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1. Make sure you own a nice bed.
2. Sleep in it frequently.
3. Remember how nice it feels to flip over your pillow to the cooler side.
4. Check your pulse and hum along to the rhythm because it is music.
5. Write clear and make a lot of spelling errors. Get the poison out and don’t worry about it being neat.
6. If you can, do not shut people out. You will have good days and they should see them.
7. If you feel overwhelmed, go outside and scream. Find a nice empty park in the middle of the night and scream as loud as you can until your throat is bleeding. The world wants to hear you.
8. Let yourself fall in love. Believe it or not, there are people out there who want your blacks and blues.
9. Keep waking up.
10. Keep waking up.
11. Keep waking up. Maybe with someone next to you."
It’s only taken me 1 hour to connect my laptop to the hotel wifi. JFC. Thought I’ll do this while eating my dinner.
Questions About Books and Reading
1: What was the last book you read?
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. A tomb to add to my other tombs.
I also finished Atomised by Michael Houellebecq a couple of days before.
2: Was it a good one?
Atomised was good but there were very descriptive group sex scenes. The Goldfinch was awful.
3: What made it good?
It was original, honest and very raw. Also filthy.
4: Would you recommend it to other people?
Goldfinch- If people enjoy long elaborate descriptions of paintings and drug use. The premise was very good but it was about 200 pages too long and the characters were horribly written. I can’t believe I got through it.
atomised- yes. Please go read this.
5: How often do you read?
Everyday but the location is always different. On the train, at work during a 20 min break, at 5am in bed before work…
6: Do you like to read?
7: What was the last bad book you read?
The Goldfinch. Sorry Donna.
8: What made you dislike it?
9: Do you wish to be a writer?
Yes, but I’ll have to accept that the best I’m going to do is booksie.com.
10: Has any book every influenced you greatly?
Yes. The list of books are very generic though. Nothing out of left field.
11: Do you read fanfiction?
Yes but I would rather give you booksie username than tell you what I read about on tumblr.
12: Do you write fanfiction?
13: What’s your favorite book?
Pride & Prejudice.
14: What’s your least favorite book?
Atlas Shrugged. That woman is a nutcase.
15: Do you prefer physical books or ready on a device (like a kindle)?
Physical. I have some books on my iPad and I hate it.
16: When did you learn to read?
17: What is your favorite book you had to read in school?
18: What is your favorite book series?
The border trilogy and The Babysitters Club.
19: Who is your favorite author?
Austin, Murukami and McCathy.
20: What is your favorite genre?
I don’t have one. I’ll read anything.
21: Who is your favorite character in a book series?
Ahh I can’t think of one I love.
22: Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?
Yes. All good books do.
23: Which book do you wish had a sequel?
Not a sequel but I wish ‘The Trial’ was published in it’s complete form. Damn you Kafka.
25: How long does it take you to read a book?
Depends. These days a little longer thanks to work.
26: Do you like when books become movies?
27: Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?
How long do you have?
28: Which movie has done a book justice?
I recently watched the road. It was ok.
29: Do you read newspapers?
30: Do you read magazines?
31: Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?
32: Do you read while in bed?
33: Do you read while on the toilet?
No. That’s unhygienic and gross.
34: Do you read while in the car?
No. I’ll vom.
35: Do you read while in the bath?
36: Are you a fast reader?
37: Are you a slow reader?
38: Where is your favorite place to read?
In bed or my backyard.
39: Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?
40: Do you need a room to be silent while you read?
41: Who gave you your love for reading?
42: What book is next on your list to read?
Perfect by Rachel Joyce
The UnAmericans by Molly Antopol
43: When did you start to read chapter books?
I can’t remember.
44: Who is your favorite children’s book author?
Dr Suess and Roald Dahl.
45: Which author would you most want to interview?
Oh wow. Probably Jane Austin. I would show her Bride and Prejudice and ask her what she thinks.
46: Which author do you think you’d be friends with?
Langston Hughes. I wish. Let’s get real it’s probably the author of The Baby Sitters Club.
47: What book have you reread the most?
I’m a huge rereader, which is partly why I keep almost every book I buy (though that’s becoming quite the storage issue).
The Great Gataby, Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Norwegian Wood, Huck Finn. So many.
48: Which books do you consider “classics”?
Ah so many books. any book that causes me to look at the world in a different way is a “classic”.
49: Which books do you think should be taught in every school?
My friend is an English teacher and I’m always giving her suggestions on books she should teach. Most if them would never make it past the board!
50: Which books should be banned from all schools?
I don’t think I read bad books at school – just a few probably good books which at the time I wasn’t ready to read, so I found them tedious.
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