Esther is one of my favorite people. It’s crazy to think that we met online and have been friends for about five years now. Few people write poetry that is sweet, nostalgic and potent like she does. You can find her work on her site Pieces Of August. In this interview, she shares how reading is often like an affair she has to regularly sneak away to and all the weird places she’s had to read a book. Enjoy!
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1. What are you currently reading? Do you read more than one book at a time?
I am currently reading Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth. For the most part, I am a one book at at time girl. Occasionally, I would read more, but one would have to be poetry.I am a one book at at time girl. Occasionally, I would read more, but one would have to be poetry. Click To Tweet
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?
I have always been a reader. I remember reading a lot of Enid Blyton books and graduating to Sidney Sheldon books when I was still in primary school. I’m not really sure what drew me to reading. I think being the last child and having to spend a lot of time alone pushed me to it. Also, the stories were an entrance into a whole new world and it was so fascinating. I read to get away from reality. I like the consuming feeling of a good book. To see the world through other eyes, to see the things I feel put into words and know that I’m really not alone. Reminds me of a quote by James Baldwin “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.” So true!I think being the last child and having to spend a lot of time alone pushed me into reading. Click To Tweet
3. What is your philosophy on reading? (for example, some people have to finish every book they start)
If you’re reading a book and it’s not going so well, drop it and come back to it in about a year. You may have grown enough to accept what the book is trying to give to you. I really truly believe that “books don’t find us until the right time”. I have found this to be very true in my life.
4. How often do you read? And how do you fit it into your day?
I read every chance I get. Lately, I haven’t been reading as much as I used to because I think I feel tired. But I still force myself to read. It is important to me.
It is like an affair. I sneak off at work to read a few pages of a good book, during coffee breaks, when I’m making food, eating, going down the stairs (dangerous) etc.It is like an affair. I sneak off at work to read a few pages of a good book, during coffee breaks... Click To Tweet
5. Where do you like to read? Where’s the weirdest place you’ve ever read a book?
Based on my previous answer, You know I like to read everywhere. The weirdest place I’ve read a book has to be the filing room at work. I hid behind the shelves and got a couple pages in lol.The weirdest place I’ve read a book has to the filing room at work. - @missedoho Click To Tweet
6. What makes a good book, in your opinion?
Good sentences. Solid story. Reflection of truths and reality. I think a book that has the capacity to hold your attention, to keep you turning the page is a good book. A book that makes you feel.I think a book that has the capacity to hold your attention, to keep you turning the page is a good book. Click To Tweet
7. Who are your favorite authors to read?
I don’t think I have a favourite author. However, I would read anything by Chimamanda.
8. What is a book or who is an author you feel is very underrated?
Can’t think of any.
9. E-book, audiobook or paper? How do you feel about making notes/highlighting books?
E-book/paper. I have only listened to one audiobook but I would like to incorporate it more. It is pretty convenient.
I highlight a lot. I think it is my favourite part of reading. I’m always looking out for new ways to describe, things, people, places and emotions. It is pretty amazing what people can do with words.I highlight a lot. I think it is my favourite part of reading. - @missedoho Click To Tweet
10. Fiction vs Non-fiction?
I like both.
11. What happens to you when you read a good book? (at the beginning, during and after the experience?)
I feel it in my chest. I don’t want to stop. My reading speed increases. It is all i can think about when I’m not reading it. I tell everyone about it. I research the author. I watch interviews of the author talking about the book, if any. It is an obesession really. Lol
12. Do you reread books? Why?
Yes. Parts of it. Rarely the entire thing. I reread if I’m going through a phase and the book can help. I reread poetry books more than any other kind of book.
13. What book do you wish you could experience again for the first time?
Americanah. Gosh! I enjoyed the entire story.
14. What was the last great book you read?
Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime. Such a lovely read!
15. If you had to choose three books that everyone should read, what would they be?
In no particular order :
16. What book(s) are you embarrassed to have read? What books are you embarrassed to still not have read?
In high school, one of my friend’s gifted me a Mills and Boons book. It was incredibly graphic. I don’t think he knew what kind of book it was. That’s kind of embarrassing.
The God of Small Things– I tried to read it but I couldnt. I intend to go back to it. All of my favs like it so i feel pressure to like it lol. I will try again. For now, I’m embarrassed I haven’t read it.
17. How do you feel about ‘classic’ literature?
I don’t think I’ve read a lot of classics but I really loved To Kill a Mockingbird. So I hope I like the rest when I get to them. I hear some of them are overrated but I’d like to see for myself.I read to get away from reality. I like the consuming feeling of a good book. - @missedoho Click To Tweet
18. How do you feel about book clubs?
Love book clubs! Working on starting one soon ☺
19. What book(s) have changed your life, and how?
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed was very profound . Gosh, where do I start? It showed that life really isn’t black and white. Human relationships are complicated and Cheryl gives solid advice on how to navigate those complexities. She was so real about her experiences, suffering and heartbreak. It was so, so lovely. I grew as a citizen of the world after reading that book.
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke. I really think every creative should read Rainer’s letters. They have been so instrumental to me in finding legitimacy as a poet and a creative in general. He gives you permission. He shows you how to focus inward and how to call forth things in your world that seem ordinary. I’m here for all that.Tiny Beautiful things by Cheryl Strayed was very profound. Click To Tweet
20. How do you choose books to read?
Based on recommendations and reviews
21. What book are you currently DYING to read?
The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing– Melissa Banks
Esther Edoho is a full time Human Resource Administrator, part time hand model for 9jafoodie, poet and occasional picture taker. She loves podcasts, good sentences and flowers. You will find her at sleepovers or babysitting her nieces/nephew or journaling. You can find some of her poetry at piecesofaugust.com.
Connect with Esther
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