19 August, 2010

Booking Through Thursday Meme: Reading Questions

Extra-long meme, involves books, looks fun. Recipe for a post.

1. Favorite childhood book?
Nate the Great. Adored that series.
2. What are you reading right now?
Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut.
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
None. I don't often do that because for one of the local libraries you have to pay to pick up a book you've put on hold. Also because the electronic system of holding books doesn't really work. :P
4. Bad book habit?
I have a habit of putting the next page in front of my second finger and pressing the side of my thumb against the edge of the page. Sometimes it bends the paper, especially if I tap the side. Which I do.
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Lots of books! I've got a list HERE. In addition I have City of Ashes, City of Bones, Timequake, Lord of the Flies, and some cooking books I took out when my mom forgot her card. I'm not reading those.
6. Do you have an e-reader?
NO. I like paper! You can sniff and hug and throw books against the wall, but you can't do that with e-readers. (I wonder if anyone has actually thrown their e-reader against the wall because they hated the book--I know I might by accident. LOL.)
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
Depends on how riveting the books are. If I'm reading one and I LOVE it, then I won't start another one.
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Yes. I've started taking out books that I normally wouldn't take out because I saw that they were reviewed elsewhere and I wanted to form my own opinions. Also because I wanted to review them myself.
9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
THE FREAKIN' VAMPIRE DIARIES. Hate those books. They're just so horrible. I wrote a parody of the first two books HERE, in case you want to read it. :P
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
Toughie. I've read SO MANY good books this year . . . but I really did like I, Robot.
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Occasionally. Like if I start a book I don't like I'll often finish it because I really don't like leaving books unfinished.
12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Now you ask me? Well, I'd say around 300 pages, Fantasy or Science Fiction, YA. There must be action, questions, and strong characters. And the setting plays a part too.
13. Can you read on the bus?
Gas! I'm choking! No, not very easily. I get, uh, sick. (I've never thrown up in bus before though, so no worries! ;)
14. Favorite place to read?
In what's called The Red Chair. It's soft and comfy and I can pull my feet up.
15. What is your policy on book lending?
Don't do anything to it, (besides read it, of course) don't lend it to other people while I'm lending it to you, and get it back to me as soon as you're done. Unless you want to reread it.
16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
I, uh, used to. But I don't now! Now I just memorize the page number.
17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
No! I find the extra words distracting.
18.  Not even with text books?
If it's my algebra textbook. I love algebra. :)
19. What is your favorite language to read in?
I wish I could read more in Chinese, (the most I can do is "The car is red" and "The woman is running"--no joke) but I can only do English right now.
20. What makes you love a book?
Good plot, good characters, no oh-I'm-gonna-die-if-he-leaves protagonists, and original ideas.
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
All of the above-mentioned things.
22. Favorite genre?
*groans* You're asking me to choose between SF and Fantasy! CRUEL, I tell you! CRUEL! LOL. SF, I guess, if I was pressured.
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
But wish I did? Um, mystery. I haven't read a mystery book in a looooong time.
Favorite biography?
I don't think I've ever read a biography.
25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Self-help? Not unless you count American Girl books.
26. Favorite cookbook?
Don't read cookbooks.
27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
Inspirational . . . I'd really have to think about that one.
28. Favorite reading snack?
Grapes. I like eating grapes while I'm reading. They're tasty.
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
The Twilight Saga. Couple years ago I was all "Gee, that book is popular! I wonder if it's as good as Harry Potter!" (I love HP). I loved the Twilight Saga covers (weakness here!) but when I picked it up I was like "Gosh. This SUCKS!" (Pun intended.)
30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
I think it's pretty much 50/50. Since critics (in my opinion) judge things on how popular the book is going to be, I sometimes disagree with them because--as with the Twilight example--some really popular books can be absolutely terrible. I don't find the NYT to be a reliable source, actually.
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
Well, since I'm not trying to get published at the moment, I'm willing to write honest reviews. If I think a book is bad, I say so. If I think it needs improvement, I say so. And if I think it's parody-worthy, I write a parody.
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
Moby-Dick, maybe. I've also read Les Miserable, which was pretty hefty. (Cosette REALLY got on my nerves. She's such an airhead!)
34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
Hmmm. I don't know . . . I still haven't tried tackling War and Peace.
35. Favorite Poet?
I don't read much poetry, and I don't have much memorized. I can't really give you a name, either. (I should probably read more poetry. My house is FULL of poetry books.)
36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
'Round 20.
37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
Not very often, but I might end up doing that with a couple on my shelf right now . . .
38. Favorite fictional character?
Man. There are a LOT of characters I like! I do like Sammy Keyes, though. She cracks me up. (This is, of course, not counting my own. :D)
39. Favorite fictional villain?
Villains . . . Redd. Definitely.
40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
The Five Ancestors, Sammy Keyes, anything else on my TBR pile.
41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
0 days. I read schoolbooks, I free-read, I read ALL THE TIME.
42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
The Dark Portal. I just found it weird, repulsive, and strange. Don't pick it up!
43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
Reading a really good book that stimulates ideas for my own book. I'll be like "OOH! IDEA! BRAIN SPARK!" but then "But I have to finish this!" "NO! I have to write!" "No! I've got to read and get through this awesome book!" Torture, I tell you.
44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Chris Columbus did a good job on that one.
45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
The Rats of Nimh. THAT MOVIE STINKS! It twisted the original book and made it so WRONG that I hate it like everything.
46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
*ahem* I've never actually bought a book with my own money . . . it's almost entirely libraries or wonderful parental interference.
47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Almost never.
48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Infuriatingly stupid characters doing infuriatingly stupid things that are in an infuriatingly stupid environment. Actually, if it's all three then I read it so I can RANT and vent. :P
49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
YES! I hate having books that are disorganized.
50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
Library, people. I return them.
51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
I don't think so . . .
52. Name a book that made you angry.
Angel by Cliff McNish. Absolutely prejudiced and ignorant view of homeschoolers I felt like shouting "YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING!" because the homeschooler in it is so weird and stereotyped.
53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
Devilish by Maureen Johnson.
54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
Dragonspell. Not much disliked . . . but some of the parts rubbed me the wrong way.
55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
The Five Ancestors. I love curling up with Fu and Hok and laughing at Malao.

-----The Golden Eagle


Anonymous said...

Oooh, can I do this tag!

Lori said...

. My answers are short and to the point. I like it when we are asked on topic and we can discuss it in depth, this was nothing more than a survey. Anyhoo, Here is my Booking Through Thursday

Golden Eagle said...

Lori: *shrugs* I like giving longer answers. :P