3.04.2016

The 'Lost In A Book' Tag

I'm I love to talk about books, in any form, in any way, or in any kind of discussion. I can talk about books for hours without losing interest. When Jasey tagged me in Lost In A Book tag, I couldn't hold back my excitement and had my answers mapped out in my brain even before I started typing this post. Lezzz do this!
1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Yes. I love to sit in the lounge where there's an abundance of sunshine and flip through pages to let myself loose in the story. Then there's my room, which is amazingly cozy. It depends on the kind of book I am reading. If it's dark, twisted and mind-boggling, I would never read it in a dim room. It depresses me.
If it's a happy book or just a thrilling suspense book, I can read it anywhere.

2. Where do you like to read?
Mostly, my room. But then again, it depends on the book. I often go out to sit on the grass and read peacefully. There's always the couch, random chairs in the house or anywhere in my room to relax and dive back in the story.

3. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Honestly, anything I can find at the moment works.
I have a little collection of lovely bookmarks that look pretty adorable popping out of a book. So I rather keep one near all the time. But if there's nothing in sight and I must leave the book in the middle of the story, I would just put anything to keep the pages apart. More than often, it's my poor phone.

4. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop at a chapter?
I HATE to stop at random sentences since it's far more difficult to track it back on the page. I am a chapter-stopper. If I read a line or two from a new chapter, I feel obligated to read through the next chapter.

5. Do you eat or drink while reading?
Absolutely! In fact, I can hardly read without eating something.
I have my own excuse: READING MAKES ME HUNGRY. Well, it probably does. I like to have snacks handy or something to munch on before I pick up a book. It's a necessity.

6. E-reader or real book?
Both!!!!!
Though nothing can beat the euphoric feeling of flipping the pages of a tangible book and absorbing the words as they appear. I try to carry a book with me every time I go out. But it's easier to get eBooks and slipping them along while going out.

7. Music or television while reading?
Ew no! I can't read if there's some noise in the background. It distracts me so much that the words start to dance and sentences start jumbling. Er, it might not be that dramatic, but I don't like to have any sound in the background while I read.

8. One book at a time or several at once?
One book at a time. I tried to manage multiple books at a time and it turned out to be a totally miserable experience. Each story demands attention. It seems impossible to absorb every character if there are multiple stories going on in my head, making it hard to relate to any of the stories.

9. Reading at home or everywhere?
Anywhere, tbh! I like to read in waiting rooms. It's better to read than keep switching the same apps on my phone for hours or searching through funny videos on Facebook. I don't mind the place at all ; just give me a book and boom!

10. Reading aloud or silently in your head?
I read silently in my head. But I like to read aloud particular sentences while reading if they're funny or interesting.

11. Fiction or non-fiction
FICTION IN CAPS COS NON-FICTION HURTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I tried reading more non-fiction books back in 2015 and it didn't work out. I am very interested in realistic topics, but I have left it, for a while, for the class assignments and real life discussions where I have to be a grown up. As for the fiction books, I can be so many people at the same time. The protagonist, the sidekick, the villain, the cop. Non-fiction books hard to relate. The events in them have already happened so you can either (i) read how they happen and mourn over the tragedies (ii) stop reading it and never pick up a non-fiction unless it has to do something with, like, class marks or something.

12. Do you read ahead or skip pages?
It's a 50/50. I try hard not to read ahead or skip a page, but some books make you do it. Especially in situations where the author tries to explain every single detail of a dress protagonist is wearing - the length, the color, the details, and everything I am not interested in.

13. Break the spine or keep a book like new?
I cannot break the spine. It makes me so sad to see a book lying dead-like on the table. Breaking the spine is almost like paralyzing a book. I try to keep mine in the best conditions.

14. Do you write in your books?
*shrieking a nooooooooooo in my head*
I don't write in my books. I don't even use a highlighter to mention special parts. I keep a notebook or a piece of paper handy if there's a paragraph I want to highlight and write it down instead.

15. Your favorite book?
This question is as painful as asking a mother of 5 about who does she love more? I....have...so....many....favorites. I can classify my favorites in two parts:
(i) Urdu books
(ii) English books

Urdu literature is so diverse and beautiful that makes it easier to relate to it. In fact, the Urdu books are more realistic to me than any other literature. I absolutely love Jannat Ke Pattay by Nimra AhmedPir-e-Kamil  by Umera Ahmed & Abdullah (1 & 2) by Hashim Nadeem.

In English literature, my top favorites are If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon (Sheldon is my ultimate favorite author, I've adored every book of him I have read so far),  #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso and Manuscript Found In Accra by Paulo Coelho. And I can almost quote The Notebook.
Here's my lost in book kind of portrait. I may or may not be posing for it, you know!

Now, it's your turn to challenge your inner bibliophile and answer these questions. You can either make a post or if you're like me, answering in your head, then you can leave those thoughts in comments so we can fangirl over our favorite books or similar book people things.
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