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Xchg: Reader’s Profile – Itanda

itanda answers 25 questions about her reading habits and history.

Here goes! I pasted this into Google Drive and somehow messed up the formatting so the numbers are gone, sorry!

Did you start learning to read in school or at home? At home, although I don’t remember the “start learning” part.

Were you told bedtimes stories when you were younger? Yes, and my mom would get really into it and act out the characters. She has a great witch voice. I’ve had people tell me I should be a voice actor, I think I get it from her.

Do you prefer paperback or hardcover? a nice trade paperback > hardcover > mass market paperback. I just love the feel of a nice tpb cover.

Do you prefer borrowed, used, or brand new? Hmm. The majority of everything I read is borrowed from the library. And I loved used bookstores because you can get great stuff for small amounts of money. I generally only buy a brand new copy of a book I already really love and want a nice version of. When I buy comics they’re usually new.

List a book you’ve read more than 10 times. Jurassic Park. The majority of those times were 4th – 6th grade.

List a  book series you’ve read more than 3 times. A Song of Ice and Fire. I’ve read the first 8 Wheel of Time books more times, but have yet to finish the series.

List a book/series you liked the film adaptation of. Maybe The Shining?

List an author you’ve recently discovered. Nalo Hopkinson. I read a short story of hers in a collection and liked it enough to pick up one of her older books, Midnight Robber, which takes place on a planet colonized by people from the Caribbean. Sci-fi setting, but the story was more fantasy, I think.

List a book/series you wish you had more people to talk about it with. I really loved Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami, but it seems to be one of his least-read titles.

List the author you’ve read the most books by. Probably Neil Gaiman. If you include comics the chances of that being the case rise dramatically. If you include manga, Kubo Tite?

List a classic book (according to your culture) that you’ve read and liked. I re-read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald recently and liked it much more than I did in high school. I actually like most of the classics I’ve read, or at least appreciate their place in the scheme of things.

List a classic book (according to your culture) that you’ve read and didn’t like or didn’t get. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. It’s about a guy who tries to improve his lot in life and everything that can go wrong does (and more, even). I read other Thomas Hardy books when I was younger and liked them, so I don’t know if this one was just way too much or if my tastes have changed.

List a book that a lot of people seemed to like, but you didn’t. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. It seemed to have positive acclaim, and the setting in the Amazonian rainforest was neat, but the characters and the story did nothing for me.

List a book that a lot of people seemed to dislike, but you did. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller is one of my all-time favorites, and it’s definitely considered a modern classic but it seems to be very divisive.

Do you read book introductions or synopses before or after you read the story? Before, to a fault. I’ve been badly spoiled more than once.

List a book you’ve read that had one of the best surprise endings. I had to look through my Goodreads history to come up with one, butUnaccustomed Earth: Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri. The date matters.

Do you leave notes in margins or leave the book pristine? Library books: I don’t add to the situation. My books: I like to use post-its, but I’ll jot in pencil if it comes down to it.

Do you prefer dogears or bookmarks? Bookmarks, which are a crumpled piece of paper more often than not, even though I have plenty of actual bookmarks.

Do you remove the dust jacket when you read? Yep, like to keep it nice. Too many opportunities to destroy it if I leave it on the book.

Do you prefer to read in one sitting or take breaks? When I was younger I’d read for hours straight, but now I usually read in shorter sittings in between doing other stuff. If I got a really nice comfy reading chair that could change.

Do you prefer to lounge (in bed or on a sofa) or sit while reading? 100% lounge. Mostly in a bed.

List a book/series that wasn’t as great the second time around. I’m always worried about this happening so I’m hesitant to reread the stuff I really liked in the past so I don’t tarnish the memories. I’d have to sayThe Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. I read it after seeing theGettysburg mini series in 6th grade and was really into it for awhile. Reread about a year ago and I was only moved by it towards the very end.

Have you ever read a book and imagined specific people (actor, friend, family member, guy at the bus stop) as some of the characters? If so, which book and which person/people? Not really. There’ve been a couple over the years, but I can’t really think of any.

Has anything interesting ever happened to you in a bookstore or while buying a book? Not that I can think of, no fun.

Do you reread to relive or to remember? Relive, definitely. Although, often the remembering can be a pleasant surprise.

Me: Would you ever to voice over work?

I have a lot of Murakami on my list of things to read because his work is constantly being suggested to me. My most recent title was 1Q84, but it’s been a while and I haven’t finished it.

I’ve only recently started reading synopses beforehand, but in general, I usually forget to read them all together. The same goes for intros, but I usually forget them on purpose.

I love the little post-it strips. I can’t imagine reading a book without a stack at my fingertips.

I always misplace my real bookmarks or end up leaving them in a book that I probably won’t finish anytime soon, so I end up using junk mail envelopes or doctor’s appointment cards.

I would be interested, but although I do a lot of voice modulation(?) when speaking with friends, I doubt my ability to come up with a full-fledged voice for a character. I have an internet friend who is a professional voice actor, and most of his roles you can’t even tell it’s him.

With 1Q84, I was ready for it to be done about halfway through. Hard-boiled is much shorter – less than half the length, and is two interconnected stories. There are unicorns.

itanda post-it

I got this thing one year for Christmas, and was so happy about it I had to stop and assure my mom “yes, I really like this. I’m not being sarcastic.”

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