At night until it’s morning again. Especially during summer and the weekends I extend bedtime due to the amazing book I’m reading.
D: Do you read more in the morning or at night?
A: Are there any books that changed the way you thought about things?Plenty. I will list three:
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld: the first book that made me question the perception of beauty in society and its biological and psychological implications
Unwind by Neal Shusterman: my latest thoughts mostly consider that even if we don’t unwind teenagers, it’s so easy to treat teenagers like they’re less than people, which is why it was so easy for me to identify with the story
The Giver by Lois Lowry: this was introduced to me in sixth grade and I still think about decisions of life and death made by people who know the value of neither
(note: to make me think you’d better write a dystopia that will steal my heart and criticizes our present society)
Y: YA or not?I direct you to the previous question, and then say: obviously.
And, by the way, if you say no, I suggest you look at my thoughts on Unwind again.
A: Are there any characters that you honestly believe to be real?No. The reality filter is strong with this one, and as much as I love to analyze stories and lose myself in the plot, it is always in the knowledge that it is not real.
N: Nobody borrows my books, or I don’t mind lending them out?Sure, I’ll lend them out. If you are of decent character, of course.
D: Do you ever smell your books?Not on purpose. Clearly if a book is open its proximity to my face will make some smelling inevitable but I don’t stand around smelling books all day.
N: Not everyone likes books. Is this a positive or a negative?The reasons I can think of to justify the positive is that everyone has different interests and that some think e-books are better. Both reasons are irrelevant.
Guess what? Books are a source of knowledge and individual experience. They teach you. They explore different viewpoints. They challenge you. They expose you to life at its full. Reading makes you more aware of and sympathetic to other viewpoints in the world, helps you challenge your own belief, and exercise your mind emotionally and intellectually to reach new conclusions about yourself, the world, the human condition, and so forth.
There is no upside to disliking reading. If you think disliking reading is a matter of preference you suggest that deep thinking is a matter of preference. That scares me so much.
Maybe not. Books are meant to be read and loved, so that’s why my library looks as scruffy as it does.
I: I keep my books in mint condition… or, maybe not. Which are you?
G: Gosh, I have too many books! True or false?False, at least for the time being. My general rule of thumb is that if I know that if I know a book would bring someone else pleasure when it only brings me tedium, bad memories, or indifference, then that book needs to go. But that is not a problem I have right now.
H: Have you ever spilled something on or stained your books? How so?This isn’t really spilling or staining, but it’s the best I’ve got. I had my brand new copy of The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan lying out. Little did I know that the pipe leading outside had broken over the winter and splashed water on it. (Worry not, I got it in the freezer in time and it was as good as new. But I didn’t have a ceiling for the next four years.)
T: Toned or untoned while reading? That is, do you read while you work out?I don’t work out. But if I did, I wouldn’t. I work in a gym, and I have seen people try to study and work out, but there are moving parts and people in a gym—probably even more if you work out outside—so reading a book just doesn’t seem safe. I could see an audiobook being plausible, of course… But not hard copies.
Thanks so much for the tag, Alexa! No tags this time—but I’ll do some tagging next week, okay?