I’ve spotted this tag on quite a few book blogs I’ve been following, and have decided to jump on the bookwagon. Here goes…
Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?
Sadly I didn’t have an exciting epiphany as a moody teenager or anything. I was a book-lover pretty much from the first day I learned to read. By Reception (aged 5) I’d read most of Roald Dahl’s children’s stories, and proceeded to read my way through anything and everything I could get my hands on. In most of my childhood memories I’m begging my parents to take me to bookshops, reading my way through the children’s section in the local library or reading under the covers after lights out…No wonder I needed glasses so quickly.
Where do you usually read?
My favourites and regular spots are the classics I’m afraid: tucked up in bed or while trundling along on public transport. Reading on the Tube is especially great – it’s a fantastic way to fill up those empty commuting minutes that might otherwise be spent on Twitter. I used to love reading in the bath as a child but keeping my hands dry was a challenge!
Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
During school I’d often be reading three or four books at once – probably down to my terrible attention span. Then while at university I’ve often had to juggle several academic books with a ‘leisure’ book every week. I haven’t been able to read for pleasure for a good few weeks now as I’ve been working towards my finals, but I know that when I’m done with exams I’ll be devoting hours to one book at a time. It’s going to be such a luxury.
What is your favourite genre?
Hmmm, it really depends on my mood. I went through a horror, specifically zombie-related phase in 2013 (yup). I think I’ll always be a fan of sci-fi and fantasy, though.
What genre will you not read?
I honestly wouldn’t rule anything out. I used to think I wouldn’t be a fan of chick-lit, but it’s turned out to be a real comfort in the face of hard academic course books. I cried my eyes out over The Notebook over Easter, admit that I love anything Sophie Kinsella, and have lined up a few good chick-lit reads to demolish on my new Kindle over summer.
Do you have a favourite book?
Like genres, I very much go through phases with favourites. In the past I’ve obsessed over Émile Zola’s Rougon-Macquart series (especially Nana), Dante’s Inferno, Orwell’s 1984, Huxley’s Brave New World, all the Haruki Murakami novels. I suppose my favourite book from 2013 was Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. An all-time favourite is probably Antoine Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince. So many life lessons to be gained from that book.
What is the biggest book you’ve ever read?
Er, maybe Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? If the Lord of the Rings trilogy counts as a single book, then that. I’m going to have to read War and Peace/Anna Karenina/The Goldfinch/The Luminaries. The problem with those types of tomes is that they’re eminently difficult to take on the Tube…
What was the last book you bought?
I bought 4 books in one go last week in anticipation of post-exam reading – Sandman volume 5, Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, Hugh Howey’s Dust and Sarah Lotz’s The Three. I already have the former three in a sealed box in my bedroom (so I can’t get at them – it’s all about restraint!) and will be getting my hands on The Three once it’s been released on the 22nd. I really can’t wait to read them.
Which do you prefer: library books or buying books?
Definitely buying books. I love being able to keep books after I’ve read them so I can fetch them down and consult them at any time. I’m building what will one day be an epic library, you see. Official libraries do have their charm though, and there’s really nothing like wandering round dusty stacks and thumbing through library books.
What are you reading now?
Disappointingly I’m not reading anything new at the moment. Just reams and reams of revision notes, and sometimes for breaks I allow myself a few pages of Gaiman’s Sandman, or scanlated manga. Bring on the 31st!
Well, this has been a great exercise in midnight procrastination (which I am, of course, well versed in already). Your go!
All images taken from Pinterest.