Sunday, 19 April 2015

the great big book list

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Quick reader or slow reader?
Really depends on what I'm reading. The literature I read for uni I usually have to make a day-to-day plan of how many pages I need to/should read, whereas leisure reading I usually can't put down when I begin.

Bricks/long reads or short reads?
I've emphasised short reads, however I tend to prefer books that have around 300-400 pages; so long, but not ridiculously so.

Library or bookshop?
I'm a very materialistic person and I love buying books, whether second hand or new. I love building small towers of my books around my room; it adds such a personal touch to my otherwise bland student housing room.

Audio book or e-book?
Confession: I have never listened to an audiobook. Ever. I think 2015 should be the year I begin listening to books, as it seems handy and like a lovely companion when going for a walk or getting the bus to uni rather than the same music over and over. I do own a kindle (and an iPad, actually) and tend to switch between using that and reading physical books.

Hardcover or paperback?
There's just something about the worn look of paperbacks that's very enticing. Doesn't hurt that they're cheaper either!

Fiction or non-fiction?
Hard question to answer, as I adore non-ficticious books about lifestyle, health and social sciences. The answer is nevertheless fiction, as I love escaping into a world outside my own.

Poetry or prose?
Honestly, I never read poetry outside university. However, poetry tends to be my favourite readings which balances out my leisurely love for prose.

Romance or thriller?
I am such a sucker for romance, especially (believable!!!) young-adult novels.

Vampires or ghosts?
Can I say neither? I really enjoy gothic literature, but contemporary vampire/ghost novels are rarely my kind of thing.

Sofa or bed?
My current student house-sofa is not very inviting, however, it is my go to reading place when I'm back home.

Indoors or outdoors?
Outdoors in the sun, please. Preferably on a beach mmm. Or in a park.

Savoury snacks or sweet snacks?
I am a savory snack kinda girl. Although I love chocolate, sweets tend to make me feel sick while savoury snacks are always appropriate.

Tea or coffee?
Considering I make numerous cups of coffee at work it's hard not to have some myself. So I'd say 50/50, depending on my mood and what kind is on offer.

Which five authors feature most prominently in your bookshelf?
Let's see: Haruki Murakami, Donna Tartt, Graeme Simsion, Jane Austen and Stephanie Perkins. To be fair, half of my books are at my mom's house still, so I only have about 2-3 books of each author.

 photo 2015-03-19 14.21.52-tile_zpskesihepz.jpg Do you keep all the books you buy?
Yes. Almost without exception: sometimes I borrow books away and never bother to claim them back.

The book that touched you the most?
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer; I've never had a similar reading experience since, just so many feels <3

Review your latest read!
At the moment I am reading Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum. Despite barely having started it, I already adore it. It's perfectly structured, the language is exciting and the story is very intriguing. Can't wait to see what will happen as I keep reading!

Which book are you planning on reading next?
Probably The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. Or The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. Or The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I have so many unread books lying around it's hard to choose!

Horror or chicklit?
Chicklit all the way! I love getting lost in mindless, easy reads.

Biographies or memoirs?
I think, at least. Can't say I've read enough to properly decide, hehe.

One at a time or switching between several?
A million at the time! I always have a tendency of switching between 2-3 books at the time, usually at least one for uni and one leisure at any time.

New or old?
Honestly can't decide. I love buying brand new paperbacks, however I also love buying secondhand books and reading the funny notes people have made in the margins.

Bookmarks or dog ears?
See, I don't like dog ears because I don't like the way it makes the page permanently marked. At the same time, I tend to make notes and underline sentences with a pencil, so...

Original language or translation?
Original language if I know the language (hehe), translation if I don't.

Book or film?
Always.

A book you think is overhyped?
The Catcher in the Rye and anything by John Green.

Which genre do you prefer to read?
Romance, thrillers and dystopians.

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