I am a bookworm by nature. Right since childhood, my books have been my favourite companions and have played a huge role in my love for writing. No, you won’t find me with my nose in a book 24X7 (although, I wish I could do that) what with blogging,writing and art taking up a lot of my time.
But, whenever I find a good book, I find it humanly impossible to leave the book aside and complete my chores or my posts. At such times, I just wish the world came to a stand still so that I could use that peace and quiet for my reading.
Books can be a man’s best friend…after dogs! A true-blue dog lover I am, so dogs come first and books come next. People come at the end. People can be complicated.
Ahem! Just kidding!
So, my dear blogger friend, Esha Mukherjee-Dutta tagged me in her post on books. I enjoyed reading her answers. They told me some more about this really sweet person I know online, Now, I am answering those fun questions that will tell you something more about me, in short, reveal some more of my eccentricities.
So, read on…
1. Do you have a specific place for reading?
Earlier, I was a librocubicultarist (one who reads in bed!), but then my doctor pointed out to other more back-friendly places to sit and read, so now I prefer sitting in a chair with my legs stretched out on another chair. Actually, I can read anywhere. When you have a good book, the ‘place’ doesn’t matter, does it?
2. Bookmark or some random piece of paper?
My father gave me some bookmarks that have paintings by artists who paint with their foot and mouth. And, my friend, Kala gifted me some really beautiful bookmarks, too. So, I use those now. Earlier, I would use any random piece of paper.
3. Do you eat or drink while reading?
I eat or drink while reading the newspaper (a habit I picked up from hubby). But, while reading a book, NEVER. I can not imagine spilling stuff on books. That’s sacrilege! But, if I do read while eating, then the book is placed at a safe distance, out of harm’s reach!
4. Music or TV whilst reading?
Neither. I like my peace and quiet when I have a book in my hand, so I can concentrate on the story that unfolds before my eyes!
5. One book at a time or several?
I am a one-book-woman! Hehehe! I like to ponder over the lives I read about and wonder about them, just like I do about people I know.
6. Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?
I can read anywhere. It’s just that I forget to carry a book to places I visit, like the mall. Next time, though, I am going to carry my book along. I hate window shopping, and hubby loves it. I will just open my book and find some peace in those pages.
7. Read out loud or silently?
Silently, of course! And, that too, I read the dialogues as if I were the character! I need to feel the emotions!
8. Do you read ahead or skip pages?
I admit, I have skipped pages of many a book. When the description gets a bit too much to bear, or there is too much of romance going on (give me a break!) I skip pages.
9. Break the spine or keep it like new?
WHAT? You break the spine of your book? REALLY? Now, that’s sacrilege number 2! You will keep the book as good as new, is my order to anyone who borrows my book! God, I can’t imagine how one could do such a horrid thing!!
10. Do you write in books?
You mean you write in books, too? And, you ruin their beauty? Sacrilege number 3!
11. What books are you reading now?
RIght now, I am reading ‘Classic Ruskin Bond, Volume 1′. it’s a collection of six novels by the young Ruskin Bond.
12. What is your childhood favourite book?
Oh, there are aplenty! The first is, ‘Adventurous stories for young girls’, which was a gift from my uncle when I was in school, and which awakened the bookworm in me. The others are, ‘Famous FIve’, ‘Secret Seven’, ‘Nancy Drew’, ‘Hardy Boys’…ah, I could drown myself in all the nostalgia!
13. What is your all time favourite book?
Now, that’s a toughie. I love books. Period. But, ‘The Book Thief’ and ‘The diary of Anne Frank’ made me cry. I wept thinking about the lives that were wiped out because of the craziness of one man! No offence meant there, but, that’s how much I was affected.
Oh, and let me add something more – . If ever, you are to borrow a book from me, do remember to return it. I won’t be able to get over my lost book if you don’t!
So, that’s all from me.
Do join me in sharing your eccentricities if you are a book lover, too!
Enjoy your weekend!