Get to know me a bit better…55 (!) Bookish questions!

 

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Something a bit different today! I noticed this bookish questions post on Shannon’s blog and decided to answer the questions so you can all know a little bit more about me! The questions originated from The Literary Lollipop.

1. Favourite childhood book:

Matilda, by Roald Dahl. That girl is a fabulous role model… except for the punishing parents part of course, but hey…they deserved it!

2. What are you reading right now?

At the time of writing this post I’m reading Everbound by Brodi Ashton.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?

I don’t visit the library.

4. Bad book habit:

Can buying too many books be a bad book habit please?

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?

I don’t visit the library.

6. Do you have an e-reader?

I do. I have a Kindle. I think one of the very first Kindles, because I used to barely use it. I just prefer a real book and always will.

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

I prefer to give all of my undivided attention to one book!

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

Oh yes. I read more frequently, I read more widely. I have received some fabulous recommendations!

9.Least favourite book you read this year:

Ooh this question is mean! But I’ll answer… Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid. I expected so much, but didn’t get on with the story.

10. Favourite book I’ve read this year:

Oooh another tough one but for very different reasons. Either Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo or Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?

I’ve become better at it. I try to read a few books outside of my comfort zone a year.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?

It’s changed. It used to be chick-lit, now it’s contemporary.

13. Can you read on the bus?

Yes! Luckily.

14. Favourite place to read?

My bed or in the bath as long as I’m VERY careful.

15. What’s your policy on book lending?

I only lend books to people I really trust, especially if I want them back. If I don’t then I’m quite happy to let anyone keep a copy!

16. Do you dogear your books?

No!

17. Do you write notes in the margins of your books?

Oh no!

18. Do you break/crack the spine of your books?

It hurts to even think about that. No!

19. What is your favourite language to read?

English. It’s the only language I can read. Shamefully.

20. What makes you love a book?

If I can really connect with a character. It doesn’t matter to me whether I don’t like them or not. If they’ve made me feel something I know it’s a good book.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?

If I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and need it to be read more widely so I can discuss it. Also, if it’s a hyped book and I believe in the hype, I’m gonna hype it a little bit more!

22. Favourite genre:

Contemporary or pyschological thrillers!

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?):

Classics

24. Favourite Biography:

I don’t actually read many biographies so I can’t answer this one!

25. Have you ever read a self-help book? (And, was it actually helpful?)

I haven’t yet, but I do have My Age of Anxiety to read. I hope to get that soon.

26. Favourite Cookbook:

Healthy: Good Food Made Simple.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year: (fiction or non-fiction):

It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.

28. Favourite reading snack:

Peanuts or cashew nuts!

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience:

The Fault In Our Stars– John Green.

30. How often do you agree with the critics about about a book?

Sometimes. Not all of the time, but occasionally we’re on the same page.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

I don’t mind saying something negative, but I always look for something positive as well in any book. It’s just not in me to be able to trash a book. I don’t review books that I don’t finish.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?

French!

33. Most intimidating book I’ve read:

Gone With The Wind.

34. Most intimidating book I’m too nervous to begin:

Les Miserables.

35. Favourite Poet:

I don’t really like poetry.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out from the library at any given time?

When I used to use the library I used to take about 4-6.

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

I don’t use the library anymore, but I used to read them all!

38. Favourite fictional character:

There could be so many! A recent favourite is Alina from the Grisha Trilogy.

39. Favourite fictional villain:

Voldemort. It has to be!

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation:

Light, fluffier contemporary reads.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading:

When I did my undergraduate degree (3 years) I didn’t read anything for pleasure. I was bogged down by philosophy books. I’m terrified that my postgraduate degree is going to do the same thing!

42. Name a book you could/would not finish:

Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?

If the television is very loud then it often distracts me!

44. Favourite film adaptation of a novel:

The Help.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation:

P.S I Love You.

46. Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time:

I don’t actually know… I try to erase that from my memory!

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it? :

I don’t. I usually go on synopsis and recommendations alone!

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?:

If I begin to skim read or not care about the characters. Then I know I’m not really engaged with it.

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

It’s…er…organised chaos!

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once they’ve been read?:

Since expanding my collection of books widely, I tend to just keep books now that really make an impact on me. I often pass on books to my sister, or the local charity shop (that handily come and get them from my house!)

51. Are there any books that you’ve been avoiding?:

Throne of Glass. I want to read it, but I’m scared of the hype.

52. Name a book that made you angry:

I don’t think a book has ever made me angry!

53. A book I didn’t expect to like but did:

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I devoured that series!

54. A book I expected to like but didn’t:

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I gave into the hype monster and it didn’t live up to the mark for me.

55. Favourite guilt-free guilty pleasure reading:

I adore reading chick-lit. It’s been hard to find good ones recently, but they’re often my ‘guilty pleasure’.

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32 thoughts on “Get to know me a bit better…55 (!) Bookish questions!

  1. .I don’t use the library either. Mainly cos UK libraries are rubbish, probably ironically due to lack of use.

    I recommend throne of glass! I originally gave it 3 stars because it wasn’t anything original but very enjoyable, but the sequel was fantastic!!

    • I do find the libraries in the UK are rubbish. It’s such a shame. My local library just does not a range of books. I shall try and read Throne of Glass soo. I’m just so intimidated by the hype!

      • I can understand that- that’s the same reason i’ve not tried other popular series yet like the darkest minds- every book which is popular on youtube just never seems to live up to the hype for me.

  2. I’m with you on a lot of these.. I always see book bloggers reading so many books at once and I just can’t do it. The most I can handle is having an audiobook and regular book because then I can keep them separate.

      • The key for me is trying to keep the genres different. I was listening to All Our Yesterdays (time travel) at the same time I was reading Isla and the Happily Ever After (contemp)… that’s normally the only way I could do it! Having two contemporaries going at the same time would not be easy, haha…. Also, I had the same experience in college too.. I was never able to read, it was awful! I hope you have better luck the next time you’re in school. Blogging helps!

  3. I am really wary of actually reading The Fault in Our Stars because of the hype… I am still debating it. I do recommend Throne of Glass, though, I thoroughly enjoyed it 🙂 do you mind if I use these questions and do a similar post?

    • Hmm, yes just beware of it! Of course you can use these questions, I think it was the original poster’s intention that we use the questions to create our own posts. 🙂 It’s fun to get to know each other a bit better!

      • I am still considering it, but somehow it always gets pushed back in favour of other books! 🙂 thank you…

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  5. Cashews are one of my favorite read snacks too. It gives you a healthier crunch without worrying about dirtying your fingers and the pages. I wish I read more classics as well. I always say I will, then never do.

  6. I just scheduled my 55 things posts! I gotta tell you, it was a pretty exhausting feeling. Now I know how George RR Martin feels after finishing a book. (*snort*) Anyway, good answers! There were so many that had me nodding along (particularly the spines question. When I first read it I just sat there blinking at the screen with my mouth hanging open. Who asks book lovers that kind of question? I mean, really.). I’m so sad to hear TFIOS was over hyped for you. Do you think you would have enjoyed it more if you hadn’t heard anything about it before hand? I didn’t really know anything going into it, and I loved it, but I wonder if I would have felt the same if I’d gone into it off the stratospheric hype machine that’s now behind it. Interesting. Also I wonder if anyone answered the “genre you rarely read” question with anything other than classics? That was mine too!

    • Haha! I know. I really didn’t know whether to split it into two sections but I decided to roll with it. Urgh, I know exactly what you mean about spines. My Grandmother bends the book spine right back and I actually hear it crack. Yet she thinks she takes good care of her books. Oh no, no! I’m sad to say that TFIOS was overhyped for me and I kind of have a bad feeling about that book now. I mean it was okay in my opinion and I enjoyed it, but it was nowhere near the masterpiece everyone was making it out to be. I may have enjoyed it if I hadn’t been expecting amazing things. I guess I’ll never know. I think Classics will be a popular answer to that question. But they must be classics for a reason!

  7. You have to be one of the few people I’ve come across who didn’t like TFIOS as much. Everyone’s been recommending it to me but I’ve been rather hesitant to pick it up because of the hype. I’ll still likely check it out eventually, especially as my best friend recently bought a copy for herself and said she’d lend it to me afterwards, lol.

    I enjoyed reading your responses to this! Will snag this questionnaire from you 😉

    • I am out here on my own a little not liking TFIOS as much as everyone else. I mean, I thought it was a good read but nowhere near as good as the hype suggests. But perhaps I’m just the black sheep with this one. Thanks Lianne! I look forward to reading your answers!

  8. Loved reading your answers to this questionnaire – I don’t use the library anymore either but that’s more because if I want a book, I want it now rather than it being rubbish although the opening times aren’t great for anyone who works long days either. I do hope you have time to read for pleasure during your postgrad 🙂

    • Thank you Cleo! I’ve not been impressed with my local library, so I just don’t look anymore. Such a shame. I’m crossing my fingers for good reading during my postgrad. I’m hoping I can reward some good work time with some happy reading time! I also hope to read on the commute. I’ll try and keep it up. I don’t want to go so long without reading again! I’ve missed it!

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