This week’s BTT is an interview addressed to me!
1. What’s your favorite time of day to read?
Any time. I happen to read a lot on my commutes and on weekends. I also love to read in my lunch break but don’t often take much of a lunch break.
2. Do you read during breakfast? (Assuming you eat breakfast.)
I used to, and it made me late for school all the time. These days breakfast is scarfed down in front of my personal email, on the train (in which case, yes, I read while eating), or at work (in which case, I’m reading my work email!).
3. What’s your favorite breakfast food? (Noting that breakfast foods can be eaten any time of day.)
Anything prepared by someone else! Not quite. If I have loads of time, a fry-up with eggy bread, fried mushrooms, bacon, sausages and scrambled egg is the way forward. Obviously I never have that kind of time so it tends to be toast, boiled eggs with soldiers, or porridge. When I’m at my parents’ house, it’s all about the fresh bread rolls and cold cuts.
And yes, toast with Vegemite is a legitimate suggestion for every meal or time of day.
4. How many hours a day would you say you read?
This varies so much. On average? One. In the last few days, I haven’t opened a book (I’ve picked up a few and put them down again…); on holidays I read for 5-6 hours straight. It really depends on the book. I’ve been known to stay up very late on a school night for certain books (The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Wuthering Heights, The Seamstress).
5. Do you read more or less now than you did, say, 10 years ago?
I’ve answered this question before. I think I read more books and pay more attention to what I’m reading, but I probably spend a bit less time reading now than then. Although these days I have a fair few long Tube journeys (although I try to cycle when I can).
6. Do you consider yourself a speed reader?
Yes. Reading “trash” (Clive Cussler, Philippa Gregory etc) I read 120-160 pages an hour. Dense or difficult prose obviously takes me a little longer.
7. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Knowing what other people were thinking. I think it would reassure me that they’re not criticising me in their heads as much as I think they are. Also, I would win at lift/door/pavement chicken all the time (when two people are walking towards each other on the pavement and one has to move and then you both move… or when there are two people in a lift and the door is only wide enough for one and either you both go and get stuck or both of you wait for the other person and it’s awkward…) – we were talking about this today at work. Lift chicken is a serious battle.
8. Do you carry a book with you everywhere you go?
Yes. Obviously. Although I have to admit that sometimes it’s in audio or e-form.
9. What KIND of book?
Fiction. Small enough to not break my handbag which also has my laptop, personal phone, work phone, glasses, big fat wallet full of too many loyalty cards, assorted hair knick-knacks/brush, makeup etc in it. Always space for a book, although maybe not Harry Potter 6.
10. How old were you when you got your first library card?
Quite old actually I think – I was 13 when I got a card for Stanton Library in North Sydney as we lived there for a while. We didn’t need cards for the school library.
11. What’s the oldest book you have in your collection? (Oldest physical copy? Longest in the collection? Oldest copyright?)
Oldest physical copy – I have a book of logarithm tables which belonged to my great-great-aunt’s husband when he was quite young. I was given it as an academic curiosity/keepsake when Auntie Sylvia died, and I have to admit I don’t think about it except when I’m reorganising things and find it again.
Longest in my collection – I have my copy of Pride & Prejudice from year 10, so that was… 2002. Mini-me has inherited all of my childhood books so she has all the really old ones.
Oldest copyright – it’s between the Bible (which is probably pretty recent copyright given that it’s a particular translation) and a copy of Sophocles’ Antigone in German which I read at school.
12. Do you read in bed?
I try. It generally results in my not going to sleep. Also my bed is not at all comfortable for reading. So mostly I play on my phone for a few minutes before turning out the light.
13. Do you write in your books?
No. I have some where I have written my name in them because I had them at school, but that’s it. One of the reasons I love my Kindle is that I can comment in the books without defacing them, which makes writing reviews MUCH easier.
14. If you had one piece of advice to a new reader, what would it be?
Have the courage to give up on a book, but know why you’re giving up on it.