Meme from Mem:

1. Favorite childhood book? 
The Chalet School series, and most of Enid Blytons.

2. What are you reading right now? 
Just finished The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and starting on Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult (did you know the ‘lt’ are silent?).

3. Bad book habit? 
Nothing bad about any book related habits I might have. 🙂

4. Do you have an e-reader? 

5. Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once? 
One at a time.

6. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? 
Not really. Or perhaps a bit, because I am getting more recommendations.

7. Least favorite book you read this year (so far)? 
Exodus by Leon Uris, and the few other books of his I started and didn’t get through.

8. Favorite book you’ve read this year? 
Oh, that’s a difficult one. I am going to go with more than one. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger, and The Millenium Trilogy by Steig Larson.

9. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? 
Oh, very open to reading outside my comfort zone. Just don’t give me M&Bs.

10. What is your reading comfort zone? 
Fiction, a little bit of fantasy, mystery, biographies.

11. Can you read on the bus? 
Bus, car, plane, look… even when I’m walking, at the gym, or waiting at a traffic light.

12. Favorite place to read? 
In bed.

13. What is your policy on book lending? 
I do. And love to thrust my favourites on others.

14. Do you ever dog-ear books? 
Occasionally guilty.

15. Do you ever write in the margins of your books? 
NO. Only on reports I am reading for work.

16. Not even with text books? 

17. What is your favorite language to read in? 
English is the primary language. I also love Kalki, so have ready his books in Tamil.

18. What makes you love a book?
 Plot, language, humour, characters…

19. What inspires you to recommend a book? 
When I am unable to hop onto another book immediately, and the book lingers with me.

20. Favorite genre? 
Sagas, drama, humour.

21. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?) 
Science fiction and management.

22. Favorite biography? 
Again, way too many. But am going with the one I read this year. Dreams from my father, by Barack Obama.

23. Have you ever read a self-help book? 
Yes. Didn’t help.

24. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)? 
Don’t lose your mind, lose your weight by Rujuta Diwekar.

25. Favorite reading snack? 
Don’t snack while reading.

26. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience. 
Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie.

27. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
Don’t read them.

28. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? Has to be done.

29. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose? 
Russian and Spanish – so I could read some of my favourite authors in the original.

30. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read? 
If it intimidates, I stop… so, don’t know.

31. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin? 
Any of Stephen Hawking’s books.

32. Favorite poet? 
Thiruvalluvar and Maya Angelou (and I don’t read much poetry).

33. Favorite fictional character? Severus Snape, Pip, Heathcliff, Meera in Cuckold… I can’t pick one.

34. Favorite fictional villain? 
Heathcliff (tho’ he is more anti-hero than villain).

35. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation? 
Depends on what I lay my hands on.

36. The longest I’ve gone without reading. 
A day at a time, when I was really, really ill. Or just recovering after the C-section.

37. Name a book that you could/would not finish. Idiot by Dostoevesky.

38. What distracts you easily when you’re reading? 
When I’ve controlled my pee for too long.

39. Favorite film adaptation of a novel? 
Schindler’s List, cos the film was better.

40. Most disappointing film adaptation? Almost everything.

41. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time? Let’s not go there.

42. How often do you skim a book before reading it? 
If I am buying, every time.

43. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through? If it’s fiction, and the book become about the author wanting to show off instead of wanting to write a good book.

44. Do you like to keep your books organized? 
Yeah. Indian authors together, bios in a bunch, etc etc.

45. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them? 
Keep the ones I like, or think I can give my kids.

46. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding? 
Not really.

47. Name a book that made you angry. 
Long Walk to Freedom by Mandela. I liked the book, respect the man. But was angry that he became what he is because the colonists chose him over the more difficult and rebellious activists. Just seemed unfair. But can’t take away anything from what he has achieved, because he is honest.

48. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
 A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens. Somehow didn’t get around to reading it till I started working.

49. A book that you expected to like but didn’t? 
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. Not sure if I’ll pick up his Freedom.

50. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading? I don’t feel guilty about reading anything… not even the erotica I download sometimes.

And YOU are tagged

4 thoughts on “Booked!

  1. Anupama Menon says:

    Did not really enjoy the movie Time travellers wife, kept going back and forth maybe the book was better. Should give it a shot. Normally I am a sucker for romantic fiction or movie (guess the lack of it in reality:-)You remember Mini, she is the authority on any Stephen Hawkings books, dunno know how she does it.

  2. Supriya Unnikrishnan says:

    Time Traveler’s Wife was too difficult for me to read, maybe I should try it again. And I loved, and broke my heart with, Handle With Care – no more spoilers, I promise! One favorite that was difficult to get into but then was so so amazing – Life of Pi.
    14 hours ago · Like

  3. UmmON says:

    @shyam: don’t look for great writing. repetitive, and a bit annoying in parts. but definitely worth a read.

    @anu: the book is brilliant anu. don’t miss it. movie was awful, but a difficult story to film.

    @piyu: But does she have to make everything so dreary. It’s like a template. One sick, one healthy child. Mother obsessed. Father not. Etc, etc. But she is addictive. I loved Life of Pi too.

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