Seven Bookish Questions

Lovely Claire tagged me for these 7 bookish questions:

What propelled your love affair with books—any particular title or a moment?

I don’t remember the beginning since it must’ve been very very early. I only know that I always love to read, and that I could read and write before I entered kindergarten.

Which fictional character would you like to be friends with and why?

I’m clearly still in the Winnie the Pooh realm since I can only think of the characters from the 100-Acre-wood: Pooh and friends! :)

Do you write your name on your books or use bookplates?

I used to write my name on my books, sign and put the date that I bought them when I was a lot younger. But not anymore. I move around a lot and I avoid to be physically attached to any material things, including books. When I read a book, I feel that it is with me forever, and it  is enough. I don’t need to own the physical item, nor mark it as mine. It does not mean that I wouldn’t go out of my way to bring my books with me when I move, but I just try not to get too attached, in case I can’t.

What was your favourite book read this year?

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Completely, utterly, and hopelessly in love with it :)

If you could read in another language, which language would you choose?

I would really like to read in Japanese. I’ve learned Japanese intensively for a period of time, and still dream to be able to read books in the language someday.

Name a book that made you both laugh and cry.

This is a hard question actually. I have a few books that made me cry and a few that made me laugh, but both?! Very rare. On top of my head: Winnie the Pooh, and The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (which Claire knows very well :)

Share with us your favourite poem?

I’m probably the wrong person to ask, as I don’t really “get” poems. But after my trip to Edinburgh, I would really like to read Robert Burns’s poems, and following John Green’s Crash Course series on English Literature, Emily Dickinson’s poems :)

Now it’s my turn to tag the next 7 people and come up with my own 7 questions, which I shall play along since the idea of this is to discover new blogs :). But feel free to answer or not, along with everybody else that read this.

My 7 questions are: (some taken from other people)

1. What propelled your love affair with books—any particular title or a moment?
2. Can you tell us what your guilty pleasure books are?
3. Name book(s) that made you both laugh and cry.
4. What was the last book you did not finish and why?
5. What is the most difficult or most challenging book that you have read so far?
6. Can you tell us your top 5 favorite authors and why? (do they all have the same quality or style?)
7. Can you tell us your top 5 favorite books of all time and why? (do they all have the same quality or style?)

I’m tagging ChinoiseriesSakura, Jo, Mel u, Melissa, Stu, and Jackie (I’m trying not to tag people who have played).


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12 thoughts on “Seven Bookish Questions”

  1. Hey Di, thanks for playing along. I love that we both share The History of Love now. It feels so great knowing that someone else feels the same about a book as I do. I had to chuckle about you Winnie the Pooh answers. Do you know I was such a big Pooh fan as well? Still am, too. I just love the philosophy so gently put. Also, must be high time for me to finally read Peter Pan, since you loved it that much. Would you believe I have never read it even when I’ve probably seen the Disney movie a hundred times when I was little, plus Hook and Peter Pan, the movies. One of my favourite stories ever and I have never read it. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Oh you really really should read Peter Pan! I wasn’t sure what to expect, because I think I read mixed reactions from people, but boy I absolutely loved it! I’m not a huge fan of the story line per se, so the Disney movie is never my favorite. But I loved loved love the voice of J.M. Barrie. There’s a tinge of sadness throughout the idea of a boy who would not grow up. Fantastic book. Like Winnie the Pooh / The House at Pooh Corner – the ending just blew me away.

  2. Japanese is SO hard to read! I don’t read much poetry either although I have some favourites, the latest being Carol Ann Duffy’s Rapture and Alice Oswald’s Dart. I keep meaning to read more but I always go for fiction. Thank you for tagging me and I hope to put up my Q&A soonish!

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