Wednesday, 7 February 2018

NYT Survey on Reading Habits


The Content Reader

Jeanie at The Marmelade Gypsy has answered the New York Times, Sunday book section's questionnaire concerning reading habits. I thought I will go along and look into my own habits. Here we go.

What are you reading right now?
As always I read several books at the time, changing them according to my mood. Here are some of them:
A Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. It is a read along with Dolce Belezza for February.
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf. This is also a read along for February with Alex at The Sleepless Reader.
Restless by William Boyd. A new favourite author.
The Empty Family by Colm ToĆ­bin. Favourite author.

What is the last great book you read?
Coffin Road by Peter May. Could not put it down and read it in a day. I love his books.
Candide by Voltaire. A surprisingly fresh classic, enjoyable also today.

What do you read for solace? For escape? For sheer pleasure?
For solace and escape I would read anything taking me away from reality. Historical fiction would be a good choice: Winston Graham's Poldark series and Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series for example. Historical fiction also goes for sheer pleasure, but most other genres as well. I don't read very much horror, SF or dystopian novels.

What are your favourite books on a favourite subject?
I like biographies, mostly about historical persons. Some of my favourite authors in this genre are, Mary S. Lovell (A Rage to Live: A Biography of Richard and Isabel Burton, Jane Digby, A Scandalous Life, Mitford Sisters), Claire Tomalin (Charles Dickens, A Life, Mrs Jordan's Profession).

What are your favourite genres and which don't you particularly like?
I read most genres, but don't especially like horror, SF and dystopia.

How do you like to read?
Lying in bed, or possibly sitting in a nice reading chair.

Paper or electronic?
Both. Paper when I can, but electronic comes in handy.

Morning or Night?
Night. Or during the day since I have my days free to do what I like!

Where do you like to read?
In bed, although it is not so good for the back of the neck.

What's the best book you ever received as a gift?
Can't remember.

What kind of reader were you as a child?
Slow.

Which childhood books and authors stick with you most?
All the books by Astrid Lindgren.

Who would you like to write your life story?
Mary S. Lovell.

4 comments:

  1. I'm still on for the Wolfe! It's the next one in line in my audio TBR. I'll likely start it this weekend.

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    1. Great. I have already started. Like it so far.

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    2. It's a small book, so I might just do chapters 1-3 by 18 Feb and chapters 4-9 by 28 Feb.

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    3. I think mine only has six chapters!? I have read five up till now, and the rest to go. Let's "meet" again in the end of February to exchange views.

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