I saw this over at Readaraptor ages ago and knew it was my kind of meme. I’ve put it for a while – 55 questions felt like a lot to answer in one go – but I’ve finally sat down and filled it in.
1. Favourite childhood book?
A ridiculously hard question to begin with! I read and read and read as a child, so there are so many books I could pick from. I’m going to go with a favourite from the earlier part of my childhood and pick Val Biro’s Gumdrop books.
2. What are you reading right now?
I’m just starting The Secrets Between Us by Louise Douglas – the first of my books for the Transworld Book Group Challenge.
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
None at the moment, I’ve recently requested and read Vampire Academy and Swim the Fly.
4. Bad book habit?
I’m not sure that I have any, unless buying too many counts as a bad habit?
6. Do you have an e-reader?
Yes I have a Kindle and I love it dearly.
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
I always try to only have one novel on the go at a time, but I may have a short story collection that I’m dipping into at the same time and a textbook or two on the go.
8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Only in the books I’m reading. I went through a stage where I was only reading books that I was being sent rather than books I was choosing but I’ve tried really hard lately to balance back out what I’m reading.
9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
I Heart Hollywood by Lindsay Kelk. It just didn’t work for me, and helped me to realise that my reading tastes have changed.
11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Not very often, my comfort zone is pretty broad so the proportion of books that fall outside it is reasonably small.
12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Like I say it’s pretty broad, so it includes adult, YA and MG fiction, and a range of genres including chick lit, crime/thriller, horror, fantasy, contemporary, horror, and LGBT.
13. Can you read on the bus?
Depends on where the bus is, if it’s in Wales then no – I tried it once and it wasn’t good.
14. Favourite place to read?
Ooh I have a blog post coming up on this pretty soon so I’m going to cheat and keep quiet on this one for now.
15. What is your policy on book lending?
I’m happy to lend most of my books to trusted people. There are however some books that I couldn’t dream of lending to anyone. I work on a one strike and you’re out policy, if I get a book returned and it’s been damaged or if a book is never returned then I won’t lend anything to that person again.
16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
18. Not even with text books?
No, not even text books. If I want to make any notes I’ll write them on a Post-It note and then stick it in the book in the relevant place. I just can’t bring myself to make marks inside books.
19. What is your favorite language to read in?
I only have the choice of English, though I long for the day when I can read in Welsh too.
20. What makes you love a book?
I’m not sure there’s any one thing in particular, it just has to have something that completely grabs me and stops me wanting to put it down for anything.
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
It depends, sometimes it’s just such a good book I can’t help but sing from rooftops about it. Generally though when I read books if I think a specific friend will like it then I recommend it to them.
22. Favorite genre?
I couldn’t begin to pick just one.
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Non-fiction that isn’t to do with my degree.
24. Favorite biography?
I love reading autobiographies, particularly ones written by sportsmen. I think one of the most interesting I read in the last couple of years was Kevin Pietersen’s Crossing the Boundary.
25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
No, but I have a couple ready to read in the next couple of weeks.
26. Favorite cookbook?
I don’t tend to use cookbooks, I use the internet for most of my recipe needs. I would like to try Phil Vickery’s Seriously Good! Gluten-free Baking at some point though.
27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
Cuckoo by Julia Crouch. I absolutely loved it, and knowing that it was a NaNovel by a debut author is really inspiring to me.
28. Favorite reading snack?
Something that comes in small bits, sweets or peanuts. Something I can just pick at without needing to pay any attention to it.
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Everyone kept going on about it so I borrowed it from the library and tried three times to read it but just couldn’t get into it.
30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
I don’t tend to follow traditional critics too much, I’m not sure of many that cover the sort of books I like to read.
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
Oh it’s very hard. I try to be as objective as I can, explaining what it is about the book that didn’t work for me, but making it clear that it was a personal preference thing and that it doesn’t mean the book was bad.
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
Welsh. I’m working on learning it at the moment and I have books scattered throughout my personal targets such as Harri Potter a Maen yr Athronydd.
33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. I adored the musical so thought I’d give the book a go, I found the hugely wordy historical sections really surprising and pretty hard going.
34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
I don’t think I can think of one.
35. Favorite poet?
I’ve never been that into poetry, we studied Seamus Heaney at GCSE and loved a lot of the poems we studied so I guess he’s a bit of a favourite.
36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
Anything between 1 and 12, my library card is the one I’m most likely to max out.
37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?
Not often at all, probably only a handful of books in the last few years.
38. Favorite fictional character?
Wow, there are so many to choose from. It would be easy to cheat and pick The Doctor because of all the spin off fiction books I’ve read, but that doesn’t seem entirely fair. My favourites include Hermione Granger, Jo March, Marie Anne Spier, Deryn Sharp, Drew Ferran, and so so many more.
39. Favorite fictional villain?
Harry Potter provided so many great villains, Bellatrix Lestrange, Delores Umbridge, Voldemort and probably my favourite – Lucius Malfoy. Though I may be swayed a little by Jason Isaac’s performances in the film adaptations.
40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
Now I have my Kindle pretty much anything, I’m so looking forward to not having to worry about the weight of my suitcase.
41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
Last year I had a spell of a few months where I struggled to read anything. It was miserable but then I used the time to start catching up on Supernatural and made the absolute most of it.
42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
Sartori by Don Winslow. I couldn’t cope with the discussion of torture methods, shame really because other than that I was getting on okay with it.
43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
People watching if I’m out and about or noise that I’m not in control of.
44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Tim Burton’s version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was pretty good, it matched a lot of the book pretty well. I’ve got pretty good at viewing film adaptations as completely separate entities to the book, it’s much easier that way.
45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Far too many to list I’m afraid.
46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
I’m not sure I even want to think about this question let alone answer it.
47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
I don’t, I just dive straight in.
48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
The realisation that I have no interest in finding out what happens.
49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes, I have quite a system.
50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
I have had to get strict about books, particularly now that I get review copies sent to me (in the past I read far more library books which always had to go back). When I’ve finished a book I immediately decide whether I can part with it or not, all those I can bear to part with go into a box ready for the yearly coffee morning my dad’s work holds for Macmillan.
51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
None that I can think of.
52. Name a book that made you angry.
I can’t remember getting angry reading a book.
53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
I don’t read books that I don’t expect to like.
54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
I Heart Hollywood, I’d quite enjoyed the previous one but I think that may have had something to do with the fact it was set in New York and I sat in Central Park to read it!
55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
I admitted this earlier this week, classic romance.