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!

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!


  1. Hey, this is cool. Here are a few of my answers:

    Favorite childhood book: That's a tossup between "The Forgotten Door" and "The Man with the Violet Eyes." I read both books when I was six or seven years old; oddly enough, I can't remember anything about "Violet Eyes," even though, at the time, I loved it so much I read it five or six times in the space of a few months; conversely, I remember clearly most of "Forgotten Door," even though I only read it once!

    What are you reading right now? "Black Ops" by WEB Griffin, the fifth book in his "Presidential Agent" series.

    Do you have an E-reader? Not yet, but I'm hoping to get a Kindle soon, for books that I can't get in unabridged audio form.

    Do you read one book at a time, or several at once? Definitely several; concurrently with "Black Ops," I'm also reading "Cromwell's Navy" and "Defend the Realm: The Authorized History of MI-5."

    How often do you read out of your comfort zone? Never, if I can avoid it. Sometimes you get caught by surprise, though, when a story goes someplace you weren't warned it was going to go.

    What is your reading comfort zone? You get a shorter list if you ask what's OUT of my comfort zone. I won't read anything containing graphic sex or that presents as favorable or normal anything that I consider patently evil.

    Can you read on the bus? Yes, even though I can't read in a car!

    Favorite place to read: In bed or sprawled on the couch.

    What's your policy on book lending? Any time, as long as I'm done with it myself.

    Do you dog-ear books? No.

    Do you ever write in the margins? No, and not even in textbooks.

    What's your favorite language to read in? I'm only fluent in English. I have a smattering of a few others, but my skill in those is below "Dick and Jane" level.

    What makes you love a book? In fiction, I want an intriguing storyline and good, in-depth character development. In nonfiction, I usually look for detail, the more the better, since I usually read nonfiction in order to research something I'm writing myself!

    What is your favorite genre? Science fiction and alternate history.

    Do you ever read self-help books? No. Of the few I've glanced at, most of them belabor a point to death, and the rest are pure felgercarb.

  2. Aren't these cool? It brings back good book memories. Your answers are funny, pure felgercarb! haha, yeah, you're right, that's why I only take bits and pieces. And I forgot to mention non-fiction too, because I'm always reading non-fiction. My answer would be the same as yours-for research into my own stories. But I start building up an appreciation for the subject because of the research. Now I can't get enough of old New York since my very first big story-The Voyagers aide.

    Alternate history-that's a good way to put a genre. I like that too. Now that man with the violet eyes story sounds intriguing. lol. I remember liking a book called the girl with the silver eyes.

  3. I actually met a girl with silver eyes once. Never seen anything like it before or since. Absolutely unforgettable. It was twenty years ago, and I can still visualize them as clearly as if they were still in front of me!

    "Forgotten Door" was basically about a misfit boy who eventually discovered his true origins, which explained the fact that he didn't really fit in; I THINK the girl in "The Man with the Violet Eyes" was also a bit of a misfit and liked the man because he was the only one who understood her, though my memory of that is so vague I can't swear to it. (As a misfit myself, that kind of story always appealed to me.)

  4. What a great post! Here are a few of my answers. Favorite childhood book,Nancy Drew and The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes and Little House in the Big Woods. What I am reading now Colonel Brandon's Diary a Jane Austen themed book, I love Jane Austen! My favorite biography , George Washington The Indispensable Man. I also enjoyed 1776 by David Mccullough. I am not a fan of the Twilight books and have not read the Lord of the Ring books. I love to read outdoors or in bed! EmilyW.

  5. Both those books sound intriguing Jake! If I ever come across them I will def. let you know. I've done that before, found people's childhood books online, lol. Emily, I used to read ALL the Nancy Drews too, the fifties/sixties ones and then the later eighties ones. I loved when she teamed with the Hardy Boys. I conveniently left out my childhood guilty pleasures like Baby sitters club and Sweet Vally high. heehee.
    Oh, you love Jane Austen, oooh, then you may not like one of my later answers, but it's really nothing against Jane Austen herself or her books. :hides: Funny, I could never get comfortable reading outdoors, but then again I've never lived in a place with that kind of privacy. I always felt like someone was watching.

  6. I hate you...!

    I am not going to start doing this questionnaire. Not not not.

    *immediately gets distracted by the shiny questions*

    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.

    :D Have you ever read "Frankenstein"? All he does is swoon. Every other page, either something terrible happens, or he sinks into a depression, and then flop. Out he goes. It might be one of the most highly regarded books of the last two hundred years, but boy does it have a useless lead!

    It can be very hard to read a book when the characters don't grip you, even if the book itself is perfectly good.

  7. LOL! Swordz, I'm sorry! This questionnaire really does make you think and write too much. I always loved the book Frankenstein, but now that you mention it, he does swoon too much! The doctor was brilliant, but weak, he was 'mad' and just he couldn't take responsibility for his own creation. I never cared for the doctor, just the creature. I always found it interesting that Mary Shelly was only 19 when she wrote this, though there are many claims that her husband Percy played a big hand in the story.

  8. you have msn? need to talk to you about the new campaign this month of April, you want to do 30 hours?

  9. I want to say I enjoy the pseudonym of my nephew is a term somewhat contrary to what we believe is that if you understand me! hehehehe ....

  10. Hi synysterock, i don't have MSN, but send me a message at my youtube page! :D I'm sorry, I don't understand the second message, but thanks for leaving me comments. :)

  11. what are their true Biblical beliefs?

  12. You said the Bible teaches, how so?

  13. Hi Synesterock, please send me a message on Youtube, I sent you a message there because of a comment you made here that I was not sure of. Thanks!


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