Chris and Alice tagged me for this meme that's been going around:
- I always carry at least one book with me, and to avoiding it getting damaged I always wrap it in a plastic bag before putting it inside my bag.
- Like Naida, I make an effort to read every day, even if just for half an hour before I go to sleep. This is very important for me, and I really feel that something’s missing if I spend a day without reading. In fact, one of my definitions of “life spiralling out of control” is spending too many days in a row without having any time to read.
- I often turn down lunch invitations because I’d rather spend my lunch break reading. I sometimes worry that people think this means I don’t like them, but the truth is that it’s not even just about reading. I need an hour of quiet time in the middle of the day, or else I start feeling like I’m suffocating.
- I remember what the first book I read in English was. It was The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice, and I was 15. I also remember some of the words I learned from it, like “preternatural” and “mesmerising”. After that I decided to read all of her books in English, because the writing was so much better than in the translations.
- Even though fantasy is my favourite genre, I’m actually a latecomer to it. I think the first fantasy book I read (if we don’t count Anne Rice as dark fantasy) was The Hobbit in my late teens.
- During my childhood and early teens, my access to books was pretty limited. I actually only got regular access to a library once I entered university. So what I’d do was read the same books I owned over and over again. I’d also sometimes get bored of them and raid my parents’ shelves, which resulted in my reading books like Dracula, The Lady of the Camellias by Alexander Dumas, fils or The Mother by Maxim Gorky at a young age. The first I enjoyed, the other two just bored me.
- Finally, like Deslily I used to work on a a-book-bought-is-a-book-read basis until I started blogging. Now I have 80 unread books on my shelves. And I know that’s still not much compared to some of you, but my point still stands: you’re all a bad influence :P