Apologies if you’re starting to get bored with these ‘book tags’, but I’m really trying to blog at least every other day, but I’m a busy student, so I don’t have time to read an entire book each day- lovely though that would be.
1. Favorite childhood book?
The Harry Potter series, no question.
2. What are you reading right now?
On the Road by Jack Kerouac.
3. Bad book habit?
Hmmm… never using a book mark, despite owning about 10!
4. Do you have an e-reader?
Yes- I’ve got a Kindle and I love it!
5. Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
I prefer to read one at a time, but if I’m reading something especially heavy going I’ll try and mix it up with a bit of lighter reading material. The only problem is that I’ve got to be really careful about keeping a good balance!
6. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Not particularly, but when I’m using my Kindle I tend to highlight more so that I can remember all the points I want to bring up!
7. Least favorite book you read this year (so far)?
Hmm… Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. I can appreciate it, but not enjoy it. The overwhelming sensation when I finished it was relief!
8. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
Oooh that’s a tough one! I’ve read so many amazing ones… maybe The Picture of Dorian Grey? Or Gone with the Wind? Or The Great Gatsby? Or Jane Eyre? ARGH I CAN’T CHOOSE.
9. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
I wouldn’t say that I really have a ‘comfort zone’- I’ve got quite eclectic tastes.
10. What is your reading comfort zone?
Same as question nine- I don’t really have one. I’m willing to give anything a go!
11. Can you read on the bus?
12. Favorite place to read?
Lying on my bed.
13. What is your policy on book lending?
Never lend Harry Potter to anyone. Ever.
14. Do you ever dog-ear books?
No- I’m absolutely terrible at using bookmarks, which is one of the advantages of using a Kindle!
15. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
Never! Unless I’m studying them, of course.
16. Not even with text books?
17. What is your favorite language to read in?
English, although I can read in French too, but as it’s not my first language it takes me a bit longer.
18. What makes you love a book?
There’s no set formula for me. I think most great books have interesting characters, a great plot and raise interesting questions but there are no ‘musts’.
19. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
Whether or not I enjoyed the book, and whether or not I think the recommendee will. There’s no point recommending a book that you know someone won’t enjoy.
20. Favorite genre?
I love the Victorian Gothic and 20th century American literature, but I’m willing to try anything!
21. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)
I don’t read much sci-fi, but that doesn’t mean I’d ever rule it out!
22. Favorite biography?
Michael McIntyre’s- it’s hilarious.
23. Have you ever read a self-help book?
24. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
I find all books inspiring in their own way… however none particularly spring to mind.
25. Favorite reading snack?
Chocolate, for sure!
26. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
Probably J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.
27. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
How long is a piece of string?
28. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I can usually find something positive to say about a book because there’s always someone who’ll enjoy it. I like most books, but to varying degrees, so I don’t think I’ve ever written a totally negative one. I wouldn’t be averse to it though, but I would avoid being scathing.
29. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
30. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
I don’t know that “intimidating” is a word you could use to describe a book. Gone with the Wind sometimes puts people off with its length, but I’ve never been scared to read anything.
31. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
War and Peace, just because I know it’ll take me ages. It’s a plan for next summer!
32. Favorite Poet?
I like Yeats, Hardy and Seamus Henley. I was always gutted that I didn’t get to study the latter at GCSE.
33. Favorite fictional character?
Ron Weasley. Or Scarlett O’Hara, for very different reasons.
34. Favorite fictional villain?
Milton’s Satan; I love his inner torment and his complexity.
35. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
I like to take a mix of chick lit and more serious stuff.
36. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
Not very long.
37. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
I read The Bell Jar at a time when I was feeling very down myself and I found it too much, but I’m definitely planning to pick it up again over Christmas.
38. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
People coming in my room to talk to me- well, not random people, my family. Or if our neighbours call round!
39. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
I always seem to find flaws in film adaptations, but I do love Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Or The Perks of Being a Wallflower– they did a great job with that.
40. Most disappointing film adaptation?
My Sister’s Keeper because they changed the ending! What’s that about?
41. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Oh gosh… I don’t really know!
42. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
43. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
A very slow plot- or exams.
44. Do you like to keep your books organized?
45. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
It depends on the book and how much I liked it.
46. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
All those books about fallen angels and things.
47. Name a book that made you angry.
48. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
The Man who was Thursday– I’d never heard of it before I read it but now I’m so glad I did!
49. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
50. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Most books! If you enjoy it, then don’t feel too guilty.