Booking Through Thursday: Meme of Reading Questions

1. Favorite childhood book?

A tie between Good Omens and The Count of Monte Cristo. (And by childhood, you meant awkward preteen years, right?)

2. What are you reading right now?

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?

None at the moment, as I’m about to move back to college and need to deal with a different library.

4. Bad book habit?

Eating messy foods while reading library books.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?

Stephen King’s Misery and a VHS of Disney’s The Three Musketeers.

6. Do you have an e-reader?

Goodness, no.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?

One at a time.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

I’m reading more analytically and reading more widely.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)

C. J. Cherryh’s The Paladin.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?

George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?

Every other book, really!

12. What is your reading comfort zone?

Speculative fiction, especially fantasy.

13. Can you read on the bus?

Yes… but I don’t ride buses at the moment.

14. Favorite place to read?

There’s this place at my student center where, at around four in the afternoon, the light hits these comfy armchairs just right. I like to read there.

15. What is your policy on book lending?

I rarely do it, but it needs to come back in the same condition I lent it to you.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?

Blasphemy!

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?

Double blasphemy!

18.  Not even with text books?

Text books are different; they’re meant to be written in.

19. What is your favorite language to read in?

English.

20. What makes you love a book?

Great characters and a great story. It’s that simple.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?

If I loved it.

22. Favorite genre?

Fantasy, definitely.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)

Alternate history.

Favorite biography?

I’ve, uh, never really read one.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?

Nope.

26. Favorite cookbook?

Um, does allrecipes.com count?

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?

Marilyn Johnson’s This Book is Overdue!.

28. Favorite reading snack?

…everything. I always read while I eat.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.

Hasn’t happened yet!

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?

About 70 percent of the time, although I don’t seek out professional critics’ reviews of books I’ve read or are going to read.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

Awesome. They’re sometimes my favorite reviews to write!

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?

French.

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?

Ivanhoe.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?

Eh, The Way of Kings is a pretty intimidating size, but I’ve started.

35. Favorite Poet?

e. e. cummings.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?

Around four or five.

37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?

Rarely, although I’ve just done so since I want to finish The Way of Kings before the end of the month.

38. Favorite fictional character?

Let’s go with the entire cast of The Lord of the Rings.

39. Favorite fictional villain?

At the moment? Let’s go with the Lannisters of A Song of Ice and Fire.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?

Whatever I’m reading at the moment.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.

Months during middle school and early high school. (I blame debate.)

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.

Hasn’t happened yet!

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?

Loud television.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?

Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?

While I haven’t gotten around to reading the book yet, I know it’s Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. And I love that movie.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?

Fifteen dollars.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?

Rarely.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?

Wanton cruelty towards animals.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?

Who doesn’t?

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?

If they’re a book I’ll only read the once, I’ll give them away–if they’re a book I’ll reread, I keep them.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?

Stieg Larsson’s The Millenium Trilogy.

52. Name a book that made you angry.

C. J. Cherryh’s The Paladin.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?

Andrew Davidson’s The Gargoyle.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?

Jay Lake’s Green.

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?

All of it, really.

20 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Meme of Reading Questions

  1. The Three Musketeers with Chris O’Donnell and Oliver Platt? Cause I kind of love that film. They are all so scenery-chewy! I like the scarface man!

      • I tried to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I don’t know who did the translation, but whoever did shouldn’t work as a translator. The prose is ridiculously clunky. I had to stop after a few pages.

        I DO recommend the film, though. It strikes me as very. . .Swedish. It’s a bit lengthy for a thriller, but I feel that it works for the story.

        Also, Lisbeth Salander is a fascinating character.

  2. I’m also avoiding the Millennium novels even though a friend keeps telling me (pushing them on me really but in a kind friendly way) that I must read them.

  3. Aw, Disney’s Hunchback isn’t disappointing in comparison to the book; it’s just very different. Kinda like the way Disney’s Hercules doesn’t really resemble the myths but is still really awesome.

    • Don’t get me wrong- The Hunchback of Notre Dame is my favorite Disney movie. Between the music, the pacing, and the writing, I absolutely adore it- but while I haven’t read the book, I know book!Pheobus is nothing like film!Pheobus, Esmeralda’s a changeling… so on and so forth.

      I always look at Hercules as a story about fame, because it sure isn’t about Greek mythology. 😉 I dig it, too.

  4. Allrecipes.com is definitely my favourite cook book too 😉 Also, I really wanted to read This Book is Overdue before leaving for library school, but I can’t get it from a library here and the hardcover is pricey :\ Oh well… I can always be inspired once I’m already attending library school 😛

    • I’m actually making cookies from an Allrecipes.com recipe today. 🙂 This Book is Overdue! is fun times, although only really the first half deals with librarians. (She loses it around the Second Life chapter.)

  5. I have read out of my comfort zone, which is classics and literature, and these books are the ones you avoid: Stieg Larsson Te Girl… trilogy!

    I, too, always eat or have a cup of coffee (okay, wine) when I read. I have to keep the hand that is not turning the pages busy! 🙂

  6. No biographies? Persepolis would count if you’ve read it. Some other biographies I can recommend are Finding Atlantis (about Olaus Rudbeck, a Swede with an unusual theory about Atlantis’ location); A Sense of the World (about James Holman, a blind world traveler in the early 19th century); and We are all the Same (about a South African mother and her adopted son who fought the AIDS policies in their country — it’s more inspirational than depressing). If you want to try your hand at US presidential biographies, I can easily recommend The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Team of Rivals. I wish I had more female biographical subjects to recommend to you; looks like I should be expanding my scope some.

  7. e.e. cummings is awesome! so is allrecipes.com. 🙂 Although Mark Bittman’s How to Make Everything is a great cookbook.

    I saw Hunchback before reading the book. Loved the music and still do. It’s of course very, very different from the book, but it’s Disney, so I can’t be too disappointed. If the movie had made changes it did, but for an adult audience, that would have been disappointing.

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