I decided, in an effort to always learn new things, to “take” WordPress’ Blogging101 course, just to hone my skills and think about all aspects of my blog. Today’s prompt is to introduce ourselves to the world and the consider what our mission is in blogging. In my About Me page, I think I already answer that pretty well, but I saw a reading questionnaire over at Literary Lollipop, and I thought that it might be fun to answer those questions too.
As she says, feel free to cut and paste the questionnaire onto your own blogs, or if you would like to add a question, please do so! If you decide to complete the questionnaire yourself, let me know by linking back. I’d love to see it!
So, without further ado:
- Favourite childhood book: Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
What are you reading right now? Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
What books do you have on request at the library? Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel , Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, and a bunch more, but those are the ones I’ll be getting next.
Bad book habit:Reading too many books at the same time and getting the plots confused so then I have to go back and re-read.
What do you currently have checked out at the library? Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman, The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time To Write by Sarah Ruhl, and Lock In by John Scalzi.
Do you have an e-reader? Yes. I use it mainly for travel, or when an ebook is available before I can get my hands on a print book.
Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? I am always working on 4 or 5 books at the same time. There might be my “main” book, but I tend to have another one on my night stand, at the coffee table, in the kitchen, etc., that I might read snippets of as I can. Those auxiliary books tend to be more light/quick like PostSecret or Humans or New York.
Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? Yes! My TBR pile is definitely much larger since I am always getting fantastic recommendations. I find that because I am blogging about my books, I haven’t had quite as much time to read those books. #bookbloggerproblems
9.Least favorite book you read this year: It might be the book I’m reading right now (Geek Love). I had really high hopes for it and I am having trouble getting into it at all.
10.Favorite book I’ve read this year: The Martian by Andy Weir. Absolutely phenomenal.
11.How often do you read out of your comfort zone? I try to keep myself reading a number of different genres at any given time. I’d say about 30% of the time, I try to pick up a book that I heard was awesome, but I might not have picked up on my own.
12.What is your reading comfort zone? Fiction and Memoir. I admit that nonfiction or poetry can make me a little nervous.
13.Can you read on the bus? Yes, but if it is too bumpy, no.
14.Favorite place to read: By a pool, on a beach, or under a blanket when it is snowing or raining outside.
15.What’s your policy on book lending? I don’t tend to lend books I haven’t already read, but once I lend it, I’m OK if it takes forever to get it back…or never get it back.
16.Do you dogear your books? ….Yes. hides in shame
17.Do you write notes in the margins of your books? Only if I’m reading it for academic purposes.
18.Do you break/crack the spine of your books? I avoid it at all costs.
19.What is your favourite language to read? I will always prefer English, although I can and have read a bunch of books in French.
20.What makes you love a book? If I love the characters. If I don’t care about the characters, I may like the book, but I’ll never love it.
21.What will inspire you to recommend a book? Being a librarian, I like to make personal recommendations. I know what types of books my friends and family like, so if I read something that I think will resonate with someone, I make a mental note to pass it on to them.
22.Favorite genre: Fantasy.
23.Genre you rarely read (but wish you did): Poetry
24.Favorite Memoir: Wild by Cheryl Strayed
25.Have you ever read a self-help book? (And, was it actually helpful?) Hmmmm, I’m not sure I actually have. Really all books for me are a bit self-help, because they make me think about life in ways that I might not have before, giving me perspective.
26.Favorite Cookbook: That is a really difficult question. I probably turn to the America’s Test Kitchen cookbook most often.
27.Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction): The Martian by Andy Weir
28.Favorite reading snack: peanut butter filled pretzels from Trader Joes and tea, of course.
29.Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience: The second and third books of the Divergent series
30.How often do you agree with the critics about about a book? Rarely. A lot of times, I’m actually much more forgiving of a book than critics are, but them sometimes, I will put my foot down over something that the critics don’t seem to care about.
31.How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? If it’s my honest opinion, I’m okay with it, though I have absolutely no intention of being malicious. Honesty is just very important to me.
32.If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose? Italian or German.
33.Most intimidating book I’ve read: Ulysses by James Joyce
34.Most intimidating book I’m too nervous to begin: Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
35.Favorite Poet: Shel Silverstein
36.How many books do you usually have checked out from the library at any given time? At least 10
37.How often do you return books to the library unread? About a third will go back unread
38.Favorite fictional character: Emma from Emma by Jane Austen
39.Favorite fictional villain: Big Brother in 1984
40.Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation: I actually answered that over here!
41.The longest I’ve gone without reading: Every now and then, I’ll take a week or two off from reading a book. I might move to magazines, blogs, etc, but sometimes my brain is just fried.
42.Name a book you could/would not finish: 1Q84. I really want to finish it, but I keep stalling mid-book.
43.What distracts you easily when you’re reading? I can read through a house burning down, the Superbowl, or massive turbulence on a plane. If I’m hungry though, focus is gone.
44.Favorite film adaptation of a novel: Hugo
45.Most disappointing film adaptation: Percy Jackson. What happened?
46.Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time: $200. Yeah, it’s happened.
47.How often do you skim a book before reading it? Never. No spoilers for me!
48.What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through? If the plot feels like its not going anywhere and if the characters are horrifically offensive. I just get bored.
49.Do you like to keep your books organized? Absolutely! I often change my organizational system just for fun. I’m a librarian.
50.Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once they’ve been read? Depends on the book. I’ll keep a really nice classic, or a book that I LOVED, but often I like to share. Sharing is caring!
Do you want to take the quiz? Go ahead and post the questionnaire on your blog! Or, feel free to add questions in the comments! This is all in good fun, but I’m always curious to hear about the quirks and habits of other readers!
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