Reading Habits

19 Apr

I guess this comes from a long way of stealing but I took this idea from Kirsti’s blog who also stole it from somewhere else :D Since I haven’t written about books as much as I wish, this is a good opportunity to do so. Also, I have some time to kill before I go to bed.

If you could live in a fictional world, where would that be?

There are a lot of great places to be living in but I think it would be great to spend some time in the Bookworld or Well of Lost Plots out of the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde.

Do you read in noisy or quiet places?

I can do both, but I most enjoy it when it’s quiet unless the book I’m reading is sooo captivating I can really blend out my surroundings but that doesn’t always happen to me.

What was the first book you ever read?

Gosh, I don’t really know anymore but I think it was a detective story I inherited from my mom. It actually was a two-parter but I only had the first volume, so I never knew how everything turned out.

If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

That is a very hard question and I don’t think you can properly only choose one book because different books accompany different moods, it’s like asking which of your children you like best -> not fair. But, if I had to choose, it would be Leaving Unknown (US title The Good Luck Girl) by Kerry Reichs. It’s the book I read most times so far and I just have a minor (major!!!) book-crush on it.

Favorite Author?

Another question that is impossible to answer with only one reply so I’ll make it a small list.

Jane Austen
Charlotte Bronte
P.G. Wodehouse
Agatha Christie
Isabel Allende

Do reviews influence your choices of reads?

Not really. A book can have great reviews or be on the bestseller-list, if I don’t like the summary then I’m not reading it unless it is a classic and I think I have to read it because it’s a matter of education.

Fiction or Non-fiction?

I’d say 90% fiction. I enjoy loosing myself in other worlds too much to read more non-fiction books.

Have you ever met your favorite author?

No, I only met one local author whose books I like but he’s not my favorite so I really can’t say that I have. The problem is that most authors I like are either dead or living abroad.

Audio books or Paperback?

Definitely paperbacks! I love radio plays since childhood but not audiobooks. Please! I tried one but gave up after 5 minutes because it wasn’t for me. Also, most of the audiobooks are abridged which is a big no-no for me, I like to read everything, not only the best parts.

Classic or Modern Novels?

Both. I enjoy a lot of the classics (mainly of english origin which we didn’t cover in my german high school). But I also like to read modern stuff, it only depends on me finding the premise of the book interesting enough to buy it, nothing more.

Book groups or Solitary Reading?

Solitary! I don’t even like to praise books in front of my friends because I’m afraid they would not like them as much as me and thus be disappointed by my recommendation. And I wouldn’t have time for a book club anyways.

If you could invite three dead authors to a dinner for four, whom would you invite?

Jane Austen, P.G. Wodehouse because I think he would be a terrific person to hang out with and Heinrich Böll. Or maybe Dorothy Parker because I would love to find out how sarcastic she really was and whether I could keep up with her.

Ok, so this concludes my stolen post. Maybe it inspires you to do the same and let me know about your reading habits.


6 Responses to “Reading Habits”

  1. The Wanderlust Gene June 11, 2012 at 11:31 #

    This is a marvellous idea and I’m going to do my own version, some time. As a newbie blogger, I’m still floundering around a bit, trying to do everything at once. But, there’re still so many things I haven’t yet talked about, and reading – such a love, solace, inspiration and joy – hasn’t had a look in!

    I came here via the Storytelling Nomad, and I’ll see if I can delve back to the source so I too can use the idea with a clear conscience.


    • Wilhelmina Upton June 11, 2012 at 12:35 #

      thanks for finding my blog. Well, I wouldn’t bother to try and find out who started this reading habits thing cause I guess it goes a long way back. The blog I copied it from also copied it from somewhere else. It’s just a thing you do.
      I checked out your blog and you don’t seem to be such a newbie after all ;)

      • The Wanderlust Gene June 11, 2012 at 12:43 #

        Three months seems pretty newbie to me when I’m still learning so much, even technically! I did go back to your source, but the trail seems to dry up there. Aiyo, what to do. I’ll just have to credit you three and be done with it. Take care

  2. Katy April 22, 2012 at 08:16 #

    I think I’m gonna have to steal this too! What fun!

    • Wilhelmina Upton April 22, 2012 at 10:13 #

      Yes, go ahead and steal it too! I’d like to read your answers :-)


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