Honest Scrap Meme: 10 things you don’t know about me

25 January, 2010

One of my favourite blogs Su[shu] has tagged me for the Honest Scrap Meme: 10 things you don’t know about me.

OK, here we go:

1) I no longer spend hours reading books but tend to watch more TV and DVDs (I blame you, Supernatural and Battlestar Galactica!) The shame of it. This is one of the things I’m going to change this year!
2) I’m allergic to self-help books.
3) I once interviewed Sir Arthur C. Clarke for my dissertation research. I couldn’t use it, but I got to spend an interesting hour with the great man and his pet chihuahua.
4) I improved my Japanese considerably through reading manga and Japanese magazines and watching Japanese TV.
5) I read everything I could find about the Templars, the Holy Grail and Mary Magdalene 10 years before The Da Vinci Code was published so it didn’t surprise me at all. I preferred Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco and The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail by Richard Leigh, Michael Baigent, and Henry Lincoln.
6) The only film I thought was better or comparable to the book is The English Patient.
7) I’m too scared to read horror except for vampire and werewolf books (which I don’t really class as horror).
8 ) I like reading Asterix comics in the bathroom.
9) I sometimes choose books because of their cover.
10) I prefer going to bookshops and libraries alone.

I’m adding a bonus as I feel a bit of a party pooper but
♥) I don’t do chain e-mails and am pretty crap at tagging people, but for any of you who like this meme and want to try it, please consider yourselves tagged! I would love to read 10 secrets about you!

I’m happy that Su[shu] has tagged me with this meme as I was having a bit of a reader’s block throughout the holidays and spent most evenings when I should have been reading curled up in front of the telly watching Poirot and Marple. But I started off the year with Terry Pratchett’s Unseen Academicals and what better way to kick off 2010? And I’ve also finished my first non-fiction book this year, We Danced All Night: A Social History of Britain Between the Wars by Martin Pugh, so I’m happy.

Currently I’m in the middle of Mosquito by Roma Tearne in preparation for my impending trip to Sri Lanka and the Galle Literary Festival. It’s making me ponder upon the troubled history of the country, especially with the forthcoming elections this month. But it’s a sublime read and I’m quietly impressed with Tearne’s way with words.

6 Responses to “Honest Scrap Meme: 10 things you don’t know about me”

  1. Mystica Says:

    I think you must be here in Sri Lanka already and I do hope you have an enjoyable time – not just the festival but also with our country.

  2. I completely understand Battlestar Galactica is sooo addictive I have all the boxsets. I am very jealous that you met Arthur C Clarke!! What were you doing your dissertation on?

  3. Michelle Says:

    Haha at #2. =) Same allergy here.

    I’m impressed with #4. So do you read and speak and write Japanese? I’ve been meaning to do that, but somehow I’m only getting some of the very basic stuff.

    Am going to look for those books you mentioned in #5. =)

    Anyway, glad you did this meme.

    PS: You might want to change the link? I’ve moved. =)

  4. mee Says:

    I was tagged by sushu too and I have yet to write my secrets..

    I wish I could improve my Japanese by reading manga, mag, and tv, but I don’t think I’m on that level yet. At best the anime makes sure I don’t forget things as fast 😛

    ps: I read lots of Asterix when I was small. I don’t know why I’m not anymore!

  5. chasing bawa Says:

    Mystica: I’m here but it’s taking me ages to get used to the heat, as usual (even though it’s the cool season! It’s been a pretty quiet election in Colombo. Looking forward to going to Galle tomorrow.

    jessicabookworm: I absolutely loved Battlestar Galactica although I wasn’t too happy about the ending. My disseration was on the astrophysicists S.Chandrasekhar and A.S. Eddington in the early 20th century (history of science). Arthur C. Clarke was a very courteous and rather cool guy.

    Michelle: I have changed the link, thanks for reminding me! My mum’s Japanese so it’s a little easier for me to learn the language. Plus living there for three years helped.

    Mee: Can’t wait to read your secrets! I’ve found some more Asterix at home, so will be spending some quality time in the bathroom.

  6. Melody Says:

    I’d love to learn Japanese but I need to find some time and not to mention energy, hehe. (am a working mom and by the time I return home, I’m so tired!) 😛

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