books, books, books

I am a thief. *shrugs* Sorry, but I'm not sorry. And if you get that reference, you are an awesome person.

Why am I a thief? I'm stealing yet another post idea, this time from this person (if it makes it any better, she stole it from someone else, so it's more like I'm copying her idea than actually stealing it, right?) Plus, it's all about books, so how can I resist?

1.  Your favourite book as a child?
 According to some people, I'm haven't escaped the childish phase...but I think the correct answer to this is probably the American Girls books. I own over half of them, and the other half I repeatedly borrowed from the library. The McGurk Organization, by E.W. Hildick was another favorite series.

2.  What are you reading right now? 
 Erm, a lot, actually. As always, A Tale of Two Cities is keeping company, along with Uprising (Margaret Haddix), Clockwork Prince (Cassandra Clare), Paige Rewritten (Erynn Mangum), Strikeforce (Nick James), and the Royal Ranger (John Flanagan).

3.  What books do you have on request at the library? 
The Fault in Our Stars. The freaking thing won't come in, or the librarians are just messing with me. That might be a bit more likely.

5.  What do you currently have checked out from your library?
 Prized (Caragh O'Brien), Watcher in the Woods (Robert Liparulo), and the Scorpio Races (Maggie Steifvater)

6.  Do you have an e-reader?  
My phone has the Kindle app on it, but other than that, nope.

7.  Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or do you tend to read several at once? 
 Seriously? Think long and hard about this one.

8.  Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? 
Not especially, tho I have noticed that in the period when I couldn't blog because of my stupid dead computer, I read a whole lot more (partially because I couldn't waste as much time on the internet, perhaps?)

9.  What was your least favourite book this year?
Probably City of Ashes. Or City of Glass. Whichever one of those that had the faux-incest in it.

10.  What was your FAVOURITE book this year?
 That's like asking my mom which of her kids is her favorite. You just don't do that.

11.  How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
  I try to give most books a shot, but if they're obviously outside my "reading requirements" or if I encounter something that truly infuriates/disturbs me, I usually put it down. The one exception of this is the Dream Thieves, because I freaking love that story, despite its many serious issues.

12.  What is your reading comfort zone?
  If a book has unceasing swearing, sensual or sexual situations, or graphic violence (and by graphic I mean REALLY graphic), I don't read it.  Genre-wise, I just don't like the supernatural/romance genre of things, but they're not out of my comfort zone.

13.  Can you read in the car? 
 Yup, but only for about an hour and a half at a time. Otherwise I get a headache. 
14.  Where is your favourite place to read?
 The bench under the giant tree in my front yard.

15.  What is your policy on book-lending? 
 I'll let you borrow a book, but if you crumple one page of my precious, I'm never lending anything to you again. Books have feelings too, you know.

16.  Do you ever dog-ear in books?
  ...I'll admit it. As a child, I did dog-ear some of my book pages. But I've since seen the light and have repented.

17.  Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
 Only if it's a book I'm reading for school and have to take notes on.

18.  What about text books?
  not really, actually. Weird.

19.  What is your favourite language to read in?
 Ummmm...I can read Hangul (korean characters), I just don't know what half the words mean (actually, not even half) I'm gonna go with English here.

20.  What makes you love a book? 
 It changes every time, actually. I've read too many books to count in my 17 years, and I have yet to figure out the main component that makes me fall in love with one. I'll let you know when I do.

21.  What would inspire you to recommend a book?
  Depends on the person. For my column at Inspired, I have 3 age groups I target, and I try to pick relatively Christian-friendly books. But with my friends, I'd be a bit more willing to recommend a wider variety of books.

22.  What is your favourite genre?
 Again with that picking thing. Honestly, you can do better. I love all my genres equally, thank you very much.

23.  What is a genre you rarely read but wish that you did?  
Historical fiction. I seriously loved that genre as a little girl, but in the transition to teenager-hood, I've lost the talent for finding good books in that genre. Makes me sad, actually.

24.  Favourite biography? 
 This is terrible, but Albert Marrin's Stalin stands as one of the best books I've ever read. Also, John Adams by John McCullogh, as long as you're willing to wade through that monstrosity (and have strong enough wrists to hold it up).

25.  Have you ever read a self-help book?
 Nopity nope nope no.

26.  Favourite cookbook? 
 Ummmmm.....I don't use cookbooks much. Most of the things I cook I've memorize the recipe and don't remember where the heck it originally came from.

27.  What is the most inspirational book you have read this year?
 Ender's Game--even thought it was a reread, it still inspired me.

28.  Favourite reading snack? 
 Apples! Ideally, oranges too, but they're so sticky that I can't read and keep my books clear from smudgy fingerprints at the same time.

29.  Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience. 
 I personally hated reading the Hunger Games, just because I'm a bit of a book hipster and didn't want to read it because everybody was freaking out over it (yes, I am a weird person).

30.  How often do you agree with critics about a book? 
 I don't really read book critic reviews, unless I'm unsure if I want to read something. Even then, I don't let their opinion change what I think of the book. Or at least, I try.

