55 Questions

Haven’t done one of these in a while…

1. Favorite childhood book?
Does the Sweet Valley series count as childhood?

2. What are you reading right now?
Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent (for the Pulitzer challenge). It’s actually an easy read so far, but since it’s political fiction, sitting down to read it is like pulling teeth.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
I’m waiting for the Super Sad True Love Story and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks ebooks to become available.

4. Bad book habit?
Buying too many?

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Advise and Consent and Kipper’s A to Z (for my nephew)

6. Do you have an e-reader?
Yup. A nook.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
One at a time

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
I read more now, and since I signed up for a buttload of challenges, I read stuff I wouldn’t normally pick up.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
Tough call. Let’s go with Malinche, even though there are three others who could easily take its place.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
Eek. Also a tough call. Probably Beauty Shop Politics or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
I’m doing it right now.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Literary fiction, drama, non-fiction (especially women’s history-related)

13. Can you read on the bus?

14. Favorite place to read?
Bed, or sprawled out on the couch.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
Don’t even bother. Just kidding. Um, no one really asks to borrow my books, so it’s not really an issue. I would lend them, though, as long as I knew I’d get them back in similar condition.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
No. I used to in junior high, but I stopped.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
Only on non-fiction books, and even then it’s rare.

18.  Not even with text books?

19. What is your favorite language to read in?
English. I’d have a very hard time otherwise, although I understand Spanish.

20. What makes you love a book?
The characters and their voice, usually. And of course, the writing itself.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
Depends on who I’m recommending it to.

22. Favorite genre?
Literary fiction

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Science fiction

24. Favorite biography?
I never finished it, but Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) by Stacy Schiff is fabulous.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Yes, but they’re cheesy.

26. Favorite cookbook?
Fresh From the Vegetarian Slow Cooker

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks

28. Favorite reading snack?
Candy or peanuts or something. I’m always eating, though. lol

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
The hype hasn’t exactly ruined it, because I’m reading it as soon as I get the chance, but the hype surrounding Super Sad True Love Story is kind of obnoxious.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
Pretty frequently, I think.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
If I give a completely bad review, then the book has managed to truly piss me off.  I’ve only done this 4 times this year. I usually try to balance the good and the bad.

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

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
Infinite Jest

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
Crime and Punishment. I’m not intimidated, per se, but it’s a big book and I’ll have to set aside a good chunk of time to read it.

35. Favorite Poet?
*whispers* I hate poetry. *hangs head in shame*

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

37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?
A few times.

38. Favorite fictional character?
Oscar Wao, Pecola Breedlove (The Bluest Eye), Charlotte (Charlotte’s Web)

39. Favorite fictional villain?
Do I read books with “villains”? I love well-written, profoundly screwed up characters. But I wouldn’t call them villains.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
I dunno. Now that I have a nook, I can take whatever I want.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
Months. I mean, I still read articles and blogs and short stories and stuff, but I’ve gone quite some time without reading for pleasure. Especially when I was a student.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
There was a Star Trek book (I think it was #2) that I couldn’t finish, but that was a while back. Quite frankly, I’m amazed I made it through Malinche.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
Music, TV, the internet, my pets…

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
I’ve seen lots of movies based on books, but haven’t read the book yet, so it’s hard to say. I guess most recently (I’m going to get killed for this): I liked the film version of Revolutionary Road more than I liked the book. *ducks and hides*

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
I haven’t read Love in the Time of Cholera yet, but I cannot possibly see how that godawful film could be better.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Hundreds of dollars (at the college bookstore)

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
I don’t know, since I force myself to read everything. Awful habit.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Kind of. My bookshelf is overflowing, so it’s hard to keep it organized.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
95% of the time, I’d say keep.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
Anything by Dickens and Shakespeare. And I’ll keep avoiding, thankyouverymuch.

52. Name a book that made you angry.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
The Crime of Father Amaro by Eça de Queirós. I didn’t expect to absolutely love it.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
You know that Tom Cruise biography by Andrew Morton? Yes, that Andrew Morton? I liked it. Deal with it. But I usually don’t read anything too embarrassing that would count as a guilty pleasure.

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