Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Meme of Reading....

I rarely do Memes but since it's a reading one, I will give it a go! If you join in, feel free to leave a link to your version below. I found it at The Book Bee

1. Favorite childhood book?
Day of The Triffids by John Wyndham.Read that as a teen. Prior to that, I think my favorite was Black Beauty. I would read every horse book I could find.

2. What are you reading right now?
The Bible (KJV) and Sherlock Holmes. Still. A few others too that I keep stopping and starting (see side bar).
Just finished Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Great 3rd and final book in the Hunger Games trilogy. Bit depressing though.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
None. No longer check out books from the library, although daughter has 2 Erin Hunter books on request.

4. Bad book habit?
I have over 150 books in my To Be Read folder. Yikes! The bad habit is that I just keep adding to it.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
See #3

6. Do you have an e-reader?
Oh yeah!  Kindle 2. Would love a Kindle 3!

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
When I used to read paper books, I only ever read one at a time. Now I always seem to have a few on the go, it's easier to dip in and out of them with an ereader.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
There have been a couple. I shan't name names.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
 The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Never used to until I bought the Kindle. Now I read out of my "comfort zone" at least once a month, probably more.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
End of the world books. Supernatural.

13. Can you read on the bus?
Anytime, Anywhere.

14. Favorite place to read?
In bed.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
Daughter and I share books.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
When I was a kid, yes. As an adult, didn't. Now have no need.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
In a paper book? NEVER.
In my ebooks? Always!!

18.  Not even with text books?
Only in ebooks!

19. What is your favorite language to read in?
English. My grade school French and German won't get me much further than directions to the train station and ordering a ham and cheese sandwich.

20. What makes you love a book?
Great character development. Lack of adverbs.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
If I am still thinking about the characters during times that I am not reading it then I won't hesitate to recommend it. When I have to turn on Text To Speech while driving/ cooking/ gardening then it's usually a book I can't bear to out down.

22. Favorite genre?
See question about comfort zone.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
None. If I wish to read it then I will.

24. Favorite biography?
I will have to think about that.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Yes. Best one ever: Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr. Numerous editions on Amazon. I quit smoking after 18 years of failed attempts. Easy peasy, haven't looked back.

26. Favorite cookbook?
I hate cooking. I have about 30 cookbooks and rarely use the same one more than twice.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
Self help book on decluttering. It resulted in about 2 car-loads of stuff going to the thrift store.

28. Favorite reading snack?
Trail Mix.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
The last Harry Potter. Or maybe J.K. Rowling did that, not the hype. I tend not to read the hype.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
Don't read critics reviews.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
Try not to do it unless I can be genuinely constructive with my criticism. Or if I am in a bad mood as a result of the book.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
Possibly Spanish.

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
Can't think of any.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
Not sure nervous is the correct word, but some books I feel I should read but daren't start are The Illiad and  a few Shakespeare.

35. Favorite Poet?
My husband. Unpublished, but he wrote a poem for me once. :-)
Oh, famous published poet?  Um, I like Kipling.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
N/A. But I have over hundred waiting to be read right now. Used to get 10 to 12 out at a time.

37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?
Only once I think.

38. Favorite fictional character?
Usually the one I am currently reading if it's a good book. If I had to pick one out of all the books I have ever read then I pick Roland Deschain of Gilead (Dark Tower series, Stephen King).

39. Favorite fictional villain?
Count Fosco (The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins). Suspected him, didn't suspect, suspected him, didn't suspect. Very clever, grotesque and charming at the same time, but always ruthless.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
I take 'em all!

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
All last December I was in a reading funk.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
Couple of Dean Koontz that were just rubbish and I didn't bother finishing.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
The kids. The cat.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Lord of the Rings - fantastic.
The Mist, and The Green Mile - both Stephen King.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
A lot of Stephen King adaptations are pretty bad, which is a great shame.I hope they don't screw up The Long Walk, and The Dark Tower if/ when they are ever adapted!

Twilight. UGH!  Dreadful acting, dreadful makeup.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Around $150

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
If I pay for a book then I almost always get a free sample first.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Bad writing. Bad grammar. Bad ebook formatting. Ridiculous plot.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
By genre.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
Always keep favorites.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
I don't avoid. I simply don't read what I don't want to read.

52. Name a book that made you angry.
hmmmmmm....... I will come back to that one.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
I wouldn't read a book that I didn't expect to like.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
I've never been able to get into The Black House, Stephen King and Peter Straub. Surprising because I love SK's book and I really liked The Talisman, which is book #1.

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
All reading is guilt-free pleasure reading!

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