Book Worm Germ

I first saw this germ in Giddy Tigress‘s blog, and I was so excited to do it even though she didn’t tag me. Audrey was so kind to pass me this germ, so ladies and gentlemen, babies and puppies, I present to you my Book Worm Germ.

Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?

My mom’s cousin passed me a big box of books, and inside were many many volumes of Enid Blyton books. I remember the pages of the books were all brown, but they were lovingly wrapped in plastic covers so the cover looked like new.

What are some books you read as a child?

1) A lot of Enid Blyton books. I started with those compilation story books that talked about golliwogs, bunnies, fairies, cats and naughty children. I moved on to read books for older kids, such as the Adventure series, the Famous Five, the Five Find Outers and the Secret Seven.

2) Children’s encyclopedias like Tell Me More? Tell Me Why? Tell Me When? I wish I had the Internet back then.

3) Detective books such as the Three Investigators, the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew.

4) The adventures of Tin Tin

What is your favourite genre?

Science fiction and fantasy. This probably has to do with my love for Star Wars and secret desires to deal out death to enemies.

Do you have a favourite novel?

No.

Where do you usually read?

Either in bed, or in the toilet.

When do you usually read?

At night or early in the morning.

Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time?

No, I usually like to finish off one book before I start on the next.

Do you read nonfiction in a different way or place than you read fiction?

No.

Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out of the library?

I buy most of my books. I can’t even name a library here in Malaysia.

Nowadays I’m reading more e-books that I find on the Internet.

Do you keep most of the books you buy? If not, what do you do with them?

Yes, I keep most of them at my parent’s house.

If you have children, what are some of the favorite books you have shared with them?

I plan to indulge my children in Enid Blyton books, since that’s where I started.

Were they some of the same ones you read as a child?

I will have to buy the books again, since I’ve given away my old books to my cousin.

What are you reading now?

The Jedi Apprentice series.

The Jedi Apprentice series talks about Anakin Skywalker’s formative years as a padawan. All throughout the series, there are cracks in his relationship with Obi-Wan and dark glimpses of what will lead to his fall to the dark side.

Do you keep a TBR (to be read) list?

No, I just read whatever is available.

What’s next?

The Jedi Prince series, then moving on to the Young Jedi Knights series.

I am waiting for Terry Goodkind’s Confessor to come out in paperback (although I have to confess that I’ve got an e-book copy already)

Who are your favourite authors?

Bill Bryson, who is a big influence for my writing style.

Kevin J Anderson, who brings the Star Wars universe to life. His Saga of the Seven Suns series is amazing.

Arthur C Clarke. If you read his stories today, you will take many of the technologies for granted, but then you have to remember that he wrote them forty years ago.

Isaac Asimov, whose work influences artificial intelligence and robotics in science fiction even today.

There are so many others to mention. I would buy any book authored by Michael Crichton, Dale Brown, Tom Clancy, Stephen Baxter, Terry Goodkind, and Anthony Bourdain.

P/S: This blog has quietly passed its 400th post!

Photo: Peter Hellebrand

9 thoughts on “Book Worm Germ”

  1. I love all of what you read!

    p.s. Can find Star Wars ebooks on the Net for free ah?

    Adino: You can search for them at torrent sites like MiniNova

  2. I always felt as though I read a lot less than other people. When I’m not at school, I don’t have the library to get books from, but I don’t want to buy them. When I am at school, I can borrow books from the library, but then I don’t have the time to do so with all the schoolwork. πŸ™

    Adino: I find that libraries tend to have a very limited set of books. Most of the libraries I used to visit consisted of bargain bin books or books that were unwanted.

  3. I seldom read additional books during my secondary study time. Only text books at that time. Haha.. But once I stepped into the working life, I like to read books. Hmm.. not related to working now but more on stories and mind & soul..

    Adino: That’s good, I really enjoy reading because books really add value to our minds and experiences.

  4. Oh, I was talking about my university library! It has a *lot* of books. πŸ˜€

    Adino: I think overseas libraries would be much better, but I’m not sure. I haven’t visited our local libraries for a long time.

  5. Ok I was a book worm too πŸ™‚
    And who doesn’t like Enid Blyton? My absolute favourite? Why the Enchanted Wood and Magic Faraway Tree series!

    Adino: You can do the meme if you want!

    I liked the Faraway Tree series too! It had a bit of sci-fi elements in it… come to think of it, it’s something like StarGate

  6. Heyee, I’d say you’ve done a great grand job on this πŸ˜€ I agree with you on the local library bane; they have these bargain bin stuff that no one would ever read or buy from a second hand shop. To make things worse, they have silly dress codes like “no T-shirts” and “no short skirts”.. as though any of those impede one’s ability to read.

    Amazing to me (I admit it shouldn’t be) that boys equally enjoy the Magic Faraway tree; I thought it was just us girls with our flowery imagination… heheh.

    Adino: I didn’t know about the dress codes part πŸ™‚

    I hope other boys enjoyed the Magic Faraway Tree books too! Otherwise I’d feel so weird!

  7. made me realise how little time i have nowadays to read other books.. use to be able to read so much more during my school days.. now that i’m on break before i start working, i should really pick up some books to read.. i use to read Enid Blyton too haha.

    Adino: If you have the time, make a point to read something every day, but you’re probably sick of reading now from all those medical books!

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