Since this is a newly created blog and you probably don’t know me, I thought I could do a book/reading tag and we could get to know each other better. I’d really like to know your answers to these questions. Feel free to comment below!
- What is your favourite book and why?
My favourite book… I can’t choose just one, it’s impossible! I love the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (as if you didn’t know who the author is already) where the Prisoner of Azkaban, the Order of the Phoenix and the Deathly Hallows are my favourites. I can’t explain why really. I also love The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I just, it’s amazing and poetic and different. Lastly, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. It’s the saddest story but at the same time filled with so much love it makes my heart explode. Those are the once I can think of right now, but there are so many more, Simon and the Oaks by the Swedish author Marianne Fredriksson for example.
- What is your favourite author and why?
I’m the type of person who falls in love with a story or a book, not necessarily the author. I don’t know, I want to say J.K. Rowling but then again Astrid Lindgren is an author I idolise. She is one of the most honest and straight forward people who have walked this earth. She is a Swedish author who wrote children’s books like Brothers Lionheart and Pippi Longstocking.
- What is your favourite book series?
This is an easy question; Harry Potter is my favourite, obviously!
- What is your favourite quote from a book?
‘It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live’, said by the wisest wizard ever lived, Professor Dumbledore aka J.k. Rowling. There are several other quotes from other books I’ve read that I really love, but this quote has stuck with me for a long time now.
- What is the most recent book you read?
Do academic textbooks count, no? In that case, I have to say Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie which I have to read as part of my studies, but I really enjoyed it. I think it might be one of my favourites actually.
- What book can you read over and over again and never get tired of?
Harry Potter, I mean, I have already read the series four times, one time in Swedish and three times in English. To be honest, the Swedish translation is terrible.
- What is the first book you remember reading as a child?
The first book I remember reading by myself is the Mini series. It’s a series of Swedish books aimed to teach children how to read. It’s about a tiny person, Mini, who together with two children goes on adventures while he teaches them to read as well as you. Other than that, I can’t seem to be able to remember. Probably different fairy tales.
(The red stone) (Mini and the missing ring)
- Do you write in your books or do you keep them clean?
I have to confess, I do write in my books, or rather, I underline things I like, quotes and such. I only started doing that a few years ago. It hit me one day that it would make it so much easier to find the special passages but also a way for me to leave a part of myself with the book. I love finding old books with scribbles or lines in it because it gives me an insight to the previous owner’s thoughts.
- Which do you prefer; bookstores or libraries?
I love libraries and walk around looking at all those books, not really knowing where to begin and the melancholy of realising that I won’t be able to read all of those books before I die. However, nothing beats the smell of new untouched books. Again, I can’t choose! But I’m usually found wandering around different bookstores in pursuit of a life changing or heartbreakingly beautiful story.
- What is your most comfortable reading position?
Sitting upright for an hour and then laying on my stomach or back until it starts hurting, then I start all over again. It has to be a soft surface though, like a bed, sofa or a sea of pillows, yes!
- Do you prefer reading outside or inside?
It depends on many factors. How cold or warm is it? Will anyone disturb? In summer, I usually read outside but it can be hard to concentrate with the sun in my eyes or if it’s too warm or uncomfortable. I love sitting by the ocean, listening to the waves, beneath a beautiful sunset. That, I have to say, is amazing. Reading is something you can do anywhere, anytime, wherever you find yourself.