13 Questions on books – A Book Lover’s Tag

13 questions on booksIf there’s something that I look forward to after a long day is my reading time. I made a resolution at the beginning of this year that I’d read at least a few pages of a book everyday and I’ve managed to do – at least one page! Even when I was admitting in the hospital, one thing that was carried along was a book. Being someone who adores books so much, it was hard not to take up this tag when I saw it on Anamika’s blog.
As a child though I always loved to read, for the lack of proper bookstores and libraries I couldn’t read much. Most of the books that I’ve read so far have been borrowed from my friends. It was only after I started earning my own money that I started my collection of books. Since I was lucky to have friends who lent books to me, I decided to do the same. I lend the books I own to friends who want to read. I’m all for spreading the reading habit because that is what has made me who I am today.
Let’s get started with the questions.
  1. Do you have a specific place for reading?
I do not have a specific place for reading. I read when I can and where I can. But most of my reading happens on my bed which is now my study table, dining table and ironing table in addition to being my bed.
  1. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I prefer bookmarks always. But there are times when for lack of a proper bookmark, a lot of things have become bookmarks. These days if there is no proper bookmark, I take any random piece of paper and convert it into a bookmark like this one.
bookmarks
  1. Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
Not on a daily basis. Sometimes I do munch on a chocolate while reading at night but most of the eating during reading happens on weekends. And yes at times when I have to have my breakfast or any other meal alone in the canteen, I read an ebook while eating.
  1. Music or TV whilst reading?
On rare occasions I listen to music while reading but I never watch TV while I am reading. Even if I listen to music, I prefer soft, instrumental music because for me lyrics drive my attention away and I begin to sing the song.
  1. One book at a time or several?
Till recently I always stuck to reading one book at a time. But I’ve changed this habit now. I now usually read two books at a time. One book is a paperback/hardcover and the other is an ebook. I realized that there are a lot of times during the day when I can squeeze some time for reading and carrying the physical copy of books all the time becomes difficult. So I usually have one ebook that I read using the Kindle or Juggernaut app on my phone.
  1. Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?
Though I’m able to read almost anywhere. I prefer quiet places. I enjoy reading in natural surroundings. Home is the best place to read because you can wrap a blanket around yourself and cuddle with a book when you are reading outside home.
  1. Read out loud or silently?
Silently. Always.
  1. Do you read ahead or skip pages?
I never do that. No matter how boring a chapter may sound like, I never skip pages or read ahead. There are times when I’ve given up reading a book entirely but never read a few and skipped a few and then got back to reading it.
  1. Break the spine or keep it like new?
Keep it new always.
  1. Do you write in books?
No I never write in books. Though sometimes I use page markers to make a note of lines that I really liked, I never write directly on the book.
  1. What books are you reading now?
I’m currently reading two books and I love both of them. The first book that I’m reading is “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak and the other book that I am read is “When I hit you” by Meena Kandasamy. I’ve a lot of books on my TBR. I hope I find the time to read all of them.
  1. What is your childhood favourite book?
I can’t pick one! The Famous Five series was my favourite. Maybe it was those books that made develop a liking for mystery and thrillers.
  1. What is your all-time favourite book?
Again I can’t pick one. I loved “The Time Keeper” by Mitch Albom for the lessons, “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini and “All the light we cannot see” by Anthony Doerr for the emotions, Sherlock Holmes for all deductions, “The Devotion of Suspect X” for the mystery, “Kane and Abel” by Jeffery Archer for the twists and turns. I told you I can’t pick one.
Hope you liked reading my answers to these questions. Thank you Anamika for the tag! If you also wish to take up this tag, then you can leave a pingback to this post after posting yours. Happy reading 😃

8 responses to “13 Questions on books – A Book Lover’s Tag”

  1. I am so happy, Reema, you did this post. It was good knowing more about you. There is a similarity between you and me. I have always loved books and reading, even in my childhood, but I didn’t have access to the children literature – one due to lack of awareness and second I lived in the Hindi heartland with no bookstores or libraries. Still I read everything that came my way, my text books, my brother’s text books and when I went meeting relatives then cousins’ text books and by text books I mean their English and Hindi course readers.
    It is quite remarkable that you manage to take out time to read everyday after a hectic work day and struggling with the traffic. I am yet to read Book Thief. Kite Runner (& A Thousand Splendid Sun) are my favourite too. It took a lot of effort on my part to detach myself from these books’ characters after I finished reading them.
    And that bookmark. It is cute.

  2. vinodinii says:

    I’m pretty much the same in my reading habits as you. Kane and Abel and The Time Keeper are few among my favorite books too. I’m trying to read a lot these days but I have been taking my own sweet time to savor each of them. It was wonderful to know you a little more through this post. 🙂

  3. This is such a cool tag that it’s hard to resist. Seems like I’m the naughtiest reader around – reading more than one book at a time and sometimes skipping pages.

  4. That’s an interesting book tag. I too didn’t read more than a book at a time, till recently. But now it’s easier to read on the phone, especially during office breaks. I prefer reading short stories on phone but my real love is still paperbacks 🙂

  5. Shilpa Gupte says:

    The one thing I liked about this Book Lover’s tag is we come to know our online friends a little bit more. So, it was nice knowing some more about you, Reema!
    Kane and Able, Famous Five, The book thief, and Khaled Hosseini’s every book is a personal favourite. It sure must be difficult choosing your favourite book, isn’t it?

  6. Am I the only book lover who always breaks the spine of the books before I start reading? Damn, it is very difficult to read for me if the spine isn’t broken! The Book Thief is one of the best books that I’ve ever read. Why, currently it is my most favorite book of all time.

    I’m thinking of taking up this tag too, it is so much fun to read the reading quirks of others.

  7. Ranjini says:

    I want to do this tag too. Interesting. I have been reading from library or from friends’ books as well and intend to start buying some soon 🙂 I can relate to most of your answers here Reema. I too used to read only one book at a time, but now I read more simultaneously 🙂

  8. Obsessivemom says:

    I love that bookmark. In fact I love bookmarks, making, gifting and receiving. I just finished this tag too. So much fun.

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