Booking Through Thursday

I found a new weekly meme to participate in, Booking Through Thursday. I think I’ll really enjoy it 😀

1. Favorite childhood book?
Matilda by Roald Dahl

2. What are you reading right now?
The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
I am almost ashamed to say that I do not have any books on request! I have a few DVDs, but I just picked up a few books the other day. (I try to not request/check-out more than 2-3 books at a time, so I usually only request when I am ready for it.

4. Bad book habit?
I dog-ear library books sometimes 😯

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

6. Do you have an e-reader?
Nope, I don’t like reading without a book in my hand. (But I will listen to audiobooks.)

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
I can only really handle one at a time. Otherwise the books all run together for me 😦 I wish I could read more than one at a time.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Nope, my blog reflects my reading habits. But a blog has made my TBR list grow quickly.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
Well, I don’t tend to read books I dislike. The only book I have started (and subsequently stopped) this year that I didn’t like was Carpentaria by Alexis Wright.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
It’s a tie between Life of Pi by Yann Martel and Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger (audiobook).

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
I don’t have a comfort zone. I read whatever sounds good when I feel in the mood. The only thing I don’t usually venture into is romance.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
See above answer.

13. Can you read on the bus?
Only if I take dramamine so I don’t get car sick as a result! 🙂

14. Favorite place to read?
Bed or a big comfy chair

15. What is your policy on book lending?
I’m usually a little reluctant, but willing.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
If they are my personal copies, I do this a lot.

18.  Not even with text books?
I don’t usually write in text books, but I highlight a bunch!

19. What is your favorite language to read in?
English, as it is unfortunately the only language I can read. (Perhaps I could eek out a German kindergarten-level book from my high school German…)

20. What makes you love a book?
Amazing character and amazing story

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
I actually don’t tend to recommend much. If I do, I only recommend it to people I know liked similar books.

22. Favorite genre?
Historical fiction or the classics

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Sci-Fi and Mystery, equally

24. Favorite biography?
Have, honestly, not read many 😕 But I loved The Audrey Hepburn Treasures

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?

26. Favorite cookbook?
America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
Life of Pi by Yann Martel

28. Favorite reading snack?
chips and pop (soda)

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Can’t really answer. I jumped into the hype of the Twilight series. But I think I started the HP books before the real hype began, not that the hype ruined it for me. I love it when people get really enthused.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
I don’t tend to read critics reviews about books–I guess I read some bloggers’ reviews. And then I only take them as personal opinions, not the truth.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
Fine. If it’s my opinion, I can say what I like and shouldn’t feel bad.

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

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
As in long? The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, but it is my ultimate favorite book now 🙂
As in content? Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol–the Russians just scare me!

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
Anna Karenina. I have owned it for 3-4 years and started once–got about 3 pages in and couldn’t handle it!

35. Favorite Poet?
I don’t like poetry, in general. But there are some individual poems I enjoy. (I greatly dislike prose in the form of poetry…the breaking of sentences throws me off.)

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
2 or 3

37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?
Not often

38. Favorite fictional character?
Edmond Dantes, Count of Monte Cristo; Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice

39. Favorite fictional villain?
Wickham or Willoughby in Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility, respectively (I like to imagine their pathetic lives after the stories end haha)

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
light and easy reads

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
probably a couple of months, while university was really busy

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein. I have tried 3 times and just couldn’t get past the middle. I kept stopping in the same place.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
the TV, and sometimes radio

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I think the novel is sort of boring, but the movie has the same story and just makes it more exciting/outer-spacey

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
The Count of Monte Cristo. I haven’t found one that can do the novel justice, I think.

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

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Never, I don’t want to find a spoiler on accident! I just have to go with the book description/summary

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
If I just didn’t like it, I would drop it before half-way.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes, but my system is whacky

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
Keep them. But I will lend them. I only give them away if I didn’t enjoy them.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
As stated earlier, the Russian classics…

52. Name a book that made you angry.
Can’t recall one

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
The Count of Monte Cristo

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
YA and chick-lit 🙂 Especially the Mysterious Benedict Society books and Sophie Kinsella


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