1. On average, how many books do you read in a month? No more than 3, but most probably just 1, or maybe 2, depends a lot on the genre and my free time I guess. I've read 3 books in February, all online (http://www.scribd.com/), in pdf format, about 150-200 pages each (detective novels). But there are also months when I don't feel like reading at all.
2. When do you read? (At night, during the day, commuting to work, etc) Usually in the evening, before going to sleep, sometimes while commuting to work, sometimes AT work and almost every time I fly.
3. Do you have a favorite spot to read at home or do you read anywhere and everywhere? I usually read in bed, or in the massage chair - in both cases I get very sleepy.
4. If you could live in a fictional world, what book world would you choose? A world and an era where I could wear dresses like these.
5. What fictional book characters do you most relate to or would like to be friends with? At this point I'd like to meet a Romanian detective (former math professor, very strict and tough, having the nickname of "The Samurai"), just to give her a head to toe beauty makeover and tell her to get a grip, a husband and a life!
6. If you had to invite three characters over for dinner, who would you invite and why? Miss Marple, Monsieur Poirot and Alex Delaware, so I can hear all about their cases.
7. If you could mandate that everyone read one book, what would it be and why? I wouldn't, because everyone's taste is different, what could be the best book in my opinion, could be the worst for others. My all time favourite (so far) is Philip Roth's "The Dying Animal". I had no idea until now that a movie based on the novel was released in 2008 - Elegy. Guess what I'll be watching tonight!
8. Do you read reviews before you read a book (if you know you are going to read it)? I don't, but I usually ask for my husband's opinion, since we have similar tastes and he reads more than me. If a book has an intriguing plot or end, I read reviews after I finish it, just to see what other people think of it.
9. Do you judge books by their covers? No.
10. EReaders vs Books vs Audiobooks: thoughts? I still prefer normal books, in spite of having 2 Kindles in the house. I use the Kindle mostly when I fly and most of the books we buy nowadays are in Kindle version. I'm not a fan of audiobooks and love the atmosphere in libraries.
11. What is your favorite book from childhood? I was reading a lot when I was a kid, as in A LOT! This comes to mind now: Nikolay Nosov's The Adventures of Dunno and his Friends.
12. What genre do you refuse to read? Why? I'm not into SF and "Harry Potter" kind of books. I don't know why, I just don't like the genre.