Being The Bookie

Monika tagged me on this tag of books and supposedly there are two versions of it. Now that my love for books is evident to everyone; I couldn’t have ignored this tag so here I do the tag answering everything Monika has done

  1. Favorite childhood book? Oliver Twist, It was a part of my curriculum and I so loved it that I read it so many times during the year.
  2. What are you reading right now? The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
  3. Bad book habit? – I like to finish books in a single sitting if possible. A lot of times if I pick a fast paced book I would keep reading it until I am finished forgetting everything else in the world. I read like 19hrs straight before I finished of Shantaram.
  4. Do you have an e-reader? – Nope and I don’t think I will buy one, though I have a kindle app on my phone but I like my books the traditional way.
  5. Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once? I like reading a book at a time, too many books simultaneously cause distractions and loss of concentration enjoying the fine points of the book.
  6. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? I have started reading a lot more and yes most of the book lovers I know are through blogging.
  7. Least favorite book you read this year (so far)? The complete prose by Woody Allen, the book had some really great pieces of text but then given all the great things I have heard and read about Woody Allen the complete text was a disappointment.
  8. Favorite book you’ve read this year? The Difficulty of Being Good: The Subtle Art of Dharma by Gurucharan Das
  9. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? I don’t have a comfort zone when it comes to books, I pick up anything and everything around me to read.
  10. What is your reading comfort zone? I don’t have a comfort zone, but I enjoy reading Non fiction, biographies, and Indian books.
  11. Can you read on the bus? Yes
  12. Favorite place to read? I love reading in coffee shops, there have been times when I used to simply visit a Costa Coffee and sit there reading books for entire day.
  13. What is your policy on book lending? I lend books to people on who I can trust they would treat the book with the same love and care I keep my books and would return them on time.
  14. Do you ever dog-ear books? Nope.
  15. Do you ever write in the margins of your books? No only in some textbooks.
  16. Not even with text books? I used to in some textbooks.
  17. What is your favorite language to read in? English and Hindi
  18. What makes you love a book? Plot, Pace, Characters, Message, and Narrative
  19. What will inspire you to recommend a book? If I like it I would recommend it.
  20. Favorite genre? Biographies & Philosophy
  21. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?) – Science fiction
  22. Favorite biography? Tough Choices- Carly Fiorina
  23. Have you ever read a self-help book? I have read some of Robin Sharma’s books but then not very fond of self help.
  24. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)? Difficulty of Being Good: The Subtle Art of Dharma
  25. Favorite reading snack? I generally don’t eat while reading but still biscuits are allowed sometimes to munch while reading
  26. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience –Dork, expected far better from Sidin given his social media campaign and blogs.
  27. How often do you agree with critics about a book? Professional critics I hardly read but a lot of like minded blog pals are ones I rely on for reviews
  28. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? I don’t publish a review if it is very negative.
  29. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose? Farsi/Urdu, may be Spanish
  30. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read? Thus Spake Zarathustra, I have read it  twice already and I don’t think I got it more than 10% of it.
  31. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin? None
  32. Favorite Poet? Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Rabindra Nath Tagore.
  33. Favorite fictional character? Harry Potter
  34. Favorite fictional villain? Lord Voldemort
  35. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation? Indian Authors
  36. The longest I’ve gone without reading – 7or 8 Years, this was between the time I was born and I got into the habit of regular reading.
  37. Name a book that you could/would not finish– The Republic by Plato (I don’t think I am ready for it yet)
  38. What distracts you easily when you’re reading? Wife
  39. Favorite film adaptation of a novel? Godfather, 3 Idiots, Harry Potter, The Day of Jackal, Devil Wears Prada
  40. Most disappointing film adaptation? Da Vinci Code, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge etc. It is a long list .
  41. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time? The day I will buy the complete set of Amar Chitra Katha around 10k
  42. How often do you skim a book before reading it? Never
  43. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through? I complete a book which I have started; I would leave it if it is very boring or incomprehensible.
  44. Do you like to keep your books organized? Yes
  45. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them? I keep the books and I dream to make a huge library in my house.
  46. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding? Not really.
  47. Name a book that made you angry – Den of Thieves, It’s a Pulitzer prize winner which takes us through the insider trading scandal which shook the wall street. After reading about that account and the things which have happened in the Sub-Prime crisis seriously ticked me off against the crimes committed by the Armani clad wall street bankers.
  48. A book you didn’t expect to like but did? Almost Single by Advait Kala, Sea Swept by Nora Roberts (This was gifted to me by a very dear friend just to find how does a guy like me find reading chicklets)
  49. A book that you expected to like but didn’t? Dork, Running From Safety by Richard Bach
  50. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading? Calvin and Hobbes Dilbert, Sidney Sheldon, Jeffery Archer, John Grisham, and Indian Auhtors

