The Bookworm Diaries
1. Do you have a specific place for reading?
No specific place. There’s a book nearby almost all the time. I keep one in my bag, so I read whenever I can. During lunch, or traveling on the way to/back from office, at a bus station etc. My favorite place to read is in bed and that makes me a Librocubicultarist.
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I do have a lot of bookmarks, so if I’m reading a paperback, there’s usually one inside it. If for some reason, there isn’t, I use a bus ticket, or a visiting card, whatever I can make do with. I hate dog-earing pages.
3. Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
As much as I am a bookworm, I’m also a foodie. So I don’t usually read while eating, or eat while reading. It kind of takes away the enjoyment, I feel. Though with a Kindle, if the book is that engrossing, I do make the occasional exception.
4. Music or TV whilst reading.
Good God, no! TV is a major distraction whilst reading. Music, maybe at times; only when the volume of the TV serials becomes too much to handle. Instrumental music does feel better company for reading than serial drama.
5. One book at a time or several?
Maybe two. One on paperback, and one on Kindle. It depends on the book, actually. If a book feels too boring or unreadable, I shift to another.
6. Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?
I prefer to read at home, of course, but I think the least distracting time to read is when I’m traveling to/back from office. There’s very little background noise that can distract me, and given that I’ve to cross one major traffic junction, one can always expect a jam once in a while to extend reading time.
7. Read out loud or silently?
Silently, but if a good rhythmic piece of verse comes up, I do read to the beat. That’s a lot of fun.
8. Do you read ahead or skip pages?
Not usually. I think most books engage my attention enough to not let me skip pages. But there are books that become heavy or drag in a particular chapter. I make an exception in that case.
9. Break the spine or keep it like new.
I try to keep it like new, of course. But some books are re-read so often that it does show on the spine at times.
10. Do you write in books?
At times, but with pencil. Just to mark a line that makes a mark on me, or that felt very badly written.
11. What books are you reading now?
I’m currently between books. Planning to pick up either Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi or Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl.
12. What is your childhood favorite book?
Five Find-outers series by Enid Blyton
13. What is your all-time favorite book?
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. It’s the first book that comes to mind when I’m asked this question. They say pain makes a great story, and this story has that. It’s one of the most traumatic books I’ve read, but it’s also a book I’d gift or re-read.
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That’s it for now! You can share your thoughts about my answers in the comments, or take up this bookworm tag yourself – let me know if you do.
Happy reading and book tagging!
(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
24th October, 2017)