55 Bookish Questions

These questions are from last week’s Booking Through Thursday – yes, I’m a week late.

1. Favorite childhood book?
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

2. What are you reading right now?
Heresy by S.J. Parris and Home Repair by Liz Rosenberg

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
Half-Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls and Die For You by Lisa Unger – both on audio.

4. Bad book habit?
Buying books when I have over a hundred unread books already at home!

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
The audio editions of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, and The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman

6. Do you have an e-reader?
Nope, but after carting a bag full of books to the hospital three times this summer, I am really wishing I had a Kindle – especially if Nan ends up needing surgery.

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

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Yes – I read a much wider variety of genres, and I’ve discovered some new favorite authors.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
Godric by Frederick Beuchner

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
Just one? It’s a three-way tie between The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Not very often – there are only a few genres I’m not interested in, so I have a wide comfort zone.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
I will read almost anything, with the specific exceptions of horror, erotica, and self-help books.

13. Can you read on the bus?
I get carsick when I read in a moving vehicle – I use audiobooks while traveling for that reason.

14. Favorite place to read?
At the lake while my kids are swimming.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
I loan my books out to close friends and family all the time.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Not any more.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
Yes, especially non-fiction.

18. Not even with text books?
Ironically, I never wrote in my text books because I always resold them.

19. What is your favorite language to read in?
I only read in one – English.

20. What makes you love a book?
Authentic characters, strong sense of place, beautiful writing, a good story.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
I recommend books all the time – sometimes because they wowed me personally, and sometimes because I know that someone else will really enjoy them.

22. Favorite genre?
Ooo, that’s tough. So hard to pick just one, but I guess I would say historical fiction.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
I wish I read more non-fiction – especially history.

24. Favorite biography?
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Yes, a long time ago.

26. Favorite cookbook?
The classic Betty Crocker cook book – basic answers and help and classic recipes.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

28. Favorite reading snack?
Popcorn and coke.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
I don’t pay attention to book critics.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
It’s not always easy, especially if I’ve had contact with the author, but it’s important to be honest in reviews if you want to maintain your integrity as a book blogger. I will be honest without being brutal or attacking the author personally.

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

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

35. Favorite poet?
Billy Collins

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
Anywhere from 3 or 4 to 15 or 20!

37. How often have you returned a book to the library unread?
Not very often – maybe once or twice a year.

38. Favorite fictional character?
I have a new favorite – Octavia Frost from The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst.

39. Favorite fictional villain?

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
Mysteries, thrillers, and contemporary women’s fiction.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
I honestly can’t remember ever going without reading – maybe a day?

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
Most recently, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
My kids bickering.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
To Kill a Mockingbird

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?

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

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

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
If I didn’t care what happened next.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
I have them roughly organized – a shelf for borrowed, a shelf for review copies and ARCs, then the rest scattered throughout all the shelves in the house. And on the floor in our bedroom.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
I keep the children’s and YA fiction, all classics, and any 4- or 5-star reads. The rest I give away or sell.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
Moby Dick by Melville – not sure if I’ll ever give that one a try.

52. Name a book that made you angry.
I hate Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.

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10 Responses to 55 Bookish Questions

  1. SFP says:

    I just posted mine this morning as well. We should have a pop corn and Coke party together some time since we’re so much the same. 🙂

    And I should’ve put down Wuthering Heights as the book that made me angry as you did–I wanted to slap everyone in it.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      SFP – yes, Wuthering Heights didn’t have a single character I liked! They were all despicable people.

  2. I buy too many books too. What’s bad is I’ll buy a hardcover book knowing I probably won’t read it until after it’s out in paperback.

  3. Kev says:

    Fun! I’ll have to do this one too.

  4. Kim
    Twitter: BookstoreK

    If you liked The Help, try The Well and the Mine, it takes the theme to a whole new level and is a great read with To Kill A Mockingbird (which can’t really be matched).

    Just the thought of Mixed Up Files makes me smile.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kim – I will definitely check out The Well and the Mine – thanks for the rec!

  5. Kathleen says:

    I love this meme and the opportunity for us to get to know our fellow book bloggers a bit more. My favorite cookbook is that old Betty Crocker one too. I still use it after 30+ years!