Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bookish questions, part the first

So approximately forever ago (read: July), Cait and Mime answered these questions on their blog. And I was like "Oooooh, that's fun! I should do that!". So I hit the handy little "save for later" button in Feedly and, as I always do when I hit the "save for later" button, promptly forgot about it. (Seriously. I have stuff in there from 2012... It's scary in there.)

Today, I saw someone on Twitter talking about a bookish Q&A, and it rang a little bell in the back of my brain that sent me digging through the depths of Feedly for the questions because answering questions about books seems like an excellent way to spend a gloomy Wednesday afternoon!

1. Favourite childhood book?
Oh, please, like I can just pick one. When I was about five, it was Robert Munsch's The Paperbag Princess. (Or, really, anything by Robert Munsch EXCEPT A Promise Is a Promise, which was terrifying, or I Love You Forever, which gave me Feels. And Little Kirsti did not like having Feels.) When I was about seven or eight, it was pretty much anything by Laura Ingalls Wilder. And when I was about ten, it was anything by Brian Jacques. Holy crap, I loved the hell out of the Redwall books...

2. What are you reading right now?
I'm rereading Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment, and I'm reading Dracula for Classics Club. It seemed appropriate to read Dracula during October!

3. What books do you have on request from the library?
At the moment, none. Which is scandalous, I know. But I rarely request books from the library. I prefer to buy the books I'm really REALLY excited about, and pick up the others from the library when I happen to see them on the shelves.

4. Bad book habit?
Um. Reading too much?? OH WAIT. Reading books that I know I'll probably hate so that I have fodder for #stupidbookisstupid on Twitter. The internet asks, I deliver. Even though I probably shouldn't.

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Considering I just got back from three weeks overseas, nothing. Unless you count the library where I work. In which case I have Neil Gaiman's Suddenly the Milk, which Little Miss A and I are slowly working our way through at bedtime when she stays over.

6. Do you have an e-reader?
Yes. I have a Kindle. And I love it. (Although I don't love the prices. Or the fact that I can't borrow e-books from my library...)

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
Generally one at a time. But seeing as classics can be pretty dense, I've been moving towards a one Classics Club book and one other simultaneously. Sometimes that morphs into one new book, one reread, one Classics Club book. But more than that makes my head hurt.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
I don't think so? I think I read more young adult books than I used to back in the day. But I'm not sure if that's because of blogging or if it's because of my librarianship degree...

9. Least favourite book you've read so far this year?
I'm torn between The Selection, which made me incredibly angry, and Winter Be My Shield, which was a Kindle Deal of the Day book that dragged on FOREVER and which I hated with the fire of a thousand suns.

10. Favourite book you've read so far this year?
Oof. I'm limiting this to books I've read for the first time this year, otherwise this would be impossible. It's a tie between Alysia Grey Painter's Fairwil, and Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass series. ALL OF THEM.

11. How often do you read outside your reading comfort zone?
Well, I'm doing the Classics Club challenge, and my list is filled with stuff I'm a little bit scared of, so I guess at least one book a month??

12. What is your reading comfort zone?
These days, probably YA. Back when I was living in Canberra, it was more a mix of crime and fantasy.

13. Can you read in the car?
YUP. I can read pretty much anywhere. Except the shower. Well. Until someone invents a waterproof e-reader, and then you'll never get me out of the shower again. MWAHAHAHA.

14. Favourite place to read?
Pretty much anywhere, really. I'm not fussy.

15. What is your policy on book lending?
As long as I've made sure my name is written in the front of it, sure! Just be prepared for me to not-so-subtly say "Hey, did I lend you _____? I can't seem to find it..." if you haven't given it back after like a month.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Accidentally, yes. Intentionally? NO. That's why post-it notes and bookmarks were invented.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
My textbooks, yes. And the books I studied in high school English have scribble all over the pages. But a regular, run-of-the-mill novel? God, no.

18. Not even with textbooks?
Didn't we just cover that?

19. What is your favourite language to read in?
Gallifreyan. (Who the hell wrote these questions?!)

20. What makes you love a book?
I need to like the main characters, for starters. Other than that, it's all based on gut feeling.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
Pretty much anything. I'm a librarian, it's what I do. Just because I don't like it, doesn't mean someone else won't love it!

22. Favourite genre? 
A tie between contemporary and urban fantasy. High fantasy can, as a general rule, go jump in a ditch.

23. Genre you rarely read but wish you did?
Biographies. I've enjoyed the ones I've read, but most of them are JUST SO LOOOOOOOONG. Can't they just skip over the boring bits?!

24. Favourite biography?
How appropriate. Easily Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
Not that I can recall. OH WAIT. I read He's Just Not That Into You, but that was because I took insufficient books with me to Thailand and literally read my way through everything that all three of us had in our possession... (I rolled my eyes the whole way through it.)

26. Favourite cookbook?
Um. Probably the Australian Women's Weekly's Bake?? It's certainly the one I've used the most...

27. Most inspirational book you've read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
I'm not really sure I'd consider anything I've read this year to be inspirational. Unless it counts that I was inspired to not live in a dystopian world (1984, The Day of the Triffids) or get scurvy (Scurvy) or cholera (The Ghost Map)...

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand that's probably quite enough for one blog post. So I'll post my answers to the remaining questions in the next couple of days.

Until then, what are your favourite and least favourite books of this year?

K xx


  1. Ooh, scary 2012. ;) Hehe. I think it's a great idea to save blog-post-inspiration...I have a sticky-note on my desktop for all my saving-post-idea needs. I should really, actually, WRITE some of them. But anyway. *coughs* I digress.

    I want to read more Terry Pratchett but when I found it he had like 2 billion books out? *gulp* I don't know where to start and I crawled like a scaredy-cat back to reading debuts.

  2. Haha. I am a phrase highlighter in my books so your 'God No' answer about writing in them made me feel guilty. Although the fact that you drop the same hint as I do when friends have your book for too long made me realise I am not totally weird when it comes to lending them out. (still waiting for my The Lucky One copy to be returned.... 2 years later >:( - it isn't because I particularly like that book or want to read it again, it simply belongs in my bookshelf and it is not there).

    Will have to tackle this tag in an upcoming post :)

    This years best: Pride & Prejudice (first time reading it)

    This years worst: The Last Ghost by Helen Stringer & Mortal Instruments: City of Bones / Divergent (I have realised I just don't like dystopian)

  3. SO MANY QUESTIONS! But I also kind of want to store this away for a future post because I love me some answering of bookish questions.


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