Another book questionnaire

I can’t remember where I found this questionnaire – possibly via Jodie Llewellyn, possibly just on an online search. But this was fun to do.

For the other book questionnaire I’ve ever done, read this past post.

1. Favorite childhood book:
~ I can’t really remember all of them. I know I loved Danny and the Dinosaur. There was The Pokey Little Puppy, and several other Little Golden books. There was Dr. Seuss, of course, and Shel Silverstein (who I didn’t really like, strange but true). And I remember one particular book on tornadoes that I was fascinated with.

2. What are you reading right now?
~ I just finished The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath for the umpteenth time (great stuff). Next, I think I’ll start either I Totally Meant to Do That by Jane Borden or On Beauty by Zadie Smith.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
~ I don’t. Usually libraries have always had what I’m looking for. Surprising, considering some libraries I’ve been to had rather antiquated selections.

4. Bad book habit:
~ Having them in piles on the floor in my room. Not very respectful, I think.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
~ I don’t currently have anything checked out from the library, because I haven’t been to the library for a long time. It’s time for a trip! (That, and I buy a lot of the books I’m looking for at Half-Price Books.)

6. Do you have an e-reader?
~ Nope. Don’t want one, either. Why bother? It’s just another electronic thing that’ll collect dust in the end. Plus, you have to pay for the reader in the first place, which is what, depending on the reader, $150 to $300. Plus the cost of purchasing individual books. And then you’d probably have to erase a book when you’re done with it. Why not just spend $6 on a paperback that’ll last forever? You know?

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
~ I used to be able to read several at once, when I was younger, but I’m more comfortable with one at a time nowadays. That way, I don’t miss anything.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
~ Yes. In fact, ever since I posted on my lack of reading, I’ve started up like crazy again. But, again, only one book at a time. I’ve been thinking about doing book reviews here on my blog. What do you think?

9. Least favourite book you read this year:
~ Hmm. Hasn’t been read yet. I mean, there are books I didn’t really like, but I don’t have a least favorite yet.

10. Favorite book I’ve read this year:
~ Both of the Kazuo Ishiguro novels I own, which are Never Let Me Go and Nocturnes.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
~ Anymore? A lot. I’ve been branching out, reading authors that are not familiar to me or books that I’ve been meaning to read but haven’t yet (which, sadly, is most of them in my collection).

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
~ Anything familiar is comfortable, I guess. Hence my answer above, in that I’m reading outside my comfort zone as of late.

13. Can you read on the bus?
~ You bet. I just have to be careful, or I’ll miss my stop. That’s happened before. (Yes, I’m one of those people who can read while in a moving vehicle and not get sick in the process.)

14. Favourite place to read:
~ My room.

15. What’s your policy on book lending?
~ I’ll lend anyone any book, as long as I get it back.

16. Do you dog ear your books?
~ I used to. Now I have these cute little magnetic owl bookmarkers.

17. Do you write notes in the margins of your books?
~ No, and I never have. To me, books are sacred, and notes distract from the text. I do have some secondhand books that have writing in them, and that drives me insane.

18. Do you break/crack the spine of your books?
~ I’d like to know how it’s possible not to do that.

19. What is your favourite language to read?
~ English. It’s unfortunately the only language I know.

20. What makes you love a book?
~ That’s really hard to say. I’ll have to think about that more. Let me put it this way – I know it when I read it. Vague, I know, but that’s it.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
~ A good plot, and a good message.

22. Favourite genre:
~ Coming-of-age stories. While that isn’t technically a genre, that’s the kind of story I like.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did):
~ Mystery.

24. Favourite biography:
~ I don’t read biographies much. I have a couple autobiographies in my library, by Maya Angelou and Gilda Radner.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book? (And was it actually helpful?)
~ I’ve read several self-help books. Par for the course. Some were helpful, some weren’t. In fact, I own several of the ones that were helpful.

