Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Meme of Reading Questions

In an effort to keep my blog active, I thought I'd give this meme a shot. (I found out about it RoeSpot - More Coffee, Please..., who linked it back to Booking Through Thursday.)

1. Favorite childhood book?
"The Prydain Chronicles" by Lloyd Alexander.

2. What are you reading right now?
The Glorious Deception: The Double Life of William Robinson, aka Chung Ling Soo, the "Marvelous Chinese Conjurer" by Jim Steinmeyer; The Magic Island by W. B. Seabrook.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
None currently.

4. Bad book habit?
I'm always picking up more books (either from the library or the used book store) than I have time to read.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
The Magic Island by W. B. Seabrook.

6. Do you have an e-reader?

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
I prefer one at a time, but I can typically read one fiction and one non-fiction simultaneously.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

9. Least favorite book you read this year (so far?)
Personal Effects: Dark Art by J. C. Hutchins and Jordan Weisman.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
Neverland by Douglas Clegg.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
Not as often as I probably should.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
Horror fiction and horror film reference.

13. Can you read on the bus?

14. Favorite place to read?
Anywhere at home.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
Depends on the book.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?

18. Not even with text books?

19. What is your favorite language to read in?
English (my only option).

20. What makes you love a book?
When a writer gives me characters that feel real, a setting that makes me jealous that my own world isn't nearly as fantastic or interesting, or information that is new to me, I know I've found a book that has earned my love and respect.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
Can I just say, "Ditto," and refer to Question 20?

22. Favorite genre?

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)

24. Favorite biography?
Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard by Mark Finn

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

26. Favorite cookbook?
I don't have one.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
Bijou of the Dead by Robert Freese.

28. Favorite reading snack?
My only preference would be something that doesn't leave fingerprints.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
Depends on the critic.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
If warranted, I will give a negative review, but I will do my best to back up my negative review with critical commentary, and I'll also try to find something positive to say (I try to do this over at Mail Order Zombie).

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?

33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
The Compleat Crow by Brian Lumley

34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
I honestly can't think of one right now.

35. Favorite Poet?
Robert E. Howard.

36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
I go back and forth between having too many and none at all. I'm not a huge fan of our local library/library system, so lately, I've been going to the library less and less.

37. How often have you returned book to the library unread?
I'll do this if I get a book home and discover that it's not quite what I thought it was when I checked it out, or I have so many books checked out that I hadn't gotten to it before it's due.

38. Favorite fictional character?
I'm going to hold off an answering this one right now (and the next one) as I think I want to address this fully in a future Plan D entry.

39. Favorite fictional villain?
See Question 38.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
Any Robert E. Howard or H. P. Lovecraft collection (if I'm not bringing a magazine instead).

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
Maybe a week.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (see below).

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
A television.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
When I was a kid, I loved Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, but these days, I spend a lot of time with Conan the Barbarian (even though it's a terrible adaptation of any of Robert E. Howard's actual short stories). Also, Universal's classic horror films - Dracula and Frankenstein - are some of my favorites (again, though, they are not the best adaptations).

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
The Mist.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
I'd rather not say as my wife might read this!

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
When I'm in a brick-and-mortar bookstore, I always double-check to see if the book is written in first-person perspective. If it is, it better catch my attention right away, because I typically do not enjoy this perspective choice in my fiction.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?

49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
I do, but I haven't organized them in a long time.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
This is something that Bren and I have been addressing a lot lately. Since she has an e-reader, a lot of her books are now stored electronically, which has allowed us to release some of her novels into the wild. If the book is a reference book, a special edition, or an out-of-print/rare novel, I'm more likely to kep them. I also collect my favorite authors, which means I'm constantly needing to reorganize my bookshelves (when they are organized - see Question 49).

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks. (It might not be fair to say I'm avoiding it. I'm about halfway through it, and have not made it a priority to finish it. The listeners of my podcast might hate me a little bit for this!)

52. Name a book that made you angry.
The Bride of Frankenstein: Pandora's Bride by Elizabeth Hand

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
I don't typically pick up a book unless I expect to find something to enjoy/learn.

54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
The Bantam Books "Indiana Jones" novels that were published from 1991-1999.


Roe said...

I have all of the Indiana Jones novels. Love them! I'm finishing off the meme now, check in with you soon. :)

Heather said...

Take my opinion however you like, but I think you should just bag WWZ. It's obvious you are not enjoying it, so stop torturing yourself trying to finish it and move onto something you want to read and enjoy reading.