BTT (on Friday)

I haven’t done a Booking Through Thursday in a long time, and I do love me some lists, so I thought I’d give this one a shot. 🙂

1. Favorite childhood book?
The Baby-Sitters Club books.  Harriet the Spy. Addie Meets Max.  Was I supposed to pick just one?

2. What are you reading right now?
Children of God, Once in a Blue Moon, My Name is Memory, and The Year of Living Biblically

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
Just Mockingjay.  I’m trying to tone it down a bit with library books right now.

4. Bad book habit?
Reading too many at once.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
The Year of Living Biblically, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, My Name is Memory, The Red Queen, The Stuff That Never Happened, and The Handbook for Lightening Strike Survivors.

6. Do you have an e-reader?
nope.  And I’m not dying for one either.

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

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Yes, I read more now, and a wider variety.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet and Hush, Hush. It’s a tie.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
Without taking into consideration my rereads, either The Danish Girl or A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Not often enough, but more now than before I was a blogger.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Contemporary fiction, young adult, and nonfiction on subjects that interest me.  But I like lots of different types of fiction too.

13. Can you read on the bus?
I don’t ever take the bus, but if I did I think I could read on it.

14. Favorite place to read?
Outside when the weather is in the mid-80’s.  When the weather is not so nice, on my couch.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
I’m okay with it, as long as I trust the person.  I love for people to enjoy the books I love, so in order to experience that I need to be comfortable with lending them out!

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Almost never.  Only in an extreme bookmarkless emergency.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
No.  I don’t like writing in books.  In college I would highlight but never would I write in a book.

18.  Not even with text books?
See above. 🙂

19. What is your favorite language to read in?
English – it’s the only language I know.

20. What makes you love a book?
Compelling and realistic characters.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
I can usually find something positive in most books, to the point where I can say a certain type of person might enjoy it.  Even if I personally didn’t.  So I’m able to recommend a lot of books.

22. Favorite genre?
Contemporary fiction.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Graphic novels.  The more I read them the more I love them.

Favorite biography?
Ummm…. I can’t really think of any biographies I’ve read recently.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Yes, but I don’t anymore.

26. Favorite cookbook?
Ellie Krieger’s cookbooks.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth

28. Favorite reading snack?

a glass of wine!  Not really a snack but I do love a glass of wine while I read in the evenings.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Waiting for Columbus.  Don’t get me wrong, it was a really good book, it’s just that I was expecting something earth-shattering and it didn’t quite live up to that.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
I don’t read book “critics” so I wouldn’t know.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I don’t like it too much, but I strive for a mix of honesty while also trying to find something positive to say about everything I read.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
French because I used to be able to read (and speak) French in high school but my laziness caused me to lose the language.

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
Most classics intimidate me.  So pretty much any classic I’ve ever read intimidated me to some degree.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
Any classic I haven’t read yet. 🙂

35. Favorite Poet?
Not sure… I don’t read a lot of poetry.  I do like one poem by e.e. Cummings (the famous one that everyone knows, which was featured in In Her Shoes)

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
Anywhere from 5-10.

37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?
Usually for every 5 I read, there’s 2 I don’t.

38. Favorite fictional character?
Anne from The Sparrow.

39. Favorite fictional villain?
Cathy from East of Eden.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
Whatever I feel like reading when I’m packing. 🙂

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
In high school, I would go weeks without reading because I was just really, really busy.  But now, I try to read every day.  Even if it’s just a few pages.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
Dracula is Dead. Not a bad book, just not my cup of tea.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
Conversations.  Anything else, I can read through.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
He’s Just Not That Into You. I thought it was a really sweet movie made from a stupid book.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Umm.  Lots.  But I can’t think of anything off the top of my head.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
I don’t buy a lot of books, really.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Never.  I always just dive right in, and if I’m not enjoying it by 50 pages or so I’ll give it up.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
If I’m not clicking with the story or the characters, or if it’s just boring.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes.  My fiction is alphabetized by author’s last name, and my nonfiction by subject (like a library). 🙂

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
Keep the ones I love, give away the ones I don’t.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
Not on purpose.

52. Name a book that made you angry.
Hush, Hush.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
Never Let Me Go. I thought it would be complicated, over my head, and too science fiction-y for my tastes.  But it was exactly the opposite and I loved it so much.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
Story of a Girl. I didn’t dislike it exactly, it was just okay.

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Young adult fiction.


11 thoughts on “BTT (on Friday)”

  1. Great to read more about you! I am always intimidated when it comes to reading classics, but I just finished and reviewed The House of Mirth and it was incredible! Try that one, I think it’s an easy one to start with, and it’s written in 1905, so the writing and language is much more “contemporary.” Well, as contemporary as 1905 can get! 🙂

  2. I didn’t have a chance to complete this q this week but starred it to do it in the future. I loved your answers. And I, as well, was pretty surprised about how much I loved Never Let Me Go.

  3. I was surprised to see that I’ve heard of three out of the four books you’re reading right now! (Haven’t read them myself, though). I’ve read The Sparrow, but not Children of God; I’ve heard My Name is Memory is better than The Time Traveler’s Wife; and I’ve read The Know-It-All, by the same author as Year of Living Biblically.

    Also–the first answer that popped into my head for #48 is “if I died” . . . 😉

    1. Children of God is a nice sequel to The Sparrow, you should try reading it. I just finished My Name is Memory last night and I did like it but not nearly as much as The Time Traveler’s Wife.

      And I do stop reading books, but not halfway through. Usually if I get to the halfway point I’ll finish it. I typically will only abandon a book within the first 100 pages.

  4. I find it sad that volunteers had to go into Jacksonville to raise money for the musicians, when there are people making 6 figure salaries who know NOTHING about running an orchestra. The board in Jacksonville wanted changewell I think its time for some more change. Jacksonville needs leaders with vision, not old men who cant raise money!

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