Adorah writes the most enchanting lyrical prose and she’s one of the most delightful people you’ll talk to. I was excited to hear her thoughts on books and reading. I know you’ll enjoy this.
1. What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading “A brief history of seven killings” by Marlon James. I am also flipping through the pages of “All the Ugly and Wonderful Things” by Bryn Greenwood as well. A captivating read is like a jealous lover. It asks for all of you. The two books I am reading are pretty good but not captivating enough to keep me from multitasking.
2. Have you always been a reader? What is the first book you remember ever reading? What drew you into reading/why do you read?
Yup. Always been a reader. I remember reading the newspaper at 3! (Probably just made intelligible sounds). My parents were equal parts terrified and impressed. The first book I remember reading is Cinderella. My mom bought me a gift set of different Disney novellas for my fifth birthday.I want to be jealous of the author’s ability to do dirty things with the English language Click To Tweet
3. What is your philosophy on reading?
This is a bit cliché but I try to limit my books to storylines that move me. In a perfect world, I’d only read novels with beautiful prose and captivating plots. (think Gone Girl and You: A Novel). I’m definitely more interested in artful sentences than an intriguing storyline. I want to be jealous of the author’s ability to do dirty things with the English language. I love witty prose. Ugh. I can’t put myself through the torture of finishing a bland book. I already lost $10. Why punish myself any further?
4. How often do you read? And how do you fit it into your day?
I don’t read in the spring and fall (because LAW SCHOOL). But during the summer and winter breaks, I try to read three or so good novels. If the novel is captivating, it’s basically my life until I finish it. If it’s not, I just sort of stop reading it. Haha.
5. Where do you like to read? Where’s the weirdest place you’ve ever read a book?
I love reading in bed. Weirdest place has got to be while sitting on the toilet bowl. I think most people have done this. Haha
6. What makes a good book, in your opinion?
a.) Breathtaking, witty prose plus a captivating story line. Gone Girl was perfection to me. Can you tell? b.) Anything by Chimamanda. I don’t even care at this point.
7. Who are your favorite authors to read?
Chimamanda Adichie is probably the only author I fully trust. Our spirits are one. Yes, I am an Igbo girl who stans for Chimamanda. How original. Haha.
8. What is a book or who is an author you feel is very underrated?
9. E-book, audiobook or paper? How do you feel about making notes/highlighting books?
E-books. “I cannot come and kill myself,” haha. I think people romanticize paperbacks a little too much. There’s nothing fun about having a gazillion hard copies all over the place. Especially when you’re moving apartments! I am a serial highlighter. I remember highlighting almost every other line in Janet Fitch’s “White Oleander”. The writing was superb.
10. Fiction vs Non-fiction?
Fiction. I’ve probably only enjoyed one non-fiction book ever (There Was a Country).
Chimamanda Adichie is probably the only author I fully trust. Our spirits are one. Click To Tweet
11. What happens to you when you read a good book?
The experience can only be described as pure ecstasy, which eventually gives way to bouts of withdrawal symptoms. Harry Potter is probably the one novel whose ending hit me the hardest. The finality of the seventh book. Ugh. I still remember reading it on the sofa of some apartment in Marietta, Georgia in 2008. It was so hard to go back to reading novels about mere muggles. Haha.
12. Do you reread books? Why?
No. I don’t reread books or rewatch tv shows/movies. Why try to recreate greatness? It does nothing for me. I’d rather go looking for my next high. Haha.
13. What book do you wish you could experience again for the first time?
ALL OF HARRY POTTER PLEEEASE.
14. What was the last great book you read?
“You: A Novel” by Caroline Kepnes. I knew I’d love it right after the first page. It was that perfect.
15. If you had to choose three books that everyone should read, what would they be?
b) Harry Potter 1-7 by J.K Rowling
c) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
16. What book(s) are you embarrassed to have read? What books are you embarrassed to still not have read?
Definitely embarrassed to have read Fifty Shades. I won’t want my mum taking a peak at its pages while I read it. Haha. I’m really not embarrassed about not reading any book. Reading, to me, is primarily about my pleasure. I’d read my law school case books if I want to download smartness.
17. How do you feel about ‘classic’ literature?
Let’s just say there’s a 90% chance I’d hate it if it’s dubbed “classic” literature.
18. How do you feel about book clubs?
I’m sure they could be lovely but when I think of them, I tend to visualize stuffy folks sitting in a circle, dissecting ‘classic’ literature, frowning disapprovingly at novels of nowadays, and just being all-round uppity. Haha.
Reading, to me, is primarily about my pleasure. Click To Tweet
19. What book(s) have changed your life, and how?
I can’t think of one off the top of my head but I recently read a short write-up that offered a fresh perspective on existence. “The egg” by Andy Weir. Ugh. So good.
20. How do you choose books to read?
Amazon book reviews. I love three star reviews because they just seem to have the right amounts of sweet meets sour. There’s also reading free samples of the first few pages (perks of having a kindle, ha) of a potential new novel. Of course, if it was written by a beloved author, I am more inclined to read it.
21. What book are you currently DYING to read?
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. I read a short story she wrote and I really liked it. I feel like I can trust her with my mental energy. Definitely getting Freshwater on my kindle once it’s released.
Adorah is a self-proclaimed foodie and final-year law student at Temple Law in Philadelphia. When she is not reading casebooks or looking up local restaurants with good mac and cheese, she is writing poetry on lawandother.tumblr.com.
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