed to ever see her in a nylon bum bag OR a pair of lurid orange plastic sneakers. Lucky for her she rocks in multiple other ways.

Do you snack while you read?

Errr, no. Never. The same way I would never snack while I am on the toilet or in the shower. How bizarre.

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

Writing in books seems as sacriligeous to me as burning the Bible.

Memo to people who scrawl in the margin: write your own damn books instead of defacing someone else’s.

Fiction, non-fiction, or both?

I have a 2 year old and a 4 year old, so I don’t have the energy or intellectual capacity to engage with non-fiction at the moment. Unless anyone can recommend a book that encourages the long overdue return of post-partum brain function? Anyone…?

Hard copy or ebooks?

Hard copy. I just don’t enjoy reading from a screen, probably because I already spend way too much time in front of one. *coughs*

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?

If it’s a good book I have to finish the chapter.

If it’s a not-so-good book I might put it down mid-chapter, wander down the hall to check Facebook, put some ironing away, make a sandwich, watch an episode of whatever crappy reality program is on television and then resume the chapter hours later when I need a fast-acting sedative to put me to sleep.

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading some crappy Lee Child crime novel thing I picked up for 50 cents to see what all the fuss is about. It’s one of those books I will actually put down mid-word. Not even mid-chapter. Mid-word. I don’t know why I’ve not completely given up on it yet; something inside me is urging me to plough through it, so it might well turn out to be one of those slow burners. He’s lucky that it’s spring and not winter otherwise it would have been a fast burner. In my combustion fireplace. It annoys me that much.

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What is the last book you bought?

The last book I literally bought was something called “BUMS”. It’s a book for my kids. It has a whole bunch of different animals and pictures of their bums, because we are highbrow like that.

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The last thing I bought for myself was a couple of Dean Koontz horrors because I am obsessed with Stephen King and he gave Koontz a massive rap in his “On Writing” memoir. I’m not into it. I’m so underwhelmed. Nothing satisfies me lately so this is obviously my problem and I’ve clearly lost my book libido if squillon-selling authors are failing to touch me in all the right places. Is there a literary equivalent of Horny Goat Weed I can consume?

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

Monogamous reader here, if my emotional needs are being met. If they aren’t I’m a shameless book slut.

Do you have a favourite time of day and/or place to read?

Oh, how adorable: that implies I have some choice in the matter. I miss being able to curl up on the sofa on a stormy Saturday to read a book. I miss commuting to work by train, with a good book to distract myself from the body-odour of the person sitting next to me.

The only time I get to read now is late at night, when I am generally in a vegetative state of exhaustion and mental atrophy. I tend to fall asleep before I get very far (usually to a self-pitying soundtrack of tiny violins, much like the ones accompanying this piece).

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

It might come as a surprise, but the one book I find myself recommending a lot is “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay. Some of it is too out there – even for me – but she makes some really insightful comments about self-criticism and negative thought patterns. I actually make a point of buying every second-hand copy I come across so I can pass them on to people, like a little Self-Help Santa. That shit changed my life. This is not a joke. This is me being sincere.


My name is Hugzilla and I am addicted to self-help books.

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I’m going to nominate two of my favourite blogging brains to answer these questions, because it will further add to the extensive dossier of personal information I’m compiling about them for purely sinister purposes.

Pinky Poinker: Because she’s a teacher, so she be real smart I reckon.

Mumabulous: Because I can’t imagine her reading anything that isn’t male-sub BDSM erotic fiction. 

Does anyone else snack while they are reading?

Seriously? Is this a thing?

I feel like I’ve been missing out.


79 thoughts on “Hugzilla on Books: My Reading Style

  1. The only time I get to read is late at night and there is usually snacking on chocolate involved (definitely not on the loo though – urgh!). I have a big pile of books beside my bed gathering dust. I just can’t commit to one as I’d be constantly cheating on it with blog posts or the odd magazine. I think I need a resort holiday by myself just to read. The closest I get to an actual book these days is kid lit (Very Hungry Caterpillar for the gazillionth time). Must look into that Bums book – my tornadoes would find that hilarious!

    • Dude, I am EXACTLY the same. At last count I had 18 books gathering dust beside my bed! And I keep buying more, with this ridiculous fantasy that I might actually get to read them one day!

  2. Oh I love these questions! I am a such a HUGE book lover! And yes, I snack on occasions while eating. It can be very comforting. When I read Chocolat, it was impossible to complete that book without dark chocolate injected at regular intervals.

  3. I have to track down a copy of Bums!!
    Dean Koontz lost me when he wrote a book with a teleporting dog.
    Wait until you get to the home reader stage at school, the same books over and over and over and over and over and over and over again!!
    Love this q&a thing what a clever idea!!

    • My eldest starts school next year so I think that will be us! Koontz just doesn’t have the same flair that King does, and because they write in the same genre he kind of pales in comparison. I think it’s Stephen King’s characterisation that makes his books actual genius.

