Nurtured by Books

I feel a bit guilty taking up this challenge, because in the last few years of my life, I think I have not exactly done justice to my love for reading...

But since the most beautiful stranger I know has tagged me to take a shot at this challenge... Oh well, I have to place my guilt aside a bit, and just give it a go...


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I have loved books since I was a little child. My dad used to have a book shelf filled with lots and lots of books, newspapers, journals, magazines, etcetera. That book shelf used to be the primary reason he punished me back then. Because I would go pick a book, or a newspaper, and by the time I was done, the place would be a mess.

I was still very much a child when I started reading James Hadley Chase's novels. My dad had at least 30 of those novels in his catalogue. As a matter of fact, my pen-name, Sladen (which I made see-SLADEN, as in "look at Sladen", because the system did not allow me use simply "sladen" when I first registered on Steemit back in the day)... anyways, my pen-name Sladen came straight out of one of Hadley Chase's books, SAFER DEAD, where Chet Sladen was the protagonist. Shortened as C-Sladen (See-Sladen), get it?

Anyways, to the challenge itself...

What is your favorite time or place to read?

Well, I don't think I have a favourite time. I could pick up a book and read at any time of the day. However, when it comes to favourite place, I would say indoors. That is, either my house, or in the confines of my office. This is because i usually abhor any sort of disturbance when I read, as I may not be able to fully enjoy the moment.

What makes you enjoy a book?

Well, first of all, it is the intrigue. A book has got to hold me captive. It has got to keep me wanting more at each phase, such that I would be eager to get back to reading even when I have cause to pause for a bit.

Do you like to read outdoors, before bed or on the bus on your way to work?

Definitely indoors. I would say sometimes before bed too, but I always end up sleeping when I do that, and I may not be sure exactly where I stopped while reading. About reading on the way to work, I live in Lagos, and for those who understand the transportation environment in this part of the world, reading at such a time may not be exactly ideal.

Do you focus on character development, thoughtful messages, or the level of intrigue a plot generates in you?

Intrigue! Intrigue!! and even more intrigue!!! Of course, it is not like I do not focus on the rest of it, but there is something about being held captive by a storyline, and then being entirely thrown off balance by the eventual resolution. Such stories are usually unforgettable.


Well, that is my take on the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

#SladenSpeaks
#IfWordsWereNudes

I nominate @fadekemie and @wems to give this challenge a shot too...



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It's cool that you took up the challenge regardless of your guilt.

Dad should have beaten you more for being an area scatterer 😂😂

Now, this contest had led us to learning about your name. Well, a book is a origin of my name too. I see we share a similarity. I had to add more words when the system didn't allow me to use the exact name.

You love intrigues? Intrigues you will get then. I wish you luck in the contest

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Dad did beat me... Lol... If only you know...

And yeah, we do share more than a couple of similarities... only you do not know that yet...

I saw the bit about your name in an initial post, I think...

And intrigues??? bring it on!

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I understand having guilt about not reading enough, I have felt that way for a while but you shouldn't let it affect you, instead just read.

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Oh, I love James Hardly Chase. I forgot to mention it in my post.

I remember one time in class. A classmate was holding a Chase book. You know how he exaggerates with his book covers. A teacher saw it and called the book immoral. I laugh whenever I remember. How ignorance she was! A teacher at that.

I'm glad you jumped in. Congratulations again on your marriage.

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La culpa te trajo aquí y eres bienvenido, gracias por compartir. También me gusta la intriga, pues suscita el interés y crea tensión narrativa, así se construye el nudo de la historia. Fue un gusto saludarte.

Guilt brought you here and you are welcome, thanks for sharing. I also like intrigue, as it arouses interest and creates narrative tension, thus building the knot of the story. Was a pleasure to see you again.

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