I realized the other day that I haven’t ever shared my reason behind why I read and some other book-related questions. So I compiled together what I thought would be the most interesting ones!
When I started reading?
I started reading in Primary School, by year 4 (8 years old), I was reading at a higher level than those in my year and by the start of year 5 (9 years old) had read all of the books in the designated Key Stage reading scheme, so one of my English teachers (whose name I wish I could remember) spoke to my mother and asked if she was allowed to lend me some books of her daughter’s for me to read. The books which she gave me where the Rainbow Magic Collection by Daisy Meadows. That was the exact moment, I fell in love with reading and I will always be very appreciative of that teacher. By 14, I was reading Jane Austen and other classics.
Why I read?
I read for many reasons, I read because I find enjoyment from dipping into the fantasy of someone else’s imagination. The reason I chose to include books in my blog is that I read a lot of them anyway so I thought I may as well share what I read. I also hope that you are able to read one of my book reviews and want to pick up the book yourself, although there are many people who read, I am one of the only people I know, my age who still enjoys reading.
What is the longest Book I have ever read?
The longest book I have ever read in The Lord of the Rings which is a whopping 1,008 pages! Admittedly I was about 17 when I read it and it felt longer than it was and I have never read it again. Not because I didn’t enjoy it but because the copy I own is in the smallest print ever and it took me 6 months to read it. I could probably read it a lot quicker now but I’m not ready for that type of commitment right now.
How often do you go to the library?
Sadly, I haven’t been to the library in over a year now but before then I was there at least once a week, where I used to live had a library 1 road away, whereas now it’s about 10-15 minute walk. Now that I’ve come to this sad conclusion I am going to try to plan a library visit soon!
Do you listen to music while you read?
This is an interesting question because a few years ago I admitted to a friend that I do listen to music whilst I read and they showed me a look of disgust/confusion, so Yes I do occasionally, do you?
Do you watch the movie that came from a book?
Always, I know some people say ‘it ruined my vision’, but I like to envision the characters from the author’s description but sometimes I find it hard to envision the characters from books interacting with each other, so I like to see that in the movie and besides that I do actually like watching films. Sometimes admittedly some of them are majorly disappointing but I try not to tar them all with the same brush.
How many books have I read in my life?
I don’t know how I am supposed to answer this because I definitely cannot recite them all. If I had to estimate I would say. I cannot say this to be an accurate answer as it may be more, but I’ve been reading since I was about 8, and on average I can read 1 book a week (I can finish a novel in a day if I wanted to but I tend not to because I do have a life) so I was 8, 13 years ago 13 X 52 = 676. This is my estimate, give or take, 52 books a year, 13 years, 676 books.
Do I judge a book by its cover?
Kind of. I really hate to admit it but sometimes yes I do, if the cover looks boring I probably won’t turn it over to read the blurb. I always try to read the blurb even on the ‘boring’ looking covers. I have blind dated books, where I have just picked up a book and not looked at the name, cover or blurb and instead read the entire first chapter to see if I wanted to continue reading it. Again, admittedly I did this when all the covers looked a bit boring. I am so sorry.
I have read the Bible and the dictionary. I read the bible after my daughter was Christened as it intrigued me as I am not a Christian myself. I was an atheist until a few years ago when I became a spiritualist but that’s a different story.
I read the dictionary when I was about 11 or 12, when I started High School (11 years old) I was very good at English and my mum bought me my very first dictionary, and I wish I could say something intelligent right now like ‘I wanted to learn every word there was out there’ but I’d be lying to you. I was just incredibly bored one day and thought it would be ‘fun’ (it was not) but now I can use words like: acquiesce and eloquent without looking like an illiterate. Thanks, mum for the Dictionary!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post, and if you’d like to answer the questions I have compiled for your blog please credit me! I have a motivation post coming up very soon so keep your eyes open for that as well!