It’s been a while since I answered a BTT question, so here are a couple:
So other than books … what periodicals do you read? Magazines? Newspapers? Newsletters? Journals?
Do you subscribe? Or do you buy them on the newsstand when they look interesting?
Stuck on a Tube without a book, I’ll pick up a free newspaper – Metro in the mornings, Evening Standard later in the day and on Wednesday I do rather like Stylist.
I try to keep up with happenings in Australia via smh.com.au, the site for the Sydney Morning Herald; otherwise I don’t read many newspapers. I tend to get the news in snippets from BBC News and Sky News on Twitter and then head over to BBC News if I want details.
I will admit to buying the occasional Glamour magazine at an airport or train station; I choose Glamour over the others because they seem to understand what “budget” means when it comes to advertising cheaper clothes, while Marie Claire et al seem to think we all have hundreds of pounds to spare for impulse buys!
Who taught you to read?
I’m assuming this was a combined effort by both of my parents, as I can’t remember not being able to read. Quite a lot of the stories of my childhood which my father whipped out at my wedding are to do with reading:
- the time I refused to nap at kindergarten and was found to be quietly organising a storytime circle, much to the kindergarten teacher’s bemusement because children don’t usually learn to read in Germany until they go to school
- the time my mother and babysitter tucked me in with a book and went to watch a movie in the other room, expecting me to fall asleep after five minutes, only to come back after the film and find me fifty pages further into Blinky Bill!