August 10, 2008

Bookworm tag

I got this tag from Kittycat. Thanks dear for still having faith in me, despite me defaulting some of your earlier tags.

Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?
I don’t quite remember how it developed but even as a primary school kid, I was a librarian and spent two afternoons each week in the library. And as a librarian, I could borrow more books than the average student, and since I had the privilege of knowing when a particular book was due so I could grab it the moment it was returned.

What are some books you read as a child?
Mostly Enid Blyton books, Famous Five, Secret Seven, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and the likes. I also read a lot of books on Malay folklore such as Si Tenggang, Mahsuri and many others which I can’t recall now. As a teenager and while in university, my favourites were Mills & Boons and Judith McNaught.

What is your favourite genre?
There’s no favourite genre, simply because I don’t read at all nowadays. But up to a few years back, I was still reading books by Stephen King and Jeffrey Archer.

Do you have a favourite novel?
Not that I can remember, it’s really been such a looooonnnnngggg time since I last read anything at all.

Where do you usually read?
As a kid, it was always lying in bed or on the sofa. Even now when reading anything at all – newsletter, work-related articles, and newspapers on the rare occasions, I’d still be reading them in bed.

When do you usually read?
Mostly when I have to fly long hours, then I’ll have a book on hand. Hardly ever read at home nowadays.

Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time?
As you can already guessed from my earlier answers, no!

Do you read nonfiction in a different way or place than you read fiction?
Not sure if I ever did, but certainly not that I can recall.

Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out of the library?
When I was in school, I always borrowed from the library. Even as a young adult, I used to rent from bookstores – there were a few in SS2 back then but I think they’ve all either moved away or went out of business. I bought quite a fair number over the last few years, mostly non-fiction, self-development books, but these are just gathering dust on the shelves.

Do you keep most of the books you buy?
Yes, they are all still on the shelves, mostly untouched as yet.

If you have children, what are some of the favorite books you have shared with them? Were they some of the same ones you read as a child?
At the moment, YY is still reading books that are appropriate for her age, such as Dr. Seuss and the Ladybird series. I guess when she’s older, I’ll definitely introduce her to all my childhood reads like Enid Blyton. But books are so expensive nowadays so I probably have to scout around for a good public library.

What are you reading now?
Err…clinical papers for work…does that count?

Do you keep a TBR (to be read) list?
Obviously not!

What’s next?
I would really like to read Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl. Anne kept a diary as a way to deal with both the boredom and her youthful array of thoughts when her family was hiding from the Nazi during the Holocaust. Tragically, they were caught and only Anne’s father, Otto, survived. I bought the book when I visited Anne Frank House in Amsterdam few years back but it’s still sitting on the shelves.

What books would you like to reread?
Err…if only I could start reading those that are currently gathering dust on the shelves. Then we can talk about rereading.

Who are your favourite authors?
Err…can I say Enid Blyton, from the good old days when I was actually reading?

Not tagging anyone since most of the people I know have been tagged by Kittycat and allthingspurple. Feel free to do this if you're a bookworm.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for doing the tag - nice to see that we grew up reading Jeffrey Archer, Stephen King and renting books too!

I laughed out loud at most parts of your tage where the answers were mostly "No..." Kesian, I understand what you mean by no time.

Before this, the only books I touched were also work-related or child-related!

Yes, you should read "The Diary of Anne Frank" - it's really, really touching. I can't remember now if I visited the house she hid in when I was in Amsterdam...must have been too caught up with Der Waalen ;-)