30 How often do you agree with the critics about a book?
~ Not very. A lot of times, they give reviews that are the opposite of what I thought of a particular book. So I don’t listen to critics.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
~ I don’t care. If I dislike something, I’ll say so. They’re right – negative criticism is so easy.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
~ Russian.

33. Most intimidating book I’ve read:
~ Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. And I didn’t even finish it.

34. Most intimidating book I’m too nervous to begin:
~ The Complete Saki.

35. Favourite poet:
~ Sylvia Plath.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out from the library at any given time?
~ Five to seven. I try to limit myself to only five or seven!

37. How often do you return books to the library unread?
~ Not very often.

38. Favourite fictional character:
~ Carrie Stokes.

39. Favourite fictional villain:
~ Don’t have a favorite villain, but Severus Snape was a favorite antagonist.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation:
~ Hmm. Good question. Most times when I’m on vacation, I tend to try to write; it’s a change of scenery sort of thing, plus I don’t usually have time to read because I’m visiting or sightseeing. You should ask ‘what would be a desert island book?’ instead. A desert island book would be The 3 A.M. Epiphany by Brian Kiteley. That way, I could write my own stories and develop my own desert library. Maybe.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading:
~ There were a couple years in there where I could not even pick up a book, but I’m reading more now.

42. Name a book you could not/would not finish:
~ Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky, and Innocence by Jane Mendelsohn.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
~ My dog barking. That’s about it.

44. Favourite film adaptation of a novel:
~ I haven’t seen them all, so I really can’t say.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation:
~ Again, I haven’t seen them all, so I really can’t say.

46. Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time:
~ $80+.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
~ All the time. Usually a page or two, or even the first sentence. If I’m hooked by then, I’ll keep reading and/or buy it.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?
~ Boredom with the plot. Jane Mendelsohn’s Innocence is a perfect example – I literally fell asleep reading that book. Which was a shame, too, because I really liked I Was Amelia Earhart.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
~ Yes, to a degree. I don’t alphabetize them like I alphabetize my movies or music, but I like to keep books in some semblance of order. You know, all the Edith Wharton books together on the shelf, all the poetry collections together on one shelf, etc.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once they’ve been read?
~ I keep all my books. I’m loathe to give any of them up.

51. Are there any books that you’ve been avoiding?
~ Tons. Most romances (unrealistic), most crime thrillers and mysteries and science fiction (can’t wrap my head around them), most medical dramas (too much jargon), most popular books like Twilight or Hunger Games (overrated). Mostly it’s intimidation, I’m sure. It’s an ‘I’ll never be able to write like that’ complex, you know?

52. Name a book that made you angry:
~ Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – a couple characters, namely Amma, made me angry.

53. A book I didn’t expect to like but did:
~ Jemima J by Jane Green. I don’t know why I didn’t expect to like it, but I’m glad I did.

54. A book I expected to like but didn’t:
~ The Liar, The Bitch and the Wardrobe by Allie Kingsley. Perhaps I just need to give it a second read.

55. Favourite guilt-free guilty pleasure reading:
~ Phantom by Susan Kay. Weird, seeing as how I didn’t really like The Phantom of the Opera.

Here are a couple questions I added to this questionnaire:

56. What was the last book you purchased?
~ I purchased a whole glut of them via Amazon.com, mostly writing how-to kind of books. To wit: Nail Your Novel by Roz Morris; The Write-Brain Workbook by Bonnie Neubauer; The Writer’s Idea Book 10th Anniversary Edition by Jack Heffron; and both the K.M Weiland books, Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel.

57. Are there any books that you want to read?
~ Recently I found an article online with a listing of books every woman should read (but I didn’t save the link, sorry). Several of them on that list I already own, but most of them I haven’t read and don’t have. One of which was Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. I desperately want to read that book. And I’d also like to read those Miss Peregine’s Home for Peculiar Children books, just on a whim.

Finally:

58. What is your favorite book of all time?
~ The Language of Goldfish by Zibby O’Neal. That book would tell someone more about me than I ever could.

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