We talked about stories and storytelling back in September, however, we’ve not had a Seriously Geeky Sundays dedicated to books and reading habits just yet. That changes this week! As a self-confessed massive bookworm, I’m rather excited about this week’s prompt and will try to keep my gushing to a minimum… I promise 😉
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My answers for week #51
Do you read a lot?
Just a tad 😉 I slowed down in the last few years due to developing ME and finding it difficult to focus on books, so I started reading comics instead. I also found that because my time was so limited and thus so precious that it was much harder for me to settle down to read. I now have two dedicated reading times a day; an hour and a half in the morning when I wake up to get medication and breakfast before going back to sleep for a few more hours, and the other for an hour before bed to help me sleep. I get through quite a few books again now I’m reading so regularly 😀
What is your most read book?
My most read book is Alanna the first Adventure, and subsequently the other three books in the Song of the Lioness Quartet. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve re-read that book, and once I’ve read the first one I have to read the rest of the series and after that the following two Tortall quartets. Even now as I’m reading through new young adult fantasy that’s been inspired by her I feel that old ache to go back and read them again. I’m holding off only because I relish the chance to experience new stories and I have all the books sitting on my bookshelf ready for me at any time. There’s no rush, those stories and their familiar characters are always there.
What was the last book you read?
The last book I completed was Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J Maas and I’m currently reading the next book in the series Queen of Shadows, and the horror anthology from Skullgate Media Loathstome Voyages.
If you’re curious about my thoughts on any of these books then keep an eye out for the reviews coming in the next few weeks 😉
You can also follow my reading activity on GoodReads, feel free to add me!
Do you prefer a book series or stand-alone books?
I prefer book series because I like to know what happens next. I get so involved with characters and their stories that I want to know where they go after that part of their story ends. I’m an even bigger fan of series that develop into ongoing sagas where the characters of the original series become mentors, parents or minor characters in the next set of books so that there’s new blood (so to speak) yet still a tether to the original characters I fell in love with. I still get to keep up with them and their stories while also becoming fully immersed in new stories. Both Tamora Pierce and Cassandra Clare are fantastic at doing just this, and it was something I also loved about the Star Wars Legends timeline.
That being said, I don’t turn my nose up at stand-alone books. Stories, characters and world-building are what attract me and while I’ll probably end the novel wishing for more I’m still glad to have read the book.
Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?
Definitely fiction. Non-fiction to me is not for pleasure in the same way fiction is; it’s for knowledge. I always learn something from non-fiction whether it’s about a person, a hobby or a thing, whereas fiction is escapism for me. If I can’t escape into a novel then I’m not enjoying it and I’ll stop reading it. That probably sounds odd coming from someone who studied literature for a degree! I guess it does, however, I was never one of those literature students who were obsessed with the classics and poetry, or who thought Jane Austen was the best thing since sliced bread (I honestly can’t stand her). I cared about how the author made people feel things through words and what made the author write what they did. Not a big surprise for someone with a philosophy and sociology background.
So in short, non-fiction is a tool and something I pick up when I want to know something. Fiction is what I pick up when I want to feel something when I want to relax and enjoy myself.
Do you read the book before watching the adaptation?
I used to try to read the book before the adaptation, and for years I’ve had books stubbornly sitting on my TBR when I knew full well I was never actually going to pick them up. I was just holding onto that bookish belief that it was sacrilege to watch the adaptation before reading the book. Then over the years it slowly began to whittle away as my life changed and I began to realise that for me there were more important things to do with my time – such as reading other books.
A few weeks ago I finally watched the rest of the Divergent Trilogy which I’d been putting off until I read the books, and you know what? I’m so glad I did because I know I wouldn’t have enjoyed the books, and I think a small part of me already knew that after watching the first film. That’s why the books had been left sitting to rot on my TBR for so long despite always being readily available at the library any time I wanted them. I was just stubbornly holding onto that belief that as a bookworm I had to read them, or at least try. It’s funny what getting a debilitating illness will do to those silly little beliefs you hold onto.
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