Thursday, January 9, 2014

55 Reading Related Questions

I saw Bethany at The Ramblings of a Young Author post this, and I couldn't resist joining in.

1. Favorite childhood book? 
I was read to a lot as a child, so this one is a tough choice.  I really liked Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher when my mom read it to me. I made her read it at least 4 times.  I also loved The Great Brain series by John D. Fitzgerald, which my dad read to me.  Winkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle was the first book I read in one sitting, but Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede was the first I read multiple times.  When I was 10 or 11 my sister read me Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw and my ultimate favorite book, The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, but I don't know if those count as childhood.

2. What are you reading right now? The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson.

3. What books do you have on request at the library? Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum and The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale.

4. Bad book habit?
I check out way too many books from the library at a time.  I never read them all, but I keep doing it, "just in case."  Plus, I know it helps books in my genre with good covers and good looking stories stay in circulation longer.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
*see 4* My library doesn't have late fees, which totally enables me.  Currently I have 22 Checkout, which include House of Hades by Rick Riordan, The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, The Eye of Minds by James Dashner, Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, and Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carringer.

6. Do you have an e-reader?
Yes, I have a Kindle PaperWhite.  I also have the Kindle App on my iPod.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
I'm generally reading one fiction book and listening to one or two audiobooks at a time.  I really love audio books.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? 
I read less, but I think I read better books, because I recognize book covers from interviews, blog tours, ect.

9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?
I would really rather not say.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rea Carson.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
High fantasy is easy for me to read.  So is dystopian.  Also, for some reason, I tend to pick up a lot of books set in treatment centers for teenage girls.  I am dead serious when I say I don't know why.

13. Can you read in the car? 
Yes, thank goodness!

14. Favorite place to read?
The corner of my living-room couch, by the piano and windows.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
If I know you and it's a paperback, have at it.  If I trust you, and it's a hardcover, you may barrow it.  If it's signed, we'd better be best friends.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
No!  But most of my books are the library's.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
No. Again, library's.

18. Not even with text books?
No, that's what notebooks are for.

19. What is your favorite language to read in?
I'm only fluent in English.

20. What makes you love a book?
Good character interaction and high stakes.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? 
If it left me with a good feeling and I think the person I'm recommending it to will honestly enjoy it.  Also, if it really made me think.

22. Favorite genre?
High fantasy.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)? 
I wish I read more Supernatural.  I think it might be the next big thing.

24. Favourite biography?
I don't really read non-fiction.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Only if writing craft self-help books count.  :)

26. Favourite cookbook?
Allrecipes or Pintrest.  Who needs a really cookbook anymore?

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)? 
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.  Come to think of it, that book wasn't on my Goodreads account for having read this year, but it should have been on my best books of the year list.  It was amazing!

28. Favorite reading snack?
Chocolate chips and raisins, together.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth.  I won an autographed copy, so I waited to read it until my copy came in the mail. I heard it had a less than satisfying ending.  Half way through the book, I thought I guessed what it was.  I was wrong.  That was frustrating.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book? 
Non very often, I tend to think the best about books I liked and struggle to find things I liked if I didn't like the book in general.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? 
I pretty much only write reviews to support an author, as I don't like reviews very much.  Normally I know the authors I want to support will be reading my review, and I also frequently have a close relationship with that author, so I feel awful about leaving anything less than a 5 star review.  If I would give the book 2 stars or less, I just don't post my review of it.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose? 
French, I think.  But I would also love to be able to read Spanish or Chinese.

35. Favorite Poet?
I don't really like poetry, but I am a Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein fan.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
15-35. Like I said, I have a book problem.

37. How often have you returned books to the library unread? 
Yes, all the time.  I only read about 1/3 of the books I check out.

38. Favorite fictional character?
Either Gen or Helen from The Thief by Meagan Whalen Turner or maybe Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth.  (I didn't realize how much I loved Tris until I read this question.  And really, it's the Tris from Insurgent that I love.)

39. Favourite fictional villain?
I really like Valentine from The Mortal Instrument by Cassandra Clare.  As far as villains go, he's up there.  I'm also a fan of Guy of Gisborne from BBC's Robin Hood.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
A week at camp, maybe, but even then I read my Bible every day.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish. 
I didn't even finish the first chapter of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.  I was listening to the audio book on the kitchen stereo while doing dishes.  My little brothers were in the room and after the third or fourth swear word, I had to turn it off.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
Conversations, especially if they involve me.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel? 
Holes by Louis Sachar and Anne of Green Gables L. L. Montgomery are both really good.  Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins was amazing! And I'm always a sucker for any of Jane Austen's books.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
The Percy Jackson movies by Rick Riordan were really disappointing.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
I don't buy a lot of books, so I think about $20, which is really only one book.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Never.  Never, never, never.  I prefer not to even read the back cover or inside flap before starting a book.  I like to read the first sentence or paragraph to decide.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Mature content such as excessive sex or foul language,  my favorite character dying, or a really out-there plot twist.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes!  Recently I was very excited to realize I have a fantasy section, I sci-fi section, a contemporary section, and an non-fiction section spread out over various spaces in my bedroom.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them? 
If I liked them, I want to keep them.  I have a bad habit of being less motivated to read a book if I own it, because it will be there forever, right?  Whereas my library books have to go back in 2-4 weeks.  But if I got a book for free and haven't read it in the first 6 months, it will probably end up on someone else's shelves.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan.  I have a really hard time with books split into that many POVs.

52. Name a book that made you angry. 
I think I already did this, but Alligiant by Veronica Roth.  Big time.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
I'm reading Thief of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan.  I thought it would be an easier book to get in to, but I'm having a hard time.

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading? 
Holiday morning reading when everyone else is sleeping.

This isn't an official tag, but if you'd like to copy these questions, feel free!
Thanks for reading. If you want, leave your answers to a few questions in the comments!


  1. My Mum read Understood Betsy to us too! I love it. Also my favorite villain in a movie is probably also Guy of Gisborn in BBC's Robin Hood. Isn't he handsome?!!


  2. I loved reading your answers! I posted the questions on my blog, too:


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