Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Goodreads Questionnaire

Lois and Elyssa did this book survey from Goodreads, so I thought I would join the fun. Here are my answers:

What book are you reading right now?
I am reading two books at the moment:  The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier and You're Wearing That? by Deborah Tannen

What will you read next?
There are many on my to read list, which is too long to list here.

What was your favorite childhood book?
This is an almost impossible question, because there are so many!  Maybe The Phantom Tollbooth, because I went through a phase with it, like most children.  The movie was pretty sweet, too.  Who remembers the Doldrums?

What were your reading habits like as a kid?
My reading habits as a kid looked about the same as my reading habits now.  I was always getting books out from the library, at times too many.

How many books do you have checked out from the library?
Eight books.

What books do you have on hold at the library?
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell and Non-Violent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg

Do you have a bad book habit?
Checking out too many books from the library and not returning them on time.

Do you read one book at a time or several?
Several.  Usually, I like to have one fiction and one non-fiction at a time.  Fiction gives me a little breathing room from too much 'real life'.

What is your favorite book you've read this year?
This is an incredibly hard question.  Probably Looking for Alaska by John Green.

What is your least favorite book you've read this year?
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.  This is not to say the book was all bad, it is just my least favorite so far in the year.

What is your reading comfort zone?
My comfort zone with reading is pretty wide, I enjoy many books of different genres.  See next question. ;)

How often do you read outside of your comfort zone?
The two book clubs I joined have introduced new genres and authors to me.   It has been a refreshing experience and I do feel stretched a little out of my comfort zone.

What is your favorite place to read?
In bed.

Do you lend out books?
In the past I have, but not recently.

Do you dog-ear books?

Do you write in the margins of books?

What makes you love a book?
Good characters, plot, and ideas.

What will inspire you to recommend a book?
If it fits the personality of a person or if the book has inspired me or changed my perspective.

What is the one book you will always recommend?
The Bible.  1984 by George Orwell.  Yes, that is two books.

Is there a book that you love that no one else seems to?
Maybe 1984 by George Orwell?  A lot of people have read Animal Farm by George Orwell, but 1984 spoke to me in a way which Animal Farm did not.  1984 focuses on one man against the system.  The Ministry of Peace is the military, The Ministry of Truth implements deception, and the Ministry of Love, well, you will have to read the book.  The concept of the government as Big Brother originated with Orwell.

Do you read while you are: Eating? Taking a bath? Watching TV? Listening to music? On the Computer? On the bus?
Yes, although if I am truly interested in a television program, I can't be reading at the same time.

What is your favorite genre to read?
Dystopia, which means the opposite of Utopia.

What genre do you rarely read, but wish you read more of?
Classics.  In highschool, I read a lot of the classics.  I would like to read them again.

What is your favorite biography?
I truly have not read enough to justify an answer.

What is your favorite non-fiction?
The Bible.

Have you ever read a self-help book?
Yes, life is about growing and changing.

What is your favorite reading snack?

What is the most inspirational book you've ever read?
The Bible.

Are there any books that have been ruined for you by all the hype?
Hype does not ruin books for me, poor plot, shabby characters, and flaws in timelines do.

How often do you agree with critics about a book?
Not very often.

How do you feel about giving negative reviews?
My opinion is only an opinion, not a fact.

What books are you most intimidated to begin?
War and Peace.  I started reading it in high school, but couldn't finish it.

What books are you most likely to take on vacation with you?

What is the longest you have gone without reading?
Maybe a few weeks?  Reading is one of my favorite activities.

What is a book that you just couldn't finish?
War and Peace.

What is the most money you have spent on books at one time?
Do textbooks count?  Hundreds of dollars...  Never again did I buy new textbooks, used textbooks worked
just as well.

How often do you skim through a book before reading it?
I don't.

Do you keep books or give them away once you've read them?
If I bought a book or a book was given to me as a gift, I don't give them away.  I don't usually buy a book
unless I read it first.

Are there any books that you've been avoiding, or refuse to read?
I'm just not interested in the Harry Potter series.

What is a book that you didn't expect to like, but did?
Probably a lot of the books I read in high school.  We did 18th and 19th Century English and American Literature.  Some of the books were truly intimidating, but I enjoyed most, if not all of them.

What is your favorite guilt-free pleasure reading?
The Bible.

What reading materials are in your bathroom right now?

What book do you most remember reading for school?
1984 by George Orwell.

What was the last book you couldn't put down until you finished it?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky  Don't get me started...  The book felt like a rip off of The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger.

What book is physically closest to you right now?
You're Wearing That?

What is your favorite book series?
As a kid, I loved Star Wars books, not the chapter books, the novels.

What is the longest book you've ever read? The shortest?
The Bible is the longest book I have ever read, but I admit I did not read it in order.  The shortest book would probably be one of the many picture books I had as a child.

Who is your favorite book character?
Very hard question!  Come back another time, while I perform an in-depth analysis of my favorite fictional characters (probably introverts).

Who is your favorite author?

What is your favorite book?
The Bible

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