  4. Ooh great choices. I can’t wait to read Pinky and Mumabs selection. I definitely do not snack while reading. You get the book all greasy. Puh-lease. I do bend the corners back though and … wait for it … I write on my books too. Sorry. Is the friendship over?

  5. OMG Hugzilla! We are fiction sistas! If I could post a pic here it would be of one of my book cases that is entirely dedicated to Stephen King books. Nothing else is allowed. I’m reading his latest- Revival. I like it so far! Get on it! I tried koontz too- what’s with the crappy, out-there endings? Why ruin an otherwise pretty ok story?

    • Dude, I think we’re brothers from another mother. I have defended Stephen King against book-snobs all my life. Absolute genius. I haven’t much followed his recent stuff. It’s so hard not to compare with the amazing run of work he did earlier in his career. When I get back on board with the book thing again I’ll have to hook him up.

      • It’s uncanny. We could be twins. Ha!
        Do read some of the more recent- he really got his zing back. The follow up to The Shining was brilliant and if you haven’t read them, he did two collaborations with Peter Straub- Black House and The Talisman- fecking brilliant. I can read classics, I can read sci fi, fantasy and modern lit- but I always come back to King. His books are always a place where I feel like I know everyone; comforting and familiar yet I still never know how they’ll end! (Will stop blathering and gushing now!)

  6. I’m going to get the BUMS book – will suit Little Yang just perfectly. And even though I’m a bit of a self-help junkie I have never read Louise Hay’s book I’m going to get that too.Don’t think I’ll snack while reading the bums book though.

  7. Thanks for the giggles – I knew I’d love Hugzilla’s take on this topic!

    And I’m feeling really guilty now for DEFACING all those books … NOT! Great nominations too – look forward to reading their responses 🙂

  8. I don’t actually know if I purposely snack while reading. As I don’t often get slabs of time to sit down and read (how nice would that be) I find myself walking around the house with a book, which might involve snacking, putting the washing away or using the toilet. TMI?

  9. I totally snack whilst reading. I am sometimes inspired by my reading matter, as to what my snack will entail.
    I’m reading Favel Parret’s beautiful When the Night Comes, and Keith Richards new children’s book, Gus and Me (also quite beautiful and poetic)

  10. This is weird but I’m pretty much exactly the opposite to you on every question except the eating one! I don’t read two books at once really either because if I leave one to go to another it’s usually cos I’m sick of the first anyway. I love my Kindle. You made this post funny Hugzy and i don’t know how you did it. The pic at the top is too perfect for words!

  11. So I only read non-fiction because since having kids I no longer get to interact or travel the world so I want to read about it, yes I’m strange like that. I eat while reading, usually almonds. One of my recent buys was a kid’s book called “I need a new bum, mine’s got a crack in it’ it’s HILARIARSE!

  12. I am SO confused. Who reads WITHOUT snacking? That’s absolutely ridiculous! Reading and snacking go hand in hand. What’s the point of having a moment to yourself to read if you can’t have a cup of tea and some biscuits to go with it?? Do you eat in front of the TV? Or do you sit in an upright dining chair with your hands in your lap?
    EMBRACE the sloth. EAT while reading!
    That said…. I have only managed to read three chapters of a book I was given last christmas. Three chapters in one whole year. My brain is shrivelling up and dying as we speak.

  13. Snacking and reading for me. The book has to be pretty good, and I need to be kid free. I love books so I really enjoyed this post. I love that you got a book with animals butts in it. The lady I nannied for a few years ago wouldn’t let me say bums, only bottoms. So I continually tell my son to sit on his bottom now, which for a Canadian, seems very english and proper.

  14. No snacking here either. It would be hard to turn the pages with a snack in hand. I’m a big fan of reading in the bath though. Oh wait… I was. Before I was a mum.

  15. No one holds a candle to Stephen! I gave Dean a go, but not a hope. I’m definitely a real book lover, love a fresh new batch of pages. And NEVER any writing or folding pages!!
    I love that your boys appreciate BUMS so much Hugzilla, but just wait until you have the Home Readers every night, boooooring! x

  16. Oh I felt the same way about Koontz. I remember reading one of his (as I am in the same boat re Stephen King, my lord and saviour) when I was a teen and I literally had to google it just now because I couldn’t remember the name of it, nor what happened in it. I vaguely remembered it had something to do with a carnival. Google informs me it was Twilight Eyes. I definitely snack while eating. Actually – I can’t eat without reading. I just accidentally bought two more books this morning and I very much got into Louise Hay in the mid-90s when I was all “your attitude creates your experience” and I semi-dragged myself out of the misanthropic wilderness. Seems cynical assholes with black holes where their souls should be can still have a happy and productive life while hating the world and everyone in it.

    Meat while how creepy am I creeping on all your posts today. Creep.

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