Six for Sunday: Questions I always get asked

#SixforSunday – Questions I get asked

Welcome back to another week of #SixforSunday,  created by Steph from A Little But a Lot.

The theme for this week  is questions that you always get asked. There are definitely a few that immediately popped into my mind, but getting six is always tough!

  1. What are you reading?

This is usually just as I get to a really climactic moment in the book, but I feel obliged to put the book down to explain. I love talking about books, but not usually when i am already reading! If it is someone I know quite well, I will just lift the book up so they can read the blurb…

2. Have you really read all these books?

This is often the response from visitors when seeing the stuffed bookcases and teetering bookpiles around our apartment. Of course, the answer is no, because I believe in Umberto Eco’s / Nassim Taleb’s concept of the anti-library (in a nutshell it is surrounding yourself with books that you have yet to read so you never forget how much more you still have to learn and have new discoveries at your fingertips). Clearly I also own lots of books that I have read, but just because it is on my shelf is no guarantee that I have read it yet!

3. Where do you find the time to read?

Sometimes I don’t. But once I do have a bit of time, I read very quickly. It’s not exactly a superpower but I like it! I also carry a book with me everywhere and have e-books on my phone and tablet just in case. If you send any time at all commuting, you can fit a lot of reading in. My workplace now is very close so I walk, but when I was getting the train every day I probably read almost a book a day.

4. What’s your favourite book?

Who’s your favourite child? It’s an impossible question to answer! I have lots of favourites, depending on my mood and the memories associated with a particular book. I like to see books as something like meals or medicines – each is different and unique and each fits with a certain situation better than another. For example, a book to read when you’re feeling down, a book to read to relax…and every book as an escape from the stresses of normal life and as an exercise for our imagination and creativity.

5. Have you seen the film of (insert book name here)?

The answer to this is, almost-invariably, no. I have not seen many movies and, while working to fill that gap in my knowledge, have a bad habit of falling asleep when attempting to watch movies late at night. If you like, test me out in the comments as I can pretty much guarantee that I won’t have seen most movies you mention!

6. Why do you take so many pictures of books?

This is usually from friends and colleagues who come across my (newly-created) Instagram account. Because so many of my online buddies are book bloggers, authors and book enthusiasts, I often forget that taking pictures of books isn’t exactly mainstream…


Are you ever asked some of these same questions?

Have you got any other questions you would like me to answer?

Ask in the comments and I will give them a go!


Check out some of my previous weeks of #SixforSunday here:

Books I would like to see as movies

Book characters I would like to stuck in a lift with

Animal companions in children’s books

Book characters I would like to be friends with

Book characters to avoid

Most exciting 2018 releases

Favourite books of 2018 so far

Favourite places to read

Favourite snacks to eat while reading

Favourite books that nobody has heard of

Questions for Authors

Questions for Publishers

What did you think of my choices this week?

What questions do you often get asked?

Let me know in the comments – I would love to find out if they’re similar or different to my questions!

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Thanks for reading!

49 Comments Add yours

  1. My question is what language you speak is your favourite? (Other than English)
    Amy x


    1. Ooh, that’s a tricky one! The language I am most comfortable in is Japanese so I guess that is my default second language, then Chinese, then Italian for speaking. For listening, I often listen to books or the news in Japanese and Italian, but not so often Chinese come to think of it… really need to step up my efforts so I don’t forget everything I have learned! For Korea, I enjoy listening to music and watching drama but I’m not good enough yet to understand more than a little. How about you? Do you have a favourite language you are learning or would like to learn?

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      1. My favourite I learn is most definetely French (though I only learn 2 atm and love both so much)- I think it’s beautiful and complicated and wonderful. I’m starting Italian next year (hopefully, my timetable isn’t 100% confirmed yet :/), and I also want to do German and Japanese in the futture I think xx

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      2. You have lots of lovely language learning ahead of you! Let me know if I can help out with pointing you towards resources, etc. French grammar will help with Italian and, weirdly, Italian will help you with Japanese pronunciation! (Phonetically they are quite similar!) x

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      3. I would love to chat languages with you- it’s been ages since we properly chatted 💜. I’ve heard Italian is v like French in grammar, and similar to Spanish vocab, so I’m hoping to pick it up quickly 🙂
        I think Japanese would be a fun challenge down the line at some point!

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      4. I am just back from a week camping with my pupils so haven’t been online much – need to get caught up! I’m on half-term now which means reading, housework and writing reports, but also means I should be able to get online a lot more – hope we can chat soon!

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  2. AJ says:

    I get asked how I manage to read so much too, I always feel like saying in response, how do you find time to watch so much tv?

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    1. Yup, I agree with this one – I watch very little TV so I guess that is where I fit the reading in!

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      1. AJ says:

        Me too!

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      2. I recently started watching the U.K. version of Being Human (Vampire, Werewolf and Ghost sharing a house) and am really enjoying it. Still, I only ever watch an episode every few days so TV isn’t a priority!

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      3. AJ says:

        I don’t even have cable so it’s really not a part of my life

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      4. We just have Netflix – only really got the TV for the playstation!

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  3. Wow! You go with the linguistic skills!

    Grrr, I get so cranky if I’m all absorbed in my book and someone interrupts to ask what it is. I get crankier if they just want a random conversation, especially on the bus. I do not know you, stranger. Let me be.

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    1. I know what you mean! I tend to get crankiest when the book has just reached a climactic scene, or at any point during the last two chapters. Luckily, my family and boyfriend are also bookworms so they are usually pretty good at picking up on the ‘let me read!’ vibes. When reading in public I am often so engrossed that I don’t notice people trying to get my attention…

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    2. As for languages, I have been being a bit lazy recently so need to get my study routine up and running again!

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