1. Have you ever damaged a book?
Sadly, yes. I’ve gotten them wet, torn pages, spilt food, spilt coffee, spilt wine, covered books in melted wax… I think the real question is whether I’ve ever managed not to damage a book. We’re all a little damaged, thought, aren’t we?
2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?
Yep. I bought them a brand new one, though.
3. How long does it take you to read a book?
Which book? I’m a sucker for Roald Dahl, and I motor through his novels in two or three days. If I had to apply an average over all of them, I’d guess about a week or two.
4. Books you haven’t finished?
There was a Bill Bryson book that I started in a hospital bed once, and never got around to finishing. Pity, I was enjoying it.
5. Hyped/Popular books you didn’t like?
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez). I didn’t NOT like it. I just needed it to be over sooner. Like, I didn’t think it was going to take the best part of the 100 years to wade through it.
6. Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?
Nope. I am an open book. Tl tl tl.
7. How many books do you own?
I recently moved and purged. I donated my South African poetry and short stories to a lovely friend from Denmark, and gave many of the others to charity. The books I held onto include The Norton Anthology of Poetry, a bit of Shakespeare, and Asterix. The rest are borrowed or read online.
8. Are you a fast/slow reader?
9. Do you like to buddy read?
I’m an only child. We’re not team players.
10. Do you read better in your head/out loud?
In my head.
11. If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?
One of James Herriot’s. They’re light, funny, intelligent, engaging, deeply emotional and wonderfully entertaining.