31.  How do you feel about giving negative reviews?
 I view it as something that has to be done. If a book didn't interest me, then I leave it alone, but if I had hope for it and it let me down, then I'm more likely to give a negative review of it. I do try to find little redeeming parts to it, tho. Don't want to be a complete Debbie Downer.

32.  If you could read a foreign language, which would you choose? 
 After the obvious choice of being able to fully read Hangul, probably Japanese. Though I'd have to get around the whole read backwards thing. Yeah...maybe brain might explode.

33.  What was the most intimidating book you've ever read?   
At 13, Pride and Prejudice was seriously intimidating. But currently, I can't think of any book like that.

34.  What is the most intimidating book you're too nervous to begin?
 I need to read Mere Christianity. And Until We Have Faces. And a whole bunch of other C.S. Lewis books that I haven't had the guts to delve into (because I don't want to read those books and come away with half of what he meant). Oh, and the Silmarillion. Need to read that too.

35.  Who is your favourite poet? 
  (can I completely fake out and say Shakespeare??) Emily Dickenson is a fave, too.
36.  On average, how many books do you have checked out of the library at any given time?
 5-8, usually. About half of those return unread, unfortunately. I need to learn moderation.

37.  How often do you return books to the library unread?  
^^see above^^

38.  Who are your favourite fictional characters?  
oooooooh this is gonna be a long one.
Simon and Dido from Joan Aiken's Wolves series (also Arun and Is, but let's not go there)
Mikkel, from Viking Quest, by a lady who's name is escaping me and I'm too lazy to look it up.
ANY of Rosemary Sutcliffe's characters.
Hazel Grace Lancaster, from TFioS.
Blue, from the Raven Boys.
Nasuada and Murtagh from the Inheritance Cycle.
Everyone in the Leviathan Trilogy (yes, even you, Vogler. Though I'm not quite sure about Malone. Give me some time.)
Howl from Howl's Moving Castle
Sean Kendrick, from the Scorpio Races
Day from Legend, by Marie Lu
and I could go on for hours.
39.  Who is your favourite fictional villain?  
Murtagh.  Robbie's Glimpse from the Door Within that I secretly wanted to adopt when I was little. Vogler (tho he's not really a villain...) 
40.  What are the books you are most likely to take on vacation?
 At least one of the Leviathan books, and After the Dancing Days. The others vary, but I always bring at least those two.

41.  What is the longest you have gone without reading? comment...

42.  Name a book that you could not or would not finish.  
Mockingjay, the last Hunger Games book. Completely lost my interest after page 10. Never tried finishing it, probably never will.

43.  What distracts you easily when you're reading? 
 People talking around me. I usually can block them out, but sometimes it seeps in and I have to go and reread the last 5 pages because I wasn't truly reading. 

44.  What is your favourite film adaptation of a novel?  
 LOTR...Ender's Game...Divergent was good, but not a fave...Pride and Prejudice...Emma...and others that I can't think of right now...

45.  What is the most disappointing film adaptation?
 Erm. Percy Jackson. City of Bones (tho I've only watched half of each movie, so I can't completely judge them).

46.  What is the most money you have spent in a bookstore at one go?
 heh...I bought Insurgent and Allegient in one go...both cost me a good 40 was a moment of weakness. 
47.  How often do you skim a book before reading it?  

48.  What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?  
Dry characters, school, cheesiness, school, gaping plot holes, school, just being bored, have I mentioned school?

49.  Do you like to keep your books organized?  
 YESH. I keep my personal books and my library books separate (not to mention my 'special-these-make-me-happy' books) and they always have to be in alphabetical order. Drives my family nuts. 

50.  Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you're done with them?  
Keep them. Even if I don't like them, I don't give them away, unless there's a book or garage sale I can profit from. Hence the reason why I still have a Maximum Ride book on my shelf, rotting away.
51.  Are there any books you've been avoiding?
 Not especially. For a while I avoided reading the Maze Runner, just because I'd heard many different things about it, but I'm (still) working my way through it, and it's quite interesting, actually.

52.  Name a book that made you angry. 
 Fahrenheit 451. In the most amazing way one can be angry. And After the Dancing Days. Angry at myself.

53.  A book you didn't expect to like, but did?  
The Fault in Our Stars, actually. Because of I was dealing with cancer in my own family life, I really expected to hate it, but it turned out to be so much more than a book about two kids with cancer.

54.  How about a book you expected to like, but didn't?  
...I'm still deciding about the Dream Thieves...

55.  Favourite guilt-free pleasure reading? 
 Goliath, by Scott Westerfeld, Roadside Assistance, by Amy Clipton, and any of the Penderwick books. 

That was fun!
now I need to go read a hundred pages of A Tale of Two Cities and finish memorizing James 2. 


  1. I love this post:) You're a lot like me in your reading habits. Like, a LOT. lol. I love the Fault In Our Stars and the LOTR movies. (Im working on reading the Hobbit now actually. Maybe I'll even read the rest of them. They intimidate me.)
    Fun questions! I might steal them from you:)

  2. I stole this post from you (also you SHOULD read the maze runner) :) I love your blog


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