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Member Name: ms_memory
Date: 19/03/10, updated on 21/03/10 (62 review reads)
Advantages: You're never alone with a book
What would life be without books?
I grew up in house so full of books it looks like a library, and I'm currently contemplating what to do with my own collection. I'm expecting to spend 2010 living in 3 different countries, so most of them will have to go. I don't see much point in holding on to that many books nowadays anyway - most can be orederd again online if I really want to re-read them.
* What is your favourite genre?
Difficult to say. I've found myself moving away from fiction recently and more towards politics/travel. In general, I love reading books about life in other countries. I'm going through a bit of an Afghanistan phase at the moment.
* Do you read the classics, i.e., the great authors of the 18th and 19th century?
Yes, I recently re-read Wuthering Heights (did it for A-level) and have read the other usual classics of English literature. I've even read older stuff such as Don Quijote - it took me months though!
* Are you interested in thrillers?
My dad is, but I've never been able to get into this genre. I'm part way through an Austrian detective novel at the moment but it's a comic one so that's ok!
* What about horror stories?
Nope, not since I was a teenager (another Point Horror fan here!) The world is so full of horror already I don't feel the need to read about fictional horrors too.
* Do you read science fiction?
* How many Harry Potter books have you read?
I got tired of them when I was on book 4. I just found them so repetitive and over-hyped. I only read 1-3 because I was ill one summer in Romania and had nothing else in English to read.
* Have you ever read and enjoyed biographies or autobiographies?
Not really, but I'd like to.
* Do you remember any of the books you read and loved as a child?
I was such an Enid Blyton fan as a child that I started reading literary criticism on her works when I ran out of kids' books. I also read and enjoyed the Babysitters' Club series but found it quite far-fetched - who seriously puts their babies in the care of an unknown 11-year-old? One of my favourites as a kid was a book in the form of a satirical magazine for monsters called Witches in Stitches, which had an agony aunt called Aunty Coagula. Anyone remember that?
* Have you re-read these books as a grown-up?
* Is there a book of which you can say it has influenced you?
Bertrand Russell's The Conquest of Happiness occasionally reminds me to focus on what's important in life.
* Who are your favourite authors?
Ian McEwan is my all-time favourite, I think. His books have so many different levels and strands. I also like some of Margaret Atwood's novels (e.g. The Blind Assassin) but dislike others. Kate Atkinson's Behind the Scenes at the Museum is one of the best I've ever read. I suppose what they all have in common are plot twists at the end!
* Which book would you take with you on a desert island?
War and Peace. Then I might actually read it.
* What is your attitude towards translations?
We'd be a lot worse off without them. It would be such a shame to miss out on the greats of world literature. Having said that, I prefer to read books in the original if it's a language I speak.
* Do you buy your books/get them from the library/borrow them from friends/steal them?
All of the above except steal!
* When you buy books, do you prefer hardcover editions or pocket books?
Paperbacks, so I can carry them around with me.
* Have you ever tried Audio Books?
Yes, but I prefer to see the words on the page so I can re-read a sentence if necessary.
Summary: Me and my books