I don’t pass these onto other people, but the questions asked are asked.
Do you come from a family of readers?
It would be safe to say that I do. My dad reads a lot of Science Fiction and Historical Fiction, and I picked that up from him. We’ve shared some of our interests but not all of them. My mom mostly reads romance novels but has also read the occasional mystery thriller. My sister enjoys reading too, but I don’t know what her taste is in these days
Do you like a deep analysis of the books you read?
Yes, though it depends on what I’m reading. It’d be fair to say that not all the things I read are exactly high brow literature, but I like to think that it all has a sort of quality to it. I have a harder time, these days, reading something I can’t analyse in depth. I read comic books, and I like relatively deep comic books, but not ones which are overly pretentious.
Are there any books made into movies where you prefer the film?
So far… I might actually say the Lord of the Rings books. They’re an enjoyable read, but I’d say the film experience is more enjoyable and less time consuming.
Paperbacks or Hardcovers?
Paperbacks, easily. When you move around a lot, like I do, relatively, you treasure a less heavy and bulky book collection.
Do you judge a book by the cover?
I judge a book by its author. I don’t experiment as much as I would like to, but once I find an author I like I go deep. When I try something new it’s usually based on prior recommendation from friends I trust the taste of.
What book do you consider your guilty reading pleasure?
I would say the Discworld books, just because I can reread them endlessly, but they’re not that much of a guilty pleasure since they’re such fine pieces of writing and storytelling. My guiltiest pleasures are actually my comic books. I maintain that some of them have excellent storytelling and art and characters, and some don’t, but I still kind of enjoy the whole thing.
What’s a treasured book from your childhood?
I was about 12 when I started reading the Worldwar series by Harry Turtledove. It was a bit of a life changer for me. I can’t really pick them up to read them again for sheer pleasure because I feel like I’ve moved on from it, but it’d be fair to say that they were my introduction to more mature writing, despite the outlandish concept.
Have you ever vaguely remembered a storyline of a book but not the title or the author and tried to hunt a copy down? Were you successful or still hunting?
I had wanted to hunt down the Narnia series. I read them as a child and only vaguely remembered the whole thing. I’ve found a few of them. I had wanted to read them because of the Narnia films which had been coming out, but then the films just turned me off, at the same time.
There are other more specific ones though, I can’t recall at the moment.
Whats the longest it has taken you to read a book?
I’m usually a very fast reader if I’m engaged in a book. Sometimes I have to force myself to read, when it’s not as engaging. I don’t recall time, and I don’t think it was the longest I’d taken, but “War and Peace” definitely felt its length at times.
When you buy a favourite book series do you read it straight away or save it for a day when you just need a familiar world to delve into?
I read it straight away. I can’t help it. I get excited and have to dive in.
Have you got a favourite bookmark? Why is it your favourite?
My bookmarks over the years have tended to be any old thing I can find, but the only English Bookshop in Zürich always includes a bookmark of their own with any purchase, so I usually use those. I try to use the oldest ones, just because I like still using old things.
Come to think of it, I’m curious about answers to the same questions. So I’ll pass them onto those I tag: