Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Channel Your Inner Bookworm!

This super fun book survey comes from Jay, who always finds the most interesting questionnaires. Thank you, Jay, for tagging us!

  1. Favorite childhood book?

I loved the Boxcar Children, Charlotte’s Web, Anne of Green Gables, The Babysitter’s Club, and the Nancy Drew books.  The bookstore rivaled the toy store when I was little.
2. What are you reading right now?

On recommendation from a friend, I’m reading The House of Night series. It’s a vampire series, but it’s pretty different from the others. 
3. What books do you have on request at the library?

Oh, it’s awful, but I haven’t been to the library in years.  I do love library books, though—the crinkly covers, the mysterious musty smell.

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

*hides head* Nothing.

5. Do you have an e-reader?

Nope, not interested. I mean, they’re cool little gadgets, but I’m a total traditionalist—I like holding a book in my hands and actually turning the pages.  I even like seeing a book sitting on my nightstand.  Plus, I love bookmarks—seriously, I kind-of collect them.

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

I’ve read two at one time before, but I really prefer to read one book at a time. I enjoy getting lost in the world for as long as possible.    

7. Can you read on the bus?

Oh, sure. I read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on a drive across country.  It was so much fun—I actually got annoyed when the sun had the nerve to set.

8. Favorite place to read?

My bed.

9. Do you ever dog-ear books?

No! Never! lol Bookmarks, people! Bookmarks! Lol
10. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?

If I need to make notes, I use pink/blue/yellow post-it notes and stick them on the pages. 

11. What makes you love a book?

Characters.  It’s so important to have a main character who “speaks” to the reader, someone the reader can connect with.  I hate it if by the end of a novel, I feel like I never fully “knew” the main character.  Voice goes hand-in-hand with characters that jump off the page.  If the characters/voice are interesting, then I look for a world/story that will let me escape reality.

12. What will inspire you to recommend a book?

If it’s something I can’t put down or want to read again, I’ll absolutely recommend it.
13. Favorite genre?

What can I say, I love the fantasy worlds.

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

Ugh, awful.  People who write take such pride in what they do; their works become as precious to them as their loved ones.  Maybe the best review is one that is constructive.

15. Favorite Poet?

I don’t really have one.  I love reading poetry, including poems by fellow bloggers.
16. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?

Since I don’t really check out books anymore, I can’t really answer this one. Um, I’m feeling so guilty over these library questions that I think I’ll make a trip to my library this spring and check out a book, any book.

17. How often have you returned books to the library unread?

Oh, well, I never did that.

18. Favorite fictional character?

So many.  Elizabeth Bennett, Marianne Dashwood, Mr. Darcy, Colonel Brandon, Dracula, Sookie Stackhouse, Nancy Drew, Harry Potter (and all HP characters, really, Hermione, Ron, Luna, Tonks, Lupin, Snape, Sirius, Dumbledore, McGonagall, etc.).

19. Favorite fictional villain?


20. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?

Probably something new and an old reliable, like Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or True Blood.

21. The longest I’ve gone without reading.

Um, I don’t think I’ve ever gone any appreciable amount of time without reading.

22. Name a book that you could/would not finish.

I don’t think there is a book I didn’t push through, but there is one I had to skip through.  I hate to say this, but I skipped over large chunks of New Moon in the Twilight Saga, particularly the times Bella kept talking about the large, gaping hole in her stomach.  I loved the end of the book, though, when the Volturi came into play and wished more of the novel had taken place in Volterra, Italy.

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

Nothing.  When I’m in the world, I’m in the world to stay.

24. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?

Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Gone With the Wind.

25. Most disappointing film adaptation?

Honestly, none can compare to the original novels.  Some try very hard to capture the aura of the original works, and they do a phenomenal job.  Still, if you’ve read the original work, it’s nearly impossible not to compare. But, I just enjoy the films and know they’ve done the best they can to bring the written word to life.

26. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
I usually read from beginning to end, although it might take me longer to finish if I’m not enjoying it.  Even if I want to stop reading, I try not to.  Not getting a good read on the main character and a very specific type of redundancy can be distracting.

27. Do you like to keep your books organized?

Usually by series.  If it’s a stand alone novel, I’ll organize by theme/genre. 

28. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?

Oh, I’m so a keeper of books.

Okay, now it’s your turn to reveal your inner bookworm! If you want to be tagged, then…TAG, you’re it!!!


