I was planning to review Beowulf Read Along hosted by Cleo. But then I came across the Twenty Bookish Questions post by Corinne and my plans took a turn. It’s has been a stressful week. I had to deal with a lot of Six Sigma kinda of stuff for the interview which I had mentioned in one my previous posts. Therefore, this seemed like a fun – stressbuster thing to do before I plunged into my usual book reviews. (I promise Cleo to review Beowulf next for sure)
Therefore without much further ado, I plunge in –
- Favorite childhood book
It’s a toss-up between Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A.Milne and very little known outside of East India, a collection of folk tales that have delighted generation of readers from my grandmother, to my mum and to me; it’s called Thakurmar Jhuli literary meaning Grandmother’s tales and its was compiled by Dakshinaranjan Mitra Majumdar
- What are you reading right now?
A Time of Gifts Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell and The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
- What books do you have on request at the library?
Out of Africa by Karen Blixen and Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia by Dame Rebecca West
- Bad book habit
I get distracted by too many books. I may be in the middle of 4 books and suddenly a review will make me put them on hold while I plough through the 5th book.
- What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Nothing. I have bought way too many books recently!
- Do you have an e-reader?
Sigh! Yes! Kindle! (Surprise! Surprise!)
- Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
Not too long ago, I used to read one book at time, now I read several together. For reasons why, please see the next answer!
- Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Absolutely. To begin with I have started reading several books at the same time because. I see so many good books out there and the TBR is never going to see an end. I have also started reading many things outside my comfort zone basis recommendations and suggestions by fellow bloggers – books that I would have never read earlier!
- Least favorite book you’ve read this year
I stem the tide of unpopularity again and state once more – The Awakening by Kate Chopin
- Favorite book you’ve read this year:
Too many to list – but competing for top position are The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, Howard’s End by EM Foster
- How often do you read outside of your comfort zone?
More lately than I had before; again this is change that has come about since I started blogging as I come across more and more books which while completely outside of what genres I read, are so very wonderful
- What is your reading comfort zone?
Classics, especially Regency/Victorian era classics, Historical Fiction, War books
- Can you read on the bus?
Yes! Have been doing that since as a kid used to take bus to school and used the half an hour ride to read more – naturally not school books!
- Favorite place to read:
My bed! Its huge and comfortable!
- What is your policy on book lending?
I am not lending because no one GIVES it back, especially non reader variety!
- Do you dog-ear your books?
I used to until I moved in with my flatmate, who insists that books should be kept in pristine condition!
- Do you write notes on the margins of your books?
Not in the books, because I like my books to look shiny and new, but I do have book diary that is constantly paired off with whatever book I am reading!
- Do you break/crack the spines?
Yes…especially those I read again and again!
- What is your favorite language to read?
English and Bengali
- What makes you love a book?
So many things – history, plot, the characters, the language, the truth of lives that the author may bring out!
- What will inspire you to recommend a book?
That I like the book!
- Favorite genre:
- Genre you rarely read (but wish you did):
Science – Thanks to Stefanie, I am venturing into reading more science books, but I have a long way to go!
- Favorite biography:
Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomlin
- Have you read a self-help book (and was it helpful)?
Several, especially Management self-help books and forgotten them all!
- Favorite cook book:
None…me is the Masterchef of my kitchen!
- The most inspirational book you’ve read this year:
Well it is June, so technically any book between June last year to date – in which no surprise, one book that teaches me and inspires me every time I read it – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; re-read November 2014
- Favorite reading snack:
Sandwich, chocolates, instant noodles, fruits, water, wine…give it all!!!
- Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience
Time for more brickbats – Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert!! Shudder!!
- How often do you agree with the critics about a book?
Most often and then there are DIFFERENCES and the twain shall never meet!
- How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
Not good; because I am at the end of the day negating someone’s hard work! I try not to be completely negative, until the book just sucked off my patience!
- If you could read in a foreign language, which would it be?
Russian – to read War and Peace in original!
- Most intimidating book I’ve ever read
I thought it was intimidating, but thanks to Cleo, I really enjoyed it – Beowulf
- Most intimidating book I’m too nervous to begin
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
- Favorite Poet
Robert Browning and Christina Rossetti
- How many books do you generally have checked out of the library at a given time?
4 or 5 unless I have bought a stack of books
- How often do you return books to the library unread?
Many times – too many to count!
- Favorite fictional character
I cannot stop at one, you should thank your stars I am stopping at 3 only – Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, Ashton Pelham Martin from The Far Pavillions and more recently Margaret Schlegel from Howards End
- Favorite fictional villain:
Cathy Ames from East of Eden and Napoleon from Animal Farm
- Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Xanadu by William Darlymple and anything else that I might fancy at that point in time!
- The longest I’ve gone without reading
Never – can’t remember a time when I did not read or was not read to!!!
- What distracts you easily when you’re reading
When people show up at my apartment without prior intimation and expect me to play the gracious hostess, especially on a Sunday night when I am rushing madly through a books before Monday start…aaaarrrggggghhhhh!!!
- Name a book you could not finish
Way too many to name!!
- Favorite film adaption of a novel
Mini Series – The 1995 BCC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice starring Jennifer Elhe and Colin Firth
- The most disappointing film adaptation
Harry Potters adaptations since The Goblet of Fire
- Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time
Don’t even get me started!
- How often do you skim a book before reading it?
A bit, to get a flavor and if it tallies with blurb in the back!
- What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through it?
Bad plots, inaccurate history, nonsensical characters especially the dew eyed butter melts in her mouth heroine types,
- Do you like to keep your books organized?
Like to – Yes; Do I – No!
- Do you prefer to keep your books when done, or give them away?
Always keep them – each book is a part of me and it’s a personal belonging and CANNOT be given away
- Are there any books that you’ve been avoiding
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf and A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
- Name a book that made you angry
So many …let it be for now
- A book I didn’t expect to like but did
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
- A book I expected to like but didn’t
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse – muddled Indian spirituality at its worst!
- Favorite guilt-free guilty-pleasure reading
1857 Indian Mutiny and World War books