Ahahaha, okay, anon, I like you. Some of these are gonna be repeats from my 30-day challenge so long ago, so I’ll direct to the appropriate post when I get there :)
1. Favorite childhood book?
2. What are you reading right now?
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (for class, but I’ve read a lot of the stories before, and love it!)
Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal por JK Rowling (porque quiero mejorar mi Español)
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
None! I generally don’t request books at the library.
4. Bad book habit?
Skipping descriptions as I read. I often go straight for dialogue, and then (if I want to or think it’s important) go back and read the in-between. #reasonswhyisuckatwritingdescriptions
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Mi segunda respuesta de pregunta 3. Desde descubrí la sección Español de mi biblioteca, he frecuentado la sección.
(ack sorry for all butchering of foreign languages. i swear i’ve gotten good grades in class!)
6. Do you have an e-reader?
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
I like reading several at a time if they’re all significantly different from each other.
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Honestly, I read a bit less, but I still read a lot, so I think I’m fine :)
9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?
Bahaha. Rent Girl by Michelle Tea. It was interesting, but not my cup of tea, no pun intended (though I wish I did). Had to read it for class so.
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
Ooooo. Um. I don’t actually remember what books I’ve read this year? So a book I’ve read recently and enjoyed was Mark of Athena bu Rick Riordan. Gotta love me that greek mythology.
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Um. I don’t really have one? I read a wide variety, though I guess the only thing I don’t read because I’m intimidated (which is what I’m defining as comfort zone boundary) is postmodernist books and most classics written after the turn of the century. I don’t read those much at all. (Salman Rushdie’s on my list? As is David Foster Wallace. And Phillip Roth.)
12. What is your reading comfort zone?
13. Can you read on the bus?
Yesssss :) My sister and mom are so jealous.
14. Favorite place to read?
Anywhere I can put my feet up or literally curl up.
15. What is your policy on book lending?
It’s fine if the book you lend is yours. Speaking of, I need to give my friend back her Looking for Alaska…
Also, if you don’t return a book back, BUY A NICE COPY TO REPLACE IT. I swear to god, replacing a book with a crappy version is just bad manners.
16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Not really. Probably a couple of times.
17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
Yeah. Depends on the book, though. Not all of them.
18. Not even with text books?
I dog-ear textbooks, but don’t write in the margins.
19. What is your favourite language to read in?
English. Not fluent enough to read easily in any other.
20. What makes you love a book?
A good story is key.However, the best stories are a balance of excellent writing, characterization, plot, and thought.
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
a) I have to want to throw the book out a window at least once while reading,
b) I have to want to hug and kiss it forever when I’m done,
c) I cannot get the book out of mind either immediately after (BOOK COMA) or even years after (I have a love/hate relationship with Feed by MT Anderson. It’s weird. I rec it, even though I hated it while/after I read it. Really, it is phenomenal.), or
d) any combination of the above
Normally if I remember it, it means it’s good enough to rec (or the worst thing I’ve read…)
22. Favorite genre?
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
Creative nonfiction and nonfiction in general.
24. Favourite biography?
Autobiography of Malcolm X. Honestly, really intriguing ideas.
25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
I don’t think so.
26. Favourite cookbook?
27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
I kind of want to say Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson. She does a really good job of bringing you low, and so the end feels like relief and hope for the future.
28. Favorite reading snack?
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Some Terry Pratchett. I love the City Watch/Sam Vimes arc, but everything else is… it depends.
30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
Agree with specific points, but overall rating, no.
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
As long as it’s not mean, it’s helpful.
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
Arabic or French
33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
Uh. Mayhap a collection of TS Elliot.
34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
Les Mis. An Infinite Jest.
35. Favorite Poet?
ee cummings, TS Elliot
36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
My high point was 5 or 6, but now I keep it to no more than 2.
37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
Too often. It’s a really annoying habit.
38. Favorite fictional character?
I HATE YOU.
Eugenides (Queen’s Thief series),
Sam Vimes and Carrot (Discworld),
Remus Lupin (if you have to ask…),
the narrator in Princess Bride,
Han Alister and Raisa (Seven Realms),
MAT CAUTHON OH BOY DO I LOVE MAT thought there’s just a host or phenomenal “secondary” characters (WoT),
SPOOK AND KEL AND DOX AND ELEND AND HOID AND SAZED AND KALADIN AND NAVANI AND AXIES THE COLLECTOR AND SZETH AND JASNAH AND BLUSHWEAVER AND SIRI AND LIGHTSONG AOIofaijeodfihaewoisdfjs (Go read Brandon Sanderson right now if you haven’t. GO)
Wilf and Mayor Prentiss and Davy and Viola and Todd (Chaos Walking)
And probably my absolute, absolute favorite because of sheer long-term characterization:
Harry Dresden (The Dresden Files)
YES I REALIZE I HAVE A TYPE
39. Favourite fictional villain?
Mayor Prentiss from Chaos Walking. I’m also a fan of the Canim from The Codex Alera if they can be considered villains. Oooh, and also, depending on who you consider the villain in Deathnote…
40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
KINDLE. But if we’re talking physical (because I have yet to buy electronic versions of many of my favorites), The King of Attolia bu Megan Whalen Turner and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
Technically from birth to whenever I learned…
42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
There was some Harry Potter parody that was really stupid a number of years past…
43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
If I really like the book, nothing. Otherwise, probably the smell of good food.
44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Technically Princess Bride, but I don’t count it because I watched before I knew it was a book so
45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Percy Jackson, yo. (Still going to see the next one, though :P)
46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
On books, probably $20 or so.
47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
I always do a skim test with a book I don’t research beforehand. Otherwise, I just read the first chapter.
48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Bad writing, lack of interest, unbelievable characters/plot.
49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
I keep series together, and I try to keep the books I frequently reread on the accessible shelves. Beyond that, no.
(My sister’s friends organizes her shelves by color and I just get so offended whenever I stop by it just gives me the shivers)
50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
I like to lend them when I’m done. Hell no to giving them away for good, if I liked it. If not, then I’ll probably donate it.
51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
Classics. I just don’t wannaaaaa
but I really should.
52. Name a book that made you angry.
Feed by MT Anderson. Took me a while to realize that BECAUSE it made me so angry, it was good. God, I just- he does a phenomenal job at building a society and characters you absolutely abhor and I love to hate it so damn much now.
53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely
54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Most urban fantasy noir, like Moon Called, Nightside, etc. Quick, but generally good reads.