Booking Through Thursday has a very long reading meme posted today (55 questions!!!) That’s way too much for me, but I picked out a few to answer, as reading is one of my favorite activities.Feel free to join me — either these questions or the whole slew of them, or just whichever ones you’re most interested in.
Favorite childhood book?
A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson plus a children’s picture Bible.
What are you reading right now?
Bad book habit?
I honestly can’t think of one. I’ve cured myself of dog-earing pages and laying books open flat. Maybe hanging on to ones I am probably never going to read again. It’s hard to let them go. I’ve gotten better about that, but I still need to purge the shelves — and unpacking and handling each one individually will give me opportunity to do that.
Do you have an e-reader?
No. I don’t anticipate getting one. I can see the convenience of just carrying it rather than several books, and if I traveled a lot I might want to do that. But I like the real book experience.
Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
I usually have two going at a time — one in each bathroom. Sometimes I’ll have a Bible study or self-help book at the same time.
Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
My TBR list has grown immensely after seeing what others read and recommend! And I read a bit less as relaxation times are often spent at the computer.
How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Not often. I am not unwilling to, I just have so many stacked up that I am looking forward to that there’s not much time to explore others.
What is your reading comfort zone?
Christian fiction, biographies.
Can you read on the bus?
I haven’t been on a bus in years, but if the question has to do with reading on a moving vehicle, yes, I have no problem with that as long as I am positioned where I don’t see the road going by in my peripheral vision. That bothers my eyes. But otherwise reading makes road trips bearable (if I am not the one driving. )
Favorite place to read?
Stretched out on the living room couch with pillows behind my back and a throw blanket over me.
What is your policy on book lending?
I don’t have a policy. I don’t mind lending to anyone who asks. I’ve only had a few unreturned.
Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
Bible studies, self-help type books, yes. Otherwise I might only underline a significant passage or make a mark by a paragraph and then put a mini sticky-note on the page to help me find it again.
What makes you love a book?
Identification with the characters or plot. Excellent writing that makes me think or speaks to my soul. Well developed characters. Truth.
What will inspire you to recommend a book?
See answers to above question.
Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
Amy Carmichael of Dohnavur by Frank Houghton.
Good old basic Betty Crocker cookbook.
Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
Favorite reading snack?
I don’t usually snack while reading.
Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Usually a lot of hype turns me off from a book, i.e., Harry Potter, The Shack, Twilight, The Purpose Driven Life. Haven’t read any of those.
How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I try not to be unkind, but I am going to be honest. I don’t criticize just to be critical, and I do try to note if something is just a difference of opinion or preference. But if something in a book hits one reader the wrong way, it will likely have that same effect on others, and I would hope a writer reading a negative review would take it in that light and use it as a means to improve their communication. Of course, no one can please everyone all the time.
Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
The unabridged Les Miserables, both because of the sheer length of it plus some tedious passages. But it was worth it!
Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
I wouldn’t say nervous, but I haven’t read War and Peace for the same reasons. Maybe some day! I did know Les Mis was a beautiful story, and that led me to want to explore the full book. I don’t really know anything about W&P, so I am not really driven to it at this point.
Hard to narrow down, but I think Robert Frost. He’s kind of the Everyman of poets, easily understandable and accessible, yet no less deep.
Favorite fictional character?
Oh, this is hard. David Copperfield. Sydney Carton. Anne of Green Gables. Elinor Dashwood. Pa and Ma Ingalls and Laura. Jean Val Jean.
Favorite fictional villain?
One of the best crafted villains that comes to my mind is Javert of Les Miserables because he doesn’t seem like a villain. He thinks he’s on the side of right. He stands for the good causes of righteousness and justice but forgets forgiveness and mercy and compassion. He reminds me somewhat of the apostle Paul who persecutes Christians because he thinks they are sinning against the God he thinks he is serving, yet unlike Paul, who is brought prostrate and converted when he is brought face to face with the truth, Javert can’t face it, can’t comprehend it, and sadly destroys himself.
The longest I’ve gone without reading.
I don’t think I have gone a whole day without reading something, even a few sentences, in my adult life.
What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Lord of the Rings.
Most disappointing film adaptation?
The third in Kevin Sullivan’s Anne of Green Gables series, Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story. Why, oh, why did he have to stray SO far from the book?!
The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Over $900 — but it wasn’t for me, it was for our church missions’ closet — and that was after a 25% discount. We don’t usually have that much money in the missions’ closet account, but we had a surplus right before I left, and I wanted to leave it well-stocked. Those weren’t all books — there were some CDs in there as well. Personally — I know I’ve spent $50 before, maybe $75 or so.
What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Smut, bad language, dull writing.
Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes, by basic types.
Even with leaving out many questions this ended up rather long! Let me know if you do this — I’d love to come check out your answers!