Booking Through Thursday — The Meme

Today’s Booking Through Thursday is a big long series of questions, which is awesome ’cause I haven’t done one of these in a while. Let’s begin!

1. Favorite childhood book?
The Secret Garden — I had three different copies of this book. Sadly, I couldn’t really tell you the plot of this book today. I should really go re-read it.

2. What are you reading right now?
Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
-goes to look- Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins (because I hope it’s better than Catching Fire); The Lifecycle of Software Objects, by Ted Chiang (that one is for the hubby); Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1, by Bryan Lee O’Malley; and Death Note Vol. 4, by Tsugumi Ohba.

4. Bad book habit?
I am pretty much incapable of reading a paperback book without cracking the spine. I try not to, but it is inevitable.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Let’s see… Foiled, by Jane Yolen (which I just finished); Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters; The House of Tomorrow, by Peter Bognanni; One Amazing Thing, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni; Girls on the Edge, by Leonard Sax; Get Connected, by RoseMary Honnold; The Island of Lost Maps, by Miles Harvey; and finally Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, by Roddy Doyle.

6. Do you have an e-reader?
No, but I may break down and get a Sony Reader someday.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
I can’t really do several, but I often end up taking a break from one and reading another, like I did with Foiled because I wanted to read it and knew it would be short. Or I can be reading a book and have an audiobook going in my car. Once it gets past, like, three books I’m done.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
I certainly read a lot more, though I don’t know if that’s a blog thing or a having-lots-of-time being-unemployed thing. I also don’t have as many impulse reads as I used to, because I’ve got this big long list of TBR books from the blogs I read!

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
Cat Breaking Free. Wow, that was a painful one.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
I’m going to go with I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President. Highly amusing.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Often, I suppose? Because I get most of my recommendations from the blogs, I’ll read pretty much anything that sounds interesting to me.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
I’m not sure I have one! There are genres I avoid in general, like romances and westerns and epic fantasy, but if someone tells me there’s a good book in one of those genres I’ll go read it willingly.

13. Can you read on the bus?
Back when I worked ten-hour days, those fifteen-minute train rides were the only time I had for reading! I got through books very slowly those days. Then I got jobs that required car rides. I miss public transit like whoa, especially here in JAX where buses come every hour or more instead of every fifteen minutes.

14. Favorite place to read?
I’ll read pretty much anywhere. I do like reading in my comfy brown chair, though.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
I only lend to people I trust to return my books.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Nope.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
Only if I’m planning on writing a paper about them!

18. Not even with text books?
Especially not textbooks. I resell them as much as possible.

19. What is your favorite language to read in?
Well, English. I am a very slow reader in French.

20. What makes you love a book?
The same things that make me love a person — not that I know what those are. 🙂

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
It depends on the book, and the person I’m recommending it to. But if I am madly in love with a book, I’ll tell pretty much anyone to read it.

22. Favorite genre?
Anything with a bit of fantasy in it.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Mysteries… I used to read these all the time but have fallen off recently.

24. Favorite biography?
Haha, I don’t read those.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Yes. I highly recommend He’s Just Not That Into You, if you are a lady with man troubles, which is an entirely-too-large number of ladies, I think.

26. Favorite cookbook?
Um? I have a few cookbooks, but I tend to be a simple cooker — hamburgers and chicken and pasta and every once in a while a really tasty lasagna.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
Er… I guess The Game On! Diet, which has inspired me to kick some butt.

28. Favorite reading snack?
I am way too busy reading to eat at the same time.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Catching Fire.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
Well, I generally only take recommendations from people or critics that I have agreed with in the past, so really quite often.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
Dude. Castle. I felt even less bad about hating that book when I got an e-mail on GoodReads from someone saying, “I see you read Castle, I bet you’d like this incredibly similar book!” Mmhmm.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
I wish I could read better in French. But if I had to pick a new language, I’d pick Japanese. I always feel like I’m missing something in those translations.

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
Pillars of the Earth. Looooooooong book, and historical.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
World Without End, by the same author.

35. Favorite Poet?
William Cullen Bryant. Love me some “Thanatopsis.”

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
Usually about ten, depending on how fast I read and how fast my holds come in.

37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?
Not too terribly often. I usually end up speed-reading them right before they go back, and then loving them.

38. Favorite fictional character?
Thursday Next.

39. Favorite fictional villain?
Hmm, I don’t think I have one! I’ll have to think about this.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
Anything not very heavy (hence the need for a Sony Reader!). Also things that I might not read without all the free time of vacation.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
Hmm. I probably went a month or two at a time without reading anything fun during all those years in school.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
Nightlight: A Parody… it was worse than Twilight.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
Not much, if I’m really into the book. If I’m not… really anything will distract me.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Stardust.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Any of the Harry Potter movies after the third one.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Goodness. Probably around $50? It’s been a long time since I’ve gone bookstore spree-ing.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Never.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Lack of plot line, terrible characters, poor writing… a lot of things.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
My books aren’t really organized, though I do keep series together and I try to keep genres together (with varying levels of success).

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
I only buy books that I’ve read and loved, so they stay with me unless I lend them out.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
The Lord of the Rings series. I read maybe 100 pages of the first one a long time ago, and I have been making excuses for not having read them ever since.

52. Name a book that made you angry.
See my previous note on Castle.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
On the Road. You win, Mary.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
The Weatherman’s Daughters.

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Graphic novels. So much good artwork!

4 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday — The Meme

  1. Mary says:

    1) I LOVED THAT BOOK, so much. I think I only had one copy, but it might for real be dead somewhere. You could watch the movie that came out when we were little to catch up- at least when I was young and impressionable, I loved it as much as the book.

    27) I bought it, I swear, no more dumb questions. Unless I go blind and can no longer read the book.

    32) French translations are kind of horrible nine times out of ten, but don't feel bad because I still read real literature (i.e. Zola) slow as hell in French, and I have 8 years of classes under my belt.

    35) I offer you this, if only to prove that I learned something this summer: http://www.artsjournal.com/realcleararts/kindred_spirits.jpg William Cullen Bryant is the man on the left, the painter Thomas Cole (of “Oxbow” fame) is on the right.

    53) BWAHHHHH HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!! I'll consider this concession my prize for reading the entirety of your meme.

  2. Alison says:

    There's a movie? I am so out of touch. Will have to find that… oh, hi Netflix! Hmm, the 1993 version is disc only, but the 1975 version is streaming… decisions, decisions.

    Also, I really want to go visit that place where Bryant and Cole are hanging out.

  3. Mary says:

    I'm for sure thinking of the 1993 version… definitely even saw it in the theater at the time.

    And I imagine that place is somewhere in the Hudson River Valley, though I don't quite remember any scholar postulating a specific site.

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