Sunday, November 21, 2010

A really long book meme

courtesy of Salome Ellen

1. Favorite childhood book?
When I was in first grade, this book called Charlie the Caterpillar. When I was a little older, Ella Enchanted. I still love Ella; haven't read Charlie in years to know if it's actually any good.

2. What are you reading right now?
The Brothers Karamazov--for school, but I love it so much that I'm glad for another chance to read it.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
Liturgy of the Hours: Its history and its importance as the communal prayer of the Church after Vatican II, by Fr. Dominic F. Scotto, TOR. Blogs, Wikipedia, Second life, and Beyond: from production to produsage, by Axel Bruns. Watching the watchdog: Blogging as the fifth estate, by Stephen D. Cooper. All books that came in too late to be used in research papers and that I will not be picking up.

4. Bad book habit?
Walking and reading, probably.

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

A dozen different things, mostly about marriage because of my last research paper. I need to drop them off in the chute today or tomorrow.

6. Do you have an e-reader?
E-readers are an abomination.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
Usually I prefer to have 2 or 3 going at once, but in my day I could have a dozen that I was reading all at the same time and still follow the plot of each.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
Yes, but that's correlation rather than causation. (I also became a college student in the fall of 2007...)

9. Least favorite book you read this year?

Whatever book that was by David Hume that we read in Honors last semester. I disliked it so much I won't even look up the title for you.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
Alex O'Donnell and the Forty Cybertheives, by Regina Doman.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
What's a comfort zone?

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
See, these questions should be reversed. Honestly, the only limit I have is nasty explicit content, and I almost never read outside that.

13. Can you read on the bus?
It's been a while since I've been on the bus, but I have no problems reading on planes and very little difficulty reading in cars, so I'll say yes.

14. Favorite place to read?
The comfy brown chair at home. I am stealing that chair when I graduate.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
My precioussssss...Seriously, though, I will fairly often say to someone, "You should read this book" and then give them my copy of it. Since this only happens between me and close friends, I know they'll give it back.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Very rarely.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
Nooooooooooooooooooo (breath) oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

18. Not even with text books?

19. What is your favorite language to read in?
English. I don't think my Spanish is good enough to read a whole book, and my Latin is even worse.

20. What makes you love a book?
When it makes me go into poetic raptures. It's hard to define what exactly will do that, though. (Dostoyevsky and Lewis both have good track records in inducing poetic raptures.)

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
If it induces poetic raptures, and I think the person I'm recommending it to is the sort to be able to have poetic raptures.

22. Favorite genre?
I read just about anything, though I'm not a huge fan of what little horror I've read. If I had to pick I'd say sci-fi.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
Going off the last question...I haven't read some good classic sci-fi in a couple years. (Ray Bradbury ftw!)

24. Favorite biography?
Surprised by Joy, by C. S. Lewis.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Of course. My favorite general self-help books are the Seven Habits family by the Coveys. (The only one I've read all the way through is The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey.)

26. Favorite cookbook?
My mom's Better Homes and Gardens cookbook from the eighties. Yay for butter in everything!

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or nonfiction)?
Hmmm...Let's say A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken.

28. Favorite reading snack?
Just about anything. I really like apples and books, even though I hate getting sticky pages as a result.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
I'm not sure. There have been plenty of books which I thought were overrated, but I wouldn't say hype ruined my reading experience.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
Not very often.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
Go for it, but have reasons. You can't just say "I hated this book" and leave it at that.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
Russian. I'm that much of a Dostoyevsky fangirl.

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
War and Peace, I suppose. I didn't end up liking it very much, either.

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
After finishing War and Peace, there's not much that scares me anymore.

35. Favorite poet?
Probably T. S. Eliot.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
Half a dozen?

37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
At the end of summer and Christmas vacations.

38. Favorite fictional character?
Too many to list. At this moment, Ivan Fyodorovich Karamazov.

39. Favorite fictional villain?

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
Whatever I happen to be reading at the time.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
Does not compute.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
Chesterton's Orthodoxy. I'm about due for my biannual attempt at reading that book.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
A lot of stuff. I'm a distractible person.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. (The one that came out a few years ago.)

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Prince Caspian. Ella Enchanted was pretty bad as well, but Caspian was more disappointing because of how well they'd done LWW.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
$600+ on textbooks.

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

Only for school.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
The Second Coming. I usually either give up on a book after 2-3 chapters or read it all the way through. If I make it to halfway I've invested enough time on it that I feel like I have to finish.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes, but right now they're not at all.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
Depends on if I liked them.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
Well, right now I'm avoiding finishing The Brothers Karamazov by doing this meme.

52. Name a book that made you angry.
Moby Dick, because I was 14 at the time and a very black-and-white thinker. I should go back and try that book again sometime.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
Brideshead Revisited? I didn't decide I liked that book until about the last 10 pages.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
War and Peace?
I kept waiting for the pace to pick up and everything to suddenly wrap itself up brilliantly, and just sort of ended, instead.

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
Can I say Dostoyevsky again?


Becky D. said...

Some of your answers made me laugh so much, especially the how long without reading. That was probably the day I gave you a timeout from being able to read and you were still doing schoolwork so probably still reading something. Charlie The Caterpillar is still on the bookshelf. You can read it to the little ones this weekend.

Melanie B said...

I think I'm going to have to steal this meme. I am constitutionally unable to resist book memes. I loved reading all your answers.