Alex Day is a veteran YouTuber with over 500,000 subscribers, an active nerdfighter, and an epic indie musician who may be, according to not-a-big-deal-at-all Forbes, the FUTURE OF MUSIC. His song “Forever Yours” is the reason video loopers were invented, and he’s dishing on his book dos, don’ts, and deal-breakers.
What’s the book that you’re proudest of having finished?
I read Lord Of The Flies when I was in school, it was our first assigned reading, and I remember being proud that I’d read it–not because it was particularly difficult, but because I had engaged with it and really enjoyed it. I felt proud that I was an English student who could read books by choice and not have it feel like a drag.
Have you ever lied about having read a book to impress someone? (If yes, what was the book and why?)
Not exactly…I’ve occasionally had books on my shelf that I pretty much knew I’d never read, but that I thought made me look cool. One that stands out from when I was just becoming a teenager was Latin For Dummies–for some reason, I didn’t understand that the ‘for dummies’ meant it wasn’t impressive, cos it showed I didn’t know any Latin even if I was reading it, but what can you do.
What’s the one book that you’ve sworn to read before you die?
If there’s a book I wanna read, I tend to just read it without waiting around, so there’s nothing huge that’s looming in my far future. I’ve been recommended One Day by David Nicholls so I might check that out. I’d also like to read Blood Red Road but I found the dialect pretty jarring when I first attempted it.
If you could play any character from a book, who would you choose?
I wouldn’t mind giving Finnick a try.
Do you have a book on you right now? What is it?
I read a lot of non-fiction, so right now I’m nearly finished with The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell; the last fiction book I read was The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.
What’s the best book to give to someone you secretly want to ask out?
Yes Man by Danny Wallace is a book I’ve bought for quite a few people as a ‘once you read this, you will understand me’ exercise. It’s seriously great, you should read it.
What’s the one book that would be a deal-breaker if you saw it on a date’s bookshelf?
Well, it used to be Twilight, but I’ve found that most of the people who read it are aware it’s bad and it’s a guilty pleasure book. So I’m gonna say Twilight, if the person loves it and isn’t familiar with the wider context of its inanity.
What’s a book that’s made you:
Blush: Fifty Shades Of Grey doesn’t make me blush, but it amazes me when I see some girl reading it on the Tube and we lock eyes and she doesn’t. I’m on top of the trends, I know what you’re reading, don’t pretend it’s not what it is.
Cry: Twilight, for reasons entirely divorced from story.
Laugh out loud: The Fault In Our Stars was the last book I remember that really made me laugh. (Best blind guy jokes I’ve ever read.)