Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bookish questions, part the second

I was going to write the next instalment of my trip today but somehow it's already after 5pm and that's far too much like hard work at this time of day. So you can have tomorrow's post a day early instead - the second half of the questions from last week's bookish Q&A!

28. Favourite reading snack?
Chocolate, probably?? I would say biscuits, but then you get crumbs stuck in the spine and that leads to disaster...

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
I wouldn't say it RUINED my experience, but I'd heard so many amazing things about Elizabeth May's The Falconer. And when I read it, I enjoyed it. But it didn't QUITE live up to what I was expecting.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
If we're talking critics as in the people who work for newspapers and magazines, then I have no idea because I tend to skim through the newspaper as quickly as possible, and the only time I read magazines is when I'm at the hairdresser. So, like, once a year.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I know I should probably be nicer because authors have poured their heart and souls into these books. But sometimes, the book is just so awful that I have to tear it to shreds. ESPECIALLY if it's riddled with typos and grammatical errors. Good Lord, people. Get an editor...

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
Um. Didn't we already cover this before with Gallifreyan?! If we're talking real languages, I guess it would be ALL OF THEM so I could read books in their original, untranslated forms. Because things always lose something in translation.

33. Most intimidating book you've ever read?
A tie between Bleak House and Les Miserables.

34. Most intimidating book you're nervous to start?
I have For the Term of His Natural Life on my Classics Club list, and I've heard that it's really hard going. So I'm scared of that one. I also want to read War and Peace at some point in my life, but it's ENORMOUS OMG.

35. Favourite poet? 
Poetry's not really my jam. Maybe Wilfred Owen?? Which is really weird and morbid, I know, but I like war poetry a lot more than the romantics or sonnets...

36. How many books do you generally have checked out of the library at a given time?
Somewhere between eight and ten. I once borrowed fourteen and could barely carry them home, so I limit myself.

37. How often do you return books to the library unread?
Never. I've either already finished them, or I return the ones I've read and renew the ones I haven't.

38. Favourite fictional character?
WHAT IS THIS INSANITY. As Danielle from Ever After would say, "I could no sooner choose a favourite star in the Heavens".

39. Favourite fictional villain?
Do they mean favourite as in the one-you-secretly-like-a-little-bit? Or favourite as in I-want-to-murder-your-face-off? If it's the latter, probably Dolores Umbridge. If it's the former, it probably applies more to anti-heroes like Becky Sharp for me.

40. Books you're most likely to bring on vacation?
Anything that doesn't require a whole lot of brain power (so no classics). Probably quite a lot of contemporary YA, to be perfectly honest.

41. The longest you've gone without reading?
Four years, give or take. Since I learnt to read, the longest has probably been about twelve hours.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish?
I have a whopping SIX books on my did-not-finish shelf in Goodreads. One turned out to be book 20 of a series, two were high fantasy that I just couldn't get into, two were sci-fi that I just couldn't get into, and one was The Mayan Priest..........................

43. What distracts you easily when you're reading?
The internet. Mostly Twitter...

44. Favourite film adaptation of a novel?
If we're talking favourite as in "most true to the book", then probably The Fault in Our Stars. But if we're talking favourite as in "brought a slow paced story to life", then maybe Jurassic Park. Or The Count of Monte Cristo.

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Ohgod. Will I find a mob on my doorstep if I say Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? That was easily the worst of the movies for me. They left so much out of it. Or maybe the 2009 mini-series of The Day of the Triffids, which was TERRRRRRRIBLE. No. Wait. It's The Lost World. Because Steven Spielberg basically grovelled to Michael Crichton to write a sequel to Jurassic Park and then ignored three quarters of the book in favour of having a T. rex rampage around San Diego. (Don't see that movie, read the book instead. It's awesome.)

46. Most money you've ever spent in a bookstore at one time?
Probably somewhere over $200? But it was birthday money, so I'm not entirely convinced that counts.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
Oh God, ALL THE TIME. I'm really terrible at flicking to the last page and reading the last sentence. You know, just in case I get hit by a bus. Which is why I like e-books - it stops me from doing that.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through it?
Frequent spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Or a really terrible story. Or hating the characters. But to be honest, I'd probably just keep reading and turn it into #stupidbookisstupid on Twitter because I'm a bad person...

49. Do you like to keep your books organised?
DEFINITELY. If they're not alphabetical by the author's surname, it makes me twitchy. My little brother just shoves things on the shelf in random order and it was all I could do not to reorder his bookshelf while I was staying with him in London.

50. Do you prefer to keep your books when done, or give them away?
Keep them. Always keep them. Maybe if I didn't really enjoy them, I'll put them in the pile for the op shop the next time we have a bit of a cupboard clean out...

51. Are there any books that you've been avoiding?
I assume this means "avoiding but still want to read", because otherwise the answer is clearly Fifty Shades of I Will Never Read This Book Grey. Other than that, it's probably just a bunch of stuff that I ended up putting on my Classics Club list.

52. Name a book that made you angry?
Oh, so very many. Believe by Erin McCarthy because it features rape that's never called rape. The Selection because it was just horrifically awful. The Last Thirteen series because it felt a lot like a sci-fi Harry Potter and because the publisher bought all 13 books in the series before even one had been published. Side Effects May Vary because I JUST HATED THE MAIN CHARACTER SO MUCH, YOU GUYS. And many more.

53. A book you didn't expect to like but did?
I was a little dubious about Throne of Glass because high fantasy and I have such a messy relationship. But I loved every second of it. And of the subsequent books.

54. A book you expected to like but didn't?
Everyone told me I'd love A Game of Thrones. Instead, I was bored shitless for like 700 pages.

55. Favourite guilt-free guilty-pleasure reading?
I'm not sure they're guilt-free, but I have an unfortunate addiction to Pride and Prejudice sequels/alterna-plot line books. They're generally terrible, but I've read a couple that were actually pretty decent which has been enough to get me to keep reading in case there are more than are unexpectedly good. Sigh.

So. Please tell me what books have made you angry so that I can avoid them like the plague. And tell me how you organise your books, because I like to live vicariously through others!!

K xx


  1. I usually don't snack while reading as I prefer to read in bed and that would just get messy.

    Ha, now I remembered what I wanted to say, I skim to the end of a book as well and it doesn't even bother me but since I have been reading a lot on my Kindle, I can't do that anymore. It's a bit upsetting.

  2. I did not like the Gold Finch (I'm sorry everyone), but it was long and it was boring and the main character made stupid mistake after stupid mistake. I just didn't like it!

  3. I keep hearing reasonable things about The Goldfinch, but the size is just so off putting (plus, it looks kind of pretentious?? One of those books that people claim to have read without actually reading it) that I'm not sure I'll ever bother...

  4. I'd never really thought about not being able to skip to the end on a Kindle until I wrote this post, but it really is upsetting.

  5. It was one of the things I considered before getting a kindle.


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