1. Favorite childhood book?
The Five Find-Outers, The Faraway Tree Stories. Enid Blyton was genius.
2. What are you reading right now?
The Shining, by Stephen King. I wanted to see what a ‘scary’ book is like. Also; Joey read it.
3. Bad book habit?
Reading the very last line of a book.
4. Do you have an e-reader?
Nope. Don’t think I’ll get one either. The feel and smell of actual pages can’t really be replaced for me.
5. Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
One at a time. I might read parts of my favorite books though.
6. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Only in number I guess, after the HBC, and I occasionally review books now.
7. Least favorite book you read this year (so far)?
I haven’t really hated anything. But, possibly The Man Who Was Thursday, By G.K.Chesterton. I get what he was going for, but it still didn’t really work for me.
8. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
I’m indecisive. So, Looking For Alaska/Far From The Madding Crowd/The Anthologist/What I Was.
9. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Sometimes. I should do it more though.
10. What is your reading comfort zone?
Literary Fiction, Classics (For lack of a better word) and some Fantasy/Sci-Fi.
11. Can you read on the bus?
I’m not really on a bus much. But in the car or on the train, Yes.
12. Favorite place to read?
On my bed leaning on a giant pile of pillows or tucked into a corner on my couch.
13. What is your policy on book lending?
I used to lend books out a lot of people, mainly because I’d want to get them into reading or a particular book. But, people just stopped returning them and it got so annoying because they just didn’t get how important those books were to me. So, now, I only lend to people who will return them, and not dog-ear the pages or bend the spine.
14. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Nope. Textbooks, occasionally.
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. Its the only language I’m completely fluent in.
18. What makes you love a book?
Language/Voice,Characters, Plot. In that order.
19. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
If I enjoyed it enough.
20. Favorite genre?
Don’t really have one.Whatever I’m obsessed with at the moment.
21. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Poetry, Studies on human behavior and society, Psychology. Non-Fiction, basically.
22. Favorite biography?
Haven’t really read any. Unless, Boy and Going Solo by Roald Dahl count. In which case, those two. They were brilliant.
23. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Chicken Soup(Not all the way.). Just to see what it was about. Never read another one.
24. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
None so far.
25. Favorite reading snack?
Chocolate, A cup of tea (Yeah, Yeah, not a snack, but whatever). But not black tea. Masala Chai, that my mum makes.
26. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
27. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
I only read the excerpts on the covers of the books and agree with them most of the time.
28. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
If the was terrible, I don’t mind telling everyone about it.
29. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
Russian probably. Maybe Japanese.
30. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
I’m not sure…
31. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
War and Peace.
32. Favorite Poet?
Robert Frost, W.H. Auden, Shakespeare, Shelley, Silverstein.
33. Favorite fictional character?
Howard Roark, Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennett, Emma Woodhouse, Yuri Zhivago, Sherlock Holmes, Artemis Fowl, Frederick Algernon Trotteville (Fatty!), Alaska Young, so many!!
34. Favorite fictional villain?
Voldemort, Big Brother.
35. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
Stuff I haven’t read yet.
36. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
A week or so.
37. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
LOTR: The Return of the King. Managed to finish the other two.
38. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
If a book is really good, nothing much really. But otherwise, my family doing crazy things, TV, food.
39. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Pride and Prejudice, Atonement.
40. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Harry Potter I guess. Or Eragon. I didn’t even watch that one because the trailer looked rubbish. I’m not sure if it counts.
41. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
I’m not sure. I have sprees sometimes, when I find everything I want. Mostly on the internet though.
42. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Not very often. Maybe the first few pages when I’m buying it. I skim sometimes, when the story is really slow and I’m getting impatient.
43. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
If it got boring/bad enough or if life got in the way.
44. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes. But, its tends to be in a way that only I understand.
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?
Not avoiding really, just not been able to get to them. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, We need to talk about Kevin. I will read them this year though! Promise.
47. Name a book that made you angry.
Fight Club, Lullaby. But only because they’re brilliantly written.
48. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
Cant think of any at the moment.
49. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
The Man Who Was Thursday.
50. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
All of it!
Feel free to steal this tag. I shall also do this over at the end of the HBC.