And that brings us to the end of the original tag and now starts modified version

Books I love or “the ones I can read again and again and again and…..”

  • One: This is one book I have read multiple times and I believe the philosophy in it affected and shaped my life to quite an extent during my younger years. A brilliant piece of philosophy and an awesome book to read.
  • Shantaram : A riveting story, awesome one liners and the perfect setup of the old Bombay.  Is mein sab kuch hai, action hai, drama hai, romance hai, underworld hai, terrorism hai, comedy hai aur hum jaise Indians ko kya chahiye?
  • Five Point Someone : A lot of people criticize my love for this book but then every time I read it I am transported back to my engineering college days. I can so relate to the characters, setup, the mentality and a lot of other things in the book; It is very difficult for me not to love the book every time I read it.
  • Gitanjali: My love for English poetry forces me to read a lot of them and this masterpiece by our own Nobel laureate is simply a masterpiece. Brilliant philosophy, equally good poetries and better lessons in life from the great man himself; I don’t have a choice to take out the book and read couple of poetries every now and then,
  • Malgudi Days: Anyone who has read this book would know why you can simply read it again and again.
  • Q & A: this is a brilliant piece of fiction by an Indian Author. It is perfect story which would have all elements and will make you fall in love with the characters.

And as Mon said there are many many many more books I love but I think I will stop here for two reasons – I have spent way too much time on this post and its way too long and also I should leave some for you my dear book loving friends

Books I love to hate:

  • Arundhati Roy’s “The God of Small Things” one of the books I had to struggle hard to finish but the booker awarded to it makes it very difficult to ignore.

Books that left me underwhelmed:

  • Catch 22- I don’t know why but I absolutely got bored of the book. It was too slow and boring for my taste.

Well for tagging other people, if you love books and you are reading this consider yourself tagged.

15 comments on “Being The Bookie”

    • Prats Reply

      @Ruchira: Bingo for God of Small Things and after hearing what Arundhati Roy has been speaking I have lost complete respect for her. Amar Chitra Katha is something which I used to enjoy as a child and read them through a book club and thought will buy them someday 🙂

  1. Ankit Reply

    First of all Grrrrr for naming so many books i havent read so far 🙁 Just picked up 4 new books and need to finish them before i can even think of bothering my already empty wallet. Den of thieves it is next 🙂

    Same pinch for Catch 22, never understood the hype around the book. picked it up twice but couldn’t get myself to complete it.

    • Prats Reply

      @Ankit: 🙂 Den of Thieves is a must read for you…. Awesome book….And also read Barbarians at the Gate too if you haven’t already.

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  3. Chatterbox Reply

    Wow! what a tag 😛
    You tend to read the whole book in one sitting….Wow!!!
    I can imagine your love for books from the way you’ve been reading them galore since 7 years of age 😀 😀

    • Prats Reply

      @Chatterbox: Yeah have been a voracious reader since a long time…. Books have always been preffered over the television

  4. Deeps Reply

    Loved this tag, Prats! I’m with you point #4. E-reader is something I’ve still not come to terms with. I love the touch and feel of my paper-books way too much to switch my preference 🙂

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