Thursday, August 19, 2010

Meme of Reading Questions

This week's Booking Through Thursday asks us all kinds of fun reading based questions. I just love surveys like this! My answers are below and I am looking forward to seeing all of yours!

I got this from Lorette‘s blog and couldn’t resist adopting it for all of you.
1. Favorite childhood book?

Anything in the Berenstain Bears series!

2. What are you reading right now?

'The Book of Unholy Mischief' by Elle Newmark

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

Some audiobooks by Jen Lancaster

4. Bad book habit?

Buying waaaay more books than I can ever read in any reasonable amount of time

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?

'Born Round' by Frank Bruni (audiobook)

6. Do you have an e-reader?

Nope and I don't think I want one either

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

I do prefer to read one book at a time, although every once in a while I'll read multiples, either to meet a deadline or because I don't like what I am currently reading that much

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

Yes! I read a lot more and I've delved in a couple of different genres - love that!

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)

'The Swan Thieves' by Elizabeth Kostova (audiobook)

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?

'River's Edge' by Marie Bostwick

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?

More than I used to – maybe 6 books a year (used to be zero!)

12. What is your reading comfort zone?

Chick Lit, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction

13. Can you read on the bus?

Yes! That’s how I keep the crazy people from talking to me :)

14. Favorite place to read?

My bed or couch…with the cat curled up next to me

15. What is your policy on book lending?

I’ll only do so to a few select people, otherwise I know I won’t get the book back

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?

Only if I don’t have a bookmark near me – I prefer not to though!

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?

Heck no!

18. Not even with text books?

Oh ok, maybe then but that’s allowed because they make you buy new ones every year. It’s some sort of racket they are running and the writing in the margins helps the next person out!

19. What is your favorite language to read in?

English. I’m not real fancy.

20. What makes you love a book?


21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?

Outside of my blog because obviously I am recommending books all the time there? If there is a character that I think someone I know will totally relate to, then I will recommend it to them.

22. Favorite genre?

I can’t pick just one! I love women’s fiction, chick lit, and historical fiction all equally!

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


24. Favorite biography?

‘The Middle Place’ by Kelly Corrigan

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

Yes, first time last year. It didn’t go well. I never found my butterfly.

26. Favorite cookbook?

‘Rachel Ray’s Big Orange Cookbook’!

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?

I know what it would be last year but I don’t think I’ve read one this year. I’ll keep trying though!

28. Favorite reading snack?


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

I don’t read a lot of books that are overly hyped but back in the day this probably happened with Dave Eggers’ ‘A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius’

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?

Rarely. That’s why I like blogs.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

I feel that, no matter what, you should be honest. If you like a book tell us, if you don’t tell us.

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

The only other language I kinda know is German…

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?

‘Moby Dick’

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?

‘Anna Karinina’

35. Favorite Poet?

Emily Dickinson

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

Well I really only do audiobooks from the library so that would be maybe 3

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

N/A, see above

38. Favorite fictional character?

Scarlet O’Hara

39. Favorite fictional villain?

Mrs. Danvers

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?

Chick Lit

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.

Two weeks…maybe

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.

‘The Lost Dog’

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?

Music, I can’t really listen to it when I am reading. Also if my boyfriend is talking to me. I assume he wants me to stop reading and answer him back.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?

Bridget Jones’s Diary or In Her Shoes

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?

Angela’s Ashes

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?

Probably around $100. I’ve done this multiple times.

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

Never. However, I always read the back blurb. If they don’t have one, I don’t buy the book.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?

It sucked. No seriously, if the characters/storyline bored me to tears or if they were doing things that were morally disagreeable and I couldn’t really stomach it.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?

Yes – by color!

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?

I swap them – immediately!

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?

Eat, Pray, Love or the Dragon Girl series – too much hype

52. Name a book that made you angry.

‘The Bastard of Istanbul’ – you can read my review to find out why

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?

‘The House on Tradd Street’ – I don’t like ghost stories, but I loved this one!

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

‘The Swan Thieves’ – I LOVED her first book, so what the heck happened…

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?

Anything by Marian Keyes or Jill Mansell!


  1. I love the B.O.B cookbook.. aka Big Orange Book... Rachel Ray is the best! :)

  2. This is such a great meme today. Enjoyed your answers!

  3. I have been enjoying reading everyones answers to this meme today.. We are all a bit different and a little alike.

  4. Ooh you have just reminded me of the existence of the Berenstein Bears!! I must now scurry off to locate some old copies!!

  5. Memes like this are great, so fun but then I can't remember what all I was going to comment on! I was lucky that I picked up EatPrayLove before the media got to it (and I loved it) but I know what you mean about avoiding due to hype. Actually, The Middle Place is one I've avoided but know that I'll get to someday. :)

  6. Reading this was a lot of fun! I have a problem with buying way too many books too. I'd suggest starting a support group, but we need to support the publishers! I have an e-reader and don't use it. Recently a publisher sent me a book in print and digitally - I read the print version.

  7. I have Jen Lancaster on my TBR too! I actually own two of her books but haven't gotten a chance to read them yet. I hear she's delightfully funny.


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