I’ve had a great but busy start to the week. Loads to catch up on with reading and commenting on the posts from last week, that I hardly have time to write anything new. So, I thought I’d rather share my post on Book Love that I’d started writing some time back but never got to finish. Let me confess— after reading Shilpa’s lovely post on A Book Lover’s Tag I got pulled into this. Since I found it fun to answer her questions while commenting on the post, I had an idea…why not tag myself and write one too!
Anyway, here are the questions that you might like to answer as well. Especially meant for those of you who love books and enjoy reading! And, of course, the idea behind this Q&A post is to get you drawn to writing one as well. 🙂
So, here we go.
1.Do you have a specific place for reading?
I do. Usually, in the living room, if I’m at home. Or, when I’m waiting to catch a flight. On holidays, it can be just about anywhere— while lounging on the settee, on the beach, under a tree, on a hammock…anywhere, quiet and peaceful, Even quiet corners work great!
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Bookmarks, most certainly. I love them! We’ve made quite a few of them at home with leftover artworks, or handmade paper pieces during our craft sessions and then, there are those, we’ve picked up during our travels. Thankfully, I have plenty of them.
3. Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
I do not like eating while reading because it distracts me, but tea is altogether a different matter. For me, books are best savoured when there is a steaming cuppa beside, and I’m happy with any flavour really. Okay, ginger tea or Earl Grey works best!
4. Music or TV whilst reading?
I love silence when I am reading. it is non-negotiable. But, then, when the family is around, I don’t mind people chatting as long as they aren’t too loud. It is rare to find the perfect peace and quiet unless I’m all alone at home.
5. One book at a time or several?
I love to give all my attention to whatever it is that I’m reading, and I do prefer one book at a time because it allows me to absorb the most out of my reading.
6. Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?
I can read anywhere provided I have the peace and the quiet to do so! Definitely away from noise and distractions.
7. Read out loud or silently?
I love to read with my eyes…silently, feeling the flow of words as they tumble out of the book to enter my conscious mind. Words make music in my ears. Do you feel that way too?
8. Do you read ahead or skip pages?
I will never read ahead, no matter how much I get tempted to do so. I hate to spoil the fun/suspense/joy (whatever you call it) that comes towards the end of a book. Sometimes, I even re-read a portion if I love the author’s description or if it is a beautifully expressed passage. Happens quite often for me.
9. Break the spine or keep it like new?
I love to keep them nice and new even after a couple of readings. Break the spine? Never.
10. Do you write in books?
Not usually, unless I’m reading and making notes, for a post or for academic purposes—in which case I scribble with a pencil but do it neatly, and always, always, erase them after I’ve transferred them to the notebook, later.
11. What books are you reading now?
My current read is Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon, which is a beautiful creative manifesto for the digital ages. It is one book that has got me totally hooked on it and is making me question a lot of the things that I do. It says getting bored is good because that’s where a lot of our ideas come from. The other awesome piece of advice from the book is this—”In the digital age, don’t forget to use your digits.” Our fingers. So precious and so useful, but how often do we use them nowadays?
12. What is your childhood favourite book?
There are these two wonderful books that I’ve loved reading, and re-reading since childhood and I must mention both of them here —The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Both books hold a magic in my heart to this day and I cannot imagine how one cannot fall in love with these gems that have stood the test of time over the years.
13. What is your all-time favourite book?
It is Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago—the epic tale of love, against the background of the Russian Revolution. It was in high school that I had developed a deep interest in Russian literature having read Chekhov, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy and when I laid my hands on this Nobel prize-winning classic, particularly with the Yuri poems that Pasternak had written in the final part of the novel, I knew I had discovered something that was going to remain a lasting influence on me. It is one book, that even after countless readings, still holds the same magic for me always. If you haven’t read it yet, I’d highly recommend you do!
And, that’s it from me, today! So, how did you find this? Keen to join?
Tagging you all here —Anamika, Balaka, Parul, Sunita and Shilpa to join in this with your posts and tell us more. For those of you dear readers, whom I haven’t mentioned here, but you think you are interested, do take up this book tag and please let me know. I promise to hop over to your blog and read your post.
So, with that, let me wish you happy reading and happy book tagging! Have a great Tuesday, everyone. 🙂