Friday, January 7, 2011
A book lover's reader questionairre: Part 1
I found these 55 questions on the blog 'Spoilers and nuts.' Where I also found the other blog about 'Map of Time.' Before I knew it, I was intrigued and answering all the questions. Sometimes it's fun to do these, they allow you to open up and reveal things about yourself. So anyway, I figured I'd share my answers, but in two parts, 55 is a lot of questions, and I can't justa give one word answers, or even just pick one thing! So here goes…something. :P
1. Favorite childhood book? I had this hardcover book of stories that I really cherished. There were all kinds of stories, mostly fables and folk-tales that taught a life or moral lesson. I wish I could remember the title. I read it so much and so often that it fell to pieces. If I could ever find it again i would surely buy it and treasure it.
2. What are you reading right now? Too many things, but the book I am about to start is 'I am the Cheese' by Robert Cormier. Then I will delve into the movie.
3. What books do you have on request at the library? I have just picked up 2 how-to self-publish books and 2 books on the Pinkerton detective agency that I put on hold.
4. Bad book habit? Getting so enticed by books that I have to have them, even though my space is very limited. They are starting to pile up. I usually take home the library rejects too. Another bad habit-reading too many different things at once.
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? I am the cheese, The image of success, the money book for the young, fabulous and broke, the books in question 3, 2 books on Nellie Bly, We were there too, In my father's shadow, Inside the Apple: A streetwise history of New York. Written in bone, Agatha Christie– Oy! Do I have to go to my bookshelf to look at the rest hidden in my cabinet? Because there's a few more. The only perk of being a part-timer at the library, no DUE DATE! Yippie!
6. Do you have an e-reader? No, I only read fan-fiction stories online. My eyes are bad enough as it is. I love to turn pages, real pages, and be able to feel a book in my hands.
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? Ideally I would love to read ONE book at a time, but that's impossible for me if i want to read them all. I do all sorts of reading, including my bible and bible based publications. So much to read, so little time, if only we could use more than that 1/2–3% of our 100% full brain capacity. SIGH! One day.
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? I now read more blogs and pay attention to what's out there on the subjects i love for my own blog. It's fun.
9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?) Wow...hmm...Probably, 'The way I see it' a bio by Melissa Sue Anderson, basically she was writing plot summaries of her best Little House on the Prairie episodes, but oddly enough, I couldn't put it down and finished it in one night. I really wasn't looking for juicy, tell-all tidbits, because hey, she was a child when she'd started that show, how much could she have been aware of? I'm not out to look for dirt in any books, reveals like that only make me cringe. I hate getting little shockers. I just appreciate the little quirky stories of things that went on on the set and what happened to her in relation to her 10 years on the show. So in that sense, it was a cute book. Not the best, not the worst.
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year? A new book: the 'Life as we knew it' Moon crash Trilogy by Susan Beth Pfeffer. The first and second are the best, even if part 2-The dead and the gone gets a little heavy handed and overtly Catholic, but so fascinating. Part 2 takes place in New York City. (So it already scored points with me there.) The main plot of all three is how would this world survive if the moon just suddenly shifted out of orbit after a meteor hit? SCARY and filled with so many possibilities-but not so much detail because it's a YA book.
The inevitable disasters and death are somewhat brushed over and just heard in snippits of reports-like-'Oh, sorry, but this country is now under water.' Part 2 gets really involved though. These books are more personal, and delve into the confused and frightened minds of these teens and their families, rather than the broad scope of this tragedy. I still would love to see the film versions of this. Man, I wish I knew about video making in high school, there are bunches of kids making their own for book reports! Check out the official book trailer-
A re-read: The Giver, one of my favorite books ever. I read that within 2 hours a few days ago. And Farenheit 451. I just love the story and its message about the value of books in human society. The author had a good vision of the future ahead of his time.
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? Not too often anymore, because I am acutely aware of what's in books these days and I'm very picky about certain genres and the content matters to me.
12. What is your reading comfort zone? I like to be entertained, I enjoy suspense, rick-rolling adventure and whodunits, and a little shock here and there is good for the system. I like well placed, subtle and believable romances in stories. Basically I enjoy a big stew of goings-on in one book. I like smatterings of fantasy and the unknown, but nothing like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or Dungeons and Dragons, sword and Sorcery stuff, I just can't stand it. No matter what anyone says, it doesn't pique my interest.
13. Can you read on the bus? Yes, but I occasionally will stop to rub my eyes and if my stomach starts to churn I put it down.
14. Favorite place to read? On my bed laying down on stacked pillows.
15. What is your policy on book lending? I have no problems lending, but I would like them back in the condition I gave it to you please! And DON'T lose it.
16. Do you ever dog-ear books? sadly, YES.
17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books? Why? I'm not re-writing the book, I'm just reading it. Unless the book calls for you to write and it's interactive.
18. Not even with text books? Occasionally in school, but i never had anything interesting to draw in them. I was too afraid of getting caught. I barely touch text books these days. I'm no longer a school girl, unless you count my ministry school textbook-then I do write in the margins, but it is printed with wide margins so you can.
19. What is your favorite language to read in? I only know and speak English.
20. What makes you love a book? I love characters and situations with depth, fair amounts of physical and scenic description, humor and fluid action. There's an author named Jannette Oke who writes lovely, clean books, but one of her main female characters doesn't seem to do much but prepare and drink tea every five pages. At least in the Canadian series.
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? I'd have to read it cover to cover and it has to grab me so fast that I finish the book within three days or less. Because any longer then I'm dragging my feet and I am forced to admit I'm just not that into the book.
22. Favorite genre? Historical fiction and mysteries. Sci-fi books–Time travel and I guess you would call them 'What if?' Apocalyptic books.
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
I guess certain romances, but the Harlequins especially are so formulaic, with paper-thin characters and plots only driven by wanton lust. Some are just downright dirty as all get out and I really don't need to read that, but that's going into the realm of erotica. And then there are the feel-good, sometimes sugary romantic books by authors like Nicholas Sparks, and the high-drama/stakes romances by Danielle Steel (Though I did like Jewels, Because I loved the TV Movie) I don't know why but they just get on my nerves, yet I am drawn to at least reading the back cover or description. lol.
24. Favorite biography? The one who walked alone: Robert E. Howard, the final years, by Novalyne Price. She's not a strong writer, having written this in her eighties. But it's a fascinating story she had to tell, all about the loving friendship between a young spitfire teacher from Texas (Novalyne) and Robert E. Howard, a pulp fiction author and the creator of Conan the Barbarian. It takes place in the early 1930's. I won't give any more away in case anyone wants to read it or see the great movie version, 'The Whole wide world.'
25. Have you ever read a self-help book? I do read self-help books from time to time and I like to glean bits here, there and everywhere from them to apply in daily life. There's nothing wrong with bettering my life in a practical way if it doesn't go against bible principles that I choose to live by.
To be continued!