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55 Reading Questions

I stole this list from tumblr (bad girl).

1.Favorite Childhood Book?
Matilda by Roald Dahl or pretty much anything by Roald Dahl. Dahl is an absolute genius who gets children in a way practically no other author does. I loved Matilda particularly for her voracious love of reading, which I also shared. I also loved Bill Brittain's The Wish Giver, John Masefield's Box of Delights, and Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game.

2. What are you reading right now?
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. Brilliant teen chick-lit recommended by a friend. I'm a youth services librarian, hence my reading of teen lit. However, I'm of the strong opinion that teen lit is a genre that is sorely undervalued. Much great stuff to be found.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?

4. Bad Book Habit?
Dog-earring books because I never have a bookmark. I also spill food and drink on books often. I'm clumsy. I'm awful. I own it.

5. What do you have currently checked out at the library?
Sloppy Firsts and Brain Jack by Brian Falkner.

6. Do you have an e-reader?

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
No preference, but I tend to read one at a time. I use to read several at once in my younger days. I stopped because my 30-something brain couldn't retain multiple plotlines anymore.

8.Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Does this count as a blog?

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far)?
Crazy Days: My Autobiography by Sadie Frost. I don't even know what compelled me to read it. Awful stuff. I know she has a more interesting life than this, but she left all the good bits out. Plus, it's horribly written.

10. Favorite book you've read this year?
Broken Harbour by Tana French and The Legacy by Katherine Webb

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Rarely. I should more often.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Fiction, british mysteries, teen and children's novels, and travel novels.

13. Can you read on the bus?

14.Favorite place to read?
My bed or the beach

15. What is your policy on book lending?
I freely lend, but I keep close track of who has what.

16. Do you dog-ear your books?
Yes. Bad librarian.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of books?
Not since school.

18. Not even with text books?
Same as above.

19. What is your favorite language to read in?

20. What makes you love a book?
Wonderful writing is paramount. Secondary is either the writer is particularly gifted at creating memorable characters or they have a wonderful sense of place. I remember falling in love with the Harry Potter series, not because I love fantasy (which I don't), but because I grew up in England and it reminded me of home. I also thought JK Rowling did a fantastic job creating unique; memorable characters. I may not remember the minute details of every Harry Potter novel, but I will forever admire Snape. Oh, Snape. Sniff.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
If I finish the book and I'm still thinking about it 30 minutes later. Also, if a book has a good hook--a concept to draw the reader in.

22. Favorite Genre?
Fiction and British Mystery

23. Genre you rarely read but wish you did?
Children and teen fantasy. I just can't get into it. The Harry Potter series is the exception, but that's very mild fantasy comparatively.

24. Favorite biography?
Bitter Fame: A Life of Sylvia Plath by Anne Stevenson

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

26. Favorite cookbook?
I have a London cookbook that William Sonoma produced that contains classic British recipes. I love that. My husband's the cook in the family, so that's more his arena.

27. Most inspirational book you've read this year (fiction or non-fiction)
I have no clue.

28. Favorite reading snack?

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience?
That happens most of the time with me. Lots of hype usually has the opposite effect on me. It makes me not want to read a book. I just get sick of hearing about it.  If I had to give an example though: The Da Vinci Code. Maybe it's a good book, I don't know. I just know I resisted reading it for a long time. I still don't get what all the fuss is about. It's mediocre, at best. I know many people love it though, so maybe my expectations were set too high.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is another example. I liked the book, but I didn't think it was as brilliant as everyone else made it out to be. It was just a good mystery--nothing that elevated it to the fantastic.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
It depends on the critic. Michiko Kakutani is so tough that we rarely agree. Publisher's Weekly tends to be more generous. I generally don't read book reviews until after I read the book myself. I prefer to go into a book expectation free. If I read the review first, it tends to color my experience. I do have to read book reviews when I do book ordering for my job. Luckily, I read so many reviews at once, that I generally forget the specifics of them by the time I read the book.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
It sounds pathetic, but it depends on the author. If it's an author I've previously loved, I do feel bad. I feel like I'm being disloyal. Otherwise, I don't have a problem.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
Italian! It's so melodic.

33. Most intimidating book you've read?
Moby Dick by Herman Melville because I hated it so much. All those chapters on whaling. Uggghhh. Torture.

34. Most intimidating book you're too nervous to begin?
I don't think I'm necessarily intimidated by anything. I'm sometimes nervous to read something a friend of mine loves, in case I don't feel the same. I don't want to be disappointing.

35. Favorite Poet?
Sylvia Plath

36. How many books do you usually have checked out at the library at a given time?
It varies

37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
Rarely. I'm a bit obsessive about finishing a book, even if I don't like it.

38. Favorite fictional character?
So many that's it's impossible to pick one. Here are some: Matilda, Katniss Everdeen, Snape, Rebecca, Miss Marple, Harry Potter, Adrian Mole, Bridget Jones, Elizabeth & Darcy, Scarlett O'Hara.

39. Favorite Fictional Villain?

40. Books I'm most likely to bring on vacation?
Whatever I'm in the mood for at the time. I'm a mood reader.

41. The Longest I've gone without reading?
24 hrs when I was in the hospital recovering from gallbladder removal surgery.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish?
It was a James Patterson book. I don't recall which book-- the only James Patterson book I ever attempted to read. Something about brides being murdered on their wedding night. Gory stuff.

43. What distracts you easily when you're reading?
Loud noises, especially overly loud talking.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Chocolat and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

45. Most disappointing film adaptation of a novel?
Aren't most film adaptations of books disappointing? Off the top of my head: Eat, Pray, Love.

46. The most money I've ever spent at a bookstore at one time?
Probably around $70-80.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
80% of the time.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?
An inability to become immersed in the story.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes, but it doesn't happen. I have very, very limited space. I have big plans for built-in bookshelves for when we have our own, non-rented home. It's my dream. Then, I'll devise a true organizational system.Probably genre-based.

50.Do you prefer to keep your books or give them away once you've read them?
It depends on the book. If I like them, my books become my children. I'd never give them away. If I don't or have no particular attachment, I'm happy to part with them.

51. Are there any books you've been avoiding?
Anything written by Nicholas Sparks.

52. Name a book that made you angry?
Most of the Twilight series

53. A book that you didn't expect to like but did?
The Hunger Games. In fact, it's one of my favorite books of all time. I never read any dystopian lit before and I mistakenly thought it would be too similar to fantasy for me. Also, with all the hype surrounding it, I never thought it would live up to expectation. I ended up loving it. Plus, Katniss was the perfect antidote to Bella Swan.

54. A book you expected to like but didn't?
Cleaving by Julie Powell (sequel to Julie & Julia)

55. Favorite, guilt-free pleasure reading?
Teen books because I can excuse them as being part of my job. That's how I got away with reading all the Pretty Little Liars novels. Also, Agatha Christie novels.

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