Today’s guest post is by Georgina an avid reader and movie buff and my best friend. I met Georgina in my second year at University and we’ve been friends ever since. She is a big book collector like me and for special occasions we always buy each other books. In fact a large majority of my gifted books on my shelves are from her.
(I’ve just worked it out and we’ve been friends for 17 years. Wow, I don’t know how you’ve put up with me and my craziness for that long.)
Here are some questions that Georgina answered for me.
What or who influenced your reading?
Cannot really remember who influenced my reading, but just always received books as gifts as a child. The Roald Dahl books were always a favourite when I was a kid.
At university I found it difficult to read outside of the text books, but did try to read now and then. So I would say around that period I didn’t read as much.
What were your reading habits like as a kid?
I remember I used to look forward to going to the mobile library each week as a kid, and getting more books out every time I returned the ones I read. I loved the sound of the library stamp when the Librarian issued the books. Somehow it always used to be so satisfying, a good sound!
I was also a book monitor at school, where we used to have book sales on occasion with new books sent from publishers. We used to set up stalls for them in the assembly hall, which myself and a few others were in charge of. I got a Charlie Brown bookmark, and some book badges from one of those book sales, which I still have to this day!
How do you organise your books on you shelves?
There not organised in any particular way, e.g alphabetical or genre. Mainly by size I think! I guess going back to the bookmark, I have them organised the Charlie Brown way at the moment 😉
When you decide to stop reading do you read to the end of the chapter or are you able to just stop where ever you have reached?
A bit of both. If I am reading before I go to sleep, then even if I might want to finish the chapter, I could be too tired, so stop where I have reached.
What’s your favourite book of all times?
That’s a difficult one, but ‘Shantaram’ by Gregory David Roberts, and
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee are ones that stand out.
What’s the oldest unread book on your shelf?
I think it is ‘Ulysses’ by James Joyce.
Do you have a bad book habits?
I used to be guilty of bending the corners of books, but I don’t do that now! I try to keep the book in a good condition as I can.
What is the most embarrassing book you have ever read?
A biography of Gary Lineker by Colin Malam, called ‘Gary Lineker: Strikingly Different.’ I remember buying the book and reading it in one session! (I did have a little bit of a crush on him at the time). I still have the book on my shelf…not sure why though! I also used to read Mills and Boon romance books many years ago.
What was the worst book you ever read or stopped reading?
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. This was quite hard to get through so I never finished it. I might revisit it at some point to see if my views have changed.
What character in a book would you like to be best friends with?
That is a good question and difficult to answer.
Do you break/crack the spine of your books?
I hope not! If I ever do, it’s not intentional!
What’s your policy on book lending?
If I lend a book to you Mani, I know I will get it back in the condition as it was.
Some books I have lent out to other people. But haven’t done so in a while.
If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
Arabic, and maybe Japanese or German
What are you reading right now?
“The Left Hand of Darkness’ by Ursula K. Le Guin. After that I will start reading ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama, which is the next book we are reading for the book club at work.”
Thank you Georgina for putting up with me for all these years and agreeing to do this guest post.
Happy Reading everyone!!!