I decided to borrow this tag from Prats given that I am a bibliophile and that I have been missing in action from the blogosphere for a while. So here goes…
Favourite childhood book? Malory Towers series. And St. Clare’s series. By Enid Blyton.
What are you reading right now? Wonders of a Godless World by Andrew McGahan and re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Bad book habit? Unable to go to the toilet without one. Not to pee of course.
Do you have an e-reader? No. Never. Nope. Nah. Did I say no?
Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once? Prefer reading one at a time but lately have been experimenting with more than one due to book club commitments. However, I notice that the more interesting book ultimately wins.
Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? Not really…if anything, I have been buying a lot more books thanks to all the book reviews out there!
Least favourite book you read this year (so far)? Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Favourite book you’ve read this year? The Messenger by Markus Zusak and A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
How often do you read out of your comfort zone? Mostly when it’s related to the book club. Or if someone highly recommends a book I normally wouldn’t read.
What is your reading comfort zone? Fiction. I think the genre I like is referred to as literary fiction in the book stores.
Can you read on the bus? Yes. And the train. In fact, I sometimes wished I worked in a place I could just take public transport to. Imagine how many books I could get through!!!
Favourite place to read? The beach. I love lying in the sun after a cool swim and then drying out with my favourite book. The sound of the waves. The smell of the ocean. The feel of the sand and sun. Bliss. Shame it’s only a few months a year.
What is your policy on book lending? Only to those who I know will handle it with care and respect.
Do you ever dog-ear books? Used to when I was younger but no longer do it.
Do you ever write in the margins of your books? The only time I did that was when I was studying English literature and had bought second-hand copies of Oliver Twist, Mill on the Floss and Grapes of wrath. Didn’t enjoy the subject or the books and wasn’t too fussed about writing on it.
Not even with textbooks? I probably did write in some of my textbooks at school and a few psych texts.
What is your favourite language to read in? English.
What makes you love a book? Plot, Meaning, Characters.
What will inspire you to recommend a book? If it’s got a great message or is just an awesome read, I will recommend it.
Favourite genre? Literary Fiction and Thriller/Mystery novels. However, lately, the latter no longer intrigues me as I tend to solve the mysteries myself.
Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?) Chick-lit. The only reason being I may be a little less cynical if I read something fun! 😛
Favourite biography? True Colours – Adam Gilchrist.
Have you ever read a self-help book? Only as part of my psychology training: ‘A Guide to Rational Living’ by Albert Ellis and ‘The Happiness Trap’ by Russ Harris. They are psychology books for the layperson and a good way for me to use strategies I teach clients as well as teach them in a simple manner. I highly recommend both!
Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)? The Messenger by Markus Zusak. I loved the message it conveyed.
Favourite reading snack? Rarely eat while reading but if I do, it tends to be biscuits. Savoury ones.
Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. It didn’t end up being as great as my friend, bloggers or even the few people at the store said. Probably because my expectations were through the roof.
How often do you agree with critics about a book? Not very often. The professional ones I mean. Among friends and bloggers, I notice that if I have similar tastes, I do end up agreeing with their views.
How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? Not too fussed to be honest.
If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose? Italian maybe…don’t ask me why because I have no clue myself
Most intimidating book you’ve ever read? The Fountainhead. Read it when I was in college. Didn’t particularly like it then. People are telling me it would be good to read it at my current stage in life. I’m still contemplating that.
Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin? None
Favourite Poet? Ogden Nash.
Favourite fictional character? Ron Weasley (from Harry Potter series) and Anna (from My Sister’s Keeper)
Favourite fictional villain? Lord Voldermort.
Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation? Anything on my bookshelf
The longest I’ve gone without reading: Two years when I was doing my B.A. In my first and second year, I had chosen English Lit as one of my subjects and ironically, it put me off reading for pleasure. Thankfully, I got my groove back in third year when I was only doing psych subjects! 🙂
Name a book that you could/would not finish: Gone with the wind. I remember reading the first chapter and attempting to do so thrice and didn’t get past it. The other one at the moment seems to be Salman Rushdie’s ‘Midnight’s Children’ and ‘Satanic Verses’. Let’s see if I get into it next year…they are on the bookshelf.
What distracts you easily when you’re reading? Blogging
Favourite film adaptation of a novel? ‘A Time to Kill’ by John Grisham.
Most disappointing film adaptation? Harry Potter. Yes, I refused to watch after the third one. Ruining Prisoner of Azkaban was the last straw.
The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time? Last year when I went to India…can’t remember the exact amount but bought about 10-12 books in one go.
How often do you skim a book before reading it? Rarely…mostly I just read the back cover
What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through? If it’s getting too hard to follow. Or it’s too boring.
Do you like to keep your books organized? Yep. They are shelved according to height. And books by the same author are shelved together. Jodi Picoult has a whole shelf dedicated to her. And yes, maybe I am a bit OCD-ish.
Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them? Keep, keep, keep. I still have my Enid Blyton books (although back in India) from when I was 6 years old. The only books I might give away are the ones I didn’t like at all.
Are there any books you’ve been avoiding? Not really.
A book you didn’t expect to like but did? The odd-chick lit. Can’t really remember their names but some random ones from the library do surprise me…
Favourite guilt-free, pleasure reading? Jodi Picoult, Enid Blyton, Harry Potter…
Books I love or “the ones I can read again and again and again and…..”
- Any Enid Blyton book: Malory Towers, St. Clare’s, Five Find outers, Faraway tree, Wishing chair adventures…
- Harry Potter series…
- My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
- Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Too many more….
Books I love to hate:
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.
Books that left me underwhelmed:
- Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. Too long-drawn for me. Some parts were not necessary.
- A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. Disappointing and anti-climactic.
I’m going to do the same as Prats did and say that if you love reading and are currently reading this post, you are tagged!
Until next time,