Who Should Paint You: Roy Lichtenstein
Larger than life, your personality overshadows everyone in the room
A painter would tend to portray you with a bit of added flair!
… because I’m worth it.
Thanks, Dewey, for the much-needed NaBlo content today.
1. Do you remember learning to read? How old were you?
I was not a prodigy. I learnt to read at school in Grade One with the rest of the kids (must have been age 6). I was quick to learn though and was soon ahead of my class.
2. What do you find most challenging to read?
I’m not mad about reading in German. I think it’s because reading is such an escape for me, and such an intense pleasure, that I don’t particularly want to be doing in another Sprache.
3. What are your library habits?
I take the kids now and again to choose library books, scan the tiny English section hopefully and then leave, disappointed, with a pile of German children’s stories under my arm.
4. Have your library habits changed since you were younger?
I was a frequent library user at school and at university but then the books were all in English, so it was a lot more exciting and the choice was wider.
5. How has blogging changed your reading life?
I pick up recommendations from other bloggers. I’m also conscious as I read a book of a line of discussion in my head about whether I’m going to blog this book or not. Like Dewey, I spend a lot of time blogging that I used to spend reading.
6. What percentage of your books do you get from new book stores, second hand book stores, the library, online exchange sites, online retailers, other?
About 50% new, 20% online retailers, 20% book club and loans from friends, 10% online exchange.
7. How often do you read a book and not review it on your blog? What are your reasons for not blogging about a book?
I only review about a fifth of what I read. My decision to review is usually some kind of emotional connection with the book since I also feel I want to review it well and not just give a synopsis. Sometimes I read it so long ago, I’ve forgotten it and wouldn’t have much of interest to say. Sometimes I think someone else has written a more interesting review and I wouldn’t want to parrot them. Sometimes (as with Darkmans) I’m just plain intimidated.
8. What are your pet peeves about the way people treat books?
I am a bit rough on my own books, but, having been reprimanded, I do try to be respectful of other people’s books. I tend to handle my books rather, love them a little too firmly. I dog-ear them, write in them and read them in the bath. Sorry. I am guilty of book abuse.
9. Do you ever read for pleasure at work?
Don’t go to work anymore, but I do remember some guilty reading in the loos on a boring day.
10. When you give people books as gifts, how do you decide what to give them?
Books are the best presents! I give people books they will like, or newly published books that I secretly want to read too. I think I’m generally good at choosing presents for people, and that goes for books too. My favourite present to receive is a large pile of lovely books, preferably accompanied by chocolate.