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1. Favorite childhood book?
Depends on what you define as 'childhood'. I'm a massive child still, and I'm almost 19 now. SO.
The first book I read on my own was 'Dinosaurs in the Supermarket'. But the earliest book I remember loving was either 'The Borrowers' or 'Haunt Fox'. Or 'Doll People'...or...*babbles on*
Then when I was older I was obsessed with the Inkheart trilogy, then the Warriors series for a LONG time. Then Star Wars. And Dragonriders of Pern. And that brings us to today.
2. What are you reading right now?
Wings of Fire by Tui T Sutherland
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
None. I don't usually do the book request thing. Usually some other library has it and so I just go there.
4. Bad book habit?
I don't think I have one. Although I do like to smell them...
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
None actually. I just brought my others back.
6. Do you have an e-reader?
Nope. I prefer a real book in my hand. Even though it kills trees.
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
I used to get like ten books from the library and read them all at once (and never use bookmarks). But as I've gotten older I've settled into concentrating on one story at a time.
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a tumblr?
Not on tumblr.
9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?
10. Favorite book you've read this year (so far)?
'Welcome to Bordertown'. It's a collection of stories and most of them were really good. One even made me cry.
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Uhm...I don't really. If something I'm reading bothers me I don't read it.
12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Um, fantasy mostly. Or sci-fi. But I don't like anything ridiculously violent or full of magic.
13. Can you read on the bus?
I'm gonna pretend you said 'car' since I'm literally never on a bus.
It varies. Whether or not I get carsick at all depends on so many random things, mostly my emotional state at the time. Sometimes I can read, sometimes it gives me a stomachache. In general I can read in the car just fine. I'd say 99% of the time.
14. Favorite place to read?
Sitting outside on a warm sunny day. Or in the car on a long ride somewhere.
15. What is your policy on book lending?
I tend to only lend my books to my close friends, unless I know the person won't be careless with them. I'm really anal about my books.
16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
18. Not even with text books?
19. What is your favourite language to read in?
Elvish. I don't understand a word but it sure is pretty. (My manager at work can write and read elvish, and so I saw her write in it once. Now I wanna learn.)
20. What makes you love a book?
The writing style and the characters. And the plot. If a writer can throw unique chracters into a decent plot and put the words in the right order, I love it. 'Fly By Night' is a great book for that- every sentence just feels perfect. I love the style. It's awesome. One of my favorite books ever. I'll be quiet now.
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
I don't really talk about books much with people other than Sleepy, because the two of us have such similar tastes. But if I hear about someone else who likes the kinds of books I do, I'll throw novels and series and trilogies at them all day long. If I like it enough to finish it and want to read it again, I'll tell others ((mostly Sleepy)) about it.
22. Favorite genre?
Fantasy. Which is a broad subject. I like well-written stories that add silly or unusual elements to otherwise familiar things without going overboard. I also love Steampunk, I've discovered.
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
Steampunk. I have to find more books of it.
24. Favourite biography?
*eye twitch* Not really a fan of 'true' stories. Ugh.
25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
26. Favourite cookbook?
'Dining With The Doctor'. It's a Doctor-Who themed cookbook I'd really like to look through.
27. Most inspirational book you've read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
Eh...I dunno if I've really read anything inspirational. Unless you count drawing books that inspire me to draw. Because there's a few of those. 'Mastering Manga' by Mark Crilley and 'Dracopedia: The Great Dragons' by William O'Connor, just to name a couple.
28. Favorite reading snack?
Anything bite-sized that won't get all over my fingers, and that I can eat with one hand. (I actually have a book with a big purple popsicle stain in it from when I was like, nine.)
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
I didn't really like 'The Hunger Games' books much, but I respected them as good writing if not good plotting. Until the movie came out. The hype as if they're the greatest things ever totally made me lose all respect for them and the writer. They kind of digust me now, so I got rid of my copies of the books.
30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
I rarely, if ever read reviews on books. I just don't keep up with that kind of stuff. If I want to read it I read it. If I like it I like it. If not, I get over it.
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I give my opinion on books when I feel like it or am asked for it. I'm not a 'your writing is bad and you should feel bad' kind of person, but I'll talk about writing style and technique more than almost anything else in a story. (That applies to movies and TV shows too.)
I don't really feel bad about it. Does that make me terrible? Oh well.
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
Like I said, elvish. Then I'd write a story in elvish for the sheer nerdiness of it.
33. Most intimidating book you've ever read?
Um...I don't think I've really read a book I've been intimidated by.
34. Most intimidating book you're too nervous to begin?
I have a book that's a bunch of Sherlock Holmes stories mashed into one huge book. I'm not really intimidated by it so much as I don't want to start it because then it'll end. I'm insane.
35. Favorite Poet?
I'm not a huge fan of poetry, but I like Emily Dickenson. Her word choice and imagery are awesome.
36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
I use to have a ton at once, but lately it's been only two or three at once because I'm busier.
37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
Pretty often, lately.
38. Favorite fictional character?
If you can answer this easily, you haven't read enough.
39. Favourite fictional villain?
I don't really have one...I like a bunch.
40. Books you're most likely to bring on vacation?
Whatever I'm reading at the time. Plus one or two others in case I finish the first one.
41. The longest you've gone without reading.
A month or two, early this year.
42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
There have been a LOT. The most recent is the 'Uglies' series. I read the first book but I've lost interest in the series, since I disagree with the direction the author is bringing the storyline.
43. What distracts you easily when you're reading?
Loud sounds. Being hit with something. Bad writing. Mostly bad writing.
44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Eh....I don't have one. I don't usually like a book being made into a movie. It just...cheapens it.
45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
I have to agree with TheMoorMaiden- Inkheart. We have to deal with multiple Twilight and Hunger Games movies but they chop off the rest of the Inkheart trilogy and condense the first book into a watered-down version of itself? One of my major complaints about books being made into movies.
46. The most money you've ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Over $75. I had a gift card for that much and still spent some of my own money.
47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Eh, it depends. Usually I read the synopsis on the back/inner flap, and my rule is that if I get bored or my mind starts wandering while I'm reading that, I don't want to read the book. But if the story sounds interesting I might peek inside just to get a quick preview.
48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Bad writing, or the author taking the story in a really weird direction. Or stuff I don't like.
I was reading a book once, and about 3/4 of the way in the main character was captured by witches and forced to drink snake blood. That was the end of that for me.
49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
I used to. Nowadays I have them crammed into my bookshelf wherever they'll fit.
50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you've read them?
Keep them. I'm greedy that way.
51. Are there any books you've been avoiding?
The Twilight Series.
52. Name a book that made you angry.
Mockingjay. Most depressing and pointless book ever.
53. A book you didn't expect to like but did?
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. It's actually a biography, but it reads like a novel. It's about a country vet, and it's the first in a series. It's adorable and heartbreaking and hilarious. If you like animals, or the country, or funny stories, read it.
54. A book that you expected to like but didn't?
There are plenty, but I can't think of any by name right at this moment.
55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
The Phantom Stallion series. They're your typical 'girl and her horse' stories, but they're just...good. They're more realistic than most horse novels (the main character doesn't have some amazing connection with horses or anything like that).
A quick recommendation- if you like sci-fi and/or fantasy, try out 'The Search for Wondla' by Tony Diterlizzi. And if you like fantasy and/or steampunk, try 'Fly By Night'. I'm making myself want to read that one again...for the third time.
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