Book Talk

Book Talk: Bookish Get to Know Me.

I am a Hufflepuff.

I am a daughter of Athena.

I am Amity.

But what else?

1: Favorite Childhood Book?

My favorite childhood book was Winnie The Pooh by A.A Milne.  My dad used to sit down and read it to me some nights.  It was amazing and my best memory of my dad even though it’s really hazy..

2: What am I currently reading?

Technically nothing, but I’m hoping to start either Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan or The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury soon.

3: What books do I have on request at the library?

I don’t really visit my local library.  I live in a town where there isn’t many avid readers so our YA/NA area in our library is so sparse it’s ridiculous.  And requesting books is  long shot given they wouldn’t want to waste money on books that may not get read.  They’re more of a donation library.

4: Bad book habit?

I skip to the end to find out if the characters have a happily ever after.  I don’t always do this, and sometimes it results in me just skim reading the book in question but sometimes I just put the book down altogether.  Really bad habit, never do it.

5: What do you currently have checked out from the library?

As I said before, I don’t use my library.  HOWEVER, the last book I checked out of my SCHOOL library was a Business Computing book.  My copy hadn’t arrived by the time classes started.  I have my copy now.  And I think the last book I checked  out of my LOCAL library was a book on the Russian Tsar and his family

6: Do you have an e-reader?

Yes, yes I do thanks to my amazing best friend!  Before I had my Kindle I was reading on my phone and computer.

7: Do you prefer on book at a time, or several at once?

I used to prefer several at once, I would get bored in one world if it was a dragging story so I’d crack open another spine.  But lately my ADHD has been somewhat worse in the attention side and reading more than one book at a time gets confusing.  So one at a time.

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

Not particularly, at least not due to the blog itself.  I’m a growing reading, I started this blog in 2012 so a lot has changed since then in my reading habits anyway.  I guess now I’m more likely to pay attention to the writing as opposed to the story but I think that has more to do with my English Writing classes than my blog, but it has come in handy when writing reviews. My reading tastes have matured just in general, so I don’t think that’s been influenced from my blog.

9: Least favorite book you read this year?

Well the year is still young, but I’d probably say The Curse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner.  I just didn’t like the writing style or how certain elements of the world weren’t pre-mentioned as common knowledge.

10: Favorite book you’ve read this year?

That would be a toss up between three books.  The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn (REVIEW HERE), Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout or Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

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

Not very often, my comfort zone changes minutely, but I don’t really stray from it.

12: What is your reading comfort zone?

Romance, YA/NA Romance.  From there it can be pretty much anything.  Fantasy, paranormal, contemporary.  But if it doesn’t have romance I’m not interested.  So that’s my comfort zone.

13: Can you read on the bus?

I’ve never really been on a bus long enough to try but I can’t read in the car so I’d say that it would be the same.  So no, I can’t read on the bus.

14: Favorite place to read?

I’m going to say my bed because that’s where I usually read, but I actually prefer to read at the park.  I just don’t like going outside to places by myself, which is how I like to read.

15: What’s your book lending policy?

I have two friends.  One is an avid reader, one is a very slow reader.  They are the only two I lend books out too.  Though I don’t particularly like lending my books out to the slow reader because sometimes I lend two at a time and she is just such a slow reader that I begin to miss them on  my shelves. Which is actually really sad and reminds me I needed to get some books back from her.

16: Do you dogear your books?

NO! The only books I dogear are textbooks.

17: Do you write notes in the margins of your books?

Again, no! Such a blasphemous thing to do to my precious babies!

18: Do you break/crack the spines of your books?

If I have ever actually done this it has been an accident.  But I don’t think I ever have.

19: What is your favorite language to read?

Technically English, since it’s the only language I actually understand.  However in grade eleven I was in an ancient history class and we learnt some Latin and from that I was able to partially understand an Latin poem.  It was so amazing and it felt so beautiful reading it in my head that I’d probably say Latin despite it being a dead language and my not being able to read it.

20: What makes you love a book?

Being able to connect with the protagonist is a big one.  But the relationship between the protagonist and their love interest is also really important when it comes to making me fall in love with a book.

21: What will inspire you to recommend a book?

I usually start recommending a book immediately after I’ve read it.  This is partially due to ‘Fangirl Feels’ but mostly due to me finding it an amazing book that I just straight away have to recommend it so others will read it too.

22: Favorite Genre?

Romance.  Paranormal, Espionage, Fantasy, Contemporary. But mostly Romance.

23: Genre you rarely read?

Non-Fiction and Classics.

24: Favorite biography?

I don’t think I’ve ever read a biography?  So N/A.

25: Have you ever read a self-help book? (And, was actually helpful?)

Nope, I will be soon though hopefully.  I’ve ordered a book on dating with anxiety.  That counts as a self-help book, right?

