Q&A Part 2

Hi there!

As promised, here’s part 2 of my Q&A. I’ll upload the 3rd and last part very soon, and if you have any additional questions just leave them below and I’ll dedicate another Q&A post to them soon! I’d love for us to get to know each other better.

What are your reading habits? (Hâf)

For some reason, this is a very difficult question for me. I read every day, but I’m not sure what my specific habits are. I’ll try to analyze my own reading a little bit!

I think my most consistent reading habit is that I read every night before I go to sleep, and I have for as long as I can recall, ever since I learned how to read, I think. I actually can’t sleep without reading first, because it calms me and helps me process the day by being able to step out of my own mind for a while.

Due to my depression, I’m still unable to work a lot and I had to quit my master’s, so I have a lot of free time. This means I get A LOT of reading done – I read a book a day on average. As I’ve been slowly but steadily recovering, I’m actually hoping I’ll end up reading fewer books this year than I did in 2018, because that would mean I’ve spent more time on other things because I’ve been doing better.

Do you DNF books? (Amy)

No, not usually. I’m a fairly fast reader, so most of the time I just tell myself to suck it up and finish the book anyway. I quickly feel like it’s a waste of time to DNF because then the book won’t count towards my reading goal.

This isn’t to say I think it’s wrong to DNF books or anything like that! I’ve done it in the past and I will do it in the future, just not very often. But reading should always be fun first and foremost, so if you’re not enjoying a book, I would always recommend that you just drop it – you could always go back to it later if you want to, after all – and pick up something you’ll hopefully like more.

Do you reread books often? (Do)

Yes! All the time, in fact. I think this ties in with what I said about finding comfort in books, because rereading always makes me feel at home. It’s a very safe feeling, and I wouldn’t give it up for the world.

I’ve actually posed a dilemma on my Instagram once, asking if people would rather be allowed to read books only once for the rest of their lives, or to only reread books from now on and never be able to reread a book again. I was so surprised to find that most people would happily give up rereading, because as much as I would miss being able to pick up new books, I would never be able to stop rereading books.

What book character is most like you? (Michelle)

So far, the book character I’ve been able to identify with the most is Taylor from Queens of Geek. She has Asperger’s (a label that’s been put under the ASD umbrella as of recently), and she’s still the only book character I’ve been able to recognize my own autism in. Reading Queens of Geek is actually part of the reason I finally decided to get diagnosed. This is also why I really wish there will be more own voices books with autism representation in the future!

Who’s your favourite bookish character? (Do)

If I had to pick one and only one? Remus Lupin. I love this character with all of my heart. I can relate to him a lot, but he’s also just such a strong, complicated, interesting character. I wholeheartedly ship him and Sirius, by the way, because I think they were meant to be together. As much as I love Tonks, I don’t think she and Remus would have been the best match in the end.

Which book had the greatest impact on your life (Michelle)

In the practical sense of the word, Queens of Geek probably had the biggest impact on my life, because it made me want to get diagnosed, like I just said. And I’m so glad that I did, because I’ve learned so much about myself in the past year and I’ve gotten to understand myself a lot better.

Otherwise, I genuinely believe all the books we read shape us into the people we become. (Except for 50 Shades of Grey, maybe. I wish I could erase that one from my brain.) And there are so many ways in which good books can shape us. So many different ways in which they affect our lives and shape our personalities and make us better people. So I think you could learn a lot about my identity and personality just by looking at my favourite reads. I might actually write a blogpost about those sometime soon, if you’d be interested to read that!

Conclusion

Thanks so much for sticking with me so far! I hope you’re enjoying these posts. The third and final part will be up soon. Let me know some of your answers to these questions, or questions about my answers, below, I’d love to discuss!

 

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