BTT for 8/19
Booking Through Thursday has a long question list today.
1. Favorite childhood book? I've been thinking about this question a bit anyway recently. I reread the Great Brain series many times as a child so I will say those books right now.
2. What are you reading right now? How Fiction Works by James Wood, The Neutronium Alchemist Part 1 by Peter F Hamilton, and on my phone's Kindle program Cades Cove by Aidan James
3. What books do you have on request at the library? bunches. I have a full list at 10, including Mockingjay, Packing for Mars, and The Fall: Book 2 of the Strain Trilogy.
4. Bad book habit? I turn corners on mass market paperbacks.
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? Only 6! The new Atemis Fowl book, How Fiction Works, Jumper by Stephen Gould, Johannes Cabal: the Necromancer by Jonathan Howard, Hardboiled Hollywood by Max Decharne, and The Great Influenza by John M Barry.
6. Do you have an e-reader? Sort of. I have a new smartphone, the Samsung Vibrant which has google android on it. I downloaded the Kindle application and am trying it out.
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? usually a couple at once. I just can't read two similar books at the same time or i get confused. I can read a modern sci-fi and a victorian classic at the same time and be fine.
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? Challenges! and i try to read more classics now and am less haphazard.
9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?) The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year? ok, i'm listing 3. The Book Thief, The Elegance of the Hedgehog and The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? I don't know that i have a comfort zone exactly. I read a bit of everything except chick lit
12. What is your reading comfort zone? Hmm, i guess everything but chick lit?
13. Can you read on the bus? If i rode a bus yes. i don't get carsick if that's what this question means.
14. Favorite place to read? My bed or my couch.
15. What is your policy on book lending? I will but frequently don't get them back.
16. Do you ever dog-ear books? non-library paperbacks i will
17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books? Of my own i will sometimes
18. Even with text books? I haven't been in school for a while but i was a highlighter
19. What is your favorite language to read in? I only read English. There was a really really short period in high school that i could speak and read French but i've lost it now.
20. What makes you love a book? Not sure i can explain that in a little questionaire
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? Loving it! or at least thinking another person may love it.
22. Favorite genre? I have to lead toward classics or literary fiction.
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?) really can't think of one.
24. Favorite biography? none
25. Have you ever read a self-help book? i have before but don't know the last one i've read
26. Favorite cookbook? I think How to Pick a Peach counts as a cookbook. it has recipes.
27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)? The Book Thief i think
28. Favorite reading snack? Oreos and milk!
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience. I'm not saying i would have ever liked The DaVinci Code but if i hadn't heard so much about it i may not have hated it as much.
30. How often do you agree with critics about a book? hmm, not sure. the problem i have is that i don't read the reviews after i've read the book so i really can't say.
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? I don't have a problem with it. I don't do too many negative ones as i usually just stop reading the book.
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose? French again, or Russian
33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read? The Elegant Universe
34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin? Moby Dick
35. Favorite Poet? can i just say Poe since i think that's the only poetry i've read the last few years? Oh, wait, never mind. Shakespeare!
36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time? About 5 or so.
37. How often have you returned book to the library unread? probably 1/4 the time
38. Favorite fictional character? Just 1? no way. Lyra from His Dark Materials, Harry Potter, Gandalf, Lisbeth Salander, Locke Lamora, Elizabeth Bennett.
39. Favorite fictional villain? Voldemort
40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation? Whatever is due back at the library next.
41. What is the longest you've gone without reading? like at all? um, birth to age 4?
42. Name a book that you could/would not finish. I've still not finished The Historian.
43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading? other people's loud music
44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel? Watchmen, Sin City, Pride and Prejudice
45. Most disappointing film adaptation? Well, it isn't from a novel but the X-men movies left a lot to be desired when compared to the story of the comics.
46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time? probably about $50 on myself at once. I might have gotten a bit higher buying Christmas presents though.
47. How often do you skim a book before reading it? i don't normally skim much.
48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through? boredom is the fastest way to make me stop reading.
49. Do you like to keep your books organized? They are everywhere really. not much organization.
50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them? Some i keep, some i sell to McKay's.
51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding? well, I haven't jumped into Dickens yet so i guess i've been avoiding him.
52. Name a book that made you angry. The Last Narnia book. really ticked me off.
53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did? Madame Bovary
54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t? This year? Beautiful Creatures and Stories
55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading? All my reading is guilt free!