Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Meme of Reading Questions

Found this gem while perusing all the Booking Through Thursdays I have missed on my unintentional book blogging hiatus.  Couldn't resist!

1. Favorite childhood book? My Brother Sam is Dead.

2. What are you reading right now? The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, The Know It All by AJ Jacobs, The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo by Steig Larsson

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
none, I owe too much money in fines to use the library!

4. Bad book habit? I fold down the corners of my pages if I don't have a bookmark.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?  nothing, see  #3

6. Do you have an e-reader?  Yes, a Nook, LOVE IT!

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?  I read several books at once.  Usually my book club book, a book for school and one just for me.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?  I choose from a more eclectic list and I HAVE to have a book the day it comes out because everyone has already read an advance copy and I feel left out!

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

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?  The Help

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? not often.  Usually if it is a book club pick or a student recommends it so highly and so often, I have to read it to get them off my back

12. What is your reading comfort zone?  Historical fiction, biographies, chick lit, mysteries, true crime

13. Can you read on the bus? Only if I want to throw up on the person sitting next to me.

14. Favorite place to read? My back porch or my bed - depends on the time of day and the weather.

15. What is your policy on book lending?  The saddest thing is a book unread.  I loan most of my books, if they don't come back, I just hope someone is reading them somewhere.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?  Yes

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?  All the time, especially if I am reading for research for school or for my book club.

18. Not even with text books? I write more in my textbooks than the author did.

19. What is your favorite language to read in? English

20. What makes you love a book?  an engrossing story with great characters.  If I can empathize the characters I am hooked.  Historical accuracy - as a history teacher, gross errors really turn me off.  If I can't stop thinking about the characters and what happens next after I finish the book, it goes into my list of favorites.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? a great story, especially if there is a strong female character.  I like my students to read about strong, intelligent women.

22. Favorite genre? Historical fiction, by far

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

24. Favorite biography?  The Six Wives of Henry VIII

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

26. Favorite cookbook? The Southern Living Ultimate Cookbook

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

28. Favorite reading snack? M & Ms or a glass of good pinot grigio

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

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book? not often

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?  I will give a negative review based upon my experience with the book only.  I try really hard NOT to attack the author, just tell why it did not work for me.

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

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin? Atlas Shrugged - had it on my shelf for 2 years now.  Took me 10 just to buy it.  Guess I'm making progress....

35. Favorite Poet? Langston Hughes

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time? None, see #3

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

38. Favorite fictional character? Scarlett O'Hara from Gone With The Wind

39. Favorite fictional villain?

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation? Historical Fiction or Crime/Suspense/Thrillers

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading. 3 - 4 months of reading for pleasure.  I am always reading something for school

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish. Atonement and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

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

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?

45. Most disappointing film adaptation? Twilight

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?  Can't answer, my husband just might stumble upon this post....

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it? Maybe once, if at all

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?  A story I can't get into or characters that are really unbelievable to me.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?  I try....

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them? I keep them until someone wants to read them or I run out of space.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?  The Hunger Games, not sure why.... want to read them, but just can't....

52. Name a book that made you angry.  My Sister's Keeper.  Threw it across the room when I finished it!

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?  The Lightening Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) and The Red Tent

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?  Sacred Hearts by Sarah Durant

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?  Mystery/Crime/Suspense formula books.  Jonathan Kellerman, Lisa Gardner, etc.

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