1. Favorite childhood book?
Much like Fuzzy, the Five Find-outers series. I would genuinely have given anything to meet Fatty. Aww, good times!
2. What are you reading right now?
The Dubliners- James Joyce, chosen entirely because I’m inordinately fascinated by all things Irish.
3. Bad book habit?
This is not ‘bad’ per se, but reading the back-cover only when I’m halfway through the book, if it’s been recommended to me (I do read the blurbs if I’m buying them myself).
4. Do you have an e-reader?
Nope. I think they would do me good while traveling, but in general I’d rather have the real deal.
5. Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
One at a time. I might re-read my favourite bits of other books, but I stick to the one for the most part.
6. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Since the hundred books challenge, in number. And since starting this blog, in general. I realize that Bookmark posts are going to go unread unless the reader has read the book I’m reviewing or is specifically looking for a review, but I understand my own stance on a book better when I review it (and it’s nice to go back and read them).
7. Least favorite book you read this year (so far)?
Lullaby. I loveloveloved the first half, but the pay-off was just not there. I would still recommend it, though. It’s not a ‘bad’ book by any measure, just my least favourite, thus far.
8. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
Looking for Alaska (so far).
9. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Uh, I make an effort to. Can’t tell how often, though.
10. What is your reading comfort zone?
Literary fiction and good comedy.
11. Can you read on the bus?
Sometimes, but I dislike other people looking into my book while I’m reading it. Why- WHY?!- do people do this?
12. Favorite place to read?
My bed. (I know, I know! Finally, a short answer!)
13. What is your policy on book lending?
I wont think twice about it if I’m sure you will 1) Not dog-ear my books or otherwise intentionally desecrate them. 2) Return them.
14. Do you ever dog-ear books?
15. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
16. Not even with text books?
17. What is your favorite language to read in?
English. It’s the only language, of which I can really understand the mechanics and intricacies. And wordplay and humour, I guess.
18. What makes you love a book?
The language/ Voice and the themes. Also the characters.
19. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
My enjoyment of it.
20. Favorite genre?
21. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Philosophy, books on the evolution of society.. non-fiction.
22. Favorite biography?
I’ve never read any. Except half of Wings of Fire, which I did not really care for.
23. Have you ever read a self-help book?
24. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
The Old Man and the Sea (re-read).
25. Favorite reading snack?
Much like Fuzzy, Earl Grey (black). Let’s not look too hard at the definition of ‘snack’, mmmkay?
26. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Deathly Hallows. Liked it much better, the second time over.
27. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
I don’t read reviews, although I tend to love the critics’ praise that goes on the cover. They’re smart people, what can I say?
28. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
If I feel cheated at the end of a book, the world should know. So they can spare themselves the trouble and everything, y’know?
29. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
Russian. There’s a lot that must get lost in translation– I’d love to read Dostoyevsky and Anna Karenina and Dr.Zhivago in their original forms.
30. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
Steppenwolf has to be up there.
31. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
In my case, re-starting The Brothers Karamazov.
32. Favorite Poet?
Shakespeare (I mean, c’mon!), Shelley, Frost, Tennyson, Byron, Lewis Carrol, W.H.Auden, Sylvia Plath, Oscar Wilde, S.T.Coleridge, Vikram Seth. I just realized how many of these poets I was introduced to, by English textbooks. Good job, authors!
33. Favorite fictional character?
I’m looking through my bookshelf as I do this, and trying to pick out genre-defining characters that I love in the interest of keeping this list as short as possible:
Holden Caulfield (not necessarily likable but a superlatively ingenious creation), Anne Shirley, Huckleberry Finn, Atticus Finch, Elizabeth Bennett, Jeeves, Wooster (Or really, just anyone from the Wodehouse universe), Dumbledore, Briony Tallis, Frederick Algernon Trotteville, Yuri Zhivago, Frankenstein, Holmes.
34. Favorite fictional villain?
Big Brother? Maybe.
35. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
Books I haven’t read.
36. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
If you mean reading entire books, I can’t tell. But without reading at all (not even re-reads)? Maybe a week, if that.
37. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
The Brothers karamazov, LOTR, Mrs. Dalloway.
38. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
The TV being on.
39. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Atonement, LOTR ( I’ve never managed to read the books but I enjoyed the movies, so that’s an achievement!), Into the Wild.
40. Most disappointing film adaptation?
The Harry Potter movies ( with the excpetion of the 3rd one, perhaps). I tend not to watch adaptations unless they look er, promising.
41. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Uh, I don’t know.
42. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Never. I want to be surprised.
43. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
If it bores me or I don’t care for the characters, I might stop.
44. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes. The only things that have Places and are in them, in my house, are my books.
45. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
46. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
God, anything that has a vampire-related storyline. Have you seen the amount of rubbish the twilight series has spawned?!
47. Name a book that made you angry.
Into the Wild- I had to put it down and do the characters justice (in my mind) before I could pick it back up. It doesn’t help that it is based in fact.
The Old Man and the Sea- Confession time: I am a sucker for stories with old people at the center. I don’t know why. And the Old Man just deserved so much more.
Of course, these books angered me only because they’re so well written and the stories are incredible.
48. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
49. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
The Lovely Bones, the last couple of Maximum Ride books, God of Small Things ( I really dislike this book), Wuthering Heights.
50. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
All of my reading is guilt-free, pleasure-giving. Wha-?
It’ll be fun to see how my answers change at the end of the HBC.
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