Sunday, 29 March 2015

for the love of literature

***I filled this out over a year ago and forgot to post it.***


I found this post on miss Arda Nessimava's blog post, "an awful lot of bookish questions"... (check our her answers - they're genius!)

Here are my answers... (though not so hilarious or brilliant)

1.  Your favourite book as a child?  The Chronicles of Narnia... read to me when I was nine years old... forever since been my inspiration.

2.  What are you reading right now? 1984 for educational purposes. I was feeling inferior because I'd only read 21 of the BBC list of 100 books that supposedly most people have not read (but should read).

3.  What books do you have on request at the library?  
Zero, because I'm not sure how to request books. (lame, I know)

4.  Bad book habit.  
Feeling nervous that something awful is going to happen to the main characters, and glancing down at the bottom right-hand corner of the page just to make sure everyone is going to be okay. I just can't handle the suspense... pretty sure it's not healthy!

5.  What do you currently have checked out from your library?  
1984 and The Secret of Annexe 3.

6.  Do you have an e-reader?  Um, does the iBooks feature on my old iPod count?

7.  Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or do you tend to read several at once?  
I used to enjoy reading several at once (like when I was reading all the original Nancy Drew books, checked out 3 at a time, and was known to read 1 chapter of each, then the 2nd chapter of each, etc. It only lasted for about 3 chapters until I became confused...). Now I tend to stick with one at a time. 

8.  Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?  
No, no, I don't think so.

9.  What was your least favourite book this year? (I'm counting this school year, including Summer 2013) Least favourite, huh? I can't even remember what I've read so far. Let me consult my list...  The Sea of Trolls. I don't like to be mean to books, but I really didn't enjoy that book...

10.  What was your FAVOURITE book this year?  
I can't just pick one! Of the school year, probably The Gideon Trilogy, followed by The Leviathan Trilogy. Of 2014, Incarceron. (Actually, I can't remember if that was 2014 or not. Oops.)

11.  How often do you read out of your comfort zone? Not often. I don't take risks, thanks.

12.  What is your reading comfort zone?  Action/Adventure, Steampunk, a little bit of historical fiction, classics. 
13.  Can you read in the car?  
Sadly, no. I used to be able to, when I was young ("and unafraid...and dreams were made and used and wasted..."), but no longer.
14.  Where is your favourite place to read?  
In my bedroom or hiding in the guest bedroom downstairs. 

15.  What is your policy on book-lending?  
The book should return to me looking exactly the way I loaned it to you... 

16.  Do you ever dog-ear in books?  
I used to, when I was young and foolish. (I still am young and foolish, but I think I'm improving! At least, I hope so!)

17.  Do you ever write in the margins of your books?  Only my Bible. 

18.  What about text books? No! That would lower the resale value!

19.  What is your favourite language to read in?  Seeing as I am not bilingual, English.

20.  What makes you love a book? 
Adorable characters that become either my best friends or my dream guy, that I can't help but gush over to my mom, whose lives entwine with mine so hard that I'm not a whole person until I finish reading the book.
21.  What would inspire you to recommend a book?  I must love it with few reservations.

22.  What is your favourite genre?  In the past it has probably been historical fiction, action/adventure, or fantasy, but I'm into steampunk now (though it's hardish to find appropriate steampunk novels sometimes).

23.  What is a genre you rarely read but wish that you did?  Biographies. I need to venture into the non-fictions section... #maybesomeday

24.  Favourite biography?  See #23. But I'm pretty sure I'm gonna love Fatal Purity once I get a chance to read it.

25.  Have you ever read a self-help book?  
Are there self-help books on how to read self-help books without getting bored?

26.  Favourite cookbook?  Are there cookbooks that tell you how to microwave food?

27.  What is the most inspirational book you have read this year?  Not sure, and I'm to tired to consult The List.

28.  Favourite reading snack?  Anything. Well, anything that I would normally eat. Preferably not to messy though.

29.  Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience. Ummm.. not sure actually.
30.  How often do you agree with critics about a book?  I dunno. I don't really read reviews (except Amazon reviews).

31.  How do you feel about giving negative reviews?  
I get upset when people bash the books I love. :(

32.  If you could read a foreign language, which would you choose?  French! #lesmis

33.  What was the most intimidating book you've ever read?  Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.

34.  What is the most intimidating book you're too nervous to begin? 
The Count of Monte Cristo, also by our dear friend Victor H.

35.  Who is your favourite poet?  I don't read poetry of my own free will.

36.  On average, how many books do you have checked out of the library at any given time?  3

37.  How often do you return books to the library unread?  30-50%, sadly.

38.  Who are your favourite fictional characters?  Ummm... Sir Percy (SP) Sydney Carton (ATOTC...and my hero) Gideon Seymour (Gideon Trilogy), Petroc from Tales of Karensa, Jared & Kiero (Incarceron), Alex (Alex Rider series), Yassen G. (Russian Roulette)... *glancing around at bookshelves* Michael Henshaw (Mayor of Casterbridge... what a heartbreaking guy... *sniffle* and sometimes you just wanna smack him upside the head and tell him to get his act together... *cries*), King Tirian (Narnia), Boromir, Faramir, Frodo & Sam (LotR)... erm... I think that's all for now.

39.  Who is your favourite fictional villain?  Um...

40.  What are the books you are most likely to take on vacation?  An old friend I haven't read in ages, or a new book I've bought (or been given) that I haven't had time for.

41.  What is the longest you have gone without reading?  Probably 6 months to possibly a year (terrible, I know. I was in a very illiterate place for a while, before a library rekindled my love of books and caused me to check out 6+ books at a time).

42.  Name a book that you could not or would not finish.  The Inkheart Trilogy. When you're 12, some of the words in the book are traumatizing.

43.  What distracts you easily when you're reading?  People talking. 

44.  What is your favourite film adaptation of a novel?  Lord of the RingsA Tale of Two CitiesThe Chronicles of Narnia, and the Horatio Hornblower series.

45.  What is the most disappointing film adaptation?  I might say The Hobbit if I wasn't frightened of the picketing that would occur if I said so.
46.  What is the most money you have spent in a bookstore at one go?  
Ermph... maybe $12. 

47.  How often do you skim a book before reading it?  I just read half of the cover synopsis.

48.  What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?  Muchos inappropriateness, muchos swear words, boringness, and exceptionally anti-Christian views.

49.  Do you like to keep your books organized?  Somewhat.

50.  Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you're done with them?  If I loved them, I keep them. If I don't, they are either sold or donated.

51.  Are there any books you've been avoiding?  Überly popular novels/series/books/things.

52.  Name a book that made you angry.  Sapphique because *SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER* Jared and Claudia didn't end up together! WHYWHYWHYWHYWHY... it hurts... :(

53.  A book you didn't expect to like, but did?  Cry, the Beloved Country. What a beautiful and unique story. And The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen. I was prejudiced against that book because it had won an award (and somehow whenever I tried to read books with golden and silver awards stuck on their covers, I always found them boring). But my dad thought it looked interesting, so I started reading it for his sake, and then completely loved it. My mom read it too!

54.  How about a book you expected to like, but didn't?  Hmmm. Ummm... I have to think about this one.

55.  Favourite guilt-free pleasure reading?  Guilt-free, huh? Is it natural to feel guilty about reading? Well, any of my well-loved favorites, really. Narnia, LotR, etc. 

Whew!!! This quiz was very fun, but an epic in itself! Time for bed now...


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