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The Best tag a Bibliophile can ask for…

November 8, 2010
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Before anyone accuses me of doing too many tag posts of late, let me defend myself by saying that this one was simply irresistible! I found it in Prateek’s blog and copy-pasted the questions immediately. Here goes my version:

Favourite childhood book?

Enid Blyton series, especially Famous Five. I used to dream of being Georgina!

What are you reading right now?

“Sob Bhuture” by Leela Majumdar, an anthology of her horror stories where the protagonists are all friendly ghosts!

Bad book habit?

I like to read books at a stretch, which due to time constraints lead to unwanted situations at times. I recently tried to sneak in a page or two in office!

Do you have an e-reader?

No, but I read a lot of ebooks on my computer.

Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?

One book at a time.

Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

Not really, I have always been a voracious reader.

Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?

A Roller Coaster Ride by Saumil Srivastava; it was a prize for winning a blogging competition.

Favourite book you’ve read this year?

The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson and Cold Steel by Tim Bouquet and Byron Ousey.

How often do you read out of your comfort zone?

Not much really; but I have enjoyed all the books (supposedly outside my comfort zone) that I have picked till date.

What is your reading comfort zone?

Broadly it would be fiction, especially by Indian authors.

Can you read on the bus?

Yes, I read a lot while travelling.

Favourite place to read?

I love reading in my room but also enjoy sitting in the book store and reading books for long hours, provided they don’t kick me out.

What is your policy on book lending?

I usually do not like lending books, unless they are close friends or people who, I know, would read them with care and ultimately return them.

Do you ever dog-ear books?

No!

Do you ever write in the margins of your books?

Only if it’s a textbook.

Not even with text books?

Only in textbooks.

What is your favourite language to read in?

English and Bengali, the languages I know

What makes you love a book?

Storyline, Pace, Characters, Description and the ending 🙂

What will inspire you to recommend a book?

If a book leaves a mark on me, I immediately recommend it to anyone and everyone who cares to listen.

Favourite genre?

Fiction – all sorts, except the campus love story ones.

Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)

Non-fiction especially biographies.

Favourite biography/autobiography?

On Balance by Leila Seth and Roses in December by M C Chagla

Have you ever read a self-help book?

I am not fond of this genre but have read some of Robin Sharma and Shiv Khera

Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?

Connect the Dots by Rashmi Bansal; some of the stories there were wonderful.

Favourite reading snack?

I don’t eat while reading.

Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience

I usually don’t go by hype and wait to get reviews from trusted sources.

How often do you agree with critics about a book?

I form my own views when it comes to books.

How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

I always air my views about a book, whether good or bad.

If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?

I want to read Gulzar’s poems in Urdu.

Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth; the volume was intimidating but once I started, there was no going back.

Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?

None till date.

Favourite Poet?

Rabindra Nath Tagore, Gulzar, William Wordsworth, T S Eliot, Sylvia Plath, Robert Frost.

Favourite fictional character?

Riju da and Felu da in Bengali; Howard Roark and Atticus Finch in English

Favourite fictional villain?

Lord Voldemort

Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?

Any fast-paced thriller.

The longest I’ve gone without reading

I think the first year after I started working, when I read very sporadically due to lack of time.

Name a book that you could/would not finish

Shantaram and 100 Years of Solitude

What distracts you easily when you’re reading?

Internet.

Favourite film adaptation of a novel?

Godfather, Lord of the Rings.

Most disappointing film adaptation?

Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Harry Potter, Twilight; I usually like books better than the movies.

The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?

Till now, its been just Rs. 700 plus at one go when I ordered the whole Millenium series over Flipkart.com.

How often do you skim a book before reading it?

Never

What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?

I usually leave a book midway if I do not like it beyond a point.

Do you like to keep your books organized?

Yes

Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?

I always keep them; I want a library in my own home.

Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?

Not really.

Name a book that made you angry

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry; it made me both angry and sad at the atrocities that were perpetrated during Emergency in India.

A book you didn’t expect to like but did?

Zahir by Paulo Coelho

A book that you expected to like but didn’t?

English, August by Upamanyu Chatterji.

Favourite guilt-free, pleasure reading?

Sidney Sheldon, Jeffery Archer, Frederick Forsyth.

Books I love or “the ones I can read again and again and again and…..”

  • A Fine Balance: It was so touching that I cried after finishing it, which usually happens only with Saratchandra stories. I liked it so much that I named it as one book which has influenced my thinking in some placement questionnaire and then went on to justify it.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird: I read it for the first time in class IX and immediately fell in love with Atticus Finch. I suspect it was one strong reason behind my choice of career.
  • Fountainhead : I remember finishing this book at one stretch, taking breaks only to eat. I am so much in love with this book that I usually judge people by their opinion on it!
  • Sun signs: I love re-reading this book by Linda Goodman, at times after I have met someone new or just to get ego satisfaction from her description of Scorps 😉
  • Stories by Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay: The archaic Bengali language in which he has written them always makes for a wonderful repeat read for me.

There are many many more books I love but I don’t think I will be able to fit all of them here.

Books I love to hate:

  • Arvind Adiga’s “The White Tiger”, simply because I felt Amitava Ghosh’s “Sea of Poppies” was a much more deserving book for the Booker.
  • Campus love stories with similar sounding titles

Books that left me underwhelmed:

  • Twilight series: While I absolutely loved Harry Potter series, this teen vampire-werewolf love saga could not hold my attention at all.

I tag all those who love books and want to take it up. Do leave a comment here, so that I can drop in to read your list of books. 🙂

Happy reading!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2010 3:48 pm

    I am not going to read this post as want to take up this tag in future and want the answers to be spontaneous.. But did see some nice questions 🙂

  2. November 9, 2010 12:36 am

    Very Nicely done tag and I must say a lot of common traits between us when it comes to books…

    And I so agree with you about the Suitable Boy….abs fabulous but intimidating because of its sheer size. Similar was the case with Shantaram…

    Thanks for the tag 🙂 Actually anyone who loves books will agree on a few common points like never dog-earing the pages, not eating while reading for fear of spilling food, finishing a book at a stretch etc etc.

  3. November 16, 2010 6:09 am

    Hey, sorry, i just want to know in which i can ask a few questions which are very important for me….
    Thanks and regards, Sandy
    http://www.lifeconsult.de

  4. November 19, 2010 9:50 pm

    Looks like I’m ur 1st reader to have done this tag 🙂 You can see it at http://swayambhumukherjee.blogspot.com/2010/11/reading-habits.html.

    I agree with a number of things that you’ve written…even I feel that “The White Tiger” was an average book, and didn’t really like English, August (in fact, I didn’t complete it). And I really want to read ” A Fine Balance”.

    While doing the tag post, I also realised that Icouldn’t fit in names/descriptions of all the books I really like in one post…that’s 1 Herculean task!!

  5. November 19, 2010 9:52 pm

    Oh, and I took a bit of time to respond/finish the tag. Hope you won’t mind the delay.

  6. November 23, 2010 10:45 am

    //Enid Blyton series, especially Famous Five. I used to dream of being Georgina!//
    Ditto here.. I always wanted to be like George..
    Btw I hated White Tiger too.. I dont read many Indian authors so got to know many new books after reading the tag..

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