So, the superhot Gary at Fiction is Food nominated me to give you the lowdown on the following questions all related to loving books, which I do. A lot. Ever since, as a 5 year old, I cast my eyes upon the Roger Red Hat et al books, reading is my very favourite thing to do. For such a sociable person, I love the solitude and escapism it provides me. I’ll stop blathering on now and give you my answers.
Do you have a specific place for reading?
Whilst I have inherited my Father’s love of reading, I definitely don’t follow in his footsteps when it comes to where I choose to read. His place to read was annoyingly on the latrine. We only had one toilet in the house, so once Daddy was in there with a book, we had hours to wait to use the loo. Anyway, my specific place to read is undoubtedly in the garden, in the sun. If it’s not sunny, then on the sofa. However, when I am super rich, I will have my own reading room. It will have the most comfortable chair that looks out of a large south-facing window. The room will have floor to ceiling shelves upon shelves of books and I will be the only one allowed in this room. This will be where I will read.
Bookmarks or random pieces of paper?
I have a beautiful bookmark made for me by my daughter. It has a picture of ET that she drew on it and it has been everywhere with me. She made it 4 years ago and it’s still going strong.
Can you just stop anywhere or must it be at the end of chapter?
I can stop anywhere, but one prefers it to be at the end of the chapter.
Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
Tea, tea and more tea. If I’m feeling particularly decadent then wine. I generally don’t do any eating whilst reading though. Too distracting.
Music or TV whilst reading?
I love listening to music. I love watching TV. And I love reading. But never shall the twain meet.
One book at a time or several?
I used to be a one at a time girl, but now I can keep several on the go at the same time…wait, what were we talking about again? Oh books. Yeah me too. Definitely talking about books, I was.
Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?
Circumstantially, it happens to be at home. Pre-having children and giving up my career, I read only on the commute to and from work. Though obviously, my preference would be elsewhere, if it’s abroad in the sun, looking at some stunning landscape.
Read out loud or silently?
Silently. I’m not 5.
Do you read ahead or skip pages?
I’m not a monster. One NEVER skips pages or reads ahead.
Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
I neither break the spine or try to keep it like new. I’m a fan of natural wear and tear. Much like arthritis.
Do you write in your book?
I’m no longer a student, so no. If I particularly like a sentence or paragraph, I make a note of it somewhere separately or take a photo of it.
I thought I’d add some extra questions because I am self obsessed and find myself terribly fascinating (but I’d also be interested in reading other people’s answers to these questions).
What book are you reading now?
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Favourite childhood book?
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
All time favourite book?
Yeah, so this is kind of impossible to answer (why did I give myself this question?!), but it would be between Paddy Clarke HaHaHa by Roddy Doyle, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Wild Swans by Jung Chang or The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Actually, I think I need a whole separate blog post for this question as I’ve just thought of 20 other contenders.
Now I need to nominate some others to answer these questions. Sorry if you’ve been nominated before. Just point me towards the relevant post, if you have been.
- Lisa at Lisa’s Ramblings a lovely lady, who not only writes a lot about books, she also writes about all types of other important issues. Not to mention the fact that she is a YA author herself.
- Angela at You are Awesome the gorgeous Angela is another author and her blog covers social commentary and real life stories about inspirational people.
- Christine at I’m Sick and So Are You the very, very funny Christine writes about her illness honestly and inspirationally. She’s also bloody funny, did I mention that?
- Em at Em Linthorpe Em is ace. She won’t tell you this, so I will. She also writes about a plethora of subjects including parenting, health, life and does fabulous photography around Cumbria.