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Self tagged from Arpz's blog ;)
1. Favorite childhood book?
Somehow, my mom got around to getting us a lot of Russian books, translated in Hindi. My favorite used to be one called 'Roosi Itihaas ki Kahaaniyaan' (Tales from the Russian History).
2. What are you reading right now?
i. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
ii. Last Man Standing
iii. The Sound of Water
3. Bad book habit?
i. Leaving books unfinished, if I don't like them
ii. Not reading non-fiction
4. Do you have an e-reader?
5. Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
If I like the book, I read one at a time. If I find them not-so-good-not-so-bad, I keep jumping from one to the other.
6. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
7. Least favorite book you read this year (so far)?
Some Nora Robert novel.
8. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
A few Agatha Cristie's ;) I love them all!
9. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
I keep trying to. Though I avoid self-help books at all cost.
10. What is your reading comfort zone?
Fiction, good humor, poetry...
11. Can you read on the bus?
12. Favorite place to read?
On my bed.
13. What is your policy on book lending?
I lend only to people I know love books as much as I do, and will return my books.
14. Do you ever dog-ear books?
15. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
16. Not even with text books?
Sometimes. I also use a highlighter. Makes it easy to recall things.
17. What is your favorite language to read in?
English, Hindi, simple Urdu in English/Devnagri script
18. What makes you love a book?
19. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
It has to be really good!
20. Favorite genre?
21. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
Classics. There must be a reason why they're called classics!
22. Favorite biography?
I've only read 'My Experiments with Truth', since it was a course book.
23. Have you ever read a self-help book?
24. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
Inspirational? Gulzar's poetry often inspires me to write :P
25. Favorite reading snack?
26. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience?
The Alchemist and Animal Farm.
27. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
I don't read critic reviews of books.
28. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
If I don't like a book, I say so.
29. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
i. Urdu for reading Ghalib and many others
ii. Spanish for reading Pablo Neruda
30. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
I don't know how books intimidate! They can be boring, at max.
31. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
I haven't begun many classics since I don't know if I'll ever be able to finish them.
32. Favorite Poet?
Gulzar. Ghalib. Neruda.
33. Favorite fictional character?
34. Favorite fictional villain?
The Joker from Batman and Iago from Othello.
35. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
Agatha Cristie or such.
36. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
A month or two, at max.
37. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
The latest is a Nora Roberts novel (the same from Q. 7)
38. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
Nothing much. Unless the book's boring.
39. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
There are many good movies based on books - Fight Club, Shawshank Redemption and many more. But I haven't read these, so I'll say Silence of the Lambs.
40. Most disappointing film adaptation?
The Da Vinci Code.
41. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Running into a few thousands, probably?
42. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Never. I read the back cover to determine if I want to read the book.
43. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
44. Do you like to keep your books organized?
45. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
I keep my books :)
46. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
47. Name a book that made you angry.
Ellsworth Toohey in The Fountainhead got me angry. I love the book, though!
48. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
I don't read a book if I don't expect to like it.
49. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
50. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Suspense thrillers and Calvin and Hobbes.