I'm delighted to be joined today by Katrina Rees to share her reading and writing secrets. Katrina is a regular on the blog as she often does guest posts, she also has her own blog for her adventures on which is linked below.
1) Tell us about your Book Corner/Writing Space?
I don't tend to keep many books after I finish reading them so I don't have a nice book shelf or anything. I used to keep my books on the table in the lounge but they were just gathering dust so most of them are now in bags in my bedroom, so I delve in whenever I get the chance to read. I always sit on the sofa to read and I keep a few books by my side there too.
As for writing space, I do most of my blogging/writing on my laptop in the dining room. I feel like it's quite a formal setting but most of the time I need it to be like that in order to write. I've tried many times to take my laptop into the lounge and write in front of the TV or something but I just can't do it, I need to be in a controlled environment. I often do a lot of writing by hand too, whether it be jotting down ideas or drafting posts.
2) Do you have a favourite shelf/collection of books? Or favourite part of your Book Corner?
At the moment, I have a lot of TBR Jill Mansell books in my collection as one of my New Year's Resolutions is to read all of her books by the end of the year. She's my favourite author, and whilst I normally pass on my books or donate them to charity, one book I will keep hold of forever is my signed copy of You and Me, Always from her book launch in January.
3) Do you have any reading/writing habits?
I always read in the lounge, normally with the TV on. I'm not sure why but I don't find it distracting at all unless that I'm struggling to get into a book. I'm always wrapped up in my owl blanket too! When I'm writing, I have to sit in the dining room with some background noise and normally something to eat/drink. I can't work in silence and I get distracted if I put my headphones on, but background music/TV noise is just right haha.
4) How do you keep apart, track and control your TBR to read books?
I don't! My TBR pile is small compared to most but I don't have the time to read as much as I would like, and instead of clearing my pile, I just keep adding to it. Working in a charity shop doesn't help as I'm always coming across something new that I want to read. When it comes to tackling my TBR pile, I tend to just go for whatever takes my fancy at the time. I do keep a record of what I've read though. I use the notes page on my phone to write down every book I read every year.
5) Can you provide links to your social media handles please?
Twitter: @lifeofkatrina / @welshfangirl