This weeks Booking Through Thursday is actually a survey of book related questions below. Have fun with it!
1. Favorite childhood book?
A tie between Green Eggs and Ham and Green Bear.
2. What are you reading right now?
Douglass’ Women, Sex at Dawn, The Darkest Pleasure, and a couple of other books.
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
None, honestly, I got a library card this year to try to curb my book spending, but I’m one of those people where I need to have my own copy of books.
4. Bad book habit?
Buying books about 20 times faster than I can read them.
5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
6. Do you have an e-reader?
Only for my computer and on my blackberry, I’m still toying with the idea of getting a nook.
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
Either or. Sometimes I’ll read several, sometimes only one, and sometimes I’ll pick up a book and forget about the others until I finish that one.
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
The only thing that has changed since I started blogging is the rate that my to read list grows at.
9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
Either The Mountains Call or Tess of the d’Urbervilles, not because they are bad books in general, but because I was just unsure or not in the right state of mind for them.
10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
Tough one, but I think it would have to be Mennonite in a Little Black Dress.
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
I’ve started trying to expand my tastes a little more this year. It’s worked out pretty well for me, but I’ve been doing a lot of what used to be not in my comfort zone reading in the last couple months.
12. What is your reading comfort zone?
I don’t really have an out of comfort zone. The only things I haven’t read much of are sci-fi (which I’m hoping to change soon) and religious books. Though I’m hoping to expand my knowledge on religions, I can’t do super-preachy you must believe what I believe type things. I know that they are few and far between, but they are out there.
13. Can you read on the bus?
I haven’t been on a bus in a year, but when I am on one, yes I can read there.
14. Favorite place to read?
Curled up in bed.
15. What is your policy on book lending?
The only people I ever lent my books too are other book lover friends who I know won’t loose my book or rip it up and such.
16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Nope, I’m a bookmark kinda girl.
17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
No, I write notes in a separate notebook. The only books I’ll mark are textbooks for school.
18. Not even with text books?
Lol. I answered this without knowing.
19. What is your favorite language to read in?
English. I don’t know any others.
20. What makes you love a book?
A straight up catchy story. My interest isn’t hard to catch, so as long as something, whether it be an event or character, snags me, I’ll love it.
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
If a book taught me tons of new interesting knowledge, I’ll suggest it. If it left me with a physical pang because it was so good I’ll recommend it. If it wreaked havoc on my emotions, certainly recommended.
22. Favorite genre?
I have no favorites anymore.
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Religion and sci-fi, which like before, I’m hoping to dip into more on those subjects. Oh, actually, I hardly ever read anything out of the business section. My mom’s all about that.
I’m not sure. I read a really interesting biography of President Eisenhower, but that was way back and I can’t remember the name of it for the life of me.
25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
I’ve dipped into a few here and there.
26. Favorite cookbook?
I don’t have one. Honestly, if I can’t cook it on my own, it generally means I don’t have time for it.
27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
I think I’ll have to go with Mennonite in a Little Black Dress again. When I read that book I was touched and it really makes you take a good look at whats around you.
28. Favorite reading snack?
I can’t say that I have one.
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
I can’t think of one.
30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
I hardly ever pay attention to what a critic thinks. I’m not a critic, I don’t think like one, so I’m not going to go to them for opinions.
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I believe it’s best to be honest. If you hated it, say it. If you’re unsure, put that out there. If you loved it, so be it. Maybe it’s just because I’m brutally honest.
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
I think Russian. It be pretty cool to have the skills to navigate the Cyrillic alphabet and such.
33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
If I recall correctly my first attempt at Machiavelli was pretty fantastic.
34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
Don Quixote. Book is damn huge.
35. Favorite Poet?
36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?
38. Favorite fictional character?
I could never choose just one.
39. Favorite fictional villain?
Voldemort. He’s probably the only villain I’ve ever liked.
40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
I just came back from vacation. I brought 13 books with me and came home with 29. LOL. I’ll bring and buy anything book wise on vacation.
41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
No more than a week.
42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
Most recently, Tess of the d’Urbervilles. I’ll go back to it though.
43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
If my phone goes off I’ll always look over and scowl at it. Other than that, nothing really.
44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Pride and Prejudice.
45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Somewhere between 100-150 dollars. If books for school count, then 350 easy.
47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
I don’t. I just read the back or a review. If something catches me I dive right in.
48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Not being in the right frame of mind to read it or finding something that really really really pissed me off.
49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Always. The OCD that goes on in my life is scary.
50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
Keep. I have plans for my own mini library. =]
51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
Yeah. I’ve been hesitant to dip into Plato for real, also Don Quixote, Anna Karenina, The Fountainhead. Some books are just huge and intimidating.
52. Name a book that made you angry.
I experienced a lot of anger with Pastor Dennis in Tom Perrotta’s The Abstinence Teacher.
53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
The Vampire Academy series.
54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Lately, anything in the romance genre. I’ve been annihilating trilogies and series of all types within the romance category the past few months.
I reluctanly answered the questions. 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
I do like the usual setup of discussing one topic in depth as well. You can learn a lot that way. But the reason I like surveys like this one every now and then is because there are lots of different questions at once so you can learn quite a bit about someone this way. Then if you want to you can always have a deeper discussion afterward if you noticed something they said.
I think that a survey like this could actually open doors for interesting discussion.