I’d love to get to know you all a bit better today. We all bonded over perfume, but we have other interests and hobbies too. What is yours?
What is your second favorite thing in the world (assuming perfume is the first )?
What is your hobby, your passion, your love aside from perfume?
What else, aside from fragrant pleasures makes life interesting for you?
My one great love since I was six years old is reading. I was a voracious reader as a child, and that continued all my life, with some slowing down when I had my children, but now that they are older, I’m pretty much back in the reading saddle, and not only reciting The Gruffalo or Astrid Lindgren either.
Reading is the most perfect escape, an adventure in your head, the opening of new horizons, new realms. There is no better feeling than losing oneself in a great book.
I credit my reading habits for my grasp of the English language. I never stayed in an English speaking country for longer than a few weeks for travel, I never studied English at University, I just read English books. Stephen King and John Irving are to blame for my American colloqialisms, somehow their language seemed more applicable in daily life than Shakespeare’s or the Brontë sisters’.
My tastes are all over the place, rather like with perfume. I love Iris Murdoch and Arthur Miller, J.R.R. Tolkien and T.C Boyle, Irvin Yalom and Bill Bryson, Marian Keyes and Umberto Eco. The story is what’s important and the characters. They have to draw me in, and that happens just as likely with Agent Pendergast as it does with Heathcliff.
For Mother’s Day last year I received a Kindle. I never thought I could forgo the feeling of an actual book in my hands, but it turns out, I totally forget what it is I’m holding, only the book itself counts, not the format. I love the ease and instant accessibility of anything and everything, almost anywhere. I love the fact that I never have to worry whether I have enough reading material, no more lugging around of heavy tomes all over the city. I carry a library in this tiny black device and I love it.
Right now I’m reading George R.R. Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire (Game Of Thrones in the TV adaptation). I’m late to the game, but I enjoy it very much. Epic tales fascinate me, a whole new world opens up and there is so much of it to explore. There is no better feeling than being comfortable in the world a book evokes and being able to come back again and again.
My favorite epic tale is Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. A masterpiece by a totally underrated author. King is so much more than just a horror writer, and everybody who reads his books (as opposed to many of the horribly simplified movies that were made of them) knows that. I take his complex characters and the intricate worlds he creates over anemic prose that wins literary accolades any day.
What is your favorite thing aside from perfume? What are you favorite books?
Can’t wait to hear it all!