This one if for the love of reading books. To say that I love reading is like saying the sun rises in the east. It’s a known fact, a universal truth which doesn’t need to be reiterated. I cannot go a single day without reading even if a page. Of course, such days come at times but those make me nervous and uncomfortable. As long as I get to read a page or two every night, I know I’m fine or that I’ll be fine.
I love books. I love everything books. The scent of new books and the old ones. The crisp pages, the noise they make while being turned and the warmth of owning one more of them, all of it makes me happy like a little girl in Candyland. Does that make me a book lover then? Of course. And I carry that badge with pride.
As you might have figured out by now, this post is going to be about all things books and reading. I have been meaning to do this for a long time now and ever since I have read Esha and Anamika’s version of this post, the need to do this myself has been gnawing at me. And today seems to be just the day for it.
So, here I go.
Do you have a specific place for reading?
Not really. I can read anywhere. Once I have even read outside a movie theatre, until the very last moment when I had to walk in. So, as long as I have a book I can read anywhere. After having my daughter though, it’s mostly while putting her to sleep or at night in my bed once she has gone to sleep.
Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I used to use bookmarks earlier. Or, even fold the pages. But ever since I became a Kindle user there is no need for any.
Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
Sometimes when I carry my kindle to work, I read while having lunch. It’s like I want to use every free moment to read one more page, one more chapter. And if it’s while eating or drinking, I don’t mind.
Music or TV whilst reading?
Music for sure but I prefer if it’s instrumental. I can also read with the TV on because everything becomes a blur when I’m into a book.
One book at a time or several?
One. I tried a couple of times reading more than one but didn’t quite like it. Let’s just say, I like immersing myself in the book, the plot and the characters. And trying to do that with two books takes away from the experience of it.
Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?
At home, without a doubt. But like I said before, give me a book and I can read anywhere.
Read out loud or silently?
Silently. In my head, I go into the setting of the book and for that, I need to retire to this corner in my mind where I’m disconnected form more or less everything else. Can’t do that while reading out loud.
Do you read ahead or skip pages?
Sometimes I do when I can’t wait to know what happens. But then I come back and read what I skipped in peace after knowing where the story is going.
Break the spine or keep it like new?
Keep it like new. I take care of my books like they are my children. And I don’t let anyone use them. In fact, I even let my sister use my books reluctantly and keep reminding her to take care of them.
Do you write in books?
I used to when I was in school. They used to be filled with interpretations and meanings. I used to underline almost every single line as well. But I don’t do it anymore though I still highlight quite a number of passages on my kindle.
What books are you reading now?
I just finished ‘The Help’ by Kathryn Stockett. What can I say, I’m in awe of that book. Trying to get me out of Jackson, Mississipi slowly. Trying to get over Skeeter, Hilly, Aibileen, Celia and Minny. And I have picked up Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris to help me with that.
What is your childhood favourite book?
David Copperfield and the Nancy Drew Series. I also liked The Diary of Anne Frank a lot.
What is your all-time favourite book?
This is difficult. I cannot pick one. To Kill a Mocking Bird, Gone with the Wind, All the Light We Cannot See, The Nightingale, The Kite Runner, Purple Hibiscus, The Help, Dear Zari, Mossad, Spymistress and so many more. I’m sorry, it’s just too difficult to pick one. It’s like asking a mother which of her children she likes the most. I just can’t.
Well, that was me. That was about my relationship with books. Take away all entertainment from me and give me a book. I promise I’ll never complain.
Feel free to take up the tag and if you do let me know.
And before you go, tell me, do you love reading books too? If so, which one are you reading now?
This post is a response to the 13 Questions on Books – A Book Lovers’ Tag
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