Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Reading habits

I decided recently that I don't blog nearly enough about books any more. So when Gina posted this earlier today, I figured I'd steal it play along!

If you could live in a fictional world, where would that be?

Like Gina, I think this is the hardest question on the list. That said, I'd quite like to hang out in the Discworld for a while!!  

Do you read in noisy or quiet places?

Both. I read on the tram on my way into uni, which is usually pretty noisy. But I also read before I go to bed, which is quiet. 

What was the first book you ever read?

I have absolutely no idea, I was four and it was from the library! The first book I loved, however, was Robert Munsch's The Paperbag Princess. Because it's totally badass.

If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?


Favorite Author?

I have to pick one? That's unpossible! Let's instead go with a shortlist: 

- Terry Pratchett
- Charles Dickens
- Jane Austen
- Kelley Armstrong
- Gail Carriger
- JK Rowling
- Bill Bryson

Do reviews influence your choices of reads?

Reviews in the newspaper and magazines? Probably not. Reviews from people I'm friends with on Goodreads? If it's something that sounds interesting and their review is positive, yes. Based on some of the utter bollocks I've read recently, I should really start paying more attention to the ratings things have been given on Goodreads!

Fiction or Non-fiction?

A combination of both. Probably like 85% fiction, 15% non-fiction. Obviously, it's higher during semester because I have to read a lot of academic non-fiction. But the stuff I read by choice is probably 15% non-fiction. Mostly history stuff. 

Have you ever met your favorite author?

I don't really have one favourite author, as you can see from the short list! But I *HAVE* met Bill Bryson, Kelley Armstrong and Terry Pratchett, so I guess that's a yes! 

Audio books or Paperback?

Paperback. Books = paper. None of this audio or e-book nonsense for me, thank you very much!  Today in class, we had to use reference books to look up a whole lot of stuff. A bunch of people in the class were all "UGH. Why can't we just Google it??" I, on the other hand, was all "I GET TO USE A DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS? BEST. DAY. EVER!!!!" #nerd

Classic or Modern Novels?

A combination of both. Since I've started going to the library again, it's more modern than classic. But when I'm reading my own stuff, it's probably 60% modern, 40% classics.  

Book groups or Solitary Reading?

Solitary reading. OHMYGOD, solitary reading. I'm not a huge fan of discussing books that I read for fun. That seems far too much like homework to me. Plus, I'd rather read what I want to read when I want to read it, rather than having to read what's required by the list!

If you could invite three dead authors to a dinner for four, whom would you invite?

Well, obviously Charles Dickens and Jane Austen are pretty high on the list. As for the third, maybe Elizabeth Gaskell so I could ask her how Wives and Daughters was supposed to end? Wait, I changed my mind. I want to invite Oscar Wilde, because obviously he would be hilarious and brilliant. I basically picture him as the nineteenth-century version of Stephen Fry. (I can't work out if that's insulting to one or both of them. Thoughts??)

So, what are your reading habits?
K xx


  1. You need to check out Jasper Fforde...he is the only author that stands up to Terry Pratchett in the fantasy/comedy genre (in my humber opinion).

    I also highly recommend Frand Beddor's looking glass wars series..

    Will check out some of the authors you mentioned..I see a few new names there!

    1. I love Jasper Fforde! Although I didn't enjoy the latest Thursday Next book as much as the previous ones :( I'll definitely check out Frand Beddor though!

  2. I went as the Paperbag Princess to my first school dress up day. I think we were separated at birth.

    1. PLEASE TELL ME YOU HAVE PHOTOS OF THIS, KIM????? And yes. Yes, we were.

  3. This is a great post and I might continue the stealing :D and answer these questions on my blog, too.

    Oh, and as mentioned by Celeste, Jasper Fforde is great but after he let Miss Havisham die, the whole series went downhill for me. I still have to read One of our Thursday is missing but there is just not enough time right now (but is there ever?).


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