Last week, I saw a post on Ruth’s blog that made me think. You can follow the links (to Ruth’s blog, then beyond) back to where she found the questions, but I’d really like to hear some of your bookish thoughts too!
Grab a tall, cool beverage if you’re suffering from a crushing heatwave as we are. It’s a looooong post, but I couldn’t figure out how to break it up so that it made sense with anything else!
(Forgive the sporadic links and the crazy bold stuff… We were having issues this morning between Word and WordPress.)
1. Favourite childhood book:
2. What are you reading right now?
My third book on the Nook, the fourth in the crochet mysteries, A Stitch in Time.
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
Well, since I don’t use the library, I can tell you what’s on my Nook wish list. I’m getting ready to download a preview of Casting Spells by Barbara Bretton, The Help, Garden Spells, Heart of the Matter, The Lost Symbol. Then there are the hundreds of books on my Amazon “paper” list…
4. Bad book habit:
I don’t believe in letting go. I have several hundred books that I’ve agreed I can part with, but there are still almost more books than we have shelves.
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
See above. Our libraries aren’t conveniently located for me.
6. Do you have an e-reader?
Just got a Nook over the weekend.
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
One at a time, thanks.
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
And how! My reading list has grown. The friends I look to for recommendations have multiplied. The friends who gift me books have increased too.
9. Least favourite book you read this year:
This year? The Jane Austen Book Club. Didn’t even finish it.
10. Favourite book I’ve read this year:
Plural. Children of God & The Sparrow and everything by Neil Gaiman.
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Depends. Here lately, quite a bit. I’ve discovered a latent love for “fluffy” mystery series and sappy stories, and I’ve also discovered that I like some fantasty/sci-fi stuff after all.
12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Left to my own devices, the classics, biographies and anything with a happy ending.
13. Can you read on the bus?
I can read in a moving vehicle. Haven’t taken a bus since a group of us went to the Longaberger Homestead years ago.
14. Favourite place to read:
On my couch with a dog curled up beside me and a cuppa tea nearby. (I’ll just second that, Ruth.)
15. What’s your policy on book lending?
I loan books, but I’ve had to let go of getting upset if they don’t come back . I won’t lend books I can’t live without anymore. (Another case of couldn’t have said it better.)
16. Do you dogear your books?
17. Do you write notes in the margins of your books?
No. Not even in textbooks.
18. Do you break/crack the spine of your books?
I try not to, but sometimes it happens.
19. What is your favourite language to read?
English. It’s easiest. That being said, I can read in French, Latin and with much sighing and crinkling of the brow, some Spanish.
20. What makes you love a book?
The characters. If you can’t make me care about them, I’ll have trouble finishing.
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
Anything I enjoy, especially if it’s something I think I missed out on and should have read long ago. (Neil Gaimon, anyone?)
22. Favourite genre:
Today? Fluffy, easy-reading mystery series.
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did):
Dunno. I don’t read a lot of romance or horror, and don’t care to.
24. Favourite Biography:
Hands down, Five Sisters: The Langhornes of Virginia. They grew up in my back yard and that made the book that much better.
25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Sure, but not lately, unless fiber arts books count.
26. Favourite Cookbook:
How about my favorite collection? Anything Junior League…
27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction):
28. Favourite reading snack:
I sip water or tea while I read but rarely eat. I’ve been known to overlook meals when I’m in deep…
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience:
The end of the Harry Potter saga, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Not only did it ruin my experience, it broke my heart.
30. How often do you agree with the critics about about a book?
Well, let’s see… I don’t read critics, so… ??
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I’m not in third grade. I speak honestly, and sometimes, a friend is disappointed that I didn’t share her love of a book, but life happens. All of my bookish friends are still giving me recommendations, even if we disagree sometimes.
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
I still want to learn Greek and Hebrew.
33. Most intimidating book I’ve read:
Um, anything with LOTS of steamy sex scences?! Seriously… I skip those. I wouldn’t say they’re intimidating, but they are off-putting.
34. Most intimidating book I’m too nervous to begin:
Not a clue. I’m well-read, and thanks to my BFF’s hubby years ago, I now know I’m free to set a book aside if I don’t enjoy it.
35. Favourite Poet:
I don’t do singular well, it seems. Tennyson, Frost, Keates, Donne, Shakespeare…
36. How many books do you usually have checked out from the library at any given time?
Sorry. The bookmobile got cut from the county budget years ago.
37. How often do you return books to the library unread?
38. Favourite fictional character:
Don’t have one. I do think I wanted to figure out how to be a mix of Honey Wheeler and Trixie Belden long ago though…
39. Favourite fictional villain:
No one really stands out.
40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation:
Fluff. Sure, I’ve read church history and biographies at the beach, but then I realized the lighter fare is fun when I grabbed a book off the bookshelves at the beach a couple of winters ago…
41. The longest I’ve gone without reading:
The first year or two I got into knitting. I still read, but I didn’t burn through books the way I have most of the rest of my life.
42. Name a book you could/would not finish:
The Blind Assassin, by my otherwise beloved Atwood. Just couldn’t get into it.
43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
If it’s a good book, nothing. Now that I’m not a firefighter anymore, there are no house horns to jolt me back to reality.
44. Favourite film adaptation of a novel:
Dunno. Charlotte’s Web?? Black Beauty, the original with Elizabeth Taylor?
45. Most disappointing film adaptation:
The last few Harry Potters?
46. Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time:
I have no earthly idea. I’ve bought a case of the same book to give as Christmas gifts many, MANY times…
47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Never. I don’t believe I’ve ever read the last page before it was time either.
48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?
When it’s so tedious and I’m already longing to start the next book in the pile…
49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Absolutely. It’s getting easier now that the Knight has insisted only my favorites that I will re-read can live with us.
50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once they’ve been read?
See above. If I could, I’d keep ‘em all. Now, I’m trying to share the ones I won’t re-read, and still have hundreds that want a yard sale or something, since used book store credits won’t work in a Nook.
51. Are there any books that you’ve been avoiding?
No. Why would I avoid a book?
52. Name a book that made you angry:
To Kill a Mockingbird. I’ve read it a dozen times, and it STILL gets me.
53. A book I didn’t expect to like but did:
The Sparrow. Barbara confessed that her husband feared I’d never speak to her after reading it, but I think it’s a tale of hope, faith and the power of love.
54. A book I expected to like but didn’t:
Edgar Sawtelle. I mean, it’s about a guy and his family has their own unique breed of dogs, but none of the characters made me care about them, not enough.
55. Favourite guilt-free guilty pleasure reading:
These little, fluffy mystery series…
How do my answers compare to yours?