  1. I must admit, that as a child, I took out of our school library Charlie and the Chocolate Factory so many times, that I actually got a lecture from the Principal that I was being a bit of a book hog! And I agree, no dog earring the pages people!!! (seriously, I am so weird, I must get a new book mark for each book I read! LOL)

    1. Aww! Mr. Principal so shouldn't have lectured you! lol Yay, another bookmark addict!!! (confession: I can't leave the bookstore without a new bookmark).lol

  2. alright...I totally have to steal this being a huge book nerd myself. I cannot stand when people dog ear books. I have a list of rules if I lend books to people! Nobody and I mean nobody dog ears my pages! I do have an ereader for travel purposes, cost effectiveness, and to "go green" on print and I love it but I find that when I love a book I still buy it for my bookshelf. :)

    I have read the House of Night series...not bad but definitely not a favorite. I'm reading the Song of Ice & Fire (Game of Thrones) series by George R. R. Martin and you would love it...very cool series.

    Can't wait to answer these for myself.

    1. I knew you would love this questionnaire!

      House of Night--agree. You totally read my mind--The Game of Thrones is next on my must read list! :) How is it compared to Lord of the Rings???

      Can't wait to read your answers!!! :)

  3. You sound so much like my inner bookworm, it's scary!!

    Do you prefer hardcover or paperback?

    1. LOL-:)

      Paperback, but I do have a few hardcovers. :)

  4. Oooh! Fun!

    I'm with you - no dog earring pages! I'm down to one book mark that I can actually locate, which sucks, but oh well. I used to frequent my school library a lot, and in the summer the local library, but I haven't checked out a novel from a library since high school. *hangs head*

    1. It really was fun! :)

      LOL--I misplaced all my bookmarks a few months ago and darn near wigged. Finally found them tucked away under my Harry Potter books on my bookshelf. Apparently, at some point, I thought that was a good idea. *rolls eyes*

      Oh, I was hanging my head big time over the library questions. I hated school libraries, but I love regular libraries. It's bizarre, I know. lol

  5. I've been a traditionalist, liking to hold the book, but as my bookcases have started to overflow, I'm thinking seriously of acquiring a Kindle. Soon.

    1. Yeah, that is a real benefit of the Kindle. I'm just so stubborn about them versus an actual, physical book. lol

  6. Let me see if I can get all these: (this is awesome by the way!)

    1. favorite childhood books - anything by Judy Bloom. LOVED LOVED LOVED! I still have all of them!
    2. What are you reading right now? I'm reading "Shantaram". It's one of my favorites. I read it in 2006 and now again for bookclub
    3. request at the library? I too haven't been to the library in years. i have a library card and was pretty excited about it, but because i love to buy books..I don't go to the library.
    4. n/a
    5. I just got an e-reader for Christmas. I really wanted one for when i travel as I buy a lot of books when i travel and it's kind of a waste of money because i generally don't bring them home w/me since they are extra weight. i haven't started using it yet.
    6. I usually have a few on the go at once.
    7. When I take the bus - I love to read on it.
    8. favorite place? oh ditto! my bed. and the beach. in the summer
    9. DOG EAR? GASP!!! NEVER!
    10. I don't write in my books but much like you, I will put notes on sticky notes and stick them on the pages.
    oh darn my phone is ringing. i'll have to come back!!!

    1. LOL--I hope you have time to answer the rest of them! We'd love to read your answers!

  7. I HATE dog-eared books, I'm a traditionalist too and I perservered reading the Edward-less bits in New Moon but did flick ahead to see when he was coming back lol!!

    1. LOL--Yeah, I think having Edward missing for the majority of the book affected how I read those parts. lol

  8. Love this, Frisky! I'm definitely going to "borrow" it for my blog. :)

    And, like you, I haven't been to a library in a LOOOOOONG time. Probably going on 14 years now. Longer if you don't include research for my undergrad thesis. Probably closer to 20 years if you're talking purely recreational reading. I'm very stubborn in that I want to read a very specific book RIGHT NOW! And the public libraries where I grew up . . . let's just say they left a lot to be desired in the selection of titles they carried.

    Plus, I'm a book hoarder. They have to belong to ME, and me only! My precioussssssss!

    1. Yay! I can't wait to read your answers! :)

      LOL LOL LOL!!!!!! Gollum!!!! LOL!!!!

  9. This is great! I answered all the questions in my head but I'll tell you this.....I have 35 books on
    request at the library! (art/design mostly)

    1. Aw, yay, we have a library-goer!!! I really need to go to the local library. :)

    2. I've even seen some very nice looking men visiting the library. It's not just for us oldies you know! ;P

    3. Well, that does it, I'm going to the library. lol

  10. I reccomend the "Mistborn" Trilogy if you are into something a little different.

    1. Ooh! Thank you! I will look it up and read about it! :)

  11. Game of Thrones is WAY WAY better than Lord of the Rings.. It will totally blow you away...

    1. Really?! Awesome! I can't wait to start it!!!!!!! :)

  12. I haven't been in a library in years. I'm so old I think I deserve to buy books. It's a reward for reaching this age.