Booking Through Thursday: An Interview with Me

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Booking Through Thursday asks:

1. What’s your favorite time of day to read? I don’t have a favourite time – any time is best. I read mostly early mornings and late at night.

2. Do you read during breakfast? (Assuming you eat breakfast.) Yes.

3. What’s your favorite breakfast food? (Noting that breakfast foods can be eaten any time of day.) I love porridge for a hot breakfast and muesli when I fancy a cold breakfast.

4. How many hours a day would you say you read? 2 – 3 hours.

5. Do you read more or less now than you did, say, 10 years ago? About the same.

6. Do you consider yourself a speed reader? No

7. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? To read multiple books at the same time.

8. Do you carry a book with you everywhere you go? Not everywhere, but most places – it’s easier now with my Kindle.

9. What KIND of book? If it’s a ‘real’ book it has to be small enough to fit in  my bag or pocket and can be any genre – usually whatever I’m reading.

10. How old were you when you got your first library card? Four or five, I think, or I may have been able to borrow books on my mother’s card, I don’t know. I only remember borrowing books from the library before I went to school aged five.

11. What’s the oldest book you have in your collection? (Oldest physical copy? Longest in the collection? Oldest copyright?) I don’t know the oldest physical book in my collection. It would be one of the books my parents or grandparents owned. I have several of these that I know my parents were given (as school and Sunday School prizes) in the 1920s, but there are a few like these that probably belonged to my grandparents:

Jane Eyre by Currer Bell (Charlotte Bronte) published by Richard Edward King, 88 Curtain Road, E.C. no date probably 1880s- 90s and The Channings by Mrs Henry Wood, published by Richard Bentley and Son, Publishers in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen, 1890.

12. Do you read in bed? Yes – see question 1.

13. Do you write in your books?I was brought up never to write in books, but I sometimes do now – in pencil. I have some of my children’s books that I’ve coloured in the line drawings with coloured pencils and some novels I read for school with passages underlined in biro (I’m shocked by my younger self!)

14. If you had one piece of advice to a new reader, what would it be? Read whatever you like and read, read, read. Never believe anyone who tells you that you should be doing something else rather than reading.

13 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: An Interview with Me”

  1. Beautiful old copies of books you have there. 🙂

    I still teach my own children not to write in books. Annuals are a grey area
    and so I tell them not to colour the pictures in these. Glad I do as my eldest
    son had the Beano annuals and now the youngest wants to share them

    carol

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  2. Margaret – Those really are interesting questions and I like your answers. And what a lovely ‘photo of that lovely old set of books!

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  3. A fine meme.

    A superpower? No, I wouldn´t want to read many books at the same time, but I´d love to be able to read some of them much faster so I could write more reviews AND have time to write fiction 🙂

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  4. I agree if you want to read, do and do not worry what anyone else thinks it is between you and the book you are reading. Sometimes I have to remember that one.

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  5. I still have to sneak in some reading because my husband has always thought you should be working (and by that he means with your hands) or be outside doing something other than reading. Recently he retired, though, and now he is watching old movies on television on cold days – now which is a waste of time, reading or watching old movies? I feel better about my reading time.

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  6. How I remember my Sunday School prizes too – I remember “Caterplillar Capers and Gentleman Jack” being one of my favourites because the paper pages were smooth and brilliant white. Memories.

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