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Xchg: Reader’s Profile – Tachixneko

tachixneko answers 25 questions about her reading habits and history.

1.Did you start learning to read in school or at home? I first learned how to read in the first grade. I still remember those easy-reader anthologies that we had to read aloud in class.

2.Were you told bedtimes stories when you were younger? Yes. My mom used to read to me and my brothers.That is how I “read” the first couple volumes of the Harry Potter series. 

3.Do you prefer paperback or hardcover? I still really like the aesthetic of hardcover books. There was even a period in high school that I displayed all my books without their dust jackets. Now that I am frugal college student, I have seen the appeal of paperback.

4.Do you prefer borrowed, used, or brand new? I have found some real gems among used books.

5.List a book you’ve read more than 10 times. None. I don’t reread books.

6.List a  book series you’ve read more than 3 times. The same answer above applies.

7.List a book/series you liked the film adaptation of. I love Stanley Kubrick’s  The Shining, which is fairly different from the source material, but that just means that I can enjoy both works independently.

8.List an author you’ve recently discovered. Haruki Murakami? He definitely isn’t a big secret, but he is still relevant, right?

9.List a book/series you wish you had more people to talk about it with. Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson is great. There are dystopians, queer characters, and robots- all things Tumblr loves, but no one ever mentions this book. 

10.List the author you’ve read the most books by. Embarrassingly enough, probably Lemony Snicket, just because I completed The Series of Unfortunate Events which became my own unfortunate event because I was way past that reading level by the conclusion.

11.List a classic book (according to your culture) that you’ve read and liked. I really like The Great Gatsby. The new movie, not so much.

12.List a classic book (according to your culture) that you’ve read and didn’t like or didn’t get. I hate The Catcher in the Rye. I have little patience for obnoxiously unsympathetic characters and Holden Caufield is the epitome of unsympathetic. It’s one of those books where you can just feel the writer patting himself on the back because he thinks he is so clever. 

13.List a book that a lot of people seemed to like, but you didn’t. I could never get into The Princess Diaries or really any Meg Cabot book.

14.List a book that a lot of people seemed to dislike, but you did. I have seen people complain about the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, but I enjoyed the whole series.  

15.Do you read book introductions or synopses before or after you read the story? I read both before starting a book. How else would I know what to expect?

16.List a book you’ve read that had one of the best surprise endings. I don’t read a lot of mystery/suspense books, so I cannot come up with a surprise ending. I really like the ending of 1984 though. 

17.Do you leave notes in margins or leave the book pristine? I only take notes in margins if the books is an assignment and we are discussing it in class and there will be a paper on it. I love reading other people’s notes though. 

18.Do you prefer dogears or bookmarks? I dogear. I know it’s bad for the book, but it’s just so easy.

19.Do you remove the dust jacket when you read? Nope.

20.Do you prefer to read in one sitting or take breaks? I just like to power through books in one sitting that way I can remember what is going on better and hopefully make more of an emotional connection.

21.Do you prefer to lounge (in bed or on a sofa) or sit while reading? I prefer to lounge in bed, but then again, I do everything in bed…

22.List a book/series that wasn’t as great the second time around. I cannot vouch for the second time around, but the Eragon series was stunningly mediocre and I could never finish it. 

23.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? Oh, I definitely have celebrity headcanons for Good Omens. I know Crowley was Robert Downey Jr. but I cannot remember who would play  Aziraphale .

24.Has anything interesting ever happened to you in a bookstore or while buying a book? Not that I can remember. I have been to bookstore closing sale and a couple midnight release parties. At a Harry Potter one, they handed out house pins and a Twilight one, I remember there being themed drinks.

25.Do you reread to relive or to remember? Ha ha haaa…

Me: I love the look of the classic hardbound library. I have this vague dream of having one, but with my current library in special edition black, white, or gray hardbound covers with silver embossed lettering. I think this idea grew from some show on HGTV where the host covered all of the books in white covers.

I have never met anyone who doesn’t reread books. At least I don’t think so. I was not much of a re-reader when I was younger but, now I do it all the time, especially when it comes to manga.

I have neither read nor seen The Shining. Actually I’ve never read anything by Stephen King and have only seen 5 films and one animated series that was based on his work. My BFF has read just about everything by him and for some reason I always felt that that was sufficient. However, since you’re the second person to give this answer for this question, I think I’ll add it to my list.

I’ll be adding Stone Gods to my list as well.

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