Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Bookish Q&A

A couple of weeks ago now I discovered this Q&A on Brandie's blog - Brandie Is A Book Junkie - and thought I'd give it ago myself. Prepare yourself, its an in depth one!

Favourite childhood book
Anything by Roald Dahl. As a parent I quite enjoy reading Were Going On A Bear Hunt with my son – he loves it too – it’s a great expressive read.

What are you reading right now?
As of writing this, I'm in between reads. I do keep delving into The Night Circus as a reread.

What books do you have on request at the library?

Bad book habit
Besides buying books with an abundance to read still, none I don’t believe.

What do you currently have checked out of the library?
A non fiction book, surprisingly – London’s Shadows: The Dark Side of the Victorian City.

Do you have an e-reader?
Yes, I don’t actually use it as often as I thought I would.

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

Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
I don’t think so really... Being a part of the book community does mean a lot more recommendations which makes it harder to pick my next read.

Least favourite book you read this year?
The Accidental Husband by Jane Green.

Favourite book you’ve read this year?
I think this year has been a really good one for me in terms of reading content, to name a few, The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer, The Visitors by Rebecca Mascull, Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, Landline by Rainbow Rowell, The Girl Who Walked on Air by Emma Carroll... The list could go on.

How often do you read outside of your comfort zone?
I would like to think often, although that probably is incorrect.

What is your reading comfort zone?
I love dark reads, psychological thrillers, mystery, crime etc.

Can you read on the bus?
Yes, I’ve had a lifetime of reading on public transport.

Favourite place to read?
The sofa or in bed. Relaxing in the bath with a read is always nice.

What is your policy on book lending?
I don’t really lend out my books. I’ve only actually lent to two people, my mum and my partner.

Do you dog-ear your books?
Occasionally, yes.

Do you write notes on the margins of your books?

Do you break/crack the spines?
Yes, not intentionally but I’m not bothered by cracked spines. I actually quite like them, I love a tattered book.

What is your favourite language to read?

What makes you love a book?
I’m big on characters; character driven novels are some of my favourites. I also really like the unexpected.

What will inspire you to recommend a book?
If I can’t stop talking/thinking about it.

Favourite genre

Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)
I don’t read a lot of sci-fi. I’d like to read more fantasy.

Favourite biography
I haven’t really read any.

Have you read a self help book (and was it helpful)?

Favourite cookbook
I don’t own any cookbooks. I do love baking books though, again, don’t own any.

The most inspirational book you’ve read this year
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.

Favourite reading snack
I don’t really eat whilst reading but I’d never say no to a hot beverage such as tea or hot chocolate.

Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience
The Fault in our Stars. Enjoyed the book, perhaps could have enjoyed it more without all the hype.

How often do you agree with the critics about a book?
I don’t tend to listen to the critics. Does Goodreads count as critics?

How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I always share my honest opinion on books, however my blog isn’t just tailored to reading and so when I talk about books I tend to share ones I enjoy.

If you could read in a foreign language, which would it be?
Erm, the only other language I’ve really wanted to learn is French, so I’d go with that.

Most intimidating book I’ve ever read
I was quite nervous about reading The Casual Vacancy - I wasn't sure how J.K's writing would transcend from children's fiction to adult but knew I desperately wanted to like the novel. In case you're wondering, I did indeed like The Casual Vacancy.

Most intimidating book I’m too nervous to begin
Wuthering Heights

Favourite poet
I’m not big on poetry.

How many books do you generally have checked out of the library at a given time?
I don’t know why but I tend to go for 2 or 4.

How often do you return books to the library unread?
More often than I’d like.

Favourite fictional character
This is a tough one, the person that came to mind though was Dumbledore from Harry Potter. After some thinking I came up with Sherlock Holmes. I think those two being my favourites is an accurate answer.

Favourite fictional villain
I don’t actually have one.

Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation
I typically bring my Kindle when travelling a great distance; I’d pick a read fitting my destination.

The longest I’ve gone without reading
That would probably be my hospital stay when having Alexander, so about 4 or 5 days.

What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
Lately I’ve been enjoying reading in sprints so on breaks I can get lost in the abyss that is the internet.

 Name a book you could not finish
Too many to recount! A recent one was The Cuckoo’s Calling.

 Favourite film adaptation of a novel
The Woman in Black. I wasn’t entirely happy with the ending, but as far as adaptations go I thoroughly enjoyed.

The most disappointing film adaptation
I don’t have a particular adaptation but I really dislike when a book is set in one place and then the film location is changed to an entirely different place. It bugs me that a little thing like that should be changed.

Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time
It wouldn’t have been anything more than £30 I don’t imagine.

How often do you skim a book before reading it?

What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?
If it doesn’t hold my attention fully.

Do you like to keep your books organised?
Yes! I’ve recently found a system that works great for me.

Do you prefer to keep your books when done, or give them away?
I’m quite good at getting rid of books. I keep books that are favourites or ones I think I’ll reread.

Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
Wuthering Heights.

Name a book that made you angry
None comes to mind.

A book I didn’t expect to like but did
I don't have one - I wouldn't start reading a book that I didn't think I'd like.

A book I expected to like but didn’t
Peter Pan.

Favourite guilt-free guilty-pleasure reading
I don’t have any, I just read what I like.

I told you it was a long one! I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about my bookish habits. If you want to share a little about yourself, be sure to participate in this questionnaire - I'd love to see responses.

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