The bookworm speaks

I found this on Errant Thoughts (via, and while I’m not a book blogger I do love a good read.

What are you reading right now? I finished Jem by Frederik Pohl the other night and really enjoyed it (by now you’ve no doubt guessed, and as those who’ve seen my Facebook profile know, I love science fiction). I’m also part way through Starmaker by Olaf Stapledon and have been dipping into The Norse Myths as retold by Kevin Crossley-Holland.

Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that? I began Understanding Early Civilizations by Bruce Trigger a while back so I’ll keep tapping away at that.

What magazines do you have in your bathroom right now? Not one. I don’t read many except the likes of Newsweek and Archaeology.

What’s the worst thing you were ever forced to read? Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre as part of a school course, and I probably would have appreciated Moby Dick more had I not had to study it in college. They’re not the worst books I’ve read though.

What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone? The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

Admit it, the librarians at your library know you on a first name basis, don’t they? Nope, never been to my local library.

Is there a book you absolutely love, but for some reason, people never think it sounds interesting, or maybe they read it and don’t like it at all? I don’t think so. Stephen King novels don’t appeal to everybody though but I haven’t recommended any of my favourites to anyone.

Do you read books while you eat? While you bathe? While you watch movies or TV? While you listen to music? While you’re on the computer? While you’re having sex? While you’re driving? Sometimes while I eat, never while I bathe, rarely while watching movies or TV or using the computer, and frequently while listening to music. As for sex and driving, well books are no substitute for the former and would be a very silly thing to read while doing the latter.

When you were little, did other children tease you about your reading habits? Yes. Now I read other people’s work for a living.

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down? The Alchemist during a recent re-read. Other than that it’s been a while… maybe American Gods by Neil Gaiman or one of Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series which I’m hopelessly addicted to despite the increasing political preaching.

Now it’s your turn!

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