Every morning, I wake up. Trust me I do.
Then, I sit down all by myself for 15 minutes in the living room letting my mind go on for a random wander. To tell you, each day it starts with taking into account the presence of books in the room; the colourful picture books, the dull thicker ones, the box sets, and all the others; and the first thought it creates is gratitude for the books in my life. I can’t imagine a life without books.
Thus, when Esha of Soul Talk tagged me last week to answer a few questions on books and reading, I knew it right away what was going to be the next post on Monday Musings.
Here are my answers to her questions –
- Do you have a specific place for reading?
A specific place? No. I can make myself comfortable to read anywhere in the house, whether it is the sofa or the bed or if the book is highly captivating, I can even stand by the gas stove and read while waiting for the tea or milk to come to boiling.
- Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Of course bookmarks. I don’t even know if a random piece of paper can be used for bookmarking. Bookmarks are actually a bone of contention in my otherwise peaceful household because how can the forgetful Mummy use Dhruv’s bookmarks in her books.
- Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
I don’t eat while reading for the reason greasy and soiled fingers can stain the book and I prefer to keep my books squeaky clean.
Reading in my mind is incomplete without a cup of hot tea, be it green tea or the milky adrak wali chai. However, the problem is I don’t feel like getting up to prepare it. A lazy bookworm!
- Music or TV whilst reading?
When at home, I don’t like to read to the sound of music or TV but I read to the sounds of Dhruv and the sounds of his questions and the sounds of his basketball dribbles and the sounds of his complaints and if not anything else then the sounds of his Mummy Mummy Mummy calls.
- One book at a time or several?
Loyalty is my biggest virtue. Hence, only one book at a time even if it takes weeks to finish and the next book on my TBR list is calling out aloud to me to pick it up. I become committed to the characters (in fiction) or the premise (non-fiction).
Esha says, ‘I love to give all my attention to whatever it is that I’m reading, and I do prefer one book at a time because it allows me to absorb the most out of my reading.’
- Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?
I prefer reading at home but I have also read in noisy malls when accompanying husband and Dhruv for husband’s clothes and shoe shopping. He likes shopping and I abhor it. While he shops, I wait and I get to wait for long. I thus spend my waiting time reading, blocking out all the noises.
- Read out loud or silently?
Mainly silently but I have also found myself reading out loud. Probably it is the read-aloud practice which has become a habit.
- Do you read ahead or skip pages?
Skipping pages, never. May be skipping a few lines if the description is not something I am interested in but pages, NO. I follow the plot religiously and never jump ahead to know the culmination. I do re-read the lines or paragraphs which I like very much.
- Break the spine or keep it like new?
Keep it like new, forever. To break the book’s spine is sacrilegious.
- Do you write in books?
I have done it, noting the meanings, but this was ages ago. Now I do not write anything.
- What books are you reading now?
Yesterday night, I finally completed ‘The Man called Ove’ This is the book I picked up on Obsessive Mom‘s recommendation and I loved reading it. I am not good at writing reviews so for this one, you can go over to her blog to know Ove.
The next one on my list is ‘Messages from the Masters’ by Dr. Brian Weiss. It is quite strange to mention but this one comes as a recommendation from my mother who is essentially a non-reader. She has read the Hindi version of this book and was quite moved.
- What is your childhood favourite book?
My favourite childhood books are David Copperfield and Alice in Wonderland.
- What is your all-time favourite book?
A favourite book is one which leaves an everlasting imprint on the heart and mind and I have too many to name in this category. If I have to choose one, I will choose ‘Eleven Minutes‘ by Paulo Coelho. As I have said quite often, this book did for me what Alchemist did to most people around the world. It made me believe in myself. Cliched but true for me.
I am glad I did this – writing about my gratitude and answering questions about my book love. Thank you, Esha for the tag.
If you intend to take up this tag, do leave a link to your post in the comment section here. I would love to read your answers.
Linking this post to Monday Musings hosted by Corinne Rodrigues.