I do apologise for my lack of Tea Time last Friday, as you’ve probably gathered I was out travelling, and my plans were set kind of last minute so I honestly didn’t have time to prepare a post. I feel a bit bad now. Anyway, here’s a tag I found over at Kasia’s youtube channel, and since I don’t have time or space to film anything right now (I’ll tell you about that later), I thought I’d do it here instead.
The questions are as follows;
D: Do you read more in the morning or at night?
A: Are there any books that changed the way you thought about things?
Y: YA or Not?
A: Are there characters that you honestly believe are real?
N: Nobody touches my books or I don’t mind loaning my books out?
D: Do you ever smell your books?
N: Not everyone loves books…is this a positive or a negative?
I: I keep my books in the best condition or maybe not? Which are you?
G: Gosh I have too many books! True or False?
H: Have you ever spilled or stained your books before with something, and if so how?
T: Toned or untoned while reading? ..or in other words…Do you read and workout at the same time?
Do you read more in the morning or at night?
Both, but I think I get more reading done in the morning. I usually allow myself an hour in the morning and one in the night to read, because I’m so busy right now. Sadly, being busy has also led to me being very tired in the evening, so usually I will be close to falling asleep before having read more than 30 minutes or so. In the morning, I’m very much more awake. :)
Are there any books that changed the way you thought about things?
A lot of them, actually, I guess that’s part of the reason to why I read. Because the books influence me and I get a new way of looking at things, appreciating things, and new ways to live my life in a better way. That all sounds really pretentious but yeah.
YA or Not?
I’ve never really read much YA; I started reading my mother’s adult fiction (and non-fiction, for that matter) at the age of 11-12. I think I read Deborah Spungen’s And I Don’t Want to Live this Life when I was 12, so I never went back from there to read YA. In the past few years I’ve read a couple of YA novels, only the ones that have been getting the best reviews, and even then I feel like they’re just not giving me enough. Also, nowadays, YA seems to be equal to “girl falls in love with boy who has a secret/is an animal/other creature”, and I’m just not much for that type of books to begin with.
Are there characters that you honestly believe are real?
No, I’m not naive, that doesn’t mean I have, at least when I was younger, wished that some characters or places were real.
Nobody touches my books or I don’t mind loaning my books out?
I don’t know, I don’t really have friends who read, I don’t think anyone has borrowed a book from me since I was a kid and my brother used to read some of my books. I wouldn’t have a problem lending someone a book, but if they bring it back in shit condition I will have them buy me a new one.
Do you ever smell your books?
Mmmm yes. Especially new ones, I think the last one I smelled was my copy of The Hobbit.
Not everyone loves books…is this a positive or a negative?
Negative, all the way. Firstly, there would be more book stores around if more people actually read books. Mainly though, I consider reading to be an adventure, a way of travelling without leaving home. It’s cheap, it’s easy, anyone can enjoy any sort of trip. What’s not to love? The fact that not everyone gets to experience that makes me a bit sad. Also I think fewer people would butcher languages if they started reading and appreciating words.
I keep my books in the best condition or maybe not? Which are you?
This depends. If I buy new books, I always try to keep them as good as possible. No bent corner, no damages, nothing. I don’t really mind breaking spines on paperbacks, something I know makes a lot of book lovers cringe, but I don’t want the books to be damaged. However, I buy a lot of used books, they will already have scratched covers, maybe dog-eared pages and just have that general used look. With those books, I’m not as careful, because I simply don’t have to be. It doesn’t have to do with the price of the book, just the fact that it already looks used.
Gosh I have too many books! True or False?
Oh, that depends on who you ask! My boyfriend would definitely tell you that I have too many books, while I would say that there is no such thing as enough books. To me, it’s like saying that I have taken enough photos or have cuddled enough with my cat. Just no.
Have you ever spilled or stained your books before with something, and if so how?
I don’t think so, no… I believe I would remember if I ruined a book because I’d feel inclined to buy a new one.
Toned or untoned while reading? ..or in other words…Do you read and workout at the same time?
How is that supposed to work?
No, I actually can’t really do anything at all while I’m reading, not even listen to music, because it distracts me. I did try listening to an audio book on a recent train trip, but it made me tired and so I stopped understanding what I was listening to after a while. Nah, I think I’m a sit-down-in-silence-to-read kind of person.
So, that’s all for today!
If you feel like it, I’d love to know how you would answer these questions :)