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55 Questions about Reading, Books, and the Like

One of the few writers I follow on twitter is Terry Teachout, who is an art critic of sorts…as well as a playwright…and author of biographies. He recently linked to some questions he answered way back in 2011, and I found them interesting, in the bookish sort of way, so I thought I’d take a stab at them as well.

1. Favorite childhood book?
 IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION. Sigh. Perhaps I’ll go with “The Westing Game”, by Susan Raskin.

2. What are you reading right now? blogs, twitter, The Joy of Cooking, a biography entitled “Spiced”, and “The Museum of Intangible Things” by Wendy Wunder.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
 I haven’t requested anything…yet.

4. Bad book habit?
 I dog ear my pages. And occasionally leave spines open, facedown. Shame me.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? I think 13 items.

6. Do you have an e-reader? 
Nay.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? See answer #2. I like to mix my fiction and non-fiction reads.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
 No.

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far)? Eh, if I don’t like a book after 50 pages, I put it down, so I can’t say I made it the whole way through a book that I didn’t at least semi-enjoy.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
 Impossible to know or remember. I read … a lot.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? Whenever I want. What’s the point of a reading comfort zone? What is that?

12. What is your reading comfort zone? ^ see rhetorical question above.

13. Can you read on the bus?
 Yes. And I did throughout my school years.

14. Favorite place to read?
 Used to be in bed. Now it’s probably in the evening when I’m chilling.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
 Borrow it. If i remember to ask for it back, then please give it back.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books? Jah.


17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books? Textbooks and cookbooks, oh yes.. Not fiction books.

18. Not even with text books?
 ^^^

19. What is your favorite language to read in? I only know one.

20. What makes you love a book?
 Expansion of my worldview, an established relationship with the character, a challenge for me to ‘figure it out’ and see where it’s going… oh, most anything has potential.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? Remembering that I liked it.


22. Favorite genre?
 YA realistic/historic fiction and mysteries. And cookbooks.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)? Fantasy. I wish I could like it.

drjohn.jpg24. Favorite biography? Oooh, I can’t say. 

25. Have you ever read a self-help book? Absolutely. 

26. Favorite cookbook?
 Joy of Cooking is up there, as is America’s Test Kitchen.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
 The sections of “Three To Get Married” by Fulton Sheen that I’ve read. Also, “This Star Won’t Go Out” memoir/retelling of Esther’s life.

28. Favorite reading snack?
 Coffee.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
 None, as yet. That said i refused to read Harry Potter until 2007 because I was afraid the hype would ruin it for me.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
 I don’t particularly read critics.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? I speak the truth.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
 Latin. So much Catholic history to be read…

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read? Books can intimidate?

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
 See above.

35. Favorite poet?
 Not a huge poetry buff.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time? More than 10, less than 30.

37. How often have you returned a book to the library unread? pretty infrequent, but depends whether I renew or decide to just abandon them lest I get an overdue fee.

38. Favorite fictional character?
 Hooboy. Scout in TKAM is one of many… Sirius Black, The Watson Family, etc. Liesl from “The Book Thief”. 

39. Favorite fictional villain? Snape. Is he, or isn’t he? 😉 

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
 Whatever I’m in the middle of…

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
 eh, mayhaps a week.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
 Philip Pullman’s series, the one with the fantasy characters… that one.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
 If the TV’s on. that’s about it.

Annex%20-%20Bogart%2C%20Humphrey%20%28In%20a%20Lonely%20Place%29_NRFPT_02.jpg44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
 Yeesh, I don’t know. 

45. Most disappointing film adaptation? So many. 

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time? eh, less than $50 I’d presume. I don’t spend much on books.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
 Rarely, but I always skim a cookbook before checking it out of the library.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?
 Boring, lack of character development, too many characters, vulgarity or obscene plotlines.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized? Yes, though I’m not excessively finicky about it.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
 Oh, give it away.

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding? No. There are some I refuse to read.

52. Name a book that made you angry.
 heh. there are a lot of candidates for that one.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
 actually, the entire Harry Potter series. I thought for sure I’d hate them.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t? John Green’s “Looking for Alaska”. Just meh. 

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
 Is there guilty reading? I mean, I read for pleasure when I have time to. That’s good enough for me! 🙂

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