26: Favorite cookbook?

I don’t know the title, the cover came off.  But it’s an old Jewish cookbook.

27: Most inspirational book you’ve read this year? (fiction or nonfiction)

I haven’t really read anything inspirational this year so far, but as I’ve said previously; the year is still young.

28: Favorite reading snack?

Something I can suck on, a chewy lolly, a Fantale, a lollipop.

29: Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience?

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.  This is kind of indirectly because of the hype.  I was in the bookstore going to go pick it up when this girl started telling me everything about the book and how amazing it was and every plot twist including the ending.  I literally couldn’t leave that conversation, there was a HUGE person behind me and everytime I tried to walk past her she cut me off, and damn trying to interrupt her was so hard it took the store manager coming over and banning her from the bookstore to shut her up. I was already going to buy the book, she didn’t need to tell me everything and basically ruin the experience for me.

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

I don’t really pay attention to the ‘critics’.

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

I hate it, I understand its usefulness, especially with hyped books and giving constructive criticism.  But I hate giving them myself.  If I’m going to write more than three hundred words about a book, I need to be pumped about it.  I need to feel excited about the story.

32: If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?

Either Ancient Latin or Hebrew.

33: Most intimidating book I’ve read?

I actually don’t have an answer for this, I tend to avoid things too intimidating because it seems like a lot of work…

34: Most intimidating book I’m too nervous to begin?

Sherlock Holmes. 

35: Favorite Poet?

I don’t really like poetry, but I like Dr. Suess and he rhymes which is kind of considered poetry.  I also like A.A Milne’s poetry.

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

I don’t go to the library but when I did I guess it depended.  Sometimes I would find lots of books I’d want to read so I’d get up to six out.  But sometimes there was nothing of interest there so I’d get one or two.

37: How often do you return books to the library unread?

When I got a lot out usually about half, smaller amounts meant I was less likely to not read them.

38: Favourite fictional character?

This is really hard.. I’d have to say a toss up between Daemon Black from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout or Percy Jackson from basically every book Rick Riordan has written.

39: Favourite fictional villain?

I actually can’t tell.. Maybe Loki from Magnus Chase? At least recently.

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

I’ve been on holiday a lot, and from my experience it’s easier to read light fluffy books while on holiday.  Nothing to heavy because your mind is relaxed and won’t be able to process anything too crazy.  I usually bring an e-reader so that was I have a variety.

41: The longest I’ve gone without reading?

Umm, I can’t remember when I stopped, but I started reading again in 2011 after a very long hiatus.  I’ve pretty much been reading every since. I slowed down a bit there during certain points of year eleven and twelve but that was like maybe a month.

42: Name a book you could/would not finish?

There’s a few that could qualify for this section but I’m going to say Allegiant by Veronica Roth.  I was about seventy pages in when I found out the ending was not at all to my liking.  I haven’t touched it since.

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

If it’s a REALLY good book, nothing.  Not even food or toilet breaks.  I usually just forgo those and hold out for about seven hours.  If it’s a mediocre book or  filler book probably YouTube or Netflix.  Definitely food.

44: Favourite film adaptation of a novel?

Pride and Prejudice, the BBC mini series and and the movie.

45: Most disappointing film adaptation?

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters.

46: Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time?

In a physical bookstore?  Not much, maybe $49 ant that would be one book.  I don’t like carrying things long distances so I tend not to buy to many at my actual bookstore therefor not much is spent.  Online however, I’ve splurged $132 in one shop before.  Man I love The Book Depository.

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

Too often?  As previously mentioned in point 4.

48: What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?

If I skim ahead I probably won’t go back.  If the ending is ruined for me.  If I just can’t connect with the characters or if I just plain old don’t like the story.

49: Do you like to keep your books organized?

I try to, but then I buy more books and they don’t fit where they need to so let’s call it evergrowing organised chaos.  But yes I do, I want to have them organised alphabetically (by author) OR colour categorised.

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

I keep them.  If I’ve read them I’ll probably read them again sometime. I usually sell books I bought cheaply and haven’t touched but that’s about it.

51: Are there any books that you’ve been avoiding?

Yes, too many to count.  Most because of hype.  Illuminae is probably the biggest one, and Six of Crows.

52: Name a book that made you angry?

I never finished it, but Allegiant by Veronica Roth.  I mean the reason it made me angry is the reason I didn’t finish it so that makes sense.

53: A book I didn’t expect to like but did?

I can’t think of any right now… I guess anything with comedy as a strong genre that I like surprises me because I don’t normally like comedy.  At least in adult books.  I mean Rick Riordan always makes me laugh.

54: A book I expected to like but didn’t?

Not sure.

55: Favourite guilt-free guilty pleasure reading?

The Specialists by Shannon Greenland.  I read these books over and over  They’re light quick cute reads.


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