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:
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?
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?
17. Do you write notes in the margins of your books?
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?):
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?
33. Most intimidating book I’ve read:
Gone With The Wind.
34. Most intimidating book I’m too nervous to begin:
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:
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?:
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’.