It is the second Saturday of the month, and once again, a member of my bookgroup is sharing today’s shallows. I met Kit when our bookgroup started over 16 years ago. Always funny, always foodie and always insightful. Like me she is the only other bookgroup member who would bring her son along to our meetings from a young age. Our bookgroup topic today was “crafty” and Kit won the most-tenuous-link-to-the-topic award with her book on the gut. A-ha. That’s the way she rolls.
I am a mother, a carer and sometime banker, originally from Melbourne, but diehard inner westie (Sydney). I live a very vanilla life with lots of irregular influences.
What is your main reading medium (books, blogs, games, news, etc) and how much time do you spend reading a week?
I’m ashamed to say facebook but with links to loads of good news sites and a really interesting friends group who post articles and thoughts I would never see otherwise. I also have several books next to my bed that get read sporadically.
What or who is your joyful reading (guilty or otherwise) pleasure
Kerry Greenwood – Corinna not that 20s bird or Kurt Vonnegut
Do you have a favourite storyline or plot? And do you have one you will not read?
Unhappy endings or not the way you think its going to go. Pretty much happy to read anything but am using the patented Vassiliki method of reading the first chapter and if it hasn’t grabbed me, give up. I do struggle with “the classics” but keep revisiting them in case I’ve got grown up enough to enjoy them.
Why do you/don’t you use a public library?
We used to go when Ben was little but I think I was trying to be a “good” mum. Once I went back to work that pretty much went by the wayside. I think we were fortunate to be able to buy loads of books so did that instead.
Do you RUI*. If so, what?
Not really, my only vice really is alcohol and then my eyes get too fuzzy.
Do you have a favourite reading spot?
My new wiz bang office chair with all the levers or bed, occasional weekend magazine in the bath slightly soused (the magazine not me, keep up people!)
Yep, but usually only magazines or Sudoku, occasionally phone. I don’t really see why this is an issue, long got over the bodily functions hysteria.
Romance fiction of the Happily Ever After (not the love tragedy) kind – are you a Lover or a Hater and why?
Sorry Vassiliki but ew, I guess I was lucky enough to have this IRL so made me want to puke in books, also couldn’t stand the predictability – will they, won’t they, well of course they will.
What would you give up reading for**?
Oh geez, daughter of a book editor and publisher, don’t think I could – new ideas, hilarious jokes, bits of the world you would never see, how could you give that up. Even if I was blind I’d get talky books.
Can a romance/crime/super/etc hero be the driver of a hatchback?
Sure as long as they don’t wear white socks with dark pants
*Reading Under the Influence
**I like stranded prepositions