The IG Bookworm Challenge

I did the #bookwormchallenge on Instagram, but had to edit my answers because of the word limit.

Here is the unedited post, in case you’re interested in learning more about me and my reading-related preferences.

Why do you love to read?
I love stories, and I love reading about different lives, types of people, and worlds. Reading and liking a new book is like meeting a really cool person. Old books are like old friends.

My parents and my older sisters read to me before I could read, and the feeling of being read to is one of the best in the world. I enjoy listening to audio books and I do it when I’m cooking and hanging out/folding the laundry. The narrator has to be right though. Otherwise, it can spoil the experience and the book. Im struggling with the book I’m reading now (The Red Threads of Fortune) and the one before it (The Black Tides of Heaven), both by Neon Yang because the narrator puts on accents I find jarring.

What is your favourite place to read?
In bed. However, the danger these days is I rarely get the chance to read in bed outside of bedtime, and so I often end up falling asleep before I’ve managed more than a couple of pages.

What kind of books do you read?
I read pretty much everything, but I must say that my favourite authors tend to be women. I also prefer reading about female characters and women’s lives, and I tend to avoid war and Western novels. 😂 And I’m not keen on most superhero comics, altho I like Ms Marvel.

Do you read more than one book at a time?
I usually start a few, but there’ll be one I spend more time with, while I dip into the others when I have the time.

What books do you get most excited about?
Books by authors whose work I’ve enjoyed. Also, books by Asian authors, especially SEAsians, in particular those based in SEA.

Do you ever reread?
Yes, rereading is one of my favourite things to do. There are some books I reread regularly — you could call them comfort reads. If I’ve enjoyed a story, it’s likely I’ll want to return to it, but there are some books I like that will only be read once. For those books that I do reread — it’s usually the case that each reading reveals something new, something that I overlooked or didn’t understand before. It’s most exciting when a book changes because I’ve changed.

Do you have a book budget?
I never used to but these days I have to limit my spending, incl on books.

Do you listen to music while you read?
No. I would find it too distracting unless the volume is down low and I’m not interested in the song — like something playing in a cafe. I marvel at people who can read and listen to their favourite music at the same time.

Do you read in a physical or electronic format?
Both. If I love a book, I try to buy a physical copy, but I’m fine with reading an ebook.

How often do you read outside your comfort zone?
I guess I don’t at all if we’re talking war and Western novels 😱 I don’t think I’ll bother